Giving your living space a little tender loving care will bring the life back into it and it doesn't have to cost a fortune doing it!
1. Throw useless paper away. Give away magazines and books. Paper collects and it makes an environment look messy. It also comes with its share of smells, dust, and allergens.
2. Create places to put things or put what you have taken out back in its proper place.
Sometimes the old way of organizing things just doesn't work anymore, so you might need to upgrade (check around this blog for ideas on what to buy). Other times it is simply laziness that keeps one from putting things back where they go.
3. Note what you need to do each day to get your environment in good shape.
Use your cell phone to help you keep up with your tasks or create your To Do List and place it somewhere so that you can see it everyday. Very messy environments will need to be broken down in simple tasks, this way you won't be overwhelmed about cleaning and organizing.
4. Avoid distractions that take up unnecessary time while you get organized i.e.) Internet surfing.
How many times have we started doing something and then got side-tracked because of people, places and things? Be determined to get things done! Stay focus and don't be afraid to tell others, "I'm busy right now!"
5. Spruce up your environment by wiping things off, vacuuming, and decorating.
You will feel better about your living space if you do. Sometimes people will organize, but won't bother to clean. Meanwhile, there are those dust webs and balls in corners, markings on walls, ugly spots, and more. It will be only a matter of time, when you feel like you didn't do much and begin to dislike your environment again. Get rid of things that put you in a bad mood like the spoils of war, you know those things from a previous relationship.
6. Get a nice smelling air freshener or diffuser and open window. Dry air? Get a humidifier.
Clean air always makes you feel and breathe better!
When you are often busy, it doesn't take long before one's environment becomes a wreck, so before you get really busy again, show your place some love--your guests will appreciate it if you have any.
Nicholl McGuire, author of When Mothers Cry