A Professional Organizer's #1 Hack for Making Your House Clutter-Free ... And Actually Livable

A Professional Organizer's #1 Hack for Making Your House Clutter-Free ... And Actually Livable

As a business owner, wife, and mom, I’m all too familiar with the daily challenges that come with trying to do all the things. I know the feeling of craving a more fulfilled life amidst all the day-to-day chaos and responsibility. If you’re anything like me, you want your home to look perfect (or even just organized!), but it also has to function for your day-to-day life … and everything it throws at you.

Chances are, the LAST thing you want to do at the end of a busy day is clean and organize. Trust me, I get it! I have been there!

Here’s the truth: You don’t have to clean all day to maintain a beautifully organized home. As a matter of fact, I built my entire Professional Organizing business on the premise of spending LESS time organizing your home.

Just imagine how amazing it would feel to have a system in your home that eliminates the need to make countless decisions or clean all day every day. I want to share the one strategy, my secret weapon, for maintaining an organized life and home so that I can spend more time doing what I love. You can easily implement it into your daily or weekly routine.

It’s called the “reset.”

What exactly is a “Reset”?

A reset is almost exactly as it sounds: bringing your home back to its baseline. It is the time that you set aside to work through a list of maintenance tasks to ensure your home STAYS organized. For me, resetting happens at the end of each day, week, and month. But, the biggest game-changer is my weekly, Sunday Reset.

The Sunday Reset is essentially a checklist of the main tasks that I commit to doing week after week, along with a handful of other tasks that vary based on the week ahead. By batching all of these tasks into one, continuous “reset” each week, you can ensure your home always returns to its baseline and that you set the tone for your week ahead.

My weekly reset includes…

  • Grocery Shopping and Meal Prep: I cut fruits and vegetables for the week, pack lunches, and get the kids’ backpacks set up for Monday. I do this all while we’re putting away the groceries so I can check all the kitchen prep off my list!
  • A Load (or two!) of Laundry: As I’m putting away laundry, I reset any drawers that might have gotten messy through the week. To eliminate fights and save us time, my kids will pick out their outfit and lay it on their dresser for Monday morning!
  • Car Maintenance: On a nice day, I will go out to get a car wash and fill up my gas tank. Then, while the kids play, my husband and I wipe out the cars, vacuum and restock our center consoles with snacks and wipes.
  • Emails and Schedule: I spend time responding to any calls or emails. I also like to map out my week and schedule any to-dos directly into my calendar.
  • Self-Care: I dedicate some time to take care of myself - usually at night. I do a facial, tweeze my eyebrows and take a bath.

In total, my Sunday Reset usually takes around two hours, plus the grocery shopping time. It may sound like a lot at first, but the calm it brings to your week will make it more than worth it! I encourage you to create a list that is unique to YOU and your family’s needs.

How to Ensure Success in Your Weekly Reset

To make sure that your reset doesn’t feel overwhelming, on a daily basis, try to make sure that everything is put away in its correct spot. If you simply can’t do it as you go throughout your day, take 20 minutes at night to go from room to room, straightening up! Those 20 minutes each day will make your weekly reset feel like a breeze.

More than the work you do throughout the week, the biggest key to success in your Sunday Reset is to get your whole family involved. This includes your kids, too! Not only will this make your reset go faster, it will give your family a sense of ownership and responsibility within the home.

Remember: The goal of the reset is NOT to achieve perfection. You don’t need to wait to have a perfectly organized home to start implementing a reset. Start by picking a few things that will get your house back to baseline, and a few things that will set your week up for success. Rather than thinking of it as yet another chore, think about it as an amazing gift you’re giving yourself!

This is going to be the tool you need to consistently bring your home back to a functioning, peaceful environment that works for YOU. And I promise... if I can do it, you can too!



Corinne Morahan is the founder of the G+G Membership and CEO of Grid + Glam, a thriving organizing & media company designed to give busy women back their beautiful spaces & the breathing room they deserve. You can find more organizing tips via her website, www.GridandGlam.com.

Photo Credit: Caitrin Dunphy Photography