In order to get (& stay) organized, one must know the rules. Many people offer their suggestions on how to organize your space, time, and thoughts for that matter, but at the core the message is the same. Being organized is a lifestyle choice, not a random happening. It’s a skill that comes naturally for some, but is mostly learned from childhood and your various life experiences along the way. If you sometimes feel like you aren’t as organized as you would like, you’ve come to the right place. Try our easy peasy organizing rules and become the organized person you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Decide what story you want to tell. Every room in your home should tell a story. The items and feeling of each room should narrate its story. Think about how you currently use your space. Ask yourself if that’s the story you want it to tell. For example, do you feel the story of your bedroom should be one of comfortable serenity meets style, but it currently is one of chaos with clothes, shoes, and other items strung about everywhere? If you believe your bedroom should tell your story instead of its reality, it’s time to reorganize it.
Everything needs a home. When organizing your belongings, every single item needs a home. First, sort all of your items and group like things together, getting rid of the things you don’t use or don’t need any longer. Once you’ve grouped things like your hair supplies, the bathroom cleaning products, or all of your socks, you can decide on the best place to store them. Make sure to store the items you use often in the most convenient places, so you don’t have to dig to find them. Having a home for all of your things saves you time, space, money and sanity because everything is together and in an easily accessible location.
Be consistent everyday. One of the best things you can do to become and stay organized is to be consistent on a daily basis. A great way to accomplish this is to set time limits. Try 10 minute “clean sweeps” in areas that can be quickly organized. Make your bed, put the dirty clothes in the hamper, put away the folded laundry, pick up the kid’s toys, put those dishes in the dishwasher, the list goes on and on. Set a timer and go to work! You’ll be surprised how much you can do in 10 minutes. You can do even more by planning ahead. Read more about that here.
Adopt the “In and out” method. Would you like a simple and guaranteed method of staying organized? If so, this method is for you. Here’s how it works: When you buy something new, you get rid of something you have. No tricks, no frills, it’s just that simple. To use this method you’ll need to choose a reasonable number of an item and stick to it. For example, you decide you will only keep 10 shirts. When you buy that 11th shirt, then one of your present shirts has to go.
Putting a limit on the things you like can be difficult. After all, you work hard and should enjoy the fruits of your labor. Even good things require moderation, and while it’s nice to have things, things are just that, things. Your happiness should not depend on them. Choose a clutter-free, organized space over the addition of yet another shirt. You’ll be glad you did.
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