Really organized people are not born organized. It takes effort and good habits. Getting your life in order is key to achieving your goals. Being organized improves you work performance and lowers your stress level. Anyone can learn to become organized and these 5 tips will help you get there.
1. Write things down. Write down important things using pen and paper. You can also use a smart phone or computer. Keep track of everything: appointments, birthdays, and shopping lists. You will complicate your life if you try to memorize dates and reminders. If you want an organized home, write your intentions down so you will keep your commitment. Make a plan, start with the garage, then kitchen and go room by room until your home is clutter-free.
2. Give everything a place. If you want a clutter-free home, then everything must have a designated place, including your papers. Start by sorting your things into piles: keep, donate, and toss. Then group like-with-like. Maintain order by designating a place for everything and labeling storage areas. Note: stay away from labeling things as “miscellaneous”. Sort your papers into keep, shred and recycle. Consolidate existing folders and label folders in a way that makes sense for how you think.
3. Develop routines to make good habits last. Commit a certain amount of time each day to de-cluttering, putting items back where they belong, cleaning up as you go, in order to form good habits that will reinforce your commitment to being organized.
4. Keep only what you need. Organized people keep only what they really need and want. Having fewer things helps you appreciate what you have and you have less stuff around collecting dust. Instead of renting a storage unit, donate things to let someone else have a turn. Sell more valuable things on eBay or Craigslist or have a garage sale. This also helps our environment.
5. Do it now. Don’t procrastinate. The longer you wait to do something, the more overwhelming it becomes. If you want to lower your stress level and lift the weight off of you, then organize as soon as possible.
As you go through the organizing process, reward your achievements and stay positive. We are human and sometimes will slip a little. Reward milestones and bask in your accomplishments (“I can finally easily find all of my papers!”). The final reward will be achieving and maintaining your organizing goals.