Being organized offers a slew of benefits. It gives you peace of mind and saves you money, since “you can find and use what you own instead of buying more,” said Jamie Novak, author of several books on organizing, including The Get Organized Answer Book, 1000 Best Quick and Easy Time-Saving Strategies and 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets.
It also helps you stay connected to others. “When you’re disorganized you miss events and stop inviting people over your home.”
It helps you feel more confident and capable. And it saves you time, she said. A lot of it. In fact, “the average person wastes almost an hour a day searching for misplaced items like house keys, reading glasses and important pieces of paper.”
But you might already know that. What you might be less familiar with is how to actually stay organized, especially if you’re pressed for time (like most of us are).
Below you’ll find nine expert tips to help you start organizing your space and keep it organized.