Anyone who knows me well knows that I am obsessed with organization. Seriously, I can spend hours and hours finding new ways to organize different parts of my life. That’s because for me, being organized helps me gets things done efficiently and clearly. There’s nothing more discouraging than clutter as far as I’m concerned. Through my quest for being more and more organized, I’ve learned a few tips that have really helped me along the way and I thought I would share them with you.
Plan your day
Starting the day with a clear idea of what you need to get done is the best way to make sure it gets done. Of course, you can make more long term plans as well if you’re working on bigger goals. I’m a big fan of making lists, so I have a number of cute notepads on my desk and in my handbag to plan what tasks I need to get done. Yes, you can use your phone to take notes if that’s what you prefer, but there’s something about writing things down for me that makes me remember them more and helps me brainstorm when I need to (like coming up with blog post ideas, for example). Plus, crossing off tasks as they get done is such a satisfying feeling.
No one expects you to save the world in a day. Set yourself realistic goals for the day. Yes, it would be nice to get everything done in a day, but with the realities of unexpected events that pop up, procrastination that creeps up and the every present Netflix calling your name, it’s inevitable that sometimes you’ll get off track. And that’s ok! When making your day plan, make the top few tasks on the list the most important to accomplish for the day. That way, even if you don’t get to task #9 on the list, you’ll still end the day satisfied knowing that you crossed off the most important things that day.
Every item has a home
This is something that I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember. Find a place for every item in your home. This makes it easy to keep your home organized and avoids you from loosing important things, like your keys. Giving every item a home also makes you more efficient when cleaning up. Plus, your life will be so much more stress-free knowing that you can find the items you need and not waste 15 minutes looking for them. Extra tip: If you can’t find a place for an item, ask yourself if you really need it in your life. Chances are you might not.
Get rid of clutter
Lately, I’ve been on a decluttering spree (don’t be alarmed, this happens every spring). When I walk into my home, if there are books lying around, clothes on the floor and kitchen gadget left out, I instantly feel stressed and claustrophobic. This is when I feel it’s time to re-evaluate the items in my home and get rid of the things that I really don’t need. Over time, we tend to accumulate so much stuff without even realizing it. I like to take some time every few months to get rid of the things I know I will never use/wear/care about, then organize and store the rest. Less clutter also means less time looking for the stuff you need.
What are your organization tips? Share them in the comment below!