There is probably a really small chance that you haven't yet heard of the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And even though I think it's a good book it is not that magical to me. I agree with a few things the book suggests but not everything. Here is why.
1. Declutter according to the idea that something brings you joy or not. I don't think that everything that brings us joy should be kept, mostly because if people keep everything that brings them good vibes, their house would be filled with keepsakes. Let's say your kid gave you a few mugs over the years as a christmas gift, you may think they are pretty. They bring back good memories, joy. But you don't need 10 mugs, do you? You shouldn't have that many, you can get back so much space if you keep your favorite 3. I would say, spread the joy, and donate the other 7.
2. Declutter once and be done once for all. Here is why that doesn't work. Unless you have a policy that nothing will enter your house anymore, you will buy new things. You will be gifted new things. You will have kids and they will need things. You will get a dog and he will need stuff. Time goes by and you will accumulate things. Even if they are all 100% necessities. But because something was a necessity one day it doesn't mean it will be a necessity forever. Because something brought you joy one day it doesn't mean it will always bring you joy. You should always be cleaning out your house of things you don't longer want. Clothes that got old, objects that no longer match the style of decor you like, keepsakes that no longer matter to you, etc. Decluttering and organizing are part of life as they should be, just like buying things are too.
3. Use a shoe box to store things. There is nothing uglier than using a cardboard with a brand shoe label on it to store things. Even if what you are storing are shoes.
4. Get rid of paper. There is nothing wrong with a well organized, color coordinate and labeled filing cabinet. I myself find them a must have for everyone.
5. Store things standing up. The problem is not that you stack 5 magazines on your coffee table or your favorite t-shirts on a drawer. The problem is when you have too many things and the pile becomes too big. Stacking things up are a much pleasant way to store things on an aesthetic and practical perspective.
6. Empty your purse every day. Unless you have way too much time on your hands this is an absurd. If you keep your purse organized and with only your necessities, taking everything out and putting everything away will require a huge stress in your life. What if one day you forget to put back your tampons and you get your period?
7. Store your bags inside other bags. OMG, that makes me want to rip this page of the book. Do not do this. You won't even remember what bags you have this way. Just keep a few bags that you really love and stack them nicely in your closet. They all deserve to breath. What about their feelings Marie?
8. Don't hang your clothes. Unless you have way too much time at hand, folding is not a necessity to keep your clothes organized. I love opening up my closet and seeing my clothes color coordinated in matching hangers. The secret here is too keep only what you love and that fits you right now. But no need to hide your things sadly in a drawer.
I could probably think of more reasons if I read the book again, but those are the ones that comes to mind. When it comes to organization, I get very picky. Because just like Marie, I have been obsessed with it since the age of 5. I too wanted to organize my entire family and friends home. I too read books and magazines about it. I too spent lunches organizing the school's library. But I learned other things on the way. Not better things, just different ones.