So you’ve started organizing your life, but you can feel your old friend, Procrastination, tempting you once again. How do you stay on track and keep up this new, organized you? Just use these quick tips to keep the clutter monster at bay.
1. Stay on Track
If you’re not an organized person, it can be hard to go astray in your new patterns and routines. Stay focused. You want to lead a neat, clutter-free life, right? Of course you do! (Or you wouldn’t be here in the first place.) Keep that goal in mind and keep pushing yourself through those lists and schedules. In no time at all, it will all feel like second nature.
2. Make a To-Do List
Face it, you’re going to do things throughout the day. Write those things down and prioritize them in order of importance. If your days aren’t busy enough for a daily list, try just making a list of 3 things you’re grateful for, or work on a prioritized list of things to do for the week.
3. Don’t Let Your Planner Fall Behind
Hopefully you’re using a daily planner. If you still don’t have a planner, or aren’t sure about which planner to get, use this helpful list. Once you have your planner, don’t let it fall behind. Check your schedule each day and rearrange or remove items as needed. It will help you organize and compartmentalize the events of the day/week/month in your head and help you stay ahead of the things that need to get done.
4. Devote 10-15 Minutes Each Day to Tidying Up
Things can get out of place quickly, and clutter can build up even quicker. Spend just a few minutes each day (no more than 10-15 minutes) picking items up and putting them back where they belong. Not only will it solidify the habit for you, but you’ll find yourself living in a much cleaner and tidier space.
5. Reward Yourself
Never underestimate the power of positive reinforcement. If you’re just starting out, reward yourself after one week of solid daily tidying and proactive task-tackling. Splurge on that coat you’ve been wanting for winter, or order that Chinese food you’ve been craving. Next time, offer yourself a treat after two-weeks of solid organista behavior, and so-on and so-on. You only need YOU to trick your brain into thinking cleaning is fun.
6. Keep a Notepad Handy and Accessible
Leave a notepad out on a counter space or beside the sofa. When you think of something important or think of something that needs done around the home, write it down immediately. Take time to check the notebook at least once a week and make sure you’ve tackled all the tasks as necessary.
7. Buy Less Stuff
Sure, it’s good to reward yourself once in a while, but a simple life is a good option too. Cut back on silly purchases that you don’t need and imagine all the future clutter when you purchase new stuff. Do you really need that knick-knack for that spot on the shelf? Or will it end up in the top of a closet like all the other ones? Are you really going to wear that dress? Or will it just end up in a bag in the garage with all the others? Sometimes, less is more and that’s definitely true when it comes to staying organized.
8. Don’t Be Afraid to Throw It Away
Try to take some time every few months or so to look for items in your house that you are no longer using. If they are in great condition, consider donating them to charity or selling them in a yard sale / garage sale.
If you follow these simple steps, you’ll find yourself becoming a professional organista in no time. We all get caught up in the hectic rush of life, but organizing can relieve so much of that stress for us. Stay focused. Stay committed. You can do this!
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