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The House Cleaning Tips E-letter, Issue #003 --, here are the rules...
August 10, 2006

I came across a professional organizer
this week. His name is Greg Payette.

Some of his ideas are not original
but he backs them up with some
original thought.

I decided to share him with you
today to see what you thought.

But, before I turn you over to him -
remember that new home organization book
I told you about yesterday...

Well Greg is the author.

You can find out more about it here.
You can sign up for his free mini
course while you're there.

Okay, enough of me,
here's Greg with his 3 Simple Rules
of Home Organization.


Let's be honest.

Nobody likes rules.

But the thing is, if you're serious
about learning proven home organizing
techniques, then there are some
specific rules you'll want to follow.

You'll see how much easier
organization will be by taking the
following simple steps:

Home Organizing Rule #1:

"Touch it Once!"

This is a form of procrastination and
it causes piles because something is
being put off until later. It could be
a little laziness, but more often it's
due to lack of time.

The thing is, this rule will save you

For everything you put off until later,
you're touching it twice when it should
be just once. You (or someone you live
with) is procrastinating and putting
things off until later.


To save a couple of seconds today,
you're wasting five minutes tomorrow.

For example...

You come home, throw the shirt on the
bed because you're going to hang it up
or throw it in the laundry basket later.
Or you shove it on a shelf in the closet
and will hang it later.

No good.

This is two steps when it should be
one. Common sense? Of course.

But few practice this simple rule of
home organizing.

Touch it once. The coffee cup goes in
the dishwasher, not on the counter and
into the dishwasher later.

The mail coming in the house should be
dealt with immediately...not
added to a pile where you touch it more
than once for no reason at all other
than procrastination.

Home Organizing Rule #2:

Keep things together that belong

Sweaters with sweaters. Shirts with
shirts. One shelf for snacks and a shelf
for cans.

Take a look around a fancy clothing
store. They're designed to help you
(the customer) find exactly what you

Wouldn't it be nice to find whatever
it is you're looking for in a
matter of seconds?

Same goes for a grocery store. If these
shelves weren't organized, these stores
would go broke because nobody would be
able to find a thing.

Home Organizing Rule #3:

Organize ONLY one space at a time.

Work on one small space at a time in
set increments and try and do it every
single day. It might only be for
fifteen or twenty minutes, but the key
is to get something organized everyday
and make it consistent.

If you try and tackle too much at once,
you won't get done because of an already
hectic schedule. Incomplete tasks are
discouraging and you might just give up.

The smaller the task, the easier to
complete And the better you'll feel.

Often organizing something as small as
a junk drawer or even your wallet can
give you the boost in motivation to
"step it up" into a bigger project.

If you have to do the junk drawer over
a two day period, big deal?

Take two days to do it.

Getting it done is the key.

One small step at a time.

About the author:

Greg Payette is a professional organizer
and member of the National Association
of Professional Organizers. He is also
the author of The Definitive Guide to
Home Organization for Busy People. To
get more information and to sign-up for
a Free Mini-Course,

visit Discover Organization.

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