Inside: Learn five secrets of people who always have a beautifully organized home to help your home function at its best.
For some of us, an organized home is the status quo.
But for many? It’s a seemingly unattainable dream.
Between work, family, and all of the other obligations that keep us busy, it can be difficult – if not impossible – to find the time you need to truly maintain an organized home. At least, that’s how it can feel.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can have an organized home. It’s absolutely within your reach.
You just have to learn how to make it happen.
What are the benefits of having an organized home?
Having an organized home is a gift that just keeps on giving. There are many benefits to having a decluttered and organized home.
Living in an organized, tidy, clutter-free space is beneficial to your mental well-being. You’re able to think more clearly, stress less, and feel less overwhelmed when everything is in its rightful place. You’ll be able to learn more easily, be more creative, and feel more joy.
The benefits extend into every room of your home. If your office is organized, you’ll be more productive.
Your bedroom? You’ll sleep easier at night when you aren’t overwhelmed by chaos and disorder.
And the idea of cooking a meal in your kitchen – instead of ordering takeout – is way more enticing when you’ve actually got plenty of counter space to prep it on.
You’ll also have more time to spend on the things you love. Think about it. Keeping your home organized means you’ll spend less time cleaning up your mess.
Less time searching for stuff that you know is somewhere – but you just don’t know where. Less time worrying about what you’re going to do with everything, or figuring out how you’re actually going to organize it all.
Five secrets of people who always have a beautifully organized home
If you’re wondering how some people manage to always have an organized home, I’ve got some good news.
I know a few of their secrets.
Ready to unlock the keys to having an organized home – all the time?
Put these secrets into practice in your own life, and you might just be amazed to see how realistic it can be to have an organized home.
While these tips may seem obvious, it’s easy to overlook the obvious in our own homes. We’re creatures of habit and we can stop noticing the clutter in our space when we get used to seeing it.
But by looking at your home with a fresh perspective and adjusting your behaviors, you too can have the beautifully organized home of your dreams.
What would a beautifully organized home look like for you? It doesn’t have to be the fancy versions you see on tv (that’s an organizing myth designed to sell you more stuff).
Beautiful can be really simple. Your home should be a reflection of what you love. Creating a beautifully organized home is about making a space that you feel good about and that functions well for you and your family.
Here are the secrets to help you get there.
Secret #1: They always put things back where they belong.
One of the biggest secrets of people who always have an organized home? They rarely, if ever, have to dedicate a whole weekend to cleaning up.
How do they do it?
It’s simple, really.
They just don’t let things get that disorganized in the first place.
By putting things back where they belong as soon as they’ve used them, they keep their homes neat and orderly virtually all of the time.
When they take off a coat, they hang it up in the closet – instead of throwing it on the back of a chair. And when they finish a drink, they put their glass in the dishwasher instead of leaving it on the coffee table.
When they’re done reading a book, it gets put back on the shelf where it belongs. And when they bring in the mail, they read it and get rid of it right away – instead of letting it pile up on the kitchen counter, collecting dust.
This strategy might sound tedious, but with a little effort, it becomes a habit. And by putting things back where they belong right away, you can save yourself a ton of time and effort later on.
Secret #2: They have a place for everything.
Another key to always having an organized home?
Make sure everything you own belongs somewhere.
Think about it. If you’re going to put things back where they belong, they have to have a spot where they, well, belong.
Most stuff in your home has an obvious spot. Shoes belong in the shoe rack. Utensils belong in the kitchen drawer with the organizer. You’ve got a spot for your coffee mugs, your vitamins, your dog’s toys, your dirty laundry.
And if you don’t?
Designate one. Get a bin, a box, a shelf organizer. Pull out the label maker. Give everything you own a specific spot, and you’ll find it’s way easier to have an organized home.
And if you can’t find a spot for something? Ask yourself whether or not you actually need it. And if the answer is no? Get rid of it.
Secret #3: They don’t buy stuff they don’t need.
When you keep buying stuff that you don’t necessarily need, it’s difficult to stay organized.
As I said, everything in your home should have a place where it belongs. And most of us are somewhat limited in the amount of space in our homes.
People who always have an organized home are methodical about their purchases. They don’t get tempted by big sales or flash deals. And they resist impulse buys or add-ons as they shop with intention.
They carefully identify their needs, do their research, and purchase exactly what they want.
Having an organized home that is easy to maintain requires being a very good gatekeeper of what enters your home. The less stuff you have to manage, the easier it is to get and stay organized.
Secret #4: They get rid of things that no longer serve them.
Getting rid of stuff we no longer need is easier said than done for many of us. But for those who have an organized home, it’s just part of the process.
Attics, basements, garages, and closets are often filled with things we no longer need. Old clothes that don’t actually fit anymore – or just aren’t really our style.
Books we don’t plan on reading ever again – and didn’t like much to begin with. Chipped dishes, old electronics, half-used cans of paint. The list goes on.
By getting rid of things that no longer serve you as soon as possible, instead of holding onto them for years to come, you can ensure your house stays as clutter-free as possible.
And you save yourself from having to overcome the challenge of figuring out how to get rid of all that stuff that’s accumulated over the years.
If you know you have too much clutter but aren’t sure where to start with streamlining your stuff, check out this post on how to start decluttering your house.
Secret #5: They do clean up and organize their stuff on a regular basis.
We’re all human. Which means sometimes, things do get a little disorganized – even in the tidiest of homes.
People who always have an organized home often make a habit of tidying to keep their homes neat and clean.
Even ten or twenty minutes a day – or an hour or two on a Saturday morning – can make a tremendous difference when it comes to staying on top of laundry, straightening up, and tackling the miscellaneous things that creep into our space.
What they don’t do is ignore everything that’s accumulating until the problem becomes too big to ignore – which is the habit that many fall into.
Working to adjust your habits and putting things away on a regular basis helps to keep your home organized and feeling more manageable.
Do you have any additional tips on how to have an organized home? Leave a comment and let me know!
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