It’s no secret that organization is a key to health and happiness. But what if your M.O. has always been a bit on the messier side? Don’t worry! It’s easier than you think. Try these simple steps to start putting your life together and organize your way to a happier and healthier you!
1. Write Things Down
While you might be the kind of person that can remember every important date, meeting or event in your head, odds are things slip through the cracks sometimes. It’s for that reason that in order to get organized, you need to write things down.
This might seem like silly or common-sense advice, but it’s the key to getting yourself organized. Write down everything. Every scheduled daily regimen (down to the last night time vitamin), every meeting, every phone number, every birthday. Get yourself a planner and keep track of all of the ins and outs of your day. You’ll be shocked at how quickly things start falling into place. If you do it right, you might even find yourself showing up ahead of time to events, parties and family events…that is…if you want to.
You can always spend that extra time not trying to remember stuff getting yourself a coffee or two or three.
Experiment: Write down your ideal morning and nightly routines (to the last minute). For two weeks, stick to those times rigidly. Review. Did things get easier? Did you manage to save any time?
2. Don’t Procrastinate
Even if you write things down, organizing can become difficult if you procrastinate. The longer you put things off, the longer they are going to linger and leave you on edge. Organized things and tackle them as soon as you possibly can. That way, you have more time to do the things you enjoy and don’t have to spend time dwelling on the things that stress you out.
Experiment: For one week, tackle every obstacle or organizational challenge as soon as you become free to do so. After one week, stop and review your feelings. Are things easier to deal with now? Do you feel less stress in your life?
3. Put Everything in Its Place
There’s no doubt about it, clutter = stress. That means that organizing = happiness! When things are put away in the proper order and their proper places, we are filled with a sense of security and peace that you just can’t get from a cluttered mess. Designate places for all those things that clutter up your life. If you don’t have room, consider additional storage, like these bins from Ikea.
Make easy access storage for the things that you use all the time, but don’t be afraid to put those lesser-used things out of sight. They’ll still be their waiting for you, but they don’t need to clutter up your home!
Experiment: Designate a place for all your morning and evening routine materials (ie makeup, vitamins, skin care, bathing materials, etc.). Each morning and each evening, replace these items immediately after use. Repeat for 2 weeks. At the end of the two weeks, review. How do you feel? How does your home look?
4. Only Keep What You Really Need
We humans are creatures of habit and attachment, and that goes double for our stuff. Often, we cling to things for sentimental value or plain laziness alone. Try getting rid of the things that you no longer use. Throw them out or donate them to charity, making room for the things you use on a regular basis. Think of it as making room for all the new things that are inevitably making their way into your life.
Experiment: Go into your garage, junk closet, junk drawer, etc. Throw out all the things that you haven’t looked at, touched, or used in 6 months or more. How much space did you free? How many things did you throw away/give to charity?
5. Keep Going
Organizing isn’t always easy, especially if, like me, you’re a normally scattered person. But organizing is something that not only makes your life easier, but also helps you feel better as well. Spend a little time each day committing yourself to your new organization goals. Set aside time each week to declutter and replace items that have fallen out of place. If you work hard and keep at it, you’ll be organized and stress free in no time. I promise!
Experiment: Think about a moment when you gave up. What would have happened differently if you had only worked a little bit harder?
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