The 10 Commandments of Home Organization

The 10 Commandments of Home Organization

Organization can be a daunting task, especially when you discover that the average American home has an average of 300,000 items in it. It's hard to imagine that one house could even fit that much stuff! If you want to keep your home as tidy as if it only had 250,000 things in it, here are the 10 commandments of home organization.

Keep Like with Like
When putting all of your things away, it's important to keep similar objects together for a structured and organized feel. While throwing stray items into under bed organizers and shoving them out of sight may work in the short term, in the long run it only contributes to the clutter.

Think Before Buying
It only takes one impulse purchase to throw an entire organizational system off. If you buy something, it should be a premeditated purchase, with an intended purpose and place in your home. Unless it's another closet organizer, make a list before you leave.

Everything in its Place
Once you've designated a place for everything, make sure that it stays there. Just like your plants need to stay on the garden plant racks, your shoes need to stay in their shoe organizers, and so on.

Stop Hoarding Memories
Some memories are too important to get rid of, like wedding dresses and family heirlooms, but others can be either discarded or re-purposed. All of those movie stubs and train tickets? Put them in a scrapbook and file them away so you can be nostalgic and organized.

Put Your Clothes Away
It's tough, and sometimes teenage habits die hard, but it will save you so much time in the long run. On average, people spend over 153 days of their lives looking for things like clothes. Putting them away the first time can save you a lot of trouble.

Re-purpose, Reuse, Repeat
Using clear storage containers to organize things may be aesthetically pleasing, but it may not be so kind on your wallet. Using shelving and boxes that you already have as garden plant racks and kitchen racks can save you time and money.

Centralize Everything
Centralizing locations for your keys, wallet, shoes, and coat can not only create an organized space, it can save you time on your way out the door.

Set a Routine
It takes 30 days to make a good habit, but only one day to break it. Setting a schedule for cleaning and organizing, and sticking to it can vastly improve your organization.

Start Small
It's the little things that count. If you're feeling too overwhelmed to organize your entire house, consider cleaning your closet of the average 30 outfits that you may not need, or organizing your garden plant racks.

Don't Get Overwhelmed
If you set your mind to staying organized and create a schedule or list, the tasks won't seem like such a huge chore to you. And if you're feeling stressed? Take a break! Keeping your mind organized is just as important as keeping your home organized.

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