Organizing Tip: How to Keep Things Neat

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How to Keep Things NeatAre you looking for tips on how to keep your home and office neat?

Unsure as to where you should begin?

In this post, I offer several practical tips to help you keep things looking tidy.

Choose one or more of these tips and apply them to your living space.

You’ll see a big difference in how things look!

Give items a home.

As soon as a new item enters your home or office, assign it a home, or a permanent location where you can locate and find the item.

This tip works twofold; you can easily find what you need when you need it and can easily tidy up when you are finished using the item.

Here’s some prompts to get you thinking about storage spaces:

  • In what room does it make sense to store this item?
  • Where in the room does it make sense to store this items?
  • Where in my home do I currently store similar items?
  • Would it make sense to create a unique storage location for this item?

Contain items.

Which looks more tidy? A pile of pens lying out on top of a desk, or that same pile of pens placed into a cup or pen holder?

Obviously, the pens in a holder will look much more neat and tidy.

Items that are given the chance to float about a room can quickly make your space look untidy.

To combat this, contain small items in containers. You can choose from glass jars, metal canisters, plastic tubs or containers, baskets, wooden crates, cardboard boxes, old mugs or coffee canisters.

Stack and square off items.

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but stacking and squaring off items can make a huge difference when it comes to aesthetics.

This tip works best when you have a lot of items in plain view. You’re using the items on a regular basis, and you just want things to be more easy on the eyes.

All you have to do is simply stack and square off items for a neat and tidy look. This applies to magazines, books, files,

Create a holding station for regularly used items.

One of the most difficult parts in keeping a room tidy is figuring out what do with those odd transient items.

An example of such items would be the contents of your pocket or purse, including house keys, car keys, wallet, cell phone, and so on.

Instead of leaving these items in different areas of your home, create a single holding space to drop off of and pick up items.

You can use a bowl, basket or other container to hold items and keep things contained and tidy. Leave your container in the hallway, on a kitchen counter, on your desk in your home office, or other frequented area of the home,

Now to you…what do you find is the most difficult thing about keeping things neat and tidy at home or at the office? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!


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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.

2 Responses

  1. Juanita Vega DeJoseph

    Good Article. My biggest challenge is paper clutter and craft items. Both don’t have a home and that’s what I’m working on in myhome office which doubles as a craft space.

    • Rashelle

      Hello Juanita, I’m glad you found the post helpful. Let us know how the process goes in processing paper clutter and finding a home for craft items in your office. Sometimes just having things contained in a temporary home helps you to better see the layout of your space and get your mind thinking about potential storage options. Thanks for your comment! Best, Rashelle