10 Rules to Live By from the Neat Freak

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Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 11.46.09 AMI am a rule follower. Always have been, always will be. And when life gets busy, I really like having a few rules to live by. It keeps me from having to think too much, or have internal debates about right and wrong. Here are a few of my favorite go-to organizing rules to live by. Learn it. Know it. Live it.

  1. Buy quality over quantity. There really can be too much of a not-so-good thing.
  1. If it makes you feel sad, guilty or angry, do not hold on to it! This applies to objects, tasks and people.
  1. Make your bed. Yep, that’s right, I sound like your mom. But just do it.
  1. Give it a home. If it doesn’t have a home, it will always be out of place.
  1. When in doubt, just say “no.” Trust me, it will save you a whole lotta headaches.
  1. If it has been broken for over a year and you don’t know how to fix it, get rid of it.
  1. If it will take 5 minutes or less, just do it now. I mean it, get up right now and do it.
  1. Finish the job. Leaving things only 80% done offers very little satisfaction. I’m talking to you, Mr. “But it’s a soaker.”
  1. You always have more time at night than you have in the morning. Always.
  1. If you love it and want to keep it, then honor it. The attic is not a place of honor. Same for the moldy basement. Use it or lose it.

Happy fall, y’all. And keep neat.


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Perri Kersh

Perri Kersh is the neatest, and sometimes freakiest, at Neat Freak Professional Organizing, LLC in Chapel Hill. She works with individuals, families, small business owners and students to help them get and stay organized. When she’s not organizing for others, she frequently shovels up after her husband and children. You can read more about Neat Freak on the website above or reach Perri at 919-824-8196.
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