4 simple steps to an organised home. An organised home runs on established habits. Under An English sky gives an insight into how you can go about establishing habits and be on your way to having an organised home. Free printable included!

4 Simple Steps To Establishing an Organised Home

4 simple steps to an organised home. An organised home runs on established habits. Under An English sky gives an insight into how you can go about establishing habits and be on your way to having an organised home. Free printable included!

The key to having an organised home lies in establishing habits by which it runs.

Recently, I was having a chat with a very dear friend of mine who has just completed some rather extensive home renovations. She was sharing with me how her established home keeping rhythms had pretty much all gone and how it had left her feeling out of sorts. I was able to relate completely as I went through the same thing when we moved house. Our established home keeping habits lead to a sense of mental well-being as the home ticks over seamlessly to a comforting and comfortable rhythm.

A plan is good, but action makes it better

A well-run, organised home operates by means of established habits. All the planning (in the hopes of being organised) in the world is quite useless if it is not put into action and then established as a habit.

If for example, you have the habit of sitting down and drawing up a monthly meal plan before the start of the month, then drawing up weekly shopping lists for those meals, you are more likely to execute your plan in real time. All you need to do is grab your list once a week and head out to the store. If you had not done that groundwork it makes it less likely that you would first sit down to plan and make that list because life get’s busy on a day to day basis. More than likely you would simply dash to the store and grab something for dinner – often times getting home and realising that you now have double of one ingredient and missing another. Frustrating!

If you are wanting to run your home more efficiently this year, or you have let your regular habits slide for whatever reason and need to get back on track, now would be the time to grab a cup of your favourite beverage and print off a copy of my free printable to help you identify and establish which areas you want to tackle. Ready? Let’s get going.

Free Printable to help you establish your priorities for an organised home from Under An English Sky www.underanenglishsky.com
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My top 4 tips for establishing habits for an organised home.

* Set Your Priorities.

It is true that what we value – we prioritise. My home is a big priority for me. It is the place that is a refuge for my family from a busy, relentless world. It’s the place where they can feel loved, safe, comfortable and embraced. It is the place where restoration and nurturing happens and it is with that in mind that I tend to the ‘art’ of keeping home. I don’t know about you, but I find I simply cannot relax and feel at peace with a home that reflects chaos. I need things to be in order, to be neat and clean. It is necessary to the well-being of my mind.

Think about the areas in your home that seem to be constantly out of control. What is it that fills you with dread every time you think about it? Is it that ever growing mountain of laundry? Is it being faced with what to cook each meal time? Perhaps it’s the pile of papers, books, magazines and various odds and ends that seem to collect on the dining room table.

Write down the top 5 problem areas that need attention. 

* Establish what needs to be done daily, weekly, monthly.

Look at your list and decide how often that area needs attention then list these tasks under the relevant heading on your list – that would be daily, weekly, monthly.

For example, if meal planning is something that you have prioritised, would sitting down once a month and planning out the entire month’s meals work for you? Perhaps you would rather do it fortnightly. Personally, I like to sit down once and plan out the entire months’ meals – then I don’t have to think about it again. So this task would be listed under ‘monthly’. Laundry, however, needs to be tackled multiple times a week for my family of four, so this could be listed under weekly or even daily as there is always something to wash, iron or pack away.

* Assign a day for each task

You are now going to outline a plan for your week. If the laundry was a priority, then you would decide which day is to be linen day, which is to be ironing day and which is to be general laundry day. For example, in my home, general laundry (clothing) is done twice a week on a Monday and Friday and I always wash all the bed linen and bath towels on a Wednesday.

I’ve done it this way for years so it is by force of habit that I get up on a Wednesday morning and the first thing I do is strip the beds and put on a load of washing before I am even dressed. My daughters have observed this habit since toddlerhood and have taken it on as their own. Wednesday’s they get up, strip their beds and plonk their bed linen in front of the washing machine.

It is a well-established HABIT that my laundry duties now run like clockwork, it’s not something I give much thought to. My mind is thus freed up to think on other things.

* Consistency is the key!

The key to establishing any habit is consistency. According to experts, it takes 21 days to break or form a habit of medium complexity. It is through practice and repetition that your home will begin to run seamlessly.

Any questions?

Do you want the nitty-gritty on how I do my monthly meal planning or have any other questions for me? Then please do leave a comment on this post and depending on interest I shall either create a dedicated post on a topic or answer your questions in the comments section. Be sure to subscribe to the comments so that you don’t miss out on reading your answer 😉

If you are looking to putting a Household Binder/Planner together for 2017, why not treat yourself to a lifetime membership to Moms ToolBelt? It is a fabulous resource, one I have used personally for years. This collection of printable forms for a household planner helps you to get a grip on all areas of your life. Click on the graphic above to check it out.

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13 thoughts on “4 Simple Steps To Establishing an Organised Home

    1. Been there Lorraine – I don’t function particularly well without routine LOL. Wishing you all the best as you slowly re-establish your routines 😉

  1. Thank your for the advice and the printable – very appreciated!

    Also, I was looking at your nature journal entries that you have shared here – they are wonderful! I hope to improve my sketching this year as well – I am very intimidated, but determined. Did you have a specific resource you used to get started? A “how to draw” kind of thing? Just curious, if you’re willing to share. 🙂

    1. You are very welcome Penny 🙂

      I haven’t used a ‘how to draw’ book at all, just lots of practice but I do have a list of recommended nature books in my sidebar that you can check out. These are all books that I have on my bookshelf and use often. The book ‘Keeping a Nature Journal’ has been my staple ‘go-to, I’ve referred to this book frequently over the years. There is a section on how to draw – looking at shapes etc so that would be one to get for sure.

  2. Thank you very much! I’m delighted that you mention that book because I just pulled it out this morning – time to dust it off, dive in and make this dream a reality!

    Best wishes for a happy day – Penny 🙂

  3. I definitely appreciate these suggestions! Thanks for posting!

    God bless,
    Patty

  4. Hello!
    I am a first time visitor to your blog after finding this post at Strangers and Pilgrims. I was immediately interested because of your title with the words “simple” and “organizing” – two things I need in my life. Thank you for your printable form on establishing an organized home. I have printed it to use, with the hope of making a fresh start.
    I am looking for a simple method to menu planning and would very much like to know how you do yours, since it seems you also appreciate “simple”. Do you use a printable for your menu planning?
    Thank you,
    Lynne

    1. I’m so glad you popped by Lynne & I’m glad you like the printable, I hope that it will be useful for your new start. I actually do use a printable for my menu planning. I’ve used the Momstoolbelt printables for years, she has a HUGE range of printables for just about everything. There’s a link in my sidebar if you want to check it out.

      Planning, organising and living a life as close to simple as possible are things that I strive for and love doing. I will definitely do a post on how I meal plan, it’s one of my monthly rituals that I delight in 😀 so be sure to check back for that – I’ll see if I can create a printable for that post 😉

      1. Hello, Shirley-Ann. I sat down and used your printable form which helped me to realize and set priorities. It is a helpful tool to use in establishing daily, weekly, and monthly homemaking habits and I will use it on a regular basis.
        I look forward to your post on meal planning. Thank you for the link you mentioned for the printables.

  5. These are all favorite topics of mine! Thank you Shirley-Anne for sharing your tips with us at the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂

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