How to Organize Your Home in 5 Steps
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How to Organize Your Home in 5 Steps

“Being organized” is a tricky concept. We usually associate it with words like clean, neat and tidy. But technically the word means to be able to find something in a heap of things whenever one wants to. So you don’t have to be neat and tidy to be organized. Use the following five steps to be more organized, if not more neat and tidy.

1. Make things accessible Put things you need close to where you need it. If it’s something you use rarely, put it far away, like in the attic or basement. If it’s used frequently, keep it near you, so it’s handy at all times. If something is being used only for a special occasion, and may never be used again, rent or borrow it instead of buying it.

2. Have a permanent place for things When you first bring in something in your house, find a permanent place for it to be put. If you don’t know where you use it most, put it at a temporary place for now, and remember to put it back there every time you use it. After a while you will know where you should put it, so that you can get to it as soon as you need it.

3. Finish tasks completely Whenever you finish doing something (like eating) finish the complimentary task (like washing the dishes) right away, so that you don’t have a bunch of little tasks added up after a while. Get everyone to take care of their own things, as much as possible.

4. Clean up consistently Do a roundhouse cleanup twice every week, and put everything in their permanent places. You can also decide now if something is worth keeping anymore or not, especially for old and unused things. When deciding, lean more toward not needing it. Chances are you have a lot of stuff accumulated over the years that you can live without. Find a place, put out a box or something, where everyone can put things they no longer need. This way there will be less clutter. These can be donated or thrown away.

5. Prepare for the next day After these systems are in place, it’s very important that you keep going with it. Even if you are very tired one day don’t skip out on doing something thinking you can do it any other time. You will be tired again the next day and it will continue. Soon one thing will lead to another and you have to start over from the beginning.

Of course, there is a lot of overlap between neatness and being organized. If you are trying to be neat and make your house stay tidy, you should first make it organized, even if it becomes messy. If you just make it clean and tidy without any organization it will go back to being a mess very quickly. Once you get the hang of where everything is, you can make your home tidier without it becoming a mess again the next day.

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