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10 Areas of your Home to Tidy

10 Areas of your home to tidy

When I think of everything that needs a good tidy I sometimes find it overwhelming. It is however, something that needs to be done,  otherwise the clutter can become overwhelming itself.  Time to tidy up!

I have created this list both to inspire me and to keep me motivated. (I plan to do a lot of ticking off in the next few months). My word of the year is ‘detail’ and this is the type of detail I am starting with.

  1. Bedside locker (and drawers)

    My bedside locker is generally packed full of all sorts of things that I think I might need – tissues, mobile phone, chargers, water, books that I am reading/want to read/ have already read, hair ties, hair brushes – you get the idea. I even have some cute coasters for tea in bed. The only problem is that I can’t always find place for the tea. This is the first area to be hit!

  2. Mantlepiece

    Housewarming cards which get replaced by Christmas cards etc. When this get’s tidied I will save a spot for one Valentine’s card – but that is it. I actually quite like to change the decorations on my mantle piece as it really is an area that draws focus. My plan is one candle and a few key items. The clutter of incense, oil burners, matches and random bits and pieces will be banished.

  3. Hall Table

    I think I seriously need a coat rack, perhaps with a shelf. Perhaps a few more tidy tools. A place for everything from mail, gloves and hats, and keys. A good idea for me would be a waste bin – right at the door for junk mail, envelopes and the zillions of slips that seem to multiply in my handbag.

  4. Windowsills

    I tend to use my windowsills for storage, especially books. I am short of storage space in my home, but I do think that perhaps limiting what is allowed on the windowsills might be a good thing.

  5. The bathroom cupboard and make-up in general

    I love make-up and am can’t resist it.  I seem to have make-up clutter everywhere from make-up bags to the bathroom cupboard. It does tend to multiply and I think a cull and a clean-up is on order.  This might have to be a monthly task.

  6. The shower

    Hands up who has empty shampoo and shower gel bottles. Please tell me it isn’t only me?

    This is a quick clean out, but should make a big difference. I will limit myself to one shampoo, one shower gel, one conditioner and my two scrubs. Enough I think!

  7. That drawer!

    We all have one – quite often in the kitchen. The one that gets filled with miscellaneous keys of unknown origin, pens that no longer write, scraps of paper that were important at one time, business cards – you get the idea.  A simple blitz with a bin.

  8. The bulging folder of accounts that need filing

    With so much happening online it is important to keep record of some things in the old-fashioned way. A good friend advised me to set aside an hour or two a week for important financial things – very good advice. I have added filing to this time slot. A little behind right now, but yet another thing that can be ticked off.

  9. The linen cupboard

    It is so satisfying seeing the linen cupboard all neat with bedding sets paired up and cosy towels in a pile waiting to be used. Alas it only takes one morning when you need a towel from the bottom of the pile and it all comes tumbling down.

  10. The craft room/home office

    Now, I know that not everyone had a craft room, but if you do it is a big job. My craft room is also my study and it is chaotic. It is at the bottom of this list as it is such a big job, but it must be done.

I hope these tips might inspire you. Any other areas of the home you would like to add to the list?

Thanks for reading and I appreciate any suggestions!  Read more about my word ‘detail’ – here.

Kerry

Why making lists improves my productivity

lists quote

I am a real list maker.  I make them on yellow pads, on notebooks, on the back of envelopes and more recently on ColorNote and Out of Milk – two great phone apps that do seem to make my life simpler.It also means the lists come with me rather than staying on my desk or the kitchen table.

All these methods work, but today I am reminding myself to make those lists count.  There is great satisfaction in ticking things off!

In amongst the moving boxes, there are many lists being created.  Here is my current list of lists

  1. Invitees for my going away party (back of an envelope)
  2. The Food and drink list for the party – as above and on Pinterest
  3. Boxes to be packed (notebook)
  4. Social arrangements before I leave (Yellow note)
  5. Shopping lists – (Out of Milk)
  6. Packing for my temporary home at my sisters – not started but I need a list for that!
  7. Work tasks to be finished (yellow note on my desk)
  8. Blogging ideas (ColourNote)
  9. TV watching (ColourNote)
  10. Ideas for new job (new notebook)
  11. Packing list for my trip to London
  12. Crafting and arty ideas (Pinterest) – important as I don’t want to forget those while all my stuff is packed up.

I think it is really important to use lists, simply because I forget things.  An idea pops into my head that I know will make a great blog post and then when I sit down to write – whoosh it is gone.

I also tend to forget my phone charger when travelling and also my toothbrush.  I won’t even consider that this is about getting older.  I go with the idea that my mind is simply overfull and things tend to fall out!

Looking back on the list of lists, I think that I could aim to be a little better organised.  Perhaps one place for making lists and do away with the numerous yellow notes and used envelopes.

 

I would love to hear your list tips and techniques.

Thanks for reading this Wednesday’s quotation post.

 

Kerry xx

 

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