I am definitely aware of my internal neat-freak. I have always liked my environment and work space to be neat and efficient; it helps me focus. I blame that on my mom, who has always been on top of me about being clean. I definitely believe that the way you are is largely due to the way you were raised. Although growing up I thought my mom was being absurdly excessive, I’m now thankful that she instilled the quality of organization in me.
Being a messy person naturally does not mean that you can’t train yourself to be organized. In most cases, people who are messy hate it. Who wants to waste time looking for keys in a pile of mess? Keeping your life more organized will be a massive change and you will fall in love with the results.
At least once a year, I do a deep clean, also known as “Spring Cleaning”. I thoroughly clean my entire house. Junk accumulates too easily! By the time you know it, you’re a hoarder with all of these material things that you don’t need or use!
Tip: If you don’t use it, get rid of it! I know it is easier said than done and we all play a mental game with ourselves whether we want to get rid of things or not. We think, “I’ll make use of it one day”! No. If it has been in your closet for a year and you have never worth it, donate or sell it! THINK MINIMALISTIC!
Empty ALL drawers/cabinets/vanity
Start from zero. Remove all items and thoroughly scrub drawers with disinfecting wipes until they are clean.I use Clorox wipes for everything; they smell great and remove 99% of germs. Dirt adds in even the smallest of places, and it is crutial that you pay attention to detail (look in corners). When cleaning out your bathroom, remember to wipe down toothpastes, moisturizers, hair brushers, and all other products. They should look brand new by the time you’re done!
Drawer dividers have helped my life drastically. It is a practical, economic way to separate items within a space and instantly help with organization. Instead of throwing your bathroom products into a drawer, place them into dividers accordingly: face moisturizers, dental hygiene, hair removal, styling products.
During warmer months of the year, I recommend storing big winter coats that take up a lot of closet space in containers under your bed or in your closet. That way, they are accessible if you need them, but they don’t hog up all your closet room.
Make a place for everyday objects
I watched my dad struggle my entire childhood because he would spend hours a day looking for his keys or wallet that he “misplaced”. It drove my mom completely insane. Even I would help him look, and most of the time, they would be in the most obvious places. Pick a bowl, put it in the entrance of your house, and every time you get home, drop your wallet, car keys, and house keys in the bowl. Make it a habit! Eventually, it will become muscle memory and you won’t even have to think about it! That way, you will always know where your stuff is.
Want to take your organization to the next level? Label sections accordingly! In your kitchen, you can label sections for cereal, fruits, protein bars, sweets, grains, etc.
(Photo not mine)