This little piece of wisdom goes a long way toward keeping a home neat and tidy. By putting things away, whether in a cupboard, drawer, closet, or trash/recycling bin, as soon as we're finished with it, we can keep counters, tables and other horizontal surfaces clear, be able to find things the next time we need them, and save time in the long run.
I often say to my family members, "If you don't have time to put it away correctly now, when will you have time to do so?" It generally takes under a minute to put things away right after they are used. Getting rid of a pile or counter full of clutter takes much longer.
Here's what Marilla Cuthbert, from Anne of Green Gables, had to say about it:
"Now, Anne, I noticed last night that you threw your clothes all about the floor when you took them off. That is a very untidy habit, and I can't allow it at all. As soon as you take off any article of clothing fold it neatly and place it on the chair. I haven't any use at all for little girls who aren't neat."I think of the extra steps taken to put things away immediately as exercise, and therefore a good thing. Whether it's in the kitchen, bath, bedroom, laundry, living, family, dining room, or garage, putting things away as soon as we're finished using them (especially putting things in the trash or recycling) is a valuable habit to establish.