Daily habits that keep my home organized

Once you have established your home as ‘organized’ it can be tough to maintain if you dont make daily organizing habits a priority. For me, I have a few things that generally get done everyday to keep my home (and family) running smoothly. For the most part, these habits happen everyday, but obviously life happens and there is the odd time that the house is a mess and their is stuff everywhere! What differentiates an organized person from someone who is not, is the mere minutes it takes to clean up the mess, instead of hours or days trying to reclaim your space.

Below are a few daily habits that I make every effort to complete:

  1. I do laundry (almost) everyday. Now this sounds like a lot, but the loads are always small and I run the washing machine on quick wash, so for the most part every load takes 15-20 minutes and I can switch to the dryer in the same hour. At some point in the evening, I fold the hot clothes out of the dryer (and remember this is a small load so takes me about 5 minutes to fold) and at bedtime, I put all the clothes away.
  2. The dishwasher is turned on before bed and emptied at breakfast. Now this doesn’t happen everyday as we dont fill up a dishwasher daily but anytime the dishwasher is full, it is emptied in the morning and any dirty dishes from breakfast are put in the dishwasher. All the counters are wiped clean afterwards
  3.  The blankets on the couch are put back in the basket and the pillows are fluffed and upright. Ok, this sounds super Type A, but when the couch is made up it makes the entire family room appear in order. I also like to clear off anything from the coffee table, except for the plant in the centre.
  4. When mail is brought in at the end of the day, right away I open it in front of the recycling drawer. I immediately recycle any junk mail, envelopes and any extra pages that your bills and statements like to include. Anything that needs to be paid right away is set aside on an area of the kitchen counter for my husband and I to discuss. Any statements or receipts and anything that needs to be filed is walked directly over to our filing cabinet and filed in a specific category.
  5. With my sons help, we tidy the playroom before bed. At 4 years old, he fully understands that If he doesn’t help to tidy his playroom, those toys will be given away. (and I mean that, check out my facebook post a few weeks back). So him & I will spend about 5 minutes tidying up, putting toys and books back to where they belong. I think this not only teaches kids respect for their things but respect for your home and the privilege they have living in it.
  6. At the end of the night, I look at my day timer and go over the next day. This quick glance just helps me to prepare for the next day, see who i’m going to work with, what time I’m getting up, and what time I need to get out the door.

I strongly believe that in a household with more than one adult at home, there needs to be chores/duties assigned to each person. As mentioned above, those are the household duties I am responsible for and my husband has his own set of duties which include;

  • Taking out the recycling everyday (this involves taking the two bins from our kitchen into the blue bins in our garage) which is about 15 steps away…
  • ok ok, he empties the dishwasher in the morning, I HATE IT! like seriously hate emptying the dishwasher. I have been known to leave dishes in the sink for days just so I dont have to empty it.. loading? I’m all over, but for some reason I just can’t empty it, so thats his job.
  • Vacuum. In addition to the weekly vacuuming I do with our heavy duty vacuum, my husband uses the Dyson battery powered V8 to do a very quick job around the main areas of the 1st floor.I’m talking like 2 minutes, its the most handy product we own!

All of these tasks/chores/ habits take 2-5 minutes each to complete but they are so critical in maintaining a clean and organized home. I can honestly say that most days when we come home, we can truly relax because everything is put back in its place and the small daily tasks that we complete haven’t been left to pile up, creating an over -cluttered and disorganized home.


Donation locations in Victoria, BC

One of the many perks about working with me is that any items you wish to donate, are taken away by me on every visit. You are not stuck with bags of unwanted items in your home or in your car for weeks on end. I try to keep up to date on what various organizations and charities are looking for or accepting and can donate your items accordingly for you.

I have been asked on many different occasions where I like to donate to, so I have compiled a list of the places in the greater Victoria area that you can take your unwanted belongings too! Do you know of an organization that I haven’t mentioned? Send me an email and let me know as I am always looking for different places to donate to.

The Salvation Army

https://www.salvationarmy.ca

The Salvation Army is a Christian organization that provides hope and support to over 400 communities across Canada and in 128 countries. They accept:

  • Clothing
  • Housewares
  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • toys
  • media and books
  • accessories
  • antiques and collectables
  • computers

The Mustard Seed Victoria

https://mustardseed.ca

The Mustard Seed is a non-profit, fighting hunger and resorting faith to hurting souls in Greater Victoria. They welcome;

  • clean gently used clothes
  • shoes
  • home appliances
  • bagged and canned pet food
  • socks
  • backpacks
  • personal items such as shampoo/conditioner
  • hair brushes

Anney’s Closet

http://sivw.ca/ac/

Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists, and other kindhearted folks in our community, we’ve created a “free store” for women and girls who need household items. They welcome;

  • Gently used, Like new condition Cookware & Bakeware
  • kettles, toasters, small microwaves
  • cutlery
  • kitchen linens
  • mugs, glasses, dishes
  • towels, facecloths, shower curtains
  • pillow cases, sheets, duvet covers, quilts
  • new pillows
  • small furniture
  • small flat screen tvs
  • irons/ironing boards
  • laundry baskets, mop/buckets/broom

Single Parent Resource Centre

http://singleparentvictoria.ca/inkind-donations/

Providing practical support, opportunities for growth, and a sense of hope. They welcome;

  • Clothing (men, women & children including shoes, hats, belts, jewelry & accessories)
  • Household items
  • Instruments
  • new makeup and toiletries
  • Baby Items (car seats less than 6 years old), breast pumps, diapers and formula
  • Toys in good condition
  • Books & Puzzles
  • Bicycles

The Cridge Centre for the Family

https://giveconfidently.ca/ways-to-give/non-cash-gifts/

The Cridge Centre for the family is a place where people can find hope and direction when they are most vulnerable and in need. They accept;

  • household items
  • furniture
  • computers
  • office supplies
  • tools/building supplies
  • books

BCSPCA Thrift Stores

http://spca.bc.ca/about-us/locations/thrift-stores/

Each location is privately owned and operated, contributing a percentage of income each year to the lifesaving work of the BCSPCA. The location for Victoria is 2630 Quadra St and they welcome;

  • Housewares
  • China/Flatware
  • Rugs
  • Curtains
  • Appliances
  • Electronic equipment
  • Clothing
  • Games
  • Books

BCSPCA also accepts pet food and supplies and even stuffed toys to provide comfort for rescued animals. Just ensure any plastic parts (i.e: nose, eyes, etc) are removed from the stuffy prior to donating to an SPCA location (not the thrift stores)

Victoria SPCA is located at 3150 Napier Lane.