One of the topics that comes up regularly on Seasons + Salt is how we apply our methods of simplifying our closets to the rest of our lives, particularly our homes. I have made some progress in this area, but I still have so much more I want to accomplish. Most days I still feel like I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I have so much to do, that I often feel overwhelmed. I have a hunch I’m not alone.
I commissioned my friend and expert organizer, Sarah Dobbs, of the Home Capsule, to bestow some of her wisdom upon us. Sarah has the amazing gift of going into people’s homes, and helping them streamline their spaces, in turn, helping them streamline their lives. She frequently shares the process on Instagram, her stories are some of my favorite to watch.
Today, on Seasons + Salt, she’s sharing a peek into her own home, revealing what her secret is to staying on top of what needs to get done each day.
Practice what you preach.
When it comes to maintaining my life of simplicity and minimalism, I had to create a routine for myself in order to sustain it. When I approach a project, even it it’s personal, I ask “How do you want to feel?” When it comes to everyday life with two young boys and a growing business, my goal is cool, calm, and collected. I’ve realized that I can’t do it all at once so I’ve picked key areas I want to focus on each day and I strive to make those my focus. Achieving those goals comes down to time efficiency and, as a busy mama, that’s my most valuable currency.
Make a plan.
My “tidying routine” is printed out on my fridge, I’m fueled by coffee and La Croix so I have zero problems passing by that list throughout the day. Having a phone reminder for big things is also key. The first time I went digital I failed. I’d see the notice and just ignore it. Now I have an active alarm that goes off. This helps because it’s a reminder to wrap up what I’m doing in the next 10 minutes and move on (game changer). Back to the tidying routine itself; what I see people struggle with, and I’m in the exact same boat, is getting super enthusiastic about a new plan or project but quickly losing steam because it’s too big to manage. This routine seems elementary, but it gains momentum and, before you know it, the little tasks add up to an orderly home. Here’s what mine looks like:
Clean out Fridge
Vacuum main floor
Laundry: Kyle’s clothes
Take out trash (Kyle)
Laundry: Sarah’s Clothes
Laundry: Boys Clothes
Laundry: Master Bedding
(Lay out) Boys outfits for the week
Laundry: Kids bedding
Clean out car
Recycling to the curb (Kyle)
Sweep/ Wipe down counter/ collect toys/ dishes (Kyle)
The key to success.
Your first question may be, why do you have laundry so often? This is THE KEY to the tidying routine. In most families laundry is the biggest problem, even if you all have capsule wardrobes (we do!). I only do one load of laundry each day, and by separating it by category I save a tremendous amount of time.
I pepper the rest of my tasks in based on my personal schedule. Things like organizing around what day the trash comes, or when I have the biggest chunk of time to grocery shop, as well as what tasks I know I can count on my husband to do. I also get my kids involved and at 6 and 3 1/2 they are helping a lot. They LOVE wiping down the counters, and I have a clean-up basket that they fill with their loose toys before bed, allowing me to store them in the same place every night.
“Want to know the biggest secret to being organized? Having less stuff.”
Still not a believer? Follow along @thehomecapsule and I’ll take you through an entire week using this exact schedule on my IG story. With guest appearances by my kids and an aging French Bulldog.
Thank you Andrea for having me!
All photographs courtesy Sarah Dobbs.