Get Your House to Look Like a Professional Organizer Lives There

 My daughter's bedroom

My daughter's bedroom

An organized home doesn’t just happen – it is the result of specific habits and routines that help one maintain a clutter-free environment long-term. Here are some habits that professional organizers, and organized people in general, use every day that help keep their homes neat and organized:

 

1. They make Their bed every morning

Since the bed is the dominant feature in a bedroom, a made bed will make the entire room feel orderly. Bonus: this task takes less than two minutes.

 

 Our entryway

Our entryway

2. They keep a donation bag in each of their clothes closets

Organized people have a place to keep clothes they no longer like or that no longer fits until they have the time to donate them or take them to a resale shop.

 

3. they keep a trash bin as close to the mailbox as possible

Organized people receive junk mail, too. They are just in the habit of throwing it away immediately before it clutters their main living space. (For ways to get yourself off of junk mail lists, check out our Resources page.)

 My husband's closet. 

My husband's closet. 

4. organized people use lots of hooks.

Hooks involve much less work than hangers. They are also super cheap and come in a variety of sizes. We place them low enough so our children can easily hang up their own coats, backpacks, and gear.

 

 

5. they shop with intention.

Before organized people buy something, they ask themselves, “Do I really need this?” “Would I still buy it if it were not on sale?” and “If I bring this into my home do I have a place to store it?” If the answer to any of these questions is “no” they walk away. This is how professional organizers are able to live with less but feel like they have more.