I want to preface this post by saying that I am super organized at work...file folders, calendars, tasks, to-do lists, etc., but often that organization does not find it's way back to my home. I am trying though to be more intentional in my home organization and simplification for this year. Below are some thoughts on the "One-Touch Rule" that I have read about on several sites.
The One-Touch Rule in essence:
When you come across something that is misplaced (toys on the stairs, shoes in the hall, an appointment to be made) handle it right then - "Touch it Only Once" and be done with it. Instead of walking over the toy, put it away. Instead of writing the appointment notes on a sticky note pad, make the appointment. You get the idea?
I have found the One-Touch Rule to be incredibly beneficial the last couple of months. I am notorious for piling items on the stairs to "take up stairs". Now, I physically take those items upstairs and put them away. I used to move laundry from the dryer to the bed to fold "later". Now, I actually fold the clothes the moment they are out of the dryer and then I put them away. I've touched them once and moved on!
I think you get
it. Don't procrastinate putting items away, just do it as you come across them. It's a simple, easy way to maintain a little organization in a home that's usually chaotic with toddler toys, dogs running around, work papers scattered about, etc!
What are your guiding
principles for organization/efficiency? Anything you can recommend that helps keep you organized?