Hi girls how are you today?
As busy women, finding the time to keep our homes organized on a regular basis can be a huge challenge. I know that personally, I used to find it hard to put aside time for work, time to go to the gym, to cook (healthy) meals, to give my boyfriend some attention and as well to have some much-needed personal leisure time (usually reading a good book).
If you’ve been around the blog, you know by now I date a guy who has very strong OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
Honestly, if you open the dictionary to look up the word ‘organization’, Cris’s picture will show up.
As I live with him for over a year, I am slowly but surely picking up some good habits of his that certainly help keep the house more organized. As a naturally messy girl, I need to make conscious efforts to be sure the house is not piled up with clutter.
That is why if you follow these simple 8 rules on a daily basis, you’ll absolutely see the difference rather quickly. Bear in mind that these rules look super simple, but you will have to make the daily effort to maintain them.
Ready to learn the top tips to always have your home guest-ready? Then keep on reading this post!
7 Ways To Be A More Organized Person Every Day
#1 Start Your Day Off By Making Your Bed.
Making your bed first thing in the morning may seem like a simple task, but it makes you feel productive for the day and helps the rest of the day be set for success because of this.
To understand the importance of making our bed each morning, we should observe the words of Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S Special Operations, in a 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin.
He famously said:
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.”
#2 Establish Daily Routines for Everything.
Being organized is all about using your time efficiently.
From laundry to doing the dishes, have a plan in mind and a daily routine for everything you do at home. You quickly see that when you organize your tasks and time, there is a practical time to do everything you need. Moreover, your cleaning schedule helps dictate what needs to be done, while prioritizing the importance of specific tasks.
Soon enough you will notice that necessary yet mundane tasks, such as turning on the dryer first thing in the morning, will be a natural activity. This will ultimately make you more efficient on a daily basis and in the long-run, a more organized person.
#3 Aim to Start a New Day Without ‘’Old Problems’’.
Before going to bed, organized people will always thoroughly scan the whole house and make sure that everything is back in the right place.
Cris will never go to sleep without fluffing the couch pillows, placing used glasses either inside the washer or on the sink, or even without closing the living room curtains, among other small habits.
He says he absolutely needs to wake up to a clean and organized house or else he goes crazy. At first, I thought sheets are folded, dishwasher unloaded, and clothes taken out of the laundry, folded, and put in wardrobes.
This way when they wake up the next day, everything is taken care of and there’s no need to fix yesterday’s messes.
I thought this was a bit exaggerated. However, with time, I learned to appreciate the tidiness of the living room every time I started a new day.
Nothing beats the feeling of a clean house in the mornings and of having a clutter-free desk when you’re about to start work.
#4 Avoid “The Chair” At All Costs!
Almost all of us are well aware of ‘The Chair’ and its problems. If you don’t know what it means, I am talking about That chair that seemingly attracts all of the objects of your house. The chair that you place your bag, your coat, your scarf, your groceries, etc. ‘The Chair’ is also messy people’s attempt to declutter the house by leaving all the mess on top of a single furniture.
However, this is a vicious cycle and clothes have the tendency to easily accumulate over time, thus making your life a living hell whenever you have to clean up again.
Clean and tidy people (such as Cris) don’t turn any of their chairs into a place where they pile up clothes or other clutter. In fact, every time I place my bag on top of the table or a random chair at our home, Cris will often give it back to me to put the bag back on its proper place (lol).
I must admit that this is a habit that took me a while to fully grasp and thoroughly appreciate. After all, it is so tempting to just arrive and leave your stuff in the first place you see.
Nevertheless, remember that by making the effort of immediately placing things on their proper places instead of just mindlessly throwing them around, you will soon see how much more organized your home is.
#5 Implement Strict Policies Regarding Shoes
We should all learn more from our Japanese friends and make the effort to never use shoes while inside the house. Not only it is dirty, but most probably you will remove your shoes while in the living room and not place them back in their right places.
To avoid having shoes laying around the house, tidy people normally keep a shoe rack by the door so that dirt is not brought inside.
If you see shoes around the house at any time, make a mental note to take them and place them either in the closet or at the entrance. Shoes lying around seem like nothing, but in the overall picture, it certainly adds to the messy-house feeling.
#6 Avoid Seeing Cleaning As A Chore
Tidy people try to find ways to make the cleaning process fun and at least interesting. I know this might seem a bit silly, but you can put on some upbeat music to keep your pace going while you clean.
If you’re a busy woman who always wishes for more time to listen to Podcasts or to learn a new language, (or even read a book), why not give that a go with a language app, an audiobook, or listening to your favorite podcaster while doing the daily chores? This way, not only will you have a clean and organized home, but you will also learn something during the process.
#7 Purchase The Right Cleaning Equipment and Supplies.
When people ask me what they should give Cris for his birthday, I usually reply ‘cleaning supplies’ and I am always amused to see people think I am joking.
Whenever Cris has to go out to by new cleaning supplies it seems like he is about to go to Disney World. The excitement is evident on his face. Indeed, a major part of making sure that the house is always mess-free is to have all the right supplies.
Make sure you use effective cleaning products to avoid wasting much time cleaning as well as being cautious of products with dangerous chemical formulas. Replace the products that contain hazardous chemicals that can endanger your health such as Lye, oven cleaners or bleach. Use skin-friendly wipes that decrease germs and viruses on surfaces, objects like door handles, and toilet sits. These wipes are 99% effective against germs and made from sustainably grown wood fiber.
Make a list of all the cleaning utensils, products, appliances, and solutions you’ll need. You can also get a caddy to keep all your cleaning solutions easy to grab.