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Establishing Routine to Keep Your House Clean

Ever wish you had more time to do the things you want to do? Sure you have, and there’s a way for you to get it without working any harder than you already do.</br></br>In fact, it’s about working less; the whole “work smarter, not harder” thing is real and the people who practice it every day to great success may have just made your lunch if you happened to dine out today.</br></br><strong>A Chef’s Life for Me</strong></br></br><a title="NPR" href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/11/338850091/for-a-more-ordered-life-organize-like-a-chef" target="_blank">A recent NPR piece</a> discussed how <em>mis-en-place</em> – a French cooking philosophy that emphasizes organization – can be used every day to make work and life less stressful, and there are three basic tenets that anyone can start using right now to shave minutes off of tasks that can add up to hours of extra free time.</br></br><em>1. “Clean as you go.”</em></br></br>This is one of the cornerstones of <em>mis-en-place</em> and likely something you’ve heard before. Every good cook knows that cleaning as you go saves time both during the cooking process and once the job is done.</br></br>The thing is, this idea can be applied in countless areas that will help you keep your house clean and save you time along the way: Sort mail immediately and recycle what you don’t need. Put your dirty clothes in the hamper. Take out the trash on your way out the door for work. Set expiration dates on magazines and newspapers and throw them out instead of allowing them to accumulate. Fold laundry as soon as it dries.</br></br>The list goes on and on.</br></br><em>2. “Put stuff where it belongs.”</em></br></br>In the NPR article, one teacher to master chefs remarks on how he requires his students to be blindfolded and still know where everything is located in their kitchen workstations.</br></br>The goal is to incrementally minimize movement and increase efficiency, so that when you add it all up you’ve saved minutes that turn into hours. It may sound silly, but if you add up all the minutes you spend looking for your TV remote or favorite pair of socks you’ll start to get the idea.</br></br><em>3. “Take pride in your space and your appearance.”</em></br></br>This has a note of military bearing to it, but at a much lower volume. The idea is that if you look a shambles and your place is messy, you will feel disorganized and your quality of life will suffer for it.</br></br><em>Mis-en-place</em> often calls for shoes to be shined and shirts to be pressed, despite the fact that a diner will never see either. Short story: Make a habit of running a comb through your hair and you’ll find yourself spending less time on your chores.</br></br>It’s crazy, but it’s just how human beings work, and work smarter, not harder. <em>Bon appetit! </em>
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