Five Ways to Become More Organized
In the past, I always struggled with staying organized especially when it came to household chores. I used to be that person who had to hide all my clutter in the closet if a friend was stopping by. However, in the past two years, I’ve found five simple steps that helped me to start my journey and stay motivated along the way:
Know your why. My “why” involved the need to reduce stress. Not being “neat” often left me feeling out of sorts and lacking control. However, when I got married, I realized that I wanted to create a warm, inviting and calm environment in our home. Learning how to become more organized has helped me in achieving this goal.
Find some inspiration ASAP. My first step was to Google “how to declutter your home”. That’s when I found How Jen Does It and other YouTubers who share easy to follow tips for creating routines that not only help you to become more organized but also show you how to save time and money. You can also download templates like FunCheaporFree.com's cleaning routine and tweak it according to your household needs. I've used this one for a few years now and I love it because it keeps me on track and the chores are all checked off by Friday.
Do a little at a time. I’ve always loved the quote “small changes lead to big results” and it truly applies to getting organized. Each day, set a 15 minute alarm and tackle one area of your life that you’d like to improve. It could be as simple as going through the junk mail that has piled up over the past two weeks. Once you’re finished, create a new plan for handling junk mail so that it doesn’t get out of control any time soon. One tip that has worked for me over the years is to sort the mail in the kitchen by the trash can so I can quickly toss what I don't need and organize the rest. I also recently found out that you can get removed from junk mail by signing up for the National Do Not Mail List. Think of all the paper and clutter you can reduce by signing up.
Quit procrastinating. In our household we’ve found that unless we do things immediately, chaos quickly ensues. So we do our best not to procrastinate. Here are some examples - unpacking and organizing groceries as soon as you get in from the grocery store, immediately folding laundry once dry and washing dishes after meals. They may seem simple, but when we don’t do them right away these tasks linger and then no one wants to do them!
Plan overnight. Take 15-30 minutes before bedtime to get things ready for the next day. One of my biggest tips is to ensure that the dishes are done at night, no matter how tired I am. Similarly, try preparing your lunch for the next day and picking out your outfit for work. You’ll also want to quickly review your calendar for the following day and update your to-do list as needed. Trust me, you’ll wake up feeling much happier and can potentially sleep in for a few extra minutes or use the time to do something more productive.
If you’re just starting out, it can be very overwhelming to start organizing every single aspect of your life in one weekend. It took me a few months to figure out my routine for staying organized with my household chores. But once I did, I was apply to apply similar ideas to other aspects of my life. For example, becoming more organized at work and with my finances. The idea is not to be perfect, but to build consistent habits that will help make your life easier and more enjoyable.
I hope you found these tips useful. Let me know in the comments below which of these tips you will be implementing this week.