9 Things a Professional Organizer Would Never Do

Maintaining a tidy home can feel like a never-ending mission—no matter how hard you try to put items back where they belong and keep countertops clear, mess always seems to mount up. Encroaching clutter isn't just an aesthetic issue, though. A study by UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families found that women who live in a disorganized environment have higher levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. Yes, your messy home might actually be making you sick. 

To tackle the affliction once and for all, we called on Melissa Michaels, organization expert and author of Make Room for What You Loveto find out how a professional manages mess. Beyond the basics, these are the tricks of the trade she swears by to maintain a pristine home. Take note: Truly tidy people never trip up on these common organization mistakes.