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6 Rules for an Organized Home

Is clutter taking over your home? Domestic CEO has 6 rules of organization that will keep your home clutter-free forever!

By
Amanda Thomas
April 3, 2013
Episode #056

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6 Rules for an Organized Home

As a professional organizer, I often have the opportunity to help people create calm out of their chaotic homes. One thing I stress to all my Moxie Girl organizing clients is that getting their space set up is just a small part of having an organized home. Much more important are the ongoing behaviors that they need to adopt in order to keep the house  consistently clutter-free.

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Today I’m going to share with you 6 rules that organized people live by. I use these in my own home, as well as with my clients, and I promise you, if you live by these rules, you will never have a cluttered home again!

Rule #1: A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

I remember hearing this phrase from my grandma when I was a small child. At that time it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but as I got older, I started to understand what she meant. It is tough, if not impossible, to keep an organized home if you don’t have an assigned place for items to go. This is how “junk rooms” and “junk drawers” are created. But these are not viable solutions, just ways to hide clutter behind closed doors.

The challenge that most people have is that they don’t know where things should go. Every time they want to put something away, they have to come up with a place to put it. But once everything has an assigned place, it takes the work out of guessing and becomes very easy to put things away. If you label the storage compartments, then it’s even easier. If a bin is labeled with what belongs in it, everyone ages 5 and up can make sure everything is put in its place correctly.

Rule #2: Like With Like

When you are putting together your organizational system, always think “like with like” and your home will be more functional and easier to maintain. In the kitchen, for example, keep all your canned goods together, then sort them by what’s inside. That way, when you need a can of beans, you can go to the canned beans section of your pantry instead of having to move boxes of mac and cheese to find the canned beans.

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