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One of my dreams is to have a house that is always organized, tidy and neat.

That way I always know where things are and I can relax in an uncluttered and well-arranged space.

Since I have three kids, a husband and a dog, it’s not likely to happen in this lifetime.

However, as my children get older, I’m finding that it’s slightly easier to keep things organized.

Now that I’m at this stage, I need all the help I can get when it comes to doable organization ideas.

In the same boat?

These ideas work really well and come courtesy of the experts at Real Simple magazine.

1. Reward Yourself for a Task

Clearing out the junk drawer is never a fun chore, but knowing you can sit on the patio with a glass of sangria when you’re done is pretty motivating.

Organization experts say that treating yourself with something small after tackling a task can help you get it done, once and for all.

When something enticing is waiting for you, I guarantee you’ll get it finished.2

2. Get Rid of Castoffs Right Now

If you just came across a jacket you haven’t worn in years or a set of juice glasses that are just gathering dust, get rid of them ASAP.

Don’t just tell yourself you’ll clear out the junk one of these days.

Grab the item you don’t need anymore, carry it out to the car, then drop it off at the Goodwill next time you are out doing errands.

Getting it out of there right away feels good and clears up some of the clutter in just seconds.2

3. Spend a Few Seconds on the Chore Today Instead of Saving It for the Weekend

I tell my kids all the time that if they just spend a minute or two picking up their stuff before bed, they won’t have to spend hours on the weekend cleaning it all up at one time.

They don’t often listen, but I bet you will.

Take care of junk mail, that pile of your kid’s school papers and the heap of sports equipment right now and save yourself the time of having to take care of a week’s worth all at once.

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