Updated: Mar 3, 2022
These 5 hacks take 5 minutes or less to do and make a big difference in our home. They prove to me that it is the little things...the extra minute of planning ahead, the 30 seconds of time doing it right the first time, the intention, that makes the difference for living a Reset Life.
1- Corral ping pong paddles and balls in a cute basket that can be left on the floor. This has been great for creating a system that kids and friends can get on board with. Easy, accessible, and cute storage. This same principle applies to ANYTHING. Does it never get put away? Does it not have a home? Get a cute basket and contain whatever it is that is causing a problem in keeping an area tidy.
2- How I get my pictures to hang level. Once I hang my pictures I use a small piece of sticky tack or museum gel and slip put it behind the corners of my pictures. This way, if the corner gets bumped, it won't budge.
3- Keep extra garbage sacks in bottom of of bathroom and kitchen garbage cans. You might not be able to put an entire Costco sized roll of kitchen garbage sacks at the bottom of your trash can, but you can easily put 10-15 and not notice a difference. With bathroom trash cans, I just put the entire roll of small sacks at the bottom. Then when kids are emptying out the trash there is no excuse for not replacing the liner right away.
4-Touch it once rule. Are you getting dressed for the day? Instead of putting your pjs on the floor...touch it once and put them immediately where they need to go. Did you just bring the mail in? Don't set it down...sort through it immediately and throw the 90% of items that need to go in the trash, open the rest, and put items that need to be kept in your action basket. It takes less than 60 seconds to put things where they need to go and saves so much time in the long run.
5- Keep cleaning supplies under each bathroom sink. I keep it simple. I have a small hook on the inside of each bathroom cabinet. A window cloth and a normal cleaning cloth hang there. It makes staying on top of the bathrooms super easy. When the mirror, sink, and counter stay clean in less than a minute of work a day... cleaning the other parts of the bathroom feels less daunting.
I hope these help! I truly believe that it's the little things. The habits, the intention, the baby steps that help create a life that is organized, calm, and clutter free. Let me know if you try any of these and how they help you!
Jen is the founder of Reset Your Nest, a Professional Home Organizing business in Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves creating order and systems out of chaos. Her specialty is finding a way to continue the aesthetic of any home to every cupboard and drawer. She shares her tips and tricks on Instagram @reset_your_nest.