The Art of Staying Organized

by Kimberly Lee October 28, 2016

The Art of Staying Organized

Organization takes time, but when you get into the habit of it, life becomes so much easier! It only takes a week to start a habit. Really organized people are not born organized people. They have to cultivate healthy habits, which then help them to stay organized. You also have to want to get organized. Many say that they want to do something but in reality they never put in any work to show they want to do it.

 

1. Start Writing Things Down

We all know someone that remembers every birthday and sends cards for every holiday. It’s not magic and they don’t use memorization. Trying to remember things will not help you to stay organized. You should try to re-discover the the art of writing things down.

A pen and some paper is our way of remembering things externally, and it’s much more permanent. You can also use a computer or a smart phone. You will only further complicate your life by trying to contain important dates and reminders in your head. Write down everything including shopping lists for groceries, holiday gifts, home decor, and important dates like meetings and birthdays.

2. Set Schedules and Deadlines

Organized people don't waste time doing things that do not amount to anything. They recognize that keeping things organized goes hand-in-hand with staying productive. They make and keep schedules for the day and week. They make deadlines and set goals. And most importantly, they and stick to them! Similarly, by living a cluttered lifestyle, you will not have the time or space to make your deadlines or achieve your goals.

3. Don’t Procrastinate

The longer you wait to do something, the more difficult it will be to get it done. If you want your life to be less stressful and less demanding, then organize as soon as you can. Putting in the effort to get things done as soon as possible will lift the weight off of you from doing it later.

4. Give Everything a Proper Place

It’s easy to get lost if you don’t have a home. Keeping your life organized means keeping your things in their proper places. Organized people keep order by storing things properly and by labeling storage spaces.

Make easy-to-access storage spaces for things you use all the time, and don’t let your storage spaces get cluttered. Be creative about finding places for things. In addition, as a BIG NO: never label a storage space as “miscellaneous!”

5. Declutter Regularly

Make time each week to organize. If you simply try to find time it will never happen. Highly organized people make sure they find time every week, or more, to organize there things. Stuff does not stay organized on its own; it needs to be reorganized continuously and consistently.

6. Keep Only What's Necessary

More stuff means more clutter. People who live organized lives only keep what they need and what they really want. Having fewer things also means that you enjoy those things more and feel better about using everything you own, rather than letting half of what you own collect dust.

Have you ever felt like you don’t have the space to keep all the stuff you own? Instead of renting a storage unit or buying a larger home, don't be afraid of getting rid of some things.

7. Know Where to Discard Items

Do whatever you can to get rid of stuff. Less stuff means less clutter. Give it away or donate to thrift stores. Sell on Craigslist or eBay. Take a trip to the recycling center. Set up a garage sale. Find a place to get rid of your things.

8. Put in the Hard Work and see the Results

Put in a little effort. Actually, put in a lot of effort when necessary. Once you have delegated responsibilities and made a schedule, then you can organize what you have to do and when you can do it. Staying organized is not all a breeze. It requires that you work hard with recognition that when you work harder, you can enjoy your clutter-free work life later.




Kimberly Lee
Kimberly Lee

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Founder of Rare Breed Apparel, fashion junkie and socialite with bubbly personality. Totally invested in helping people pursue their dreams.



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