They make the bed
Your mom had the right idea when she told you to make your bed every morning. As the focal point of your bedroom, your bed is a big indicator of how the rest of your room looks, minimalist Joshua Becker writes in The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own. If it starts getting messy, the whole room could dissolve into disarray. Check out these other secrets of people with impeccable homes.
They finish one-minute tasks right away
“Clutter is often a result of procrastination—decisions put off or small jobs left unfinished,” Becker says. Anything that can be done in less than a couple minutes should be done immediately. Don’t wait to toss clothes in the hamper, put back the remote, or take the trash out. It’s so much easier to clean tiny bits at a time than to wait until it all builds up. Check out these simple cleaning tasks you can do in a minute or less.
They don’t set things on the table
Flat surfaces like counters, tables, and dressers are like magnets for clutter. Stop the mess before it begins by finding a permanent home for objects instead of dumping them down without a second thought. Keep your eyes peeled for things like toiletries and kitchen appliances that you or your family forgot to put away, and “dive in as needed to keep them clean,” Becker says.