Organizing Basics: Organizing 1, 2, 3

home organizing basics


Organizing can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.  Really? Yes!  It comes down to great rules and routines that follow up your organizing.  Get everyone on board in your family and it’s a piece of cake.  Here are my top 3 organizing rules.


1.  If it takes just a minute, put it away right away.

Most times we procrastinate about picking up because “we just don’t have time” since we are on the go. We have a lot of activities, we need to get to work on time, or we think it will take a lot of time to put stuff away.   Create a rule for yourself that if it just takes a minute (or 2 or 3 minutes) just put it away asap.


organizing 1, 2, 3
2.  Partner up! Any task is easier when it’s two people working together.

It doesn’t matter if its creating a powerpoint presentation or unloading the dishwasher, when you work as a team everything is better.   Partnerships can take many different forms.  It can be family, friends or colleagues creating connections and working together.  It can be a virtual partnership, like when  you are on the phone or skype.  Find a partner who helps do the job well and makes it fun too.



organizing 1, 2, 3

3.  A place for everything and everything in its place.

There’s no clutter when everything in your home or office has a place.  Match up items with their point of use, what room you will use them in and with other items you use them with. Store items by location to make it easy to access them when needed. It’s when stuff has no home, its on the counter or the floor for days.  Be sure you always have a spot for an item before you purchase it too. When every single thing, that means everything, has a place there’s no clutter!


What are your basic 1, 2, 3’s of organizing?


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7 replies
  1. Linda Samuels
    Linda Samuels says:

    Wonderful basics, Ellen! And they’re so implementable. So often we psyche ourselves out of doing because it seems overwhelming. But beginning somewhere, anywhere with something small and simple can be just what we need to get us moving forward.

  2. Katie Butler
    Katie Butler says:

    Ellen, thanks for these tips! Organizing doesn’t have to be super hard and you make it so easy. I need to get better about putting my things away quickly!

  3. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    These tips are awesome because they are things that we can easily do. My husband and I used to do a cleaning drill on Saturday mornings before we went out for hikes – we’d clean as much as we could in 15 minutes before we left. That made it more fun for us, so I agree with the cleaning in pairs tip. We haven’t followed the “if it takes a minute” tip that you gave, but I love it and can’t wait to share with my family.

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