The One Touch Method of cleaning is a simple way to break down big jobs and eliminate anxiety. I tend to look at big jobs or projects and initially feel overwhelmed by the whole thing. I don’t remember where I first heard about the one touch method but I started using it about the time that we adopted our daughters.
I was tired, emotionally and physically and I would look at a sink full of dishes or a mountain of laundry and just didn’t know where to start. With the one touch method, you just start with the first thing you touch and go from there. It is hard to explain how freeing that was.
How The One Touch Method Works:
- When you go into an area that you need to clean, you just put out your hand and deal with the first thing you touch to either put it away or throw it away.
- You continue by reaching out and dealing with the next thing you touch.
- The only rule is that you are not allowed to put anything down without dealing with it and you can’t skip anything.
- For example, in a sink full of dishes, you wash the first dish, cup, or plate etc you touch. No triage or planning. You just jump in and do.
This is very simple and I know some of you are much more organized than me and have much better methods. But in my family, those 2 words “One Touch” have solved so many problems.
Many times I have come downstairs to see one of my daughters standing in a messy room with glazed eyes. I say “One Touch” and somehow the project is not as intimidating. Anyone can deal with one sock on the floor or one book. Each step is one small step and they are all no brainers. You don’t have to decide where to start. You just start with the first thing you touch. You touch something and put it where it goes and then do the same thing with the next thing you touch.
This method is incredibly helpful when you have to handle a task like cleaning out the refrigerator (mine is really in need). I don’t have to make a plan, I just open the refrigerator and deal with the first thing I touch, if I touch something that is good, I put it on the counter. If I touch something spoiled, it goes in a bag that will be taken out to the garbage. The job goes much faster when I don’t have to think about what to do next. I don’t worry, I just do and it gets done.
We recently used this when we helped put some of my grandma’s things into storage. There was a lot that needed to be packed up and it looked overwhelming. We all wondered how to start until I decided to just do the One Touch Method. We got boxes and labeled them and then we started. Whatever we touched went into the box that had the right label. When we filled a box, one of my kids made a more detailed label and put it on the box and then taped it and another one of our group brought the box out to the truck. It turned an overwhelming job into a simple and quick one.
This method is simple and if you are someone who doesn’t need it, you are amazing and you have my respect. But if you are like me and my family and you can get overwhelmed by big jobs and not know where to start, I promise using the One Touch Method will save you time and save your sanity.
I will be cleaning this week but I won’t be overwhelmed. I will just deal with the first thing I touch and go from there.