Organizing is a big part of getting your life together. It can be discouraging and frustrating when clutter piles up, you keep losing or forgetting things because you don’t have it all together or you can’t concentrate due to the mess or disarray. In order to really get your life together and moving forward you need to really start organizing your life, on many levels. Not only will you find that it greatly improves productivity, you will find that it also leads to reduced stress, and an overall better, eager and happier state of mind.
Here are our tips for getting organized:
1. Write things down.
You have a busy life. At times you’ll forget things as soon as you hear them so writing them down makes sure that you definitely wont forget or allow things to pile up.
2. Make lists.
Even if you know what you have to do, writing a list helps you get organized. It allows you to see everything you have to accomplish and lets you plan for a better course of action.
3. Do everything JUST ONCE.
This is a big deal to getting and staying organized. Ever open your mail and then put it in another pile to be filed or dealt with later? Ever do your laundry and then put it off the side to be folded or put away later? This causes clutter and for you to become disorganized. It actually creates more work for you to deal with in the future. The best way to keep things straight and organized is to follow through as soon as you start a task. Open your mail and throw it away if you don’t need it, send out your response and file it wherever it’s final destination is instead of letting it pile it up. That way you mark a box off your “to-do” list instead of add one on.
4. Consolidate clutter by making it digital.
If you don’t need something throw it out. If you do need something but it can be scanned and turned into a digital file this is a great way to get ride of clutter. Scan old receipts, bills, letters, notes, photos or anything else you can think of and keep a digital record of it so you can reduce the clutter and files that build up and get disorganized.
5. Organize your digital life.
Your digital life can get just as disorganized and difficult to find things in as your closet. Make sure you label all digital files correctly and create folders to help keep them organized, neat and easy to find when you need.
6. Clean regularly.
By dedicating 15 minutes a day to cleaning and organizing you can minimize messes and clutter in your daily life, making sure things run smoothly. Pay special attention to places that build up the most dirt or clutter or are used the most.
7. Donate and sell things you don’t need or use.
If you haven’t used it in 2-3 years ore more, chances are you won’t. It’s time to put it in storage (if its absolutely something you must keep), donate it if it’s an item that can be donated, or even make some extra money by selling things on Craig’s List and eBay that you don’t need.
8. Check expiration dates.
Sometimes things have expired and are no longer good and need to be thrown out. This tends to be especially true with medicine and food, not only in your fridge, but food canned and boxed food that you may have in dry storage.
9. Buy stackable storage containers (in bulk!).
Nothing helps to keep you organized then stackable containers that keep items not only stored away, but organized and separate so that they are easy to find. They are available everywhere and are very inexpensive. You can’t have enough of them.
10. Schedule seasonal cleanings to help you keep down the clutter.
Spring cleaning, fall cleaning, winter and summer… stuff will build up quickly in your life and as you store away seasonal items and bring out everything you need for the next season, it’s always best to do an evaluation at the beginning and end of each season and throw away things that are broken, outgrown, worn out and not needed anymore.