You will often hear us talking about finding a home for an item. This is one of the core principles that you need to implement in your home if you haven’t already.
Having a home for something means that it isn’t floundering around the house, landing in a different spot every day and resulting in you being unable to find it when you need it and wasting your valuable time searching.
But how do I decide where something should live?
A good rule of thumb is to house something where it is used and not where you think it should live (or where your mum/friend/loved one keep theirs), or in a place just because there is room for it.
Follow your logic and go with it. Don’t overthink it, because if it was the first place you thought of, that is exactly the place you will think of again when you are looking for the item.
Once you determine a home for an item, and it makes sense to you, you will be more likely to return it to its home if it is nearby and easy, rather than it being down the other end of the house which increases the potential for us to put it on the ever increasing “to do later” list.
Saving Time and Money
This will save you money because you won’t have to go out and buy something that you know you have somewhere, simply because you need it and can’t find the one you already have.
It will also save you time. We only have 24 hours in a day and every moment is precious so don’t waste them trying to find stuff.
A study of 3,000 adults undertaken for an insurance firm in the UK found that we spend 10 minutes per day rummaging for lost items (Source: Daily Mail). That is about 60 hours a year!
60 HOURS PER YEAR!!!
How much time can you reclaim in your day by making sure everything you own has a home and it is returned to its home after use?
Trust your instincts, make it simple and it will be sustainable. After all, your home and it’s contents are there to support your lifestyle, not create a burden for you.