1 Make it easier to put things away.
Professional organiser, Kate Brown, who owns an organisation business says "It always surprises me how difficult people make organising for themselves."
"Make everything a one-handed operation." For instance, don't put your laundry basket in the back of a cupboard, instead use an open basket which you can throw your clothes int. Avoid lids at all costs, the fewer steps the better the organising system!
2. Look for signs that your system isn't working
If a room looks messy after you've cleaned it, your organising system will more often than not be lacking. Look at getting rid of things you don't need and store them in open containers.
3. Don't treat drawers like bargain bins!
Make sure that your drawers have container organisers in them, they can be any material and style you like, just find something that works for you. Christopher Lowell is an interior designer who wrote a book about organisation, he says "This allows you to separate the drawers into defined areas for specific things verses throwing everything into one big space. With the things, you only use now and then separated out and away from the things you need every day, those daily essentials will be better organized and easier to get to."
4. Keep a bag in front of your closet.
"I keep a shopping bag with a handle in the front of my closet. Every time I try on a piece of clothing and then take if off again because it's unflattering, doesn't fit, is pulled, stained or out of style, I put it in the bag," Brown says. "If you've taken the piece of clothing off for any reason other than that it's dirty or doesn't match, that means it's not right and will probably never be," she says. When the bag is full, Isaacs explains, donate the clothes or trade them with a friend at a swap party.
5. Arrange items according to how much you use them
"The things you use daily should be the easiest to get to," says Lowell. "While the things you use once in a while should require a step stool." This is where high shelving comes in handy. "Things you use only once a year should require a ladder," he adds.