When you can make your house hum, you’ve reached a state of flow.
With the kids back in school and a bit more time on your hands, it’s the perfect opportunity to regain control of your life. You’re finding your rhythm, your flow, or as professional organizer Jenny Layton calls it, “the hum.”
Jenny helps us paint a picture of what a humming house looks like, and shares how to get there.
6 Ways to Make Your House Hum
The Humming House
What exactly is a humming house? It’s that feeling you get when everything is in sync. You’re in control of your home, your calendar, and you’re feeling great. You’re operating in a state of flow. This time of year, post-summer and pre-holiday rush, is the most wonderful time for moms to regain control of their lives. This window of opportunity allows us to prepare for the upcoming season, get organized, and find our groove.
Jenny recommends taking advantage of this time to reclaim the harmony in your home and your life.
Start at Home Base
To find your “home base,” identify the area that, when it’s clean and organized, helps you feel in control and motivated. For most people, this area is the kitchen and the adjacent family room, where much of the household activity takes place. By focusing on decluttering and organizing your home base, you can gain momentum and motivation for other tasks.
The Ten-Minute Declutter
You might think that you need large chunks of time to organize spaces in your house, but Jenny suggests otherwise. The key to decluttering is to break it down into manageable segments. She introduces the concept of “Clutterbusters”: Grab a garbage bag or container, set a timer for ten minutes, and start decluttering. You’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish in this short time frame.
No Fancy Containers Required
The rise of social media platforms like TikTok has introduced us to the world of fancy containers and labels. While these are aesthetically pleasing, they’re not always necessary. Jenny emphasizes the importance of decluttering and simplifying. Focus on making a positive change in your space first, and consider fancy organizing tools later. It’s the act of decluttering that makes the most significant impact.
Nighttime To-Do Lists
Each night, take a few minutes to look at your calendar and create a to-do list. By planning ahead, you can start your day with a clear sense of purpose and ensure that you don’t forget important tasks. This simple time management habit can help you get organized and reduce stress.
Learning to Say “No”
Saying “no” is a challenge for many of us. To make it easier, Jenny offers a handy phrase: “If I say yes to [activity], then I’m saying no to [other activity].” This phrase helps you connect the dots and align your priorities. It’s essential to say “yes” to the things that truly matter and “no” to those that don’t align with your values or goals.
Making Time for What You Love
Lastly, it’s crucial to set aside time for activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Imagine you have one precious hour to do anything you love. Now, find just 30 minutes in the upcoming week to engage in that activity. It’s an essential part of a humming life, as it ensures you’re fulfilled and have more to give to others.
Don’t let this perfect window of time slip by. Embrace the most wonderful season for moms and find your groove. Your humming house awaits.