Prepping for a Last-Minute Houseguest

Do you rent out a room in your home on places like Airbnb or HomeAway? Or are you under any circumstances likely to acquire a last-minute houseguest? If so you’ve come to the right place. Maid Sailors has come up with some of the best tips and tricks for keeping your home clean and organized all while being the hostess with the mostest. 

The Food

No matter how your guest comes, whether they are family, friends, or customers you’ll need to consider their food preferences. Maybe one of them is a vegetarian, or allergic to fish or dairy products. Be sure to include a variety of menu options and keep your pantry and refrigerator appropriately stocked. You should always have a case of water on hand as well.

Pro Tip: Having some dessert options available is always a nice treat. Whether you buy them at the store or make them in your own kitchen, packaging up a box of cookies and leaving them on the bed is a sure-fire way to make sure your houseguest never forget you. I mean, who doesn’t love cookies? 

The Essentials

Adding a few niceties in your spare bedroom will be as inviting to your guest as a five-star hotel room. Consider setting out some essentials such as towels and an alarm clock. If you want to provide a little extra luxury you can set out bottles of water, foil-wrapped chocolates, and a few cut blooms in a vase.

It’s the little things that truly matter. In order to make sure you’re really prepared for your last-minute houseguest to consider adding a few necessities to your guest bedroom that will be there when you need them. Have a julep cup on the nightstand of your guest bedroom ready to fill with ice for when your guest arrives. So then place a few cups in the room along with a few bottles of water. Keep a couple of notepads and pens in the drawer in case they need it. And lastly, bulk up on the bathroom supplies like toilet paper. You want to make sure your guest bathroom is always stocked that way they’ll never have to ask for more.

Pro Tip: Keep several sets of guest towels together, bound together with twill or ribbon in the linen closet. And when your last-minute visitors arrive, just transfer a stack from linen closet to guest bedroom piled neatly on the bed.

The Entertainment

Although you might not have a television in your room,  you might want to consider having one in your guest room. If you do already have a television in your room then you’re probably a technology lover and your home is probably filled with technology. In this case, think about creating a DIY manual for your guest to use. This will serve as a hand guide to help them understand how to use devices like a firestick or an echo-device.

The Cleanup

Taking into account some of the tips and tricks we shared, the more prepared you are for your guest the easier it will be to clean up after them. Keeping a cleaning basket stored somewhere in the room will help the process run more smoothly too. In this basket, you’ll keep supplies such as rubber gloves, disinfectant spray, bathroom cleaner, microfiber cloths, and dusting spray. Throw any towels and linens into the washer immediately after your guest departs and get to cleaning. Make sure you clean your fish tank (if you have one) so you make a good impression!

If you plan on having houseguest often it’s a good idea to schedule a deep cleaning once a month to ensure you have a clean space for your guest. Otherwise, a routine cleaning with your supplies after each guest should do the trick. 

How to Keep Your Small Bedroom Organized

I don’t know about you but it is easier for me to sleep knowing that I have a cleaned and organized room. And it’s easier to wake up and walk around without tripping over unnecessary clutter on the floor. Am I right? Now with a small bedroom, you just need to get a little more creative with space. It’s not that you can’t get it organized, it’s just that you don’t know how. So today we’re going to give you some tips on how you can get that small bedroom organized.

  1. Think Smaller

Now that you have a smaller room, you need to start thinking like you have a small room if you want to keep it clean and organized. Consider thinking like a minimalist. Start sorting through your things and eliminate the things you no longer use and the things that no longer serve you purpose. You can donate or sell old clothes and get rid of anything that’s broken.

 

If you have unnecessary bedroom furniture, now’s the time to get rid of that too. That ottoman at the end of your bed may look nice and go with your bed set but do you really need it now that you have a smaller room? Probably not. Once you let this stuff go, don’t fall back into your old habits. Staying mindful of your new minimal lifestyle will help you to stay organized in the future.
  1. Utilize The Space

If you have a bed that sits up high from the ground, use it to your advantage. Underneath your bed, or any bedroom furniture that’s off the ground serves as a great storage space for smaller spaces. But don’t just shove things under there. Place them neatly so they’re easily accessible in the future. And so there’s more room for other things.
  1. Search Pinterest

Looking for ideas on how to design and style your small bedroom? Turn to Pinterest. You can find anything on there. It’s important to know your own style prior to doing this. If you don’t know your own style and what you’re into you can easily get lost in the pages of Pinterest finding millions of things you’ll want to do to your room.  
  1. Look Beyond Your Room

Are there things that you don’t need to place in your bedroom but do? For example, your shoes. A lot of people keep their shoes in their rooms and or closets. But if you have a hallway or living room closet you can always put them in there. Look around your home for other places to store things that would normally go in your bedroom but can be placed in another space. This will give you room for more activities.
  1. Keep The Peaceful Environment 

Having a messy or cluttered room can make you feel out of control at times. Keeping your environment clean and free of clutter will help you keep the peace and calmness in it. It can also help improve your sleep and relaxation. You want your room to feel less like a cage and more like a sanctuary even if it is small. Your home is supposed to be your haven. A place where you can feel safe, relax, and enjoy yourself.

 

Have you recently moved into a smaller space? How is it working out for you? Have our tips helped you? Let us know by commenting below!

4 Clever Ways to Organize Your Tiny Kitchen

Having a tiny kitchen can be a bit of a challenge, especially keeping it clean. Organizing a tiny kitchen can be even more challenging. Before you get frustrated with your space, take some time to organize your valuables deciding what stays and what goes. Before you get to organizing make sure you’ve gotten rid of all of the things you no longer need or use in the kitchen. You can get rid of these items by donating or selling them. If you sell them, there’s some money you can use to splurge on organizing tools for your tiny space.

Here are four clever ways to help you organize your tiny kitchen:

Store Smarter

One of the keys to organizing a tiny kitchen is to store things correctly. Store things in proximity to how you will use them. You can achieve this by putting the things that you rarely use up high in a multi-purpose dish rack attached to your ceiling or in the back of a cabinet behind things that you use more often.

Another cool thing you can do is to install storage units like these inside your cabinet walls to store miscellaneous items like sandwich bags and aluminum foil. The best place to put door storage is underneath the kitchen sink. This way you have more room for things like sponges, soap, and cleaner. Remember the key here is to store smarter, not harder.

Keep Your Sink Tidy

Since you have a tiny kitchen there’s no room for sponges, soap, and dish towels on the counter. To help save you some space grab a sink caddy. These are great for holding your soap and sponge and the best part is that they sit right in the middle of your sink, without taking up room for dirty dishes.

Utilize Your Refrigerator

Instead of using an extra drawer to stuff all those pizza menus in, get a magnetic fridge organizer. These are kind of like the cabinet racks we were talking about only they go outside your fridge. You can put those food menus in there along with other miscellaneous items that might get thrown in a junk drawer. 

Install A Shelf

Insert a little shelf on the wall above your stove where you can place your spices. This way you don’t need to have a spice cabinet and you can use that cabinet for more dishes. Chances are that when you sort through some of your kitchen supplies, dishes are the last thing you will get rid of. Now you’ll have more room to store them while utilizing your space to its full potential.

What do you do to keep your small kitchen organized? Did you find these tip to be helpful? Share your experience with us by writing a comment below.

7 Instagram Feeds that Will Inspire you to Recreate your Space

Do you find yourself on Instagram for hours at a time admiring all of the organized, stylish spaces? Are you wondering how you can make your home Instagram ready? Get ready because today we’re discussing 7 Instagram feeds that will inspire you to recreate your space.

If your anything like us, then you’re loving all of the organized stylish homes on Instagram. These days they’re everywhere! So instead of being envious here at Maid Sailors, we choose to be inspired by these Instagram accounts.

To make it a wee bit easier, we’ve narrowed it down to our top seven Instagram accounts to follow for home organization and stylish decor. From kitchens to offices, these feeds are curated with the best photos to inspire you. Following these Instagram feeds will inspire you and make it feel possible for you to recreate the home you desire.

1. @Westelm

West Elm is a chain retailer that sells a variety of local handpicked furniture, home accessories, and kitchen items. What I love about their Instagram is that you can instantly become inspired by their decor and shop their inventory right on Instagram. Does it get any easier than that? We don’t think so. Follow @westelm and @westelmredbank for new and innovative inspiration today.

2. @Simplyspaced

Looking for new and innovative ways to organize our pantry? Simply Spaced home organization’s got you covered. They’ve got some great tips like mixing glass jars with wicker baskets and using clip-on changeable labels. They love transparency! Follow them for more great home organizing tips today.

3. @Theeverygirl

The Everygirl is the ultimate online resource for women. Aside from their amazing lifestyle advice the everygirl also offers home organizing and office styling tips. If you’re a successful career driven women who’re looking to enhance her home office check out @theeverygirl.

4. @Organizedbyaly

Located on the east coast and featured on the Rachael Ray show, Aly Finklestein shows off the ultimate home organization skills. From kitchens to closets @organizedbyaly has got you covered. I mean seriously, can this closet get any cuter? Go ahead, follow her!

5. @Clutterhealing

I don’t know about you but I just love the name of this Instagram account. Clutter Healing is a professional organizer and intuitive house healing service in West Hollywood, California. They provide you with tips and tricks on how to stay organized and live an amazing life as a minimalist. Follow @clutterhealing for more energy healing inspiration.

6. @Organizedliving

Get home improvement ideas at your fingertips when you follow @organizedliving. They’re leading in closet storage systems and organizing tips. You can also find a local Organized Living office to help you. 

7. @Neatmethod

NEAT Method is a luxury home organization service located in over 36 markets across the globe. Their Instagram is the ultimate resource for learning to create style and efficiency in your home. Follow them @neatmethod for more luxurious organizing tips!

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you find it on social media? If so, which Instagram feeds inspire you? Have the accounts we shared in this post inspired you? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! 

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10 Ways to Magically Become Organized

Although some people are born with a natural talent for organization, others have to research and commit to becoming organized. Getting and staying organized is easier than you think.

Each individual rule is simple, and they all work together to help you make organization habitual and second nature.

1. Know Why You’re Doing It

To begin, ask yourself, “Why do I want to get organized?”

Is it because you’re stressed by visual clutter? Do you need to maintain order in a busy home? Or do you have a deep fear of being featured on “Hoarders?”

Knowing why you’re completing a task or setting a goal will help you stay motivated to see it through. Consider writing your “why” down and keeping it handy. When you’re stressed, you can refer to it for an extra shot of motivation.

2. Everyone Must Participate

If you live alone, you must dedicate your sole focus to this task. If you have a spouse, partner, kids or roommate: make sure they’re on board.

When you’re the only one committed to the organization, you either give up or go mad (or both). You will spend all your time nagging or resign yourself to a lifetime of cleaning up after others.

Take time to explain the benefits of organization to your kids. Tell them why it is important to you. Model good habits and help them learn to complete age-appropriate chores.

3. Have a Place for Everything

Say it with me: “A place for everything and everything in its place. ” This adage really is the key to maintaining an organized home ( even your home follows this adage, that’s why it has an address).

No matter if it is your postcard collection or wine cellar, there is a place for everything. If you really can’t store it anywhere, consider downsizing.

4. Create A Command Center

When you begin finding “a place for everything,” start by creating a command center.

A command center is a dedicated drop zone for keys, wallets, mail and important papers. It’s also a great place to keep invitations, reminders and the family calendar.

Having one location for all of these crucial and everyday items will save you time and cut down on lost items and missed deadlines.

5. Create A Weekly Schedule

Certain cleaning and maintenance tasks need to be done every week. To ensure you don’t forget a task — and to make sure everyone is on the same page — make a weekly cleaning schedule.

You can assign different tasks to different days or keep one master list and tick items off as completed.

Post a kid-friendly version — with pictures for pre-readers — on the fridge, and share a grown-up version of your calendar app of choice

6. Commit To Spring & Fall Cleaning

There are many tasks that only need to be done once or twice a year: checking smoke alarm batteries, changing filters, flipping mattresses. Commit one weekend in both the Spring and the Fall to completing those occasional tasks.

Spring and fall cleaning are also the perfect times to rotate seasonal items. Switch out beach and snow gear, potted plants and snow shovels. Keep out-of-season items in an attic or basement, reserving the main areas for in-use items only.

Before you’re done, turn a critical eye on your belongings. If you haven’t used an item since the previous cleaning — or the previous year — toss it or donate it. These regular purges will help keep clutter from taking over.

7. Stick To The Budget

Impulse buys are disastrous for both your bank account and your clutter levels.

A clear, detailed budget will help you plan what you buy — groceries, clothes, home goods — so you’re not at the mercy of every sale display you pass.

You can still build a small allowance for non-essential purchases. But try keeping a wish list instead of buying items as soon as they catch your eye. If you still want an item the next month, you’ll know it was more than a passing fancy.

8. Maintain Equilibrium

Like “a place for everything,” the “one in, one out” rule is a staple of personal organization.

The rule is simple: For each item, you bring into your home, another item must leave. Most people stick to like items: one shirt in, one shirt out. The main thing is to keep a cap on the number of possessions taking up space in your home.

9. Address Emotional Clutter

When it comes to organizing, emotions can be your biggest pitfall.

Whether it’s a gift from a loved one, an old souvenir or a childhood relic, emotional items are the hardest to get rid of. People fear by getting rid of the item, they will lose the memory that goes along with it. The funny thing is oftentimes we don’t even remember we have these keepsakes until they’re unearthed during a big cleaning.

10. Know When to Loosen the Reins

The whole family gets the flu, guests are staying for the holidays, a big event is consuming your time — when you’re faced with situations like these, it’s important to know when to scale back your expectations.

Sometimes you need to take a break from hyper-organization and turn your focus elsewhere. Once the crisis or celebration is over, you can go back to business as usual.

Staying organized isn’t a mystical superpower few can access. An organized life is nothing more than a series of simple rules that help you maintain good habits. Follow these ten rules, and you will be well on your way to an organized home.

Do it Yourself Home Office Updates

Are you looking for new and innovative ways to give your office the update it deserves? Look no further. From office accessories, organization, and even furniture hacks we’ve got the list for you. We rounded up a list of do it yourself home office updates that anyone can do.

DIY Block Calendar

You know those wooden blocks your kids use to play with? They can be turned into a decorative calendar for your home office. And it can be reused 365 days a year. Just paint the blocks any color of your choosing and pop on some number stickers like a dice. Turn the blocks over each day to change the date.

DIY Faux Fur Chair

If you’re going for a glamorous office look you can easily cover your office chair with faux fur giving it the ultimate makeover. This is a good project for anyone looking to restore an old chair by covering up and wear and tear. And the plush fur will give you an extra level of comfort.

DIY Folders

Since you’re going to need a place to organize documents you might as well make them look appealing! DIY fun folders are easy to make. You can design them any way you’d like and even color code them by clients, projects, dates, documents, and more.

DIY Memo Boards

Check out our post on how to make your own memo board here.

DIY Paper Holder

Looking for a way to keep the paper pile on your desk to a minimum? Make a DIY wooden paper holder to hold important stuff on your desk and throw the other things in the shred pile. This office hack keeps your desk neat and organized. And helps to keep important documents from going into the wrong pile, A.K.A the shred pile.

DIY Pencil Cup

Using empty food canisters you can easily make desk organizers to hold your pens and pencils. You can paint them as is or you can wrap some fabric around them. And just like that, you have your own pencil cup!

DIY Storage Boxes

For this project, you can do one of two things. You can take a plastic storage box and spruce it up with some paint, fabric, and stickers. Or you can make wooden storage boxes (they look sharper) and paint them your favorite color. 
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How to Do Deep Cleaning of Your Closets

Most of the time, our closets are usually full. The overcrowding comes with a lot of chaos. For example, it becomes challenging to find the cloth you need. Other times, you may even fail to get something to wear. Shocking, right? After all, how can you not have anything to wear if you have an overflowing closet? But it happens. If you find yourself in this scenario, you don’t need to worry. There is a solution in the form of deep cleaning your closets. Here’s how you can go about it. 

1. Set the Mood

Let’s be real; most of us don’t look forward to cleaning our closets. That’s why we try to put it off as long as we can. To make the cleaning process fun, you need to set the mood. For example, you can turn on the music and dance along to it or listen to an uplifting podcast. The goal is to be in a happy mood. 

2. Remove Everything From the Closet

If someone were to tell you to remove a few items from your wardrobe, you’d get confused about which ones to withdraw from the pile. Deep cleaning your closet requires you to get rid of some stuff to make it look more organized. Also, you want to first clean the closet before putting your items back. The first step towards achieving this is removing everything from the wardrobe. 

3.  Start Cleaning 

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A dusting cloth and some water are the basic things you need to clean your closet. Use the damp cloth to wipe away dust, dirt, and other undesirable stuff from the shelves, drawers, and cabinets. Don’t forget about the doors too. There may be some moisture left afterward, which may damage your clothes. Therefore, ensure you get another piece of dry cloth and go through the areas mentioned. 

Since we are doing deep cleaning, you can opt for a mild household cleaner instead of water to dust the closet. If you are dealing with glass surfaces, then a glass cleaner will come in handy to ensure there are no fingerprints or smudges left on it. Kindly note that you should only use mild cleaning agents for your closets to avoid damaging the surfaces.  

Floor

It is time to clean the floor. Sometimes, our closets become humid, which causes them to give out a musty smell. Baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer, and that’s why you need it when carrying out deep cleaning. You can sprinkle it on the carpet and leave it for 15 minutes as you do other things. After that, get out your vacuum cleaner and clean the carpet. You will notice a fresh smell after that. When vacuuming, go through all the corners of the closet to ensure the whole space is clean.  

Ceiling and Walls

You can’t leave out the walls and ceilings to have your broom ready and start dusting and getting rid of cobwebs. A duster with a long handle will also do a great job. While dusting, remember the light fixtures too. 

4. Sort Out Your Items 

Now that you have a clean closet, you don’t want to stuff back every single thing you took out. It is time to go through each item and decide if you wish to keep it, throw it away, donate it to charity, or someone you know who needs it more than you. You may have some clothes or shoes that cost you a fortune and you don’t want to give away. If this is the case, you can put them aside and sell them online. Once you have the items you have decided to donate, also set them aside and get on with the process as soon as you can to avoid cluttering your space. The items to be discarded should go into the trash bag immediately and out of your closet.  

5. Put Everything Back

The items you’ve decided to keep cannot stay on your bed. Therefore, start reorganizing them. Having various storage options will help everything to fit in nicely without being crowded. 

After sorting out the clothes you’ll be putting back into the closet, you can go a step further and ensure they smell great. You can mix essential oils with water and then spray the liquid on your clothes. You can also give your shoes a pleasant smell by spritzing the cotton balls with perfume before you put them in the shoe section.  

Final Thoughts

Your closet needs cleaning; you can’t avoid that. However, it doesn’t have to make you cringe. You can follow the above tips to make the process fun and ensure your closet space is clean, organized, and free of clutter. It is essential to do this regularly because it will avoid the issue of having an overflowing and cluttered closet. 

Tips for Efficiently Organizing Small Living Rooms

When having a small living room, strategic planning is a must. If you carefully plan your living space you can have both a small and a user-friendly space that’s attractive all at the same time. It’s ok to take your time when organizing your small living room. You’ll need to consider a variety of factors including your daily needs, storage, accommodation, and style.

It’s important to utilize the space that you have without overcrowding it. In other words, when organizing a small living room make sure the furniture you choose is appropriate and accommodation. Here’s an example: When looking for chairs and couches, look for furniture that is raised off of the floor. Then you have a little extra storage space underneath. This makes them appropriate and accommodating for your small living space.

Try not to think too closed-minded when organizing a small living room. You don’t need small furniture simply because space is small. You just need to utilize the space that you have accordingly. We have a few tips to help you do just that.

When organizing small living rooms…

Shelving Is A Must

You don’t have to fill your living room with shelves. But having one or two shelves can help you immensely in a small living room. Shelves can also serve as a great tool for decorating in a small space. This is where you’ll store all your pictures or nick-nacks to ensure they are visually captured while being out of the way.

Utilize Decorative Baskets

Decorative baskets are the best thing to have in a small living room. When you don’t have a lot of space you don’t have room to leave toys sit around if you have kids. This is where that decorative basket comes in handy. You can also use them to store blankets for your guest or even magazines.

Have A Coffee Table Tray

Coffee table trays are great for a number of reasons. But they are especially great for organizing small living rooms. If you have a coffee table, setting a coffee table tray on it helps you to minimize that clutter that can normally be found spread all over the coffee table. And you can find them in a number of colors and styles to fit your unique style.

Learn How to Create a Wabi-Sabi Home

If you’ve heard of the term “Wabi-Sabi” it’s a term the Japanese use that essentially means finding beauty in imperfection. Wabi means to live with humility and simplicity. And Sabi is the ability to accept the lifecycle of anything and everything. So when referring to the context wabi-sabi home, this a home that promotes humility and simplicity while embracing its authenticity

When it comes to creating a wabi-sabi space using abstract ideas, it’s not always as simple as the name implies. We went ahead and did some research so we could put together some tips to help you create your own wabi-sabi space.

1. Start With The Basics

In order to really create a wabi-sabi environment in your home, you need to get back to the basics. This means getting rid of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose and only keeping your valuables that provide simplicity. In other words, learn to be a minimalist. Minimalist only keep things that provide them with a calm and happy spirit which allows them to maximize the joys of life and everyday living. If you’re serious about creating a wabi-sabi home, you need to get serious about minimalism. 

2. Bring in The Outdoors

Natural elements such as plants are major components of a wabi-sabi home. Plants along with other organic material are known to bring good energy into the home. And don’t worry, if you don’t necessarily have a green thumb you can still bring in the good energy by using succulents

3. Declutter

Being a minimalist doesn’t exempt you from clutter. Although the less you have the easier it is to escape the clutter. But it does still happen. Clutter-free spaces inspire feelings of peace and tranquillity which are the third most important element of a wabi-sabi space. This peace and tranquility will invite a sense of calm and order into your home.

4. Discover homemade

Creating this new space is all about celebrating your newfound simplicity and authenticity. What a better way to do that then to discover authentic homemade decor? Maybe this is something you fell in love with on Etsy or in a flea market. Or maybe it’s something you made yourself. If done right (not too much or too little) this type of decor will help bring out homes most important characteristics.

What type of space do you have? 
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10 Rules For Organization In Your Home

Although some people are born with a natural talent for organization, others have to research and commit to becoming organized. Learning to become organized can seem daunting before you get started. However, getting and staying organized is easier than you think.

If the title has you cringing at the thought of learning ten rules: Have no fear. Each individual rule is simple, and they all work together to help you make organization habitual and second nature.

1. Know Why You’re Doing It

To begin, ask yourself, “Why do I want to get organized?” Is it because you’re stressed by visual clutter? Do you need to maintain order in a busy home? Or do you have a deep fear of being featured on “Hoarders?”  Knowing why you’re completing a task or setting a goal will help you stay motivated to see it through. Consider writing your “why” down and keeping it handy. When you’re stressed, you can refer to it for an extra shot of motivation.

2. Everyone Must Participate

Spouse, partner, kids: Make sure everyone you live with is on board. When you’re the only one committed to the organization, you either give up or go mad — or both. You will spend all your time nagging or resign yourself to a lifetime of cleaning up after others. Take time to explain the benefits of proper organization to your kids. Tell them why it is important to you. Model good habits and help them learn to complete age-appropriate chores.

3. Everything Has A Home

Say it with me: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” This adage really is the key to maintaining an organized home. No matter if it is your postcard collection or wine cellar, there is a place for everything. If you really can’t store it anywhere, consider downsizing. With the increasing popularity of craft brews, it may not be feasible to have an entire collection in your home. Drink it and c’est la vie!

4. Create A Command Center

When you begin finding “a place for everything,” start by creating a command center. A command center is a dedicated drop zone for keys, wallets, mail and important papers. It’s also a great place to keep invitations, reminders and the family calendar. Having one location for all of these crucial and everyday items will save you time and cut down on lost items and missed deadlines.

5. Create A Weekly Schedule

Certain cleaning and maintenance tasks need to be done every week. To ensure you don’t forget a task, and to make sure everyone is on the same page, make a weekly cleaning schedule. You can assign different tasks to different days or keep one master list and tick items off as completed. Post a kid-friendly version — with pictures for pre-readers — on the fridge, and share a grown-up version of your calendar app of choice.

6.Commit

There are many tasks that only need to be done once or twice a year: checking smoke alarm batteries, changing filters, flipping mattresses. Commit one weekend in both the spring and the fall to completing those occasional tasks.

Spring and fall cleaning are also the perfect times to rotate seasonal items. Switch out beach and snow gear, potted plants and snow shovels. Keep out-of-season items in an attic or basement, reserving the main areas for in-use items only. Before you’re done, turn a critical eye on your belongings. If you haven’t used an item since the previous cleaning — or the previous year — toss it or donate it. These regular purges will help keep clutter from taking over.

7. Budget

Impulse buys are disastrous for both your bank account and your clutter levels. A clear, detailed budget will help you plan what you buy — groceries, clothes, home goods — so you’re not at the mercy of every sale display you pass.You can still build a small allowance for non-essential purchases. But try keeping a wish list instead of buying items as soon as they catch your eye. If you still want an item the next month, you’ll know it was more than a passing fancy.

8. Maintain Equilibrium

Like “a place for everything,” the “one in, one out” rule is a staple of personal organization.The rule is simple: For each item, you bring into your home, another item must leave. Most people stick to like items: one shirt in, one shirt out. The main thing is to keep a cap on the number of possessions taking up space in your home.

9. Address Emotional Clutter

When it comes to organizing, emotions can be your biggest pitfall. Whether it’s a gift from a loved one, an old souvenir or a childhood relic, emotional items are the hardest to get rid of. People fear by getting rid of the item, they will lose the memory that goes along with it. The funny thing is oftentimes we don’t even remember we have these keepsakes until they’re unearthed during a big cleaning.

10. Loosen The Reins

The whole family gets the flu, guests are staying for the holidays, a big event is consuming your time — when you’re faced with situations like these, it’s important to know when to scale back your expectations. Sometimes you need to take a break from hyper-organization and turn your focus elsewhere. Once the crisis or celebration is over, you can go back to business as usual.

Staying organized isn’t a mystical superpower few can access. An organized life is nothing more than a series of simple rules that help you maintain good habits. Follow these ten rules, and you will be well on your way to an organized home.