How to Get Organized

Being a well-organized person can affect every area of your life and make day-to-day living easier and more fun.


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Whether you're a certified hoarder or are just messy, get things put away, organized, and under control with this Howcast series.

You Will Need

  • Schedule
  • Decisiveness
  • Containers and compartments
  • Restrictions
  • Turntables
  • Calendar
  • Checklists (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Maintain a schedule

    Maintain a written weekly schedule of responsibilities for everyday responsibilities. Routines aid in accomplishing tasks quickly and efficiently, allowing you to stay focused.

  2. Encourage everyone in the house to use checklists to join you in getting the family's act organized.

  3. Step 2

    Throw things out

    Throw things out. Determine whether something is needed and then take action. If you haven't used something in a year, pitch it -- it's time to get lean, mean, and organized.

  4. Avoid the temptation to jam things into drawers for appearance's sake.

  5. Step 3

    Assign locations

    Assign everything a location. Remember -- "a place for everything and everything in its place."

  6. Step 4

    Stack, rack, and box

    Use containers, baskets, shelves, and cabinets for commonly-used items so they're easier to find. Keep your containers stacked, racked, boxed, bagged, or hung.

  7. Step 5

    Arrange areas

    Arrange desktops, cooking areas, dressers, and counters with self-contained units and compartments dedicated to objects and utensils for a clean look and easy access.

  8. Step 6

    Remove clutter

    Keep your dining room, kitchen, and end tables clear of clutter. Restrict paperwork to personal rooms or an office area, and unneeded clutter can be trashed.

  9. Step 7

    Change storage

    Change from round storage containers to more sensible and space-saving square ones. Install two-tiered turntables in cabinets, and take advantage of space by replacing cookbooks with less bulky, plastic-sleeved recipe pages.

  10. Step 8

    Take advantage of the organization

    Put everyone's routine on your kitchen or computer calendar, and then schedule a family night when everyone's free to do something together.

  11. According to the Mayo Clinic, compulsive hoarding can begin in people as young as twelve years old.