Is every week the same for you? You tell yourself, “Okay, this week I am going to get my act together and start to be better organized.” I am here to tell you, it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, there are many factors in how long it really will take each person. If you can pick up small habits along the way and stick with each of them, eventually you will be able to look back and see how far you have come. So why not begin today?
Getting organized isn’t about going through your whole house over the coarse of a weekend, taking everything you no longer want or need to donate, then coming home opening the door and saying “Yes, I did it, I am now organized.” Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but… it doesn’t work like that. It is a process, both mental and physical. However, on the bright side, you now have a cleaned out house and a fresh place to start. If, by chance, you didn’t take the whole weekend to clean out your house, it’ll come with time. Until that time comes, let’s start with three simple things you can achieve everyday and begin to make a habit of them.
Three Habits of Organized People and what you need to start doing today:
Today is the day to start on your journey of becoming better organized, here are ways to get you started.
- On Sunday’s Make a To-Do List for the week, then break that list down by days. I don’t know about you, but for me, if I don’t have a list I tend to not be focused on what needs to get done. And, when I am not focused guess what happens – nothing at all. Nothing gets done. If nothing gets done on Monday’s that tends to mess up my whole week. Here is a post about the Importance of Monday’s.
- Everything in an organized person’s home has a place it belongs. An easy way to make putting things back where they belong is by following the One Touch Rule. If you aren’t familiar with what that is, you can read about it in this great post One Simple Rule to Living More Tidy. After you are done reading about the One Touch Rule for yourself, here is another informative post on teaching it to your children, One Touch Rule: Getting Your Children on Board.
- Don’t Hold onto Stuff. Organized people know when it is time to let things go. If you haven’t used something in a year or more, why do you still have it. Let me guess, what if you need it someday. And, you just might – but more than likely you won’t. All that item is doing is taking up space. Why? Is having multiples of a certain item helping you in any way?
Becoming organized is one thing that will help you live your life more at ease. The benefits for being organized far outweigh the lifestyle of not being organized. When you decide to become organized in your daily life you save time and when you have a routine in your life, you are able to stay more focused.
Here is what I suggest you do right now:
- Make a To-Do List for the week.
- Break your list down by days of the week for the things that need to be done on those days. Remember to add all your errands, chores, appointments, quite time, etc.
- Ask yourself, “Are these things I can do every week.” If so, you have just made yourself a routine and you can now start following it as close as possible.
- Type it up, write it out, do whatever you need to do to help you remember your routine until it becomes part of you and your memory.
I hope if you haven’t made yourself a routine, you will make one. It will help you in becoming more organized and actually staying organized. Once you have your routine down you will begin to feel as though organization is something that can be part of your life. I would love to hear how you have progressed and how your routine is working out for you. Please leave a comment, let’s chat.