A question that I often get when I tell people I am a professional organizer is:  “Oh wow!  Is your house super organized?”  The answer:  no.  Not always.  
However, the secret to my home is that everything has a place.  Though things may be out of place at times, it is easy for me to pick things up and restore everything easily.  
I’m going to give you a “treat” this week–some photos of my home and how I can easily restore it in a matter of minutes.
My vanity--before  Makeup everywhere, two stray soda cans, drawers open, clothes everywhere.

My vanity–before Makeup everywhere, two stray soda cans, drawers open, clothes everywhere.

Stray soda cans go in the recycle bin, right?  Or do you keep your recycle on the kitchen counter?  Make up goes in the basket–but do you just stow yours on the counter shoved up against the wall?
It may seem ridiculous, but a lot of people consider the counter a space where makeup goes.  It’s not.  Some people use the counter as a catch all.  This does NOT work to help your home feel refreshed.  It looks messy.

Here’s the after picture. In about thirty seconds, I was able to put everything in its place, without hassle, without thinking. If I wanted to get more complicated, I could’ve put the basket of makeup in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, where it fits, but for now, this is good.

Do you see how the basket contains everything?  Something that simple, but such an impact!

 

Even my trusty triple-strand pearls have a home:  an old vase!

Even my trusty triple-strand pearls have a home: an old vase!

 

Having clear boundaries when it comes to where things go is so importabt.  If you do NOT know where something goes, it is impossible to clean up.

This is how I think about it:  When you are about to have guests over and need to clean up quick, where do you put everything?  Is there uncertainty about where items live?  Think about this next time you’re scrambling to get everything looking good!
Organization is NOT about perfection.  It’s about having the time, space and resources to be efficient and happy.