#1 Dedicate 20 Minutes a Day Every Day
You don’t need to set aside 20 hours one day to get things in order. You only need 20 minutes every day.
Focus on tackling clutter in just one room. You might only pare down a single drawer or shelf, but “it will make you feel accomplished at the end of the day, and at the end of a week, you will see how much you can declutter,” says professional organizer Helena Alkhas.
#2 Follow a "One-Minute" Rule
Small tasks add up quickly when you’re saving them to do all at once. So if it takes less than a minute to complete, do it immediately.
Put that cup in the dishwasher rather than the sink.
Break down that Amazon box for recycling right after you unbox your goodie.
#3 Make Your Bed as Soon as You Get Up
There’s a reason the Marines start the day with this simple task — also known as “wake and make.”
According to retired Admiral William H. McRaven, author of “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World,” “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
#4 Do Chores in the Same Order
Whether you’re cleaning on a Saturday or Wednesday, your mind (and body) will move more quickly from vacuuming to mopping to dusting if you check chores off in the same order — making it easier to keep your home tidy and clean.
Headphones and a throwback playlist are a recommended, but not required, part of the routine.