When something in my house needs to be put away on another floor, I put it on the stairs and forget about it. That way, the next time I happen to be going to that level of the house, I remember to pick up the stuff that needs to be put away, since it's right there.
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You know what I mean...you are putting things away after a meal and there's a handful of olives, or a few slices of tomato, one little bit of leftover peas, maybe one solitary slice of pie or one dollop of whipped cream left over. You do not have to "clean up" the serving dishes to avoid putting away a single serving. I have to remind myself at every meal that every bite "extra" I take still counts on my daily calorie goals.
I've always hated throwing away food, but know if there is only one serving (or less) leftover the food is doomed a certain death at the back of the refrigerator. My solution for the "it's only a bite or two" leftover items is to pack a mini-meal for lunch the next day or later in the week.
When my house gets messy and it starts to feel overwhelming, I don't try to clean it perfectly right away. I designate one corner of a room (or big laundry basket) to hold all the bits and pieces that need to be put somewhere else, and clean the rest of the room. It saves a lot of running around the house in circles putting things away and makes "most" of the room feel organized quickly. Then I can deal with the pile of stuff more easily.
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