It’s an age-old rule, and really I’m not sure who coined the phrase, but the premise of the “One-Touch Rule” is wise: don’t handle items more than once. If something is out of place, put it away immediately.
For example, you bring the mail into the house and you leave it on the kitchen counter where it sits for a couple of days. When you’re working by the stove you move the mail aside. If you’re working on the other side of the counter, you move the mail aside again… You continue wasting time with these items until they start to pile up.
If you’re not a tidy person by nature, this might sound familiar to you. People do this all the time–in fact, I tend to do this with my jacket or sweater. I hang it on the dining room chair when I walk in, I move it from the dining room where I drape it on the back of the sofa, and then sometimes I’ll go throw it in my office.
This chain of disorganization will continue unless:
1. You have a home for every item
2. You stick to the one-touch rule
By following the one touch rule you stay on top of things. You don’t waste steps and you don’t waste time.
If you’re like me, you’re probably asking yourself, how much time does it really save? Ask yourself that question after you’ve spent an hour looking for an item that’s underneath your jacket, or a piece of mail that was accidentally tossed into the trash. That’s when you’ll really notice the difference it makes.
About the Author:
Darlene and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve raised four children and have welcomed two grand children into their family.
She began her publishing journey about fourteen years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
Being the youngest of six girls in a house without boys gave Darlene the opportunity to watch, to listen, and to learn what it takes to manage an organized house.
My P31 Home is a warm blend of Darlene’s writing and love for a comfy, pretty, and organized home. It’s a small corner of the world where faith, family, and home come together in one beautiful place.
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