O.H.I.O helps you come clean
In our fast-paced life, sometimes it seems we rely too much on abbreviations. I have to admit though, I am a total fan of acronyms. They make it so easy to remember things, don't you agree?So naturally after living in the state, when I came across the acronym OHIO, I paid attention. In the March 2016 issue of Redbook Magazine, author Elizabeth Jenkins shared some tips for keeping a clean entryway. Two of my favorites are:
Learn this acronym: O.H.I.O. "It stands for Only Handle it Once", says Molly Graves, an organizer in San Francisco. "People think, I don't have time to put it away, so I'll put it here instead. Throwing it on the chair ultimately takes longer than putting it where you want it to be. By handling an item once instead of twice, you save time." (Molly Graves, cofounder, the NEAT Method, San Francisco)
Give everything a home "If you empty your pockets of change and receipts when you first walk in, have a go-to container for those things," says Monica Friel, a Chicago organizer. And be sure it's pretty, says Graves: "Then you won't want to bury it in detritus." (Monica Friel, Chaos to Order, Chicago)
I used tip #2 when I created a nook by my front door. It was a wasted half-wall behind my door. By bulding in these shelves, I have an convenient space for my glasses and keys.
In my previous home, I also had a couple spaces or stations to place items upon entering the door.
Makes life so easy and saves time spent looking for our keys, glasses, or other must-haves when going out into the world. So, be late no more! It's all at hand right by the door.