Remember last week’s Put Your Crap Away? It’s about as close to a magic pill as a person can find.
If you work outside the home, it won’t be as intensive a process. Get ready to go a few minutes early. Then just before you leave, take a walk through the main living area. You see that magazine lying in the middle of the floor? You’re done with it. Put it in the recycling. That newspaper? Same idea. The throw on the couch, the cereal bowl on the coffe table? Straighten and put away. If you don’t, tonight or tomorrow those items will attract friends. In the case of the paper clutter, it’s just easier to add to the pile. The cereal bowl invites friends of a different sort.
Is it perfect? No, but it won’t be as difficult to face in the evening. Go to work, have as good a day as possible.
Those of us who stay or work from home need to do the same thing, but it must be repeated after each meal. Why? Because the more chaos already in a room, the easier it is to be lazy. Suck it up and put it away. It doesn’t matter if the rest of the house is a wreck. Get into the habit of picking up after yourself throughout the day. If you have children, it takes more effort -but seriously, what doesn’t when there are mulitple children involved?- As soon as they are steady on their feet, it’s time for them to put their cups, bowls, and plates in or by the sink. It’s not cruel to expect a person to clean up after themselves. Yes, I know it’s a pain in your butt, it’s just another one of those less fun parenting moments.
It will get easier.