The Everyday Spruce: Keep on top of housework using the ‘touch it once’ principle

Yes, I know, I know – this sounds like it’s going to be rude, but there’s nothing x-rated here, I promise. This post is about the principle of ‘touch it once’, much celebrated as a way to improve productivity and time management. It’s the idea that when you pick up a piece of paperwork, you deal with it there and then, instead of adding it to a pile that grows into a mountain and ultimately swallows loads more of your time to sort through. However, I want to talk about applying the ‘touch it once’ rule to housekeeping, rather than…

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Introducing : The Everyday Spruce :

A very happy new year to you! I love the blank page that a new year offers, and although I’ll always be a fan of the twinkle and frippery when the house is all decked out for Christmas, I’m just as seduced by the renewed feeling of space and light when the decorations are taken down and our home returns to its normal state. And I can’t help but muse about how wonderful and welcome it would be to be able to instil that same sense of space and light to everyday life, too, as well as to my surroundings.…

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Styling the seasons: October

: Styling the Seasons, by Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots : “Reflect the change of seasons and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you“ October. Unmistakably autumnal, October for our family usually means more time spent hibernating at home. More baking and crafts, the start of candlelit dinners as the evenings get darker, and finally accepting that the heating needs to go on. For me, October this year also means knuckling down to try to up my work productivity. Making the…

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