It doesn’t matter if you have a hundred gorgeous dresses if they’re ripped up or lost or shoved far underneath your bed. Get your stuff fixed and organized so you can use the things you have!
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Permaculture Plus Design Tip: Here’s Where Organization Gets All Sexy-like
Pro tip: “organized” does not mean “folded.” I am not a folder. I’m a tosser. (<— wow.) A lot of the clutter in our lives stems from one simple mechanism: no one knows where an item belongs so it just kind of gets set somewhere, then shoved to the back. If you know where an item goes, and you’ve engaged a habit of Automatic Backburner Cleaning (ABC!) that information combines with that process and voila, your house is noticeably tidier.
Organized doesn’t mean hospital corners. It doesn’t mean perfection. It means that (1. you know where things are, and other people can find them too.
Here are some basic guidelines for organization, but feel free to break them in the name of cultivating synergy.
- Use hooks, caddies, open shelves (no doors), hampers or baskets (no lids) to cultivate one-stepping “putting away”
- Group like items with like items. Pens with pens. Spoons with spoons. Books with books. Bras with bras.
- Place objects within arm’s reach of the spot where you’ll be using them. Potholders likely go near the oven. Big spoons go near the stove. The dish soap is within reach of the kitchen sink. The dirty clothes go near the washer and dryer. (Don’t do this by rote - figure out where you use your objects and then put them near their point of use based on your personal experience. Your journal will help with this.)
Permaculture Plus Design Tip: A Place For Everything and Everything in its Place, Like, Squared
Like I said. You can’t use your LBD if it’s shoved under your bed with a rip in it. So yes, the maxim “A place for everything and everything in its place” is spot on. But there is an also. “And have a process for taking care of it.”
Here it is:
“Designate a place for everything, put everything in its place, and have a process for taking care of it.”
While you work on your habit formation, design a series of if-then sequences and place them on your Automatic Cleaning Backburner. This particularly works with clothes, incoming mail, and dish washing. Clothes must be laundered and sewn if torn. Incoming mail must be sorted, distributed, and recycled. Dishes must be washed, dried, put away, used, and then washed again.
If anything will hammer in the fact that every item you own has an upkeep cost, this will. I encourage you to have fewer things in order to make the work of keeping house light.
Permaculture Plus Design Tip: This Directly Relates to Repairing, Renewing, Recycling, and Restoring Your Stuff
We have a whole section for that: Reuse Recycle Repair Renew
Always be hacking, babies. Because we Take Care of Our Planet.
This is a basic. If your stuff is in good repair and ready to be used, you’ll be able to use what you have - especially if you have it accessible via good organization tactics.
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*Sucks in a deep breath* *tidies frazzled hair*
It’s easier than you might think.