Have you ever made a really small change that paid HUGE dividends in terms of making your life easier? Well, I've stumbled upon a few recently, so I thought I'd share my discoveries.
This first one is thanks to Diane over at Living Simply On Purpose. She recently did a post on de-cluttering the bedroom that sort of got me to thinking. I've gotten rid of the vast majority of the junk from my bedroom, but it still feels cluttered. At this point the problem isn't really too much stuff, it's too much indecision!
If you happen to be crazy enough to read my blog regularly, you might remember that I generally don't wash my clothes until they are genuinely dirty. While this habit saves TONS of time and energy doing laundry, it also means that I end up in indecision land when it comes to determining if something qualifies as dirty or not.
The result is generally that I end up with a pile of not quite clean and not quite dirty cloths on top of the bedroom dresser.
But somehow Diane's post got me to thinking, and it occurred to me that what I really needed was to designate a space where the "transitional" stuff could live. I totally can't believe that it's taken me forty-some-odd years to figure this one out, but I simply cleared out a drawer (got rid of a pile more T-shirts that I never wear) and designated it as the place for the "not ready for hamper time players."
And now my bedroom dresser looks like this:
It's a tiny change in the overall scheme of things, but the difference it's making in my mental state is HUGE!
So there's been a similar transformation in the kitchen. Even though I've had a dishwasher the whole time I've lived in this house, I've always had a dish drainer on the kitchen counter. It was used for hand washables and for a place to dry things that didn't get dry in my old dishwasher (since I didn't use the drying feature because of energy waste and melted plastic.)
But, as you might expect, the thing just always became a place where homeless kitchen clutter ended up. (Note the random lids and other assorted stuff that has taken up residence in this photo.)
Anyhow, I had to clear the counter for the installation of the new dishwasher, and since the beautiful new Bosch dries with no energy - and cleans things that I couldn't put into the old dishwasher - I discovered that I don't need the drainer anymore. When I do need to wash something by hand, I either dry it by hand immediately, or just put it out on a dish towel to dry.
But since there's no dish drying rack living there permanently, when things are dry, the towel gets hung up and I get my kitchen counter back!
It's totally AMAZING!!! I can't believe how much easier it is to cook & clean when you've got a bit more counter space. Once again, it's really a tiny change, but I can't believe how much less stress I feel about my kitchen now.
Anyhow - those are my exciting revelations. Now I just have to figure out how to apply this principle to the rest of the house!
So tell me... does anybody out there have any other similar suggestions for me? If anybody can tell me how to keep the piles from taking root on my desk I'd be grateful!