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Decluttering and organizing is an easy task if you live alone. It is going to be a challenge if you live with a person who isn’t used to organizing and cleaning. 

A new survey from Yelp proves that almost 80% of people living with a partner have disagreements about home organization. This is what you call “The Chore Wars”. 

It’s common to have a disagreement with a family member or a partner due to home organization but if we can give you 5 rules to organizing your home like a pro, I don’t think there is going to be a chore war between you guys, at all.

Start Small

Organizing a home can be overwhelming. It actually takes me hours just to finish cleaning my room. Organizing and decluttering can be an overwhelming and tiring task. We often just leave things cluttered and say, I’m done! 

It’s good to think about what you can finish within the day. If your goal for the day is just to clean the windows, then just do that. Start small, it’s fine.

Think Before You Buy

We girls love impulse buying and it is not a good habit. The next time you shop for your home, make sure you only buy what you really, really, really need. Be smart in what you buy because it will not only save you money, it will save you lots of space at home. 

So, if you are tempted to buy a new cabinet but you still have a working one, forget it girl. Save that money instead. Invest it in something you really need.

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Be Picky!

Most mothers love donating stuff to their children. This is great especially if you just moved in.

The real problem comes in when she insists on giving things that you already have or things that you don’t necessarily need. 

The next time she gives you something you don’t need, politely decline and tell her the reason why. Just take what you need!

Is Your Organizing Skill Working?

Professionals in home organization say to test whether your organizing system is working or not. Does your room still look messy after cleaning? If yes, maybe it’s time for you to reconsider your approach. 

Your approach is effective if you can tidy up in 15 minutes. It’s also best that you group things together on use or occasion and store them in an open container.

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In the 2007 book How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla Morton, she indicated that in home organization, you’d need to categorize.

There are weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly house chores. It is important to know which falls to which category. 

It is not practical to change your curtains every day, so decide how often you’re going to change it. You can also use an app that could remind you that it’s already time to do a particular chore.

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