9 Simple Everyday Habits Professional Organizers Swear By

When I saw a recent Elle Decor story about the everyday habits of a professional organizer, I immediately stopped what I was doing to read the tips. I am the most organized person I know, and I was anxious to see if I was doing all the things professional organizer Tova Weinstock recommends. Luckily, I practice her tricks on a regular basis! I also couldn’t agree more with her philosophy on organization: "It's important to take baby steps when getting organized; otherwise, the process can feel daunting and overwhelming," Weinstock says. Wondering what baby steps you can take to be more on top of things? Here are nine simple everyday habits Weinstock recommends adding to your daily routine.

  1. Make your bed. “Bed making promotes productivity throughout the day, and will pave the way for an organized lifestyle,” Weinstock says.
  2. Write out a to-do list. Every day when I sit down to work, I start by writing a to-do list of the things I hope to accomplish. No task is too small: everything from "write MyDomaine story" to "do hair" goes on the list. It’s rewarding to check things off the list throughout the day! 
  3. Tend to your clothing when you take it off. The best way to avoid an overwhelming mountain of jeans, tops, and dresses? Hang or fold every garment right after you take it off. If it’s dirty, put it in the laundry basket or to-bring-to-the-dry-cleaner pile.
  4. Wash your dishes. Dirty dishes make the whole kitchen feel messy, so wash them after using them, or rinse them and place them in the dishwasher.
  5. Wipe down surfaces. The kitchen counter, your dining table, your coffee table—anything you frequently use during the day should be wiped clean.
  6. Sort through your mail. Delete or toss junk mail. Deal with bills or emails that need to be answered immediately. This way you will won’t end up dreading opening your mailbox.
  7. Set your keys down in a particular spot. “Make sure your keys have a destination, and place them there,” advises Weinstock. “You don't want to spend time searching for them when it's time to leave."
  8. Empty out your pockets and bag at the end of the day. Throw away any trash, file receipts, and place loose change in a coin purse.
  9. Plan for tomorrow. Before you go to bed, map out the following day. Place any important items you may need aside, so you don’t forget them.

Need a place to store your keys? Here’s a cute catchall that would look great near your doorway.

What daily habits keep you organized?