The last two weeks were busy with summer activities, work, and maintenance. we didn't do any big new projects. Instead, we maintained. We had friends and family over for lunch and dinner without panic cleaning, allowing s to relax and enjoy having guests over (well, I did make a LOT of salads, but besides that, we didn't do a lot to get ready for company). We did not look at the simplification books at all. Instead, we sat down as a family and discussed how we can keep our home organized and clean.
Looking through chapter 4 from Organizing Plain and Simple by Donna Smallin, we realized that we were already doing a lot of the things the expert simplicitarians recommend! A few of her recommended habits are...
- Don't put it down, put it away.
- Clean it up - now, not later.
- Each person is responsible for his/her own mess.
- Leave to trace when you use a space (or better yet, leave it looking better).
These are the things we are working on daily. Doing so has freed up our days to cook, garden, read, paint, ride bikes, and simply to breathe.