Hi girls, how are you today?
While it might seem like a hassle to keep the home straight, I’ve learned a thing or two after dating a guy with extreme OCD for over 2 years (in fact, while I write this post Cris is doing a deep cleaning of our already-clean apartment).
Here are some great ways for you to get rid of the excessive clutter and to easily maintain an organized home daily.
Find below a few suggestions to quickly organize your house and satisfy your inner neat freak!
HABITS THAT WILL KEEP YOUR HOME CLUTTER FREE AND ALWAYS ORGANIZED
This may sound weird, but before you go around trying to be a better organizer, it helps to try and understand what is the core issue of your current struggle with organization.
The first thing that you need to do is a thorough assessment of your entire house and identify the problematic areas.
Take a moment to reflect on why these messes are always here.
Do you have a habit of leaving a purse on the counter after work every day? Do you lazily abandon your gym bag at the entrance as soon as you walk in? Do you always bring a glass of water to the room and leave it there?
When you find the problem, then it is easier to discover ways to break these bad habits so that your home can remain tidy and clean at all times.
Put Things Out Immediately
Mess accumulates, my friend. Little things such as not picking that glass of water next to the couch, to leaving a coffee spoon at the kitchen counter add up to a big mess.
If you’re leaving everything for the weekend, then there’s a big chance you’ll have to invest more time than you’d need if you took care of these things throughout the week.
This means that the first solution to a messy house is to do things right away.
Follow a “One-Minute” Rule
Adding up to my last point: As I said, small tasks add up quickly when you’re saving them to do all at once. So, if you perceive that a task will take less than a minute to complete, do it immediately.
This means, put that coffee mug inside the cleaner instead of placing it inside the sink (better yet, why not simply quickly wash it and get it done with?).
First in, first out.
This is the first rule of any Minimalism lover.
When you buy new stuff, no matter what it is, look for something that you don’t need anymore and get rid of it. This way your home will never feel cluttered.
At first, this might seem hard to do, but with the time you’ll see yourself looking forward to what you’ll be tossing away to make space for the new.
Always Leave a Room With Something in Hand
This is another tip I’ve learned after watching some videos on minimalism on YouTube.
Whatever room you’re in, chances are there’s a cup, blanket, purse, or T-shirt that needs to be delivered back to another room.
Oh hey, conveniently enough, we’re always walking into other rooms. Why not simply pick up a hitchhiker or two on the way?
Every time you leave a room, take a quick scan for anything that belongs where you’re going, and you’ll start habitually keeping clutter under control.
Put Objects Back Where they Belong
This is hands down one of the most impacting things to understand when you’re aiming to be more organized while still feeling totally lost. What this rule simply means is that everything should always be put back in the same place after its use.
In simple words, things in your house should always have a resting place. This will take the ‘guessing game’ when cleaning up and you will be much more efficient, thus guaranteeing a more organized house more regularly.
Organizers know the importance of organization
Adding up to my prior point, nearly anyone with an organized home realizes that being organized on a daily basis will not only make their house look aesthetically pleasing, but will also save them a lot of time in the long-run.
Keeping things organized and in a reachable place will always save you time when looking for something.
Make Your Bed as Soon as You Get Up
This is called by the Marines as “wake and make.”
According to retired Admiral William H. McRaven, author of “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life . . . and Maybe the World, “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed’’.
Keep Surfaces Clear
You didn’t spend hours decoarting your coffee table perfectly for it to be a clutter-filled environment, right? Your coffee table and dining table are not the right places for anything other than crockery and a little decoration.
Try to create the habit of keeping your surfaces clear. Keep in mind that this requires a little bit of a personal awareness and conscious effort, as flat surfaces attract clutter like a magnet does to a paperclip.
The more surfaces are clear, the more your house will look organized.
Have An Outbox.
Put any outgoing items, (such as store returns, keys, car documentation, wallet, packages, etc.) on an outbox (i.e. a small table by the door).
Whatever you think you may need when you go out can be placed on this outbox. You can even keep your shoes or purse on one of the shelves of this table. Having an outbox not only keeps the house organized but guarantees we never forgot important items whenever we leave the house.
A basket for cleaning utensils
This is a tip I also gave on my popular post on How to Organize Your Entire House in 1h.
Put everything in containers and baskets. This way everything looks nice and gives your house a neat look. And having these in the bedroom and kitchen is a must for anyone who’s looking to get rid of their messes. And if you have a hard time letting go of things, then this is probably one of the best things for you.