Get Organized: 7 Tips To Start Your Day Right

Organizing Tips

An organized home ensures that life will run more smoothly, and I’m sure that’s something you would love, right?

Organizing isn’t hard to do, it just takes some time.

If you have large organizing tasks to complete, such as re-organizing your garage or paperwork, break each task down into bite sized pieces. Don’t try to do everything all at once or you will just overwhelm yourself.

Below are 7 ways that you can start getting organized today.

1. Make the bed.

Making the bed first thing in the morning leads you in the right direction for the rest of the day.

Every single time you walk past your freshly made bed, you will be inspired to clean and organize other areas in your home.

2. Eat your frog.

Like Brian Tracy says, the very first thing you should do in the morning is “eat your frog”. What he means by this is that you should take care of your most hated task first.

If you’re not a huge fan of emptying the dishwasher, do it first. Don’t like mopping the kitchen floor? Get it out of the way right after you wake up and make your bed.

When you eliminate your most mundane task first, the rest of the tasks on your to-do list seem like no big deal at all.

3. Keep your kitchen sink empty.

This is something I do all the time, and I can’t tell you how much it helps with the crazy amount of dishes we seem to go through every day.

After each meal, wash all of the dishes you used (or place them in the dishwasher) and wipe down the kitchen counter.

I used to leave all of our dishes in the sink until after dinner and rarely wiped down the counter (unless it was really dirty), so that always meant an hour long clean-up time in the evening. Now that I clean throughout the day, it only takes about 15-20 minutes to clean up the kitchen after dinner.

4. Do laundry every day.

I used to wash laundry once per week. With only 4 of us, I figured we didn’t need to do it any more often than that – but when I realized that it took me 12 hours to do all of our laundry one week, I decided right then and there that I was stopping with that laundry schedule.

I now do one load of laundry every single day, and let me tell you, it has made a world of difference. One load of laundry takes about an hour and a half from start to finish (including folding and putting it away). I’d much rather do this once a day, then to sit around for 12 hours one day per week doing laundry.

4. Never leave a room empty-handed.

Whenever you get up to leave the living room, bedroom, office – or any other room in your home, take a look around and see if there’s anything you can bring with you to the next place you are headed.

Perhaps you are leaving the living room and there is a pile of paperwork on the coffee table. If you are headed to the office, bring it with you.

I can find something to bring with me when I leave almost any room in our home – usually an empty glass or some garbage.

5. 10 minute tidy.

Set aside 10 minutes every night, right before you go to bed, to do a quick tidy of the house.

Put away any toys, books, garbage and paper that is strewn about your home.

Waking up to a clean home is much more encouraging than waking up to a messy one. 10 minutes per day is not much time at all, and it can really help to significantly control the clutter in your home.

6. Clean the bathroom daily.

Spend just 5 minutes tidying up your bathroom every day and you will always have a clean bathroom to use.

Keep a small basket of cleaning supplies in your bathroom cupboard and wipe down your countertops, mirror, toilet and floor, once per day. Don’t worry about being thorough – that’s what your weekly chores are for.

Remove anything from the bathroom that doesn’t need to be there.

Wipe down the shower and/or tub right after you are done using it, to keep your bathing area in tip-top shape.

7. Organize your inbox.

Email seems to be one of the biggest organizing challenges that many people face, myself included.

In order to stay on top of your email, you need to set up a system that enables you to respond to and keep track of your messages easily.

I have talked about this before – keep your inbox empty, create folders and schedule reading time for your email. Those are just a few ways to keep your inbox organized.

Organizing your home is something that is done with time, and something that requires constant maintenance. The goal is not to live in a spotless, pristine home, but rather to live in home that is more functional.

If you put the above ideas into place, I can assure you that you will simplify your life and be able to enjoy more calm, quality time with your family and loved ones.

Please share your organizing tips in the comments!


  1. Mia

    Great tips! There are things here that I do already and many things I dont do but would like to start doing.

    I love lysol wipes… I keep a tube of them under my bathroom sink at all times. When Im rinsing with mouthwash, I take that time to whip one out and do a wipe up the entire counter and any other surfaces that seem like they could use a good wipe. It makes cleaning the bathroom less of a chore when I finally get around to doing it later on because the counter is already spotless and the other surfaces arent too grimy either… and it keeps me occupied while rinsing so I wont stand there thinking about how much longer I need to keep swishing this mouthwash around for… I hate using mouthwash but do it for hygiene lol.

    I like for my kitchen to be spotless every night… nothing annoys me more than waking up to a dirty kitchen. I hate to say it but I despise making my bed… I find its the most useless chore in the world because Im just going to sleep in it again at night and mess it up all over again… TBH I usually only make my bed when company comes over. LOL. But I might try making it every day this week and see if it perks up my mood.

    Love the 10 minute tidy, I do my best tidying at night so I think I will start doing this!

  2. Bzee24/7

    Just a quick tip: It is not recommended that you make a bed. Dr. Stephen Pretlove, from Kingston University’s (UK) School of Architecture, is one of a group of specialists advising people to leave their beds unmade to banish house dust mites which cause asthma and other allergies. The scientists have discovered the mites cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed. The average bed could be home to up to 1.5 million house dust mites, Dr. Pretlove said. They are less than a millimeter long and cannot be seen by the naked eye. “House dust mites feed on scales of human skin so they love to share our beds. The allergens they produce are easily inhaled during sleep and are a major cause of illnesses such as asthma,” he explained. The scientists have developed a computer model to track how changes in the home can reduce numbers of dust mites in beds. “We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body,” Pretlove said. “Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die.” If you like to read some more into this finding, please go to

    As I have children with asthma, we have stopped doing this and their asthma has been getting better. We simply put our covers at the foot of our beds.

  3. LD

    Hey! I’m a very organized person and I too set goals to clean, cook and prioritize the house daily – but this is me – As my kids are teen and tween, the house is harder to keep at my standards. I shouldn’t complain b/c I know it will be all missed when we’re empty nesters 🙁

  4. colleen

    This is a constant struggle for me but what I’ve been trying to do is when I wake up to get dressed and put on running shoes. If I stay in my pj’s, I don’t get as much done. As well, for me it works if I do the task I would like or the easiest first as it helps me to accomplish something. If it’s too hard the first thing I do, I will be less likely to want to continue. While I’m eating my breakfast, I make my to do list. This keeps me focused and reminds me what I have to do.

  5. Betty

    I agree with everything you wrote down but especially “eat the frog”. Apply that @ work too especially the paperwork!! When the huge pile of paperwork I had to file, type up, etc. looked overwhelming, I would tackle the hardest part first & leave the easy tasks for last. Didn’t take long to make the pile smaller!! Then of course, work would be piled up again after I cleaned it all up!!

  6. Lillypie

    Sounds a lot like a post I have read recently from “I’m an organizing junkie”. Are you sure you dont need to site her as a reference?

  7. Cassie Howard

    Lillypie: I’m not sure which post you are referring to. I visit OrgJunkie quite a bit and don’t remember seeing a post exactly like this one..

  8. Joan F

    These are useful tips. I would highly recommend also visiting the site if you want to find an incredible wealth of helpful ideas to help with organizing and housekeeping.
    I completely agree with doing one load (or more) of laundry a day.
    So many household tasks are more manageable in smaller bits that trying to do the entire job all at once.
    Just my opinion, but in order to deal with the issue of dust mites *and* keep my bedrooms looking neater and more organized, we leave the sheets pulled down to allow the bed to air for at least an hour after rising, then make the bed. Also helps to wash the bedding (including mattress cover/protector) once a week in very hot water and vacuum the mattress and under the bed on a regular basis.
    This idea of taking small steps is and was critical to making better progress for me. Here the idea was 10 minutes…on flylady the advice is you can do anything (no matter how yucky or tedious) for 15 minutes. If it helps, you can set a timer. Just convince yourself do it (whatever that task that is bugging you) for 10 or 15 minutes, and you will be surprised how much you accomplish.
    I tried all kinds of different wipes and products to keep mirrors and windows clean and was frustrated with crummy results. Recently I have found that a lint free cloth wipe (not cotton) very damp with water only works really well, as long as the wipe is very clean. Easy peasy, no smell and takes almost no time. I also just use a wet washcloth to wipe around the toilet area in the bathroom, then toss it directly in the wash. I always wash my towels in hot water too (also helps get rid of dust mites). Could use vinegar if you feel it needs extra cleaning power. No need for harsh chemicals.

  9. Cindy

    I have a silly question….the picture of the tea bag holder; is that one you found on the internet or do you know where a person could find this great little container? My family got me a decorative wood box one, but it is just too big and takes up so much room without holding very many bags.


  10. Grant

    My theroy is that you have to do what works for you. I personally make my bed every day but that’s where it ends. It does not entice me to become more organized even though it is soemthing that I dream about. I also disagree about the laundry. My laundry room is quite far from my living area in the basement and I couldn’t leave my children unattended for so long so I do all mine on the weekend when my husband is around. I get it all done in one day and that works for me.

  11. Tammi

    Here is a frugal tip to help with the bathroom wiping. After I do my laundry, I use the dryer sheet to wipe down my mirror, counter tops and taps in teh bathroom. The sheet makes the chrome super shiny. It won’t remove major clumps of toothpaste without a scrub but it is a good daily task that keeps everythin shiny. The only waste basket near the bedrooms is in the bathroom so I have to go in there anyhow to put it in the recycling. It reminds me to give a quick 2 minute wipe. I have also used the sheets to clean the shower walls-not a full time recommendation but can do a quick cleanup when needed.

  12. Cassie Howard

    Joan F: Thank you for sharing those tips! Flylady is a great website! 🙂

    Cindy: I have seen similar containers at Dollarama. You can also find them at Solutions, but it is of course a bit pricier there.

  13. Michelle F

    Frog is off my back today!! Thank you Cassie for these fabulous tips. I absolutely hate washing dishes! Had a big pileup this morning. Knowing I was headed out for an afternoon at the salon (extremely rare treat!) I made myself get it done. I’m so happy its done.

    My hubby & I are shift workers so its often difficult for us to make our bed when we get up given the other one is usually still in 😉

    I’ve been using the “Never leave the room empty handed” tip quite often and am finding it’s very helpful.

    You rock Cassie!!! Thank you so much 😀

  14. Cassie Howard

    Michelle: Congrats on “eating your frog”! The “never leave a room empty-handed” tip helps me out SO MUCH. It really makes a World of difference.

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