Putting things back in their place

I had a discussion with a friend about time. He was talking about how he couldn’t find something and I chimed in about the value of having a place for things and always factoring in the time after the chore to put it away. Sometimes folks tell me that they “don’t have the time” to put things away. That is just ludicrous. It’s a chicken and an egg situation. But I guarantee that you will save time if you rerun items to their rightful place.

I use what I call and “economy of motion” which I learned working in restaurants. The idea is to use as few steps as possible to get a lot done in a short amount of time. So for example is I’m going to have a snack while I read in the living room and I later need to use the restroom (which is near my kitchen) I’ll take any extra plates or cups with me and drop them in the kitchen on the way to the bath. I guess it’s a form of multi tasking but in the end it saves time and energy.

Going in to homes and seeing a chaotic mess shows me that the resident doesn’t implement this technique. They are too overwhelmed to even begin to deal with their mess. But it’s simple, just use the “economy of motion” method and you’ll never have chaos again.

When does the madness end?

We all live like kings and our consumerism has reached a peak. We are soon to have an ocean of stuff that will end up in landfill if we don’t disperse it right. I’d bet that we could stop all manufacturing of certain items and we would have them for anyone who needed them.  Our consumer mind is starting to catch up to us in reality and it’s going to be ugly.

Aging Parents With Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don’t Want It

 

Always hectic when a trip is planned

Going to Nashville to help a friend plan to prep his house to airbnb next week. In the mean time, I’ve suddenly got people coming out of the wood work.

I’m excited that my sweet client Cathy (not her name) has called me again. I love this woman so much. She was fiercely independent until she had a stroke despite her going blind over 30 years. She’s often forgetful and orders way too much via the tv. Honestly, I think CEO’s of QVC and the Food Network should and HSN should go to prison for the amount of garbage that the produce which goes into landfill. Not to mention the “packaging” and cardboard used to transport.