Organising your home? Follow these rules …

1. KEEP LIKE WITH LIKE

‘When putting your belongings away, store them with similar items to keep things sensical and logical,’ says professional organiser Louise Marie Turner. Stop with the catch-alls — they might work for a short time, but eventually, they’ll make your whole place a mess.

2. THINK BEFORE YOU BUY

Impulse purchases are the death of any organisational system. If you buy something, it needs a home. Remember this every time you bring something new into the house. Where will this live? Do I have room? If the answers are ‘I don’t know’ and ‘No’ give it a pass (plus, you’ll save money).

3. HONOUR YOUR MEMORIES — THEN THROW THEM OUT

We’re not suggesting you toss your wedding dress – some memories are too sacred, and deserve a place in your home forevermore. But birthday cards? Old train tickets? If you’re amassing a stack of ‘memorable’ paper, it might be time to rethink your saving strategy which all helps with organising your home.

4. PUT AWAY YOUR CLOTHES.

‘There are no excuses for this one. Hang, fold or launder your clothing at the end of the day. End of story,’ says Louise. An amassing pile of worn clothes is the downfall of many a clean home. Spending a few minutes every evening dealing with the day’s clothes will make your life so much better in the long run. Think about clothes before you buy them and if in doubt, ask your personal shopper for advice or book a VIP shopping trip.

5. COMMAND EVERYTHING

A command centre has room for your keys, purse, bag, and any other day-to-day necessities — and it’s the secret behind a super-organised home. ‘You’ll never have to search if you get in the habit of leaving them in their resting place,’ Louise says.

6. SET A DAILY ROUTINE

And stick to it. Routines are the backbones of organisation: If you’re taking time every day to put things back where they belong, your home will thank you. Ending the day with an organised home is a truly wonderful feeling.

7. START SMALL

If you’re not already an organisation master, start with the little things — sorting through papers, setting up a command station — before moving onto the big tasks, like revamping your entire wardrobe’s organisational system. Enjoy the immediate sense of accomplishment, which will spur you on to bigger and greater future projects.

8. DON’T GET OVERWHELMED

‘Remember that you are in control of your belongings and can keep them in check,’ Louise says. If you set your mind to staying organised, it will no longer feel like a chore.