Young couple organizing their apartment

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Rule #1: Focus on the Task at Hand

"We obsess over having to buy the newest organizers and tools," says Michaels. "That actually stops us from being organized, because we're always waiting for the perfect item to help us finish our task." Remember: The goal should be removing items period, not finding the right containers to corral the stuff we don't need.