@mollz0621: I wouldn’t say I’m the most organized person in the world, but I do have a system that works for me and isn’t too much of a pain to deal with.
My rules are:
I pick up the living room, straighten pillows, clear any clutter before bed every night.
I clean the kitchen and run the dishwasher every night right after dinner.
My husband makes the bed every morning.
We take out the trash on a daily basis.
If I buy new clothing or shoes my rule is I have to give to charity (like Goodwill) the same number of items purchased.
If we’re going out of town I do the laundry and clean house right before we leave so as not to come home to a mess.
I do chores like cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, mopping, laundry and dusting on a regular enough basis that nothing ever gets to a very dirty point. It’s easier to keep clean if you don’t let it go too long.
I squeeze small chores in any time I have a few extra minutes.
I have a place for everything in my home and I return things to their place right after using. My rule is if something isn’t beautiful or useful I get rid of it. I don’t have extra clutter; clutter is my pet peeve.
I don’t allow mail or bills to pile up. Just deal with it immediately – schedule payments and get rid of junk – the shredder is your friend, lol.
I cancelled all my magazine subscriptions because they were piling up too fast.
I pared my houseplants down from about 50 to 5 or 6.
I don’t own a label maker but my best friend is obsessed with hers. Compared to her I have no organizational skills whatsoever, lol. She makes her OCD work to her advantage.
Mainly I just do small things every day and stick to a routine. Don’t let things pile up, it is easier to deal with in small increments.
It means a lot to me to wake up every morning, as well as come home to a clean, orderly, beautiful home and my husband loves it, too. So we do all this as a gift to ourselves.