27 is kind of a magic number for me, but not because it’s my age. Been a few years since that one now. I’ll tell you why: I’ve found that any room or area of my house looks a million times
better if I put just 27
things away. It usually
only takes a few minutes too!
Let me show you an embarrassing picture of my garage floor.
This is right at the door from the inside of the house, and it looked like this for probably two weeks. Yep, for two weeks, every time we went in or out of the garage we were stepping in or over spilled crayons markers and pencils. Why is it so hard to just do a job like that sometimes? I don’t know. But I finally decided to do use my 27-thing trick, and look at the difference! I counted all the crayons as one “thing”, and it still only took about 3 minutes to clean up this whole little spot. Now we no longer risk sprained ankles or death as we go in and out of this door.
Another visual proof for you? How about my kitchen counter after breakfast and making lunches? This is what it looked like the other day after getting the kids on the bus. I do realize that I could put each thing away as soon as I’m done using it–but, well, there’s a reason I don’t run an organizing blog 🙂
Go try it. Pick a room (or the table!) and put away just 27 things and see what you think!