Originally published on 6 March 2007.
This might seem like an obvious one. But coming from a home where there were never duplicates of anything, and supplies were all kept together, I learned to do the same. But what Flylady has taught me is to keep the tools where they are used. As she suggests, I keep cleaning supplies in every bathroom, so when I am in there and see something that needs cleaning, I can do it immediately.
But the thing is, it applies to just about everything…
For example, I have learned to keep pens and paper around the phones so I never have to search. I keep copies of the phone quick reference by every phone for the same reason…nothing is more frustrating than needing the police number and not being able to find it. I keep pens and a notebook near my reading chair so I never have to get up and search and lose my train of thought. I keep timers in the rooms where I use them…on my desk, in my daughter’s room, and on my music stand.
I guess the lesson here is not just to keep the tools I need handy, but also the lesson of myself that if I move away from doing, I might not ever get back to the task…particularly if it is not fun.