News


How to keep your hotel room tidy without any effort at all

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Just because you’re out of your usual environment doesn’t mean that your room has to be chaos. In fact, settling into a hotel room can be a great way to practise your organising skills in microcosm. It’s also an easier place to get the hang of organising if you’re new to it, because you usually have a modest amount of items to store when you’re travelling and because hotel rooms are usually well equipped for the everyday tasks you do in them. Homes aren’t always well set up for convenience and if your natural tendency is to create chaos, then an environment like that will make it more difficult for you to break the cycle.

 

You can keep your hotel room tidy if you have a system

The key to keeping your hotel room tidy is having a system. Setting up a good system right from the beginning is a really good idea even if you are only living in a place for a few days. Chances are, there will be mornings when you are rushed, and will want to find whatever you need quickly and easily. Even if you’re staying in a plush hotel, it’s always nicer to walk into a room that’s tidy as well as freshly made up. It helps you to appreciate the luxury all the more and it’s just a nicer way to live!

 

What is this system for keeping my hotel room tidy?

To start with, using the principles of ‘zoning’ and ‘completion’ that I discuss in more detail in Banish Clutter Forever, unpack so that you create mini ‘workstations’ around each of simple everyday tasks. Start with the obvious one i.e. brushing your teeth. If you’ve downloaded the free excerpt of Banish Clutter Forever you already know how’ll that one works. Put your toothbrush and toothpaste in the tooth-mug by the sink. Then put your wash bag by it. But don’t bother putting your hairbrush there unless you’re happy to brush you hair straight out of the shower whilst it’s damp. If you’re going to style it then put it by the mirror in the bedroom. This is also a good place for your make up too, if it’s well lit by natural daylight. Far better than the bathroom, otherwise you’ll find items like your hand mirror migrating across the room because you’ve double checked the effect by the window and haven’t put the mirror back in its place.

 

How to make keeping your hotel room tidy feel natural

Similarly, pick a drawer by the wardrobe for your underwear, so that you can literally stand in one spot to get dressed, reach out, and find everything you need for that task. Designate a carrier bag for laundry and store it somewhere near where you’ll undress at night. That will stop you spending the first 24 hours littering the room with odd small garments which need a wash that you fail to gather up. Don’t forget to ‘complete’ each task by taking a couple of seconds to put the items you’ve used back. Having them in a convenient spot close to the task you’re doing in the first place, makes this feel natural (just as it does with your toothbrush) and means you won’t have to have a formal ‘tidy up’ at all. Put your work papers and laptop out near the desk where you’ll be using them, put your pyjamas under the pillow and it’s often a good idea to tidy all that hotel information they clutter rooms with, into a drawer before you start unpacking.

 

Keeping your hotel room tidy will actually help you be tidier at home!

It all sounds so incredibly pedantic and obvious, but never underestimate the average lazy human being’s tendency to take a short cut, or defer walking across the room to put something back when it has something more important to do! If you don’t set things up properly, then over time, and whilst you’re enjoying yourself, you’ll find that you just can’t be bothered. In a way, your rebellion/laziness is good thing. It’s a reflection of the fact that things aren’t arranged for your convenience. If you start out by creating rough ‘workstations’, that’s when the fact that you’ve arranged everything so that it’s easy to find and easy to drop back in the right place will pay dividends. A little organising now will save you a lot of clearing up later, and practising in a hotel room will actually make it easier for you to learn to be more organised when you get home…

If you want to practice the system that will teach you to be naturally tidy read more by downloading an excerpt of Banish Clutter Forever. You’ll be on your way before you know it…


Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image


×

Recent Posts


Tags

goals tidy hijacking creativity symptoms of creativity ‘stories’ about your possessions business-like domestic life confident in clothes inconvenience how to be naturally tidy email overload to do list artist workspaces appointments home care creative wellbeing nurture creativity subconscious mind social media disorganization cleaning resentment business interface to creative businesses inspiration working class artists creative career coaching time clutter artists good creative habits peer-to-peer networks stay on top of email boredom tension static spaces creative person 2018 goals emotionally secure artist creative culture options buying wealth lifetimes buying hope long-term artistic development control compulsion overwork innocence artistic chaos friendships ‘creativity’ clearing in short bursts creative magic double standard under-confidence business clutter addict slow and steady effortlessly tidy platform tidiness in living spaces creative spark peacefulness nipping things in the bud work trips streamlining routines work efficiently diagnosis absences being organized staying in control tidy desk clear desk creative commissions working class culture new year touring trope well curated closet precious memories productivity culture slim-line wardrobe creativity vulnerability how to work efficiently pop music low maintenance how to save time pop culture procrastination hobbies introverts low maintenance strategies missed opportunities parent creative organising email grief commitment fall of innocence criteria for letting go of stuff vocation lazy minimalists mornings efficient work patterns creative career work/home life balance hotel room loss nascent artists card multiple lifetimes focus creativity diary Sheila Chandra author celebrity endorsed products tortoise and hare elevator pitch professional creative career much better friend just in case partners arrogance clear outs professional encouragement tidy people artist materials anxiety self promotion cleaning your desk hoarding great artists clearing clutter creative people living mess free mature artists jealousy social media networking career strategy living clutter free friends warm down proposal writing popular culture creative confidence buying stardust fine art work priorities guilty purchases creative identity creative ambitions work life : clothes bulk buy organisation binge branding quality emotional balance mess organise artist mentors artistic conviction motivation green room buying youth VIPs buying happiness theft sacrifice clean desk copyright cupboard of shame clutter email bankruptcy crowdfunding hostile clutter imagination stop cluttering networking effectively good art work nurturing creative work tidier professional mentors stay tidy automatically normality tips for clearing workspaces home organising dynamic spaces artist goals network clarity of thought diary brands visualising cry feeling creative emotional support artist feel like creatiing chaotic childhood good friend stop hoarding stuff collections wardrobe housework much quicker why organise getting ready for work saving time well organized critical acclaim myth too busy loving your audience business-speak morning routines making decisions funding concentrated creative time wind down artist mentoring too many commitments home life spree being tripped up letting go networking artistry temperament successful artist smart artists car display items proposals exhaustion storage sheila chandra coaching buy fewer clothes clearing emotional resilience stardust the void magic organizing for creative people great art clearing as you go brilliant creator writing funding campaigns

Archive

    ×