The Laundry Basket Trick

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We are in a series where I’m sharing my favorite tips and strategies with you that help me to be more purposeful in my life, with my family, and in our household. Purposeful Planning is less about planners and planning systems and more about finding intentional, practical ways to help you do what you do better. It comes from all of the hats we wear as moms, wives, and Christian women. I’ve realized that I do actually have a lot of systems and routines that have come to work really well for me, and I thought maybe it would be helpful to share those things with you – because who knows? They might work really well for you too! So here we are with My Purposeful Planning Tips & Strategies!

This is one of my tried and true Household Management Tips… The Laundry Basket Trick. It’s simple, and it’s based on the principle of “Everything Has a Place”, or (EHAP). Everything in your home should have a “place” where it belongs – a home station where it should be put back after it is used. If it doesn’t, well, maybe you should start there first. 😉 

What is “The Laundry Basket Trick”?
It’s simple. Take an empty laundry basket, and set a timer for 15 minutes. Walk through your house as you gather things that have been left out that do not belong. In our home, things get transferred from room to room, by all of my family members for one reason or another, and they just need to be picked up and put back in their places at some point during the day.

There are some different ways you can do this to make it work even better for you…
1. Get your family involved. If you do this with your husband and children, just think of all the extra man-power that gives you! Maybe you set a timer for only 5 minutes per room at this point – if you have a husband and three kids helping you, that’s 25 minutes of man-power with everyone working together, when it will actually only take 5 minutes. You could even take it a step further by having one person dust the room, one person sweep, etc. You could do the main areas of the house, say the kitchen, living room, and have everyone do a quick clean up in their own room individually for the final 5 minutes.
2. Since my children are still small, I like to keep it really simple, and we take turns so I can make sure it gets done. I have my children go first, usually. First, I have them gather as many things as they can from under the couches because our couches have legs so it’s easy for things to get shoved under there, accidentally of course. Then, I have them take all of their toys and belongings back to their room. Step two for them is to clean up their room and put the things away in their proper places, while I gather up the things I see in the room and put them away myself. We all work together, and it usually works pretty good for us.

Try it this week…. let me know how it works for you!

My Purposeful Planning Tips & Strategies Series… 
I would absolutely LOVE to hear from you! What do you want to know? Is there anything that interests you or an area where you’re struggling? Maybe I can help you find that solution you’re looking for! That would be such a joy and an honor for me! Let me know!

And whatever you do – let’s make a plan to be more purposeful!