It is no secret that tidiness can be an important part of a successful and productive life. The most organized people tend to have certain habits that keep them tidy and on track. In this article, we will explore the 7 habits highly organized people do that you are probably not doing in order to help you take your tidying skills to the next level. From changing where you store items to setting specific goals, these techniques will give you the tools needed to bring order into your everyday life.


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1.      Keep something the first place you look for it.

By following this rule, items will be easy to find when they are needed and won’t get lost amongst clutter or forgotten.

Additionally, you can store all items back in their designated places after use so that nothing gets misplaced. Allocating specific areas within the house for different items such as kitchen utensils, office supplies, cleaning products, etc, and labeling them accordingly will also make it easy to quickly find what you are looking for

2.      Only keep what you use and need- Not what looks pretty.

Aim for minimalism; focus on only keeping what you use and need and not what looks pretty or ‘on-trend’.

This principle might seem overwhelming but with the right guidance, it can become second nature. Start by categorizing items in your home into three levels: must keep( those items you use the most), maybe keep and discard. Doing this will help you decide which pieces are essential for your space versus those that could potentially add clutter. Get rid of any excess items; anything from clothing to kitchen utensils that are taking up unnecessary space should go!

Keeping only what you need will keep your home from being overwhelmed with clutter. And in turn, will make tidying up a breeze!

3.      Organise according to functionality and routine

Organizing a home according to functionality and routine is an easy way to keep it tidy and efficient. Having a place for everything eliminates the need to search for items, reduces stress levels, and makes finding things easier. With a few simple steps, anyone can create an orderly environment in their home that can be maintained with minimal effort.

  • The first step is to assess which areas of the home are used most often and determine how they should be organized. Think about what needs to be done on a daily basis in each space, from preparing meals in the kitchen to winding down before bedtime in the bedroom.
  • Then group similar items together based on purpose or activity; for example, keep all cooking utensils within reach of the stove and store books on shelves next to reading chairs.

4.      5-minutes of cleaning a day saves your weekend.

If you’re someone who dreads the thought of spending an entire weekend deep cleaning your home, then we have good news for you! With just 5 minutes of tidying each day, you can save yourself from hours of mopping, sweeping and scrubbing come Saturday morning.

When it comes to keeping your home spick-and-span, every little bit counts. Dedicating just five minutes a day to tidying up can make all the difference in how much time you’ll need to spend on cleaning during the weekend. Start by focusing on one room at a time. Set a timer and quickly pick up any items that don’t belong in that space and place them where they go. Wipe down counters and sweep away any dust bunnies hiding under furniture or appliances – this will significantly reduce the amount of deep cleaning required at the end of the week.

Make your bed every morning. This small task sets the tone for the rest of the day and acts as an inspiration to keep on top of other tasks throughout the day – like doing laundry or wiping down surfaces.

Secondly, declutter your workspace or desk area before starting any task just take a few minutes each day to clear away papers or any items cluttering up your workspace so that it can remain clean throughout the week.

5.      Put things away as you go.

Organized people have a knack for making life easier. With just a few habits, they can keep their homes clutter-free and their lives stress-free. One of the most effective habits of organized people is to put things away as you go.

This simple habit requires minimal effort but produces maximum results when it comes to staying organized. Instead of leaving items lying around after using them, put them where they belong right away. Doing so prevents clutter from accumulating. As well as saves time searching for things in the future. Plus it also eliminates the need to do extensive tidying up later on.

To get into this habit, start small by focusing on one section or room per day and commit to returning items back to their rightful place after use every single time you touch them. Before long putting things away as you go will become second nature!

6.      Thoroughly clean and organize one place a day

It’s an easy task that can make a significant difference in your life.

With this plan, all you have to do is choose one spot in your house each day to clean and organize. Perhaps it’s your desk, kitchen pantry, or kid’s toy box – whatever it is, designate that area as the focus of your daily organizing efforts. Once you’ve selected the space to work on, spend 15-20 minutes tidying it up. Put documents away, wipe down surfaces, and get rid of clutter. Not only will the area look better afterward but also you’ll feel much more relaxed too!

Organizing doesn’t need to be overwhelming when taken one step at a time like this.

This way clutter and dust don’t build up


an infographic with tidying tips from highly organised people

7.      Develop cleanliness and Organisation Systems.

Developing cleanliness and organization systems is a great way to save time, energy, and even money in the long run. Come up with a cleaning routine that works for you-Whether that be daily,weekly or monthly. Print it out and pin it on your fridge or somewhere visible where you will not forget to keep track.

By being intentional about your routine you will be able to stay consistent and efficient.

Here are some  great tips  to get you  started with a great tidying system.
  •  A good system starts with an audit of items that need to be cleaned/organised for each room.
  • Then create a list of what needs to be cleaned daily, weekly and monthly.
  • To keep everything organised create designated spaces for every belonging in your house. This will help you be more efficient when it comes to cleaning.
  • Also, take the time each day to quickly pick up any items that may have been left out of their designated spaces- As this will help reduce clutter in the long run.

Once these basic systems are in place, establish a regular cleaning schedule that fits into your lifestyle. If you can, set aside a specific time, such as first thing in the morning or last thing at night. This will help to keep you on track.

In conclusion, it is clear that by implementing the 7 habits of highly organized people, you can make a huge impact on your own level of organization.

Ultimately, the rewards are worth the effort. Because you will  feel in control of your environment

As well as be more efficient when it comes to tidying up. Which will free up extra time and energy for whatever else you need or want to do.

With Love

Dolorese M. Makholo

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