Best Organizing Advice You Will Ever Need

I love organizing and I love helping my clients get organized. While working with clients, I often give them advice and little tips to help with the organizing process. I thought I would share some of them here to help you get organized and stay organized.

1. Start small. Focus on organizing one small area (a kitchen counter, a drawer, a cupboard etc.) and don’t start anything else until that one is done.

2. If you have way too much stuff then organizing will not be enough; you will need to let some things go.

3.When going through your clothes, ask yourself “Would I buy this today?” if the answer is no then let it go.

4. If you haven’t used it in a year, ask yourself “Do I really need this?” if not then let it go.

5. Dealing with an elderly parent who needs to downsize or who has passed away is very stressful. Do you really want to leave all this stuff for your children to go through?

6. There are high costs to having clutter.

7. Use clear containers when storing items,  it is easier to see what is inside.

8. Label your containers and anything else that will make it easier for you to remember what something is or where something goes.

9. Try to finish organizing one room before going to another room. If you come across items that belong in another room, just put them outside of the room you are organizing and when you are done organizing the room, pick up the items and put them away in their proper rooms.

10. One in one out rule. This rule is perfect for clothes or other items you have a lot of. For every item you bring in, you let go of one that you are no longer using.

11. Take a few minutes at the end of the day and tidy up. You will feel better waking up in the morning to a tidy home.

12. Get your clothes, items you need for work, and lunches ready the night before.

13. Clean your kitchen while you are cooking and again after you are finished eating. If you do this daily, there won’t be much to clean.

14. Keep like items together in one spot.

15. Use a filing cabinet for your files and at the end of the year, go through the files and recycle or shred what you no longer need.

16. Before you buy it stop and really think about whether you need it.

17. Make a change. In order to really stay organized, you have to change your habits.

18. Don’t give up. You may feel overwhelmed and want to give up, but don’t. You will be very happy you didn’t once you’re done!

19. Ask for help. If you really can’t do it on your own, ask family or friends to help you, or hire a professional organizer that can help you get organized and stay organized.

20. Sit back, relax and enjoy your newly organized home.

I hope these tips will help you get organized and stay organized. Feel free to comment explaining which ones you found the most helpful or if you have any organizing advice you would like to add.

Happy Organizing,

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15 replies
  1. Janet Barclay
    Janet Barclay says:

    #15 is a big reminder for me. We generate so much less paper these days that I don’t need to purge my files every year to make room for new ones. As a result I have three drawers full of files and probably need less than half of them. Out of sight, out of mind…

    • Kathy McEwan
      Kathy McEwan says:

      Oh very true…out of sight, out of mind lol I recommend going through the files every year even if you don’t have a lot of files because you may come across an important file that has been misfiled or you forgot where you had filed it.

      • Janet Barclay
        Janet Barclay says:

        I know it’s important, but it never seems to make it to the top of my list. Maybe I should plan to go through 5-10 files a day until it’s done. It would take a while, but it would eventually get done (which is more than I can say right now) and it would be painless.

  2. Seana Turner
    Seana Turner says:

    I am with Janet on #15. Go through your files periodically and either move outdated (but needed) information to a remote storage location, or shred and purge. How many clients have school calendars from 3 years ago in their files. It really is an ongoing process.

    • Kathy McEwan
      Kathy McEwan says:

      Like you Seana, I recommend putting outdated but needed files in a storage location. No need for more than one years files in your filing cabinet, with the exception of the few that are older but you need to be able to grab quickly.

  3. Stacey Agin Murray
    Stacey Agin Murray says:

    The One In One Out rule is one that I tell my clients about all the time (#10). Most have never heard of it but gets them thinking about what enters and exits their home. I advise them that the One in Two Out or One In Three Out rule will help them de-clutter their home even faster.

  4. Liana George
    Liana George says:

    I love #10 and repeated to my girls all the time when they were growing up (One In, One Out Rule). It wasn’t until they were in their 20’s did I finally see my words have an impact as my daughter sent me a text of all the clothes she was getting rid of before her big NYC shopping trip. It really helps to follow this rule and makes shopping so much more fun when you know you already have space for what you’re bringing in 🙂

  5. Olive Wagar
    Olive Wagar says:

    #6 is so important–clutter is not neutral & innocent!! It costs us physical, mental, & emotional energy. We do ourselves a huge favor when we take the time to eliminate it from our homes. Thanks for posting to POBC!!

  6. Deb Lee
    Deb Lee says:

    #18 and #19 go well together. It can be so easy to get bogged down with all that has to be done to reach your end goal. But, but if you find ways to stay motivated AND get help, you’ll likely see the results your after. Great reminders!


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