Being organized is one of the things that people can benefit from the most. It brings a sense of cleanliness and wellbeing as well as a feeling of self-accomplishment. People are more likely to be happy and successful when they’re organized. For some people, being organized comes naturally to them. For others, organization is a skill that they need to learn and work on. For those people, here are 4 steps to organizing your life.

1. Get Rid of the Things that You Don’t Need

The first thing that you should do is get rid of the things that you don’t need. The hardest thing to overcome is the feeling of sentimentality. When we start to get rid of the things that we have had for years, it starts to get difficult. You know that you don’t really need to keep the toys that your kids played with when they were young, but since you remember them, it’s hard to get rid of them. You need to remember that sometimes it’s better to get rid of the things that clutter your life. You’ll feel better once you get rid of those things. If the items have been left in the garage and you haven’t used them in years, then there’s no point in having them any longer. Once you get rid of the things that you don’t need, you’ll have more room for the things that matter in your life. You’ll also feel more comfortable working on other skills that you have wanted to develop  by doing time management activities that will help you further your abilities.

2. Practice Having a Place for Everything

The next thing that you should do is create a place for everything in your home. Often in homes that need organization, the issue is that the items don’t have a designated place that they need to be. When an item doesn’t have a place, it’s often misplaced and easy to lose. When everything has a place, you know exactly where to put it and where to find it. This step pairs perfectly with step #1. As you’re going through the first step and getting rid of the extra clutter in the home, find a place for each item. If one area of the home still seems overcrowded, then you know that you still need to get rid of some things in that room.

3. Clean Up as you Mess Up

A house can’t get dirty or unorganized if you don’t let it get that way in the first place. The trick to doing this is to clean up as you mess up. What this means is that you should never leave a mess where it is. For example, you just finished family dinner, and your kids have left the dishes on the counter. Rather than walking by the mess, teach your kids to clean it up on the spot. Another example is that you accidentally spill a bit of milk on the counter. You should wipe it up right away instead of letting it dry. The key to easy cleaning in the kitchen specifically is not letting the messes dry up–kitchen messes are easier to clean when they’re new and fresh.

4. Delegate the Cleaning and Organizing

The entire house is not your responsibility. Just as working isn’t entirely your responsibility either. Jobs inside and outside of the home need to be delegated evenly so that no one feels the brunt of the work. It makes the process less stressful and easier to handle. By spreading out the work, no one in the family will feel singled out or left out. The best thing that you can do to help your family understand the importance of organizing is by letting them learn how to do it.

Having an organized home will help your family to feel happier and more at home. It also will help your children to feel more comfortable opening up and strengthen their relationships with you and their siblings. Make the efforts that you need to make in order to organize every aspect of your house and your life. Then, apply similar principles to your life at work.