Keeping your home organized can feel like a mammoth chore that you've got about as much control over as Trump's PR people do over his Twitter account. If you feel overwhelmed halfway through the week at the chaos that's piled up, try building these quick habits into your daily routine. These 6 things will take only 10 minutes every day and will keep your home organized and save you from an all-day weekend of work.
1. Clean your surface.
You probably tell your kids all the time: put it away once you're done. That goes for you too, whether it's cooking, dining, paying bills, styling your hair, or curling up on the couch with a blanket and a book. Give yourself the minute it takes to put things away when you're done and you'll save yourself an hour cleaning up each weekend.
2. Dedicate a home for mail and put it there each day.
Use baskets, stacking desk trays, or hanging wall file holders. Or try moving a small dresser to the entryway and use shoe boxes inside labeled for each category of bills, magazines, school notices, etc. and drop everything there. And only there. Then you can deal with it on the weekend (magazines) or at the end of each month (bills). Plus you'll have a flat top surface to put a nice lamp and a pretty bowl to catch other things when you come in the door. Which brings me to the next thing...
3. Use catch-all bowls in entryways, bedrooms, and the laundry room.
Every member of the household should have a bowl or basket or tray where they dump the things in their pocket or purse each day. Make it a rule that miscellaneous stuff like change, keys, glasses, receipts, and lip balms aren't allowed anywhere except in those designated bowls. It will become habit soon enough.
4. Turn the dishwasher on every night (if it's full).
Make sure to do up the dishes, whether by hand or by filling the dishwasher every night and put the clean ones away while the coffee is brewing every morning. Dirty ones go back into the dishwasher immediately after use throughout the day. No piles of dishes in the sink.
5. Put clothes in their place.
Have a laundry hamper in each bedroom and bathroom. There are no excuses for towels and t-shirts on the floor. All dirty laundry goes in the hampers, and all clean clothes go back to where they belong on their hanger or folded in their drawer. If you do the laundry in your household, make it a rule - you'll clean only what's in the hampers. Anything on floors or chairs or tables gets thrown out. Once the others realize you'll make good on your promise, they'll get used to using the hampers and putting clean clothes away!
6. Do a 2-minute sweep through at night.
Run around the main living areas of your home before your bedtime routine and pick up anything that laying around like toys or tools or papers or pens. Either put them away where they belong, or designate a "lost&found" bin in a closet for these items. The people that own them can claim then on the weekend/a designated family cleaning day and retrieve them to keep where they belong (you might empty the bin once a month and anything leftover gets donated).
These six quick organizational tricks should really only take you about 10 mintues a day. Getting and staying organized doesn't have to be that difficult when you have your environment and systems set up to make it simpler. Enjoy your extra free time this weekend!