How to be lazy and effortlessly tidy at the same time

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, May 11, 2017


I am lazy…

Yes, I really am incredibly lazy, and I begrudge every moment I spend tidying up because I’ve got far better things to do. But I also hate trying to live and work in a disorganised or untidy space, so I make sure that my home is tidy most of the time. That may sound like an impossible feat but it’s actually very easy.


Ironically it’s being lazy that makes me want to be effortlessly tidy

When you’re as lazy as I am, you just can’t be bothered to wade through chaos to find your diary, or to make dinner. And you can’t be bothered to spend a second longer cleaning than you need to. You want your space to be as easy to use as possible and you want to be an effortlessly tidy person. But how do you make it stay that way if you hate tidying up?


If you’re lazy and not effortlessly tidy, it’s a sign that you’re not properly organized

Actually it’s a myth that you need to tidy up much. If your home is really well organised, tidying up everyday isn’t really needed. Needing to tidy up is either a sign that you’re tired or ill and so haven’t put things back, or that you need some visual clutter to act as a creative stimulus, or that your things weren’t well organised in the first place. It’s also a myth that people with tidy houses are energetic, time rich or virtuous, and spend ages making sure their homes stay that way. Some of them are probably as lazy as I am!


What is your failure to be effortlessly tidy teaching you about yourself?

So pay attention to your clutter and ask yourself what it’s trying to tell you about your state of mind. Are you tired? Are you in the middle of a creative project? Or is it a permanent tide that floods your home which you can’t hold back? There is a way to arrange every item you own so that it tends to gravitate back to its proper place without very much effort or conscious thought on your part. That method of organising is what I call the ‘toothbrush principle’ because most people do this automatically with their toothbrushes. Once your things are organized properly, putting them back correctly every time becomes automatic.

Download the free excerpt of ‘Banish Clutter Forever – How the toothbrush principle will change your life’ to find out more.

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