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Simple Rules of Home Organization

There are simple rules to home organization and getting rid of clutter everyone should live by to eliminate the clutter and stuff piling up around your house.

Let’s be honest. Nobody likes rules. But the thing is, if you’re serious about home organization, there are some specific rules you want to follow.  You’ll see how much its simple organization will be by taking the following simple steps:

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Home Organizing Rule #1: “Touch it Once!”

This is a form of procrastination, and it causes piles because something is being put off until later. It could be a little laziness, but more often it’s due to lack of time. The thing is, this rule will save you time. For everything you put off until later, you’re touching it twice when it should be just once. You (or someone you live with) is procrastinating and putting things off until later. Why? To save a couple of seconds today, you’re wasting five minutes tomorrow. For example, you come home, throw the shirt on the bed because you’re going to hang it up or throw it in the laundry basket later, or you shove it on a shelf in the closet and will hang it then. No good! These are two steps when it should be one. Common sense? Of course. But only a few people practice this simple rule of home organizing, Touch it once. The coffee cup goes in the dishwasher, not on the counter, and into the dishwasher later. The mail coming in the house should be dealt with immediately, not added to a pile where you touch it more than once for no reason at all other than procrastination.

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Home Organizing Rule #2:  Keep things together that belong together. 

Sweaters with sweaters. Shirts with shirts. One shelf for snacks and one shelf for cans. Take a look around a fancy clothing store. They are designed to help you (the customer) find what you need precisely.

Wouldn’t it be nice to find whatever it is you’re looking for in a matter of seconds? The same goes for a grocery store. If these shelves were unorganized, these stores would go broke because nobody would be able to find a thing.

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Home Organizing Rule #3 – Organize ONLY one space at a time.

Work on one small space at a time in set increments, then try and do it every single day. It might only be for fifteen or twenty minutes, but the key is to get something organized every day and make it consistent. The smaller the task, the easier to complete, and the better you’ll feel.

Often organizing something as small as a junk drawer or even your wallet, it can give you the boost in motivation to “step it up” into a bigger project. If you have to do the junk drawer over a two day period, big deal? Take two days to do it. Getting it done is the key. One small step at a time. If you are looking for motivation, check out my clean with me video for more tips on how I put things in order in my own house.

One thing I really want to recommend is getting a planner to keep everything in order and I have a Beautifully Organized Home Planner that can definitely help you manage your household. This beautiful home management system planner gives you all the tools you need to bring order and routine to your family’s life at home.

I hope these simple home organization rules can help reduce clutter and stress in your home. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, I can help you by scheduling a virtual home organizing session with me here. I will be happy to talk to you so we can customize your personal organization needs. See you!

Hugs and Love, Nikki

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