Killing a whole Saturday sorting through clutter to find your kitchen counters and desk again isn't a fun way to spend part of your weekend. Use the Full In, Full Out method to chip away at clutter all week long.
Parenting tips and tricks blog Parenting Squad shares a list of tips for keeping a tidy house, including this tip lifted from the restaurant business.
Full In, Full Out. This is restaurant terminology for "always have both hands full." When going to the kitchen, have plates cleared from your tables, and when going to the dining room, have plates of food to run out. The same theory applies to housework. If I'm going to the basement to get food out of the freezer, I take pots that need to go in the cellar. If I'm checking the mail, I take out a bag of trash or recycling. Once "full in, full out," gets in your head, it's remarkable how things get put away.
Make today the day you stop leaving the room empty-handed and start making it a habit to continuously direct objects back to where they belong. At the end of the week, you'll have spent less time cleaning and decluttering, because you folded your cleaning efforts into the numerous trips you were already making around your home or office.
Easy Ways To Keep A House (Relatively) Clean With Small Kids [Parenting Squad via WiseBread]