10 Easy Tips to be Organized

It’s amazing how each individual is different when it comes to their approach to organization. On one end of the spectrum, there’s organized chaos while on the other, we have Monica Gellers who love to label everything. 

If you’re neither of the two and just want to have simple organizational systems in place, then this article is for you.

know the feeling:

There are things we’d much rather do than spend time organizing. Trust me, it isn’t easy in the beginning. However, over time you’ll either love it or not dread it. 

Organizing your life doesn’t have to be a dreadful and tedious act. It can be an easy, fun, rewarding and simple way of clearing your mind and getting your act together. It may not come naturally but with practice and repetition, you’ll be consistent. 

If you’re done living with a chaotic system or too terrified to buy a label maker, here are some 10 simple tips to be organized:

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1. Clean and Clean as you Go!

Have you ever attempted to carry the groceries from your car to the house in one go? We tend to do this to save time and get it over with as soon as possible. You can think of cleaning the same way.

Try this:

If you’re leaving your room to go to the kitchen and grab a snack, bring the garbage downstairs and throw it in the trash. Bring the used plates and cups to the sink as soon as you can. Thinking of hanging out in your brother’s room? Bring the stuff he left behind in your room so that it’s out of your mind. 

This tip seems like a no-brainer but you’ll be surprised to find that most people don’t do this. 

By following this habit, you’ll notice that a lot of the “tedious” tasks you thought were going to take forever could actually be done by multitasking. Taking a few minutes to think ahead and plan can save you a lot of time!

2. Have a Home for Each Item 

Your organization method doesn’t have to be over the top. No one said that having perfectly matching bins with cute labels on them is required. All you need is a designated space where each item belongs. That way, you know exactly where to find it and exactly where to put it back. 

When our items don’t have a home, our tendency is to leave them in a random place where eventually everything stacks up. That stack will then become a pile of mixed items that require digging and rummaging. This can definitely be avoided and save you the headache!

3. Use 10 Minutes of Your Day to Clean Up

We’ve all been there:

There may be days when you missed a couple of items and forgot to clean. That’s 100% fine and 100% human. When this happens, take 10 minutes of your day to clean and put back any items that you missed.

Keep in mind that this is not a deep-clean session! It should only take 10 minutes since you’re only cleaning the things that you missed from the other day. By following this habit, you are avoiding the accumulation of mess and the need for constant deep-cleaning sessions.

4. Deep Clean Once Every Two Weeks 

A deep-cleaning session is a more thorough and intense method of cleaning that isn’t covered by regular house cleaning. This will take more of your time and energy compared to the 10-minute tidy session mentioned earlier. 

It is important to schedule and make time for this to ensure that it will get done. The last thing you want is to find grimy substances hidden under your appliances, couches and other small corners of your home.

5. Throw Out or Donate What You Don’t Use

 A part of being organized is having a home for your belongings. But when your designated space gets crowded with things you don’t use, there will be no space left over for the things you do use. 

Clean out your closet once a month and sort your belongings into the “keep” pile, the “donate” pile and the “throw away” pile. This allows you to have a much neater setup for your belongings and creates a cleaner environment.

6. Be Mindful of Your Purchases 

We’re all guilty of buying things we clearly don’t need. 

A few days after purchasing a knick-knack, it ends up somewhere on the shelf along with all the other things you thought you needed. Before you know it, you have a full shelf of items that you don’t touch and have nowhere to place them.

A great tip is to think about whether you really need something or not. Next, think about where you would store it. By being intentional with what you buy, you can reduce future clutter and random belongings scattered throughout your house.

7. Put Things Away After You Use Them!

I am pretty sure I am not the only one who gets annoyed when condiments are taken out of the fridge and are left on the dining table after every meal. It’s a pretty simple process of returning what you used. However, I understand that it doesn’t come naturally to most people. 

This tip is similar to cleaning as you go. After I’ve used scissors or other stationary items, I put them back right away and clear up my workspace before moving on to my next task. After baking some delicious treats, I wash the baking pans while the treats are in the oven. This saves time and breaks down the bigger tasks into smaller chunks. 

8. Categorize Your Cleaning Tasks Into Chunks With Different Priorities 

Let’s face it:

There are a lot of things we have to do in a day. Some tasks are more time-consuming or more important than others while other tasks seem too minuscule to grab our attention. 

Regardless of how we view them, they are still tasks that have to be completed. One tip to tackle the time-consuming tasks is to break them down into smaller tasks and pace yourself throughout the day. Depending on your schedule, you have the power to set the time that suits you best. 

When tackling the smaller tasks, see if you can multitask or use tip #1 to accomplish it. If not, start with the task that needs the most attention then work your way down.

9. Make Organizing a Fun Task That You Like to Do

I am a firm believer that we can always find a way to make a chore seem less annoying.

Let me explain what I mean:

What I like to do is listen to podcasts, Youtube videos or music while I am sorting, cleaning and organizing. That way, my mind isn’t constantly thinking about the work that I have to do. 

Besides, I’d be killing two birds with one stone! You can always find a way to make it more interesting and bearable.

10. Ask Friends and Family to Respect Your Systems 

I realized that I haven’t mentioned much about the importance of having a system in this article. Well, in order to have a system, the nine tips above should be executed. Over time, a system will fall into place naturally and you will know what works for you and what doesn’t.
After you’ve figured out a system for your household or room, it is important that you ask friends and family to respect it. 


It’s because you yourself worked hard to develop good habits and reach a place where you are satisfied. You don’t have to breathe down their backs nagging and nitpicking but you do want to let them know that your house/room is to be respected.

The last thing you want is a huge mess that you have to clean.

You Can Become That Person

Never forget that we human beings have the power to change our habits. Becoming that organized person is 100% possible with some practice and consistency! By following these tips, you will get closer to your goal.

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