Friday, November 9, 2018

How To Apply The 80/20 Rule To Your Home Organization.

How to apply the 80/20 Rule to your home organization?       


Suzanne Roberts Lukowsky

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What is the 80/20 Rule?

I have known about the 80/20 rule as something that was applied for relationships. I have shaken my head when some of my friends have left their girlfriends (80) for someone who could care less about them (20). 

So, how can the 80/20 rule apply to your life. 

One day when I was organizing my bathroom counter (see below) I saw that the 80/20 Rule could apply to my bathroom organization. How you ask? 

Well, the 80/20, also known as the "Pareto Principle" was developed in the early 1900's by Vilfredo Pareto who was an Italian economist. He created a mathematical equation to illustrate how wealth was unequally distributed. An example of this rule is:

80 percent of the monetary wealth is generated by a few 20% of the population, and the reverse is 20% of the population earns approximately 80% of the money generated. 

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But, how does this apply to my bathroom counter? 

 If you look, there is 80% clutter on the countertop, and therefore I only have about 20% space to work with. Who wants to brush their teeth in clutter?  I know that I don't, and it doesn't make me have that serene feeling about using my bathroom. So, this is an uneven distribution of the use of counterspace and therefore, I need to put my focus on utilizing 20% of the counterspace so that the remaining 80% is free and clear to be used as needed. 

With that said, lets go over the steps that I took to clean and organize the bathroom counter. 

1. First I removed all of the items on the counter and temporarily placed them on the floor. 

2. I then grouped like items together and any containers of shampoo, conditioner, or other half used bottles were filled.  Other bottles that were nearly empty,  I tossed.

3. Next, I looked at the expiration dates and tossed all outdated items . 

4. I placed all items in a designated home. 

5. I wiped down the counter with my favorite  spray

6. I placed my favorite circular mirrored tray and candle holder d├ęcor on the right hand corner of the countertop. 

7. Last, I placed a vanilla chai handsoap by Method™  on the left hand side of the sink and a tooth brush holder in the mirrored tray.

Looking at the finished product, 80% of the work took less than 20% of my time. Because I was focused, I was able to accomplish my task in a shorter period of time, so that I could focus and complete other tasks. 



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