Some Organizing Rules To Live By – Missy Bystrom

By on Apr 3, 2013 in Guest Bloggers, Organizing

As a Professional Organizer who often speaks to various audiences, I almost always get asked the same question: “What’s the most important rule or rules in organizing?” Our society loves ‘top 10‘ lists and quick fixes. Unfortunately, when it comes to organizing and de-cluttering, the answer is not that clear cut.

Missy Bystrom Storage Closet PhotoJust as we are all individuals who see and relate to their surroundings differently, so are our needs and goals for organizing.

That said, I have some rules that I often throw out there to please the crowds. If they apply to you, great. If not, ignore them:

  1. One thing in, 2 like things out. Trust me, you will still have more than enough stuff.
  2. Strive for balance. It’s impossible to be perfect- and perfect is subjective anyway.
  3. Everything should have a ‘home – and live there when not being used.
  4. You don’t have to hang onto gifts, heirlooms, or things that were expensive – unless you want to.
  5. If you don’t love it, it’s not useful, or you have no idea what it is, you might want to consider parting with it.
  6. Organizing is like cleaning. It must be done over and over, and maintained.
  7. Don’t shop for food when you are hungry. Don’t shop for clothes when you are upset. Don’t shop online when you can’t fall asleep.
  8. Don’t compare yourself to Martha Stewart – or to anyone for that matter. Be happy with what you have accomplished.

All right – I got to a list of 8. It’s not 10 – but we are all individuals right ?

Happy Organizing!

Missy Bystrom PortraitMissy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.
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One Comment

  1. Really enjoyed reading the practical advice! Also, love the touch of humor! ~Thea

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