Learn fast simple ways to keep your life organized and running along smoothly. Being organized gives you the time to truly enjoy your life and not be weighed down by stuff!
Organize one small area at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do everything at once. Progress comes with small steps.
Take some time every day to organize and put items back where they belong. Even if you just spend 10 minutes doing this you will start to see progress.
Purge your unnecessary belongings. The less stuff you have to deal with the easier it will be to organize.
Throw out a few unneeded items every day or have a donation box in an out of the way area that you can throw donation items in. When the box is full have your organizer set up a donation pick up for you or drop it at your local donation center.
Resist the temptation to buy new unnecessary items.
Keep your organizing system simple.
Try to limit distractions when you’re organizing. Turn off the T.V., set your phone on silent if possible, and organize when no one else is home.
Make a To-Do list every evening for the next day. Only write down tasks that absolutely need to get done the next day. Don’t forget to add your 10 minutes of organizing a certain space!
Store items where they are usually used.
Set up daily routines and make placing items back in their home after use part of the routine.
Create a family calendar. Have a large calendar in the kitchen, or wherever your family usually congregates, and put everyone’s appointments on the calendar. Assign a different color to every family member and write their events in their color.
Have a family meeting every Sunday where you fill out the calendar and discuss what everyone has going on the next week to make sure you’re all on the same page and no over booking occurs.
Be kind to yourself! No one is ever perfectly organized. Take organizing one day at a time and enjoy life!
Take yourself off of mailing lists to lessen the amount of unnecessary mail you receive. When dealing with emails, immediately unsubscribe from newsletters etc. that you don’t need and don’t read.
Have bins right next to your mail collection area to immediately sort your mail. Have a Throw Away, Do/ Pay, File, and Delegate.
Set aside 10 to 15 minutes every day to handle your mail.
Organizing for Children
Declutter your child’s room. Remove everything from their room that they don’t use anymore; old books, toys, etc. that just sit there. You can donate items, throw them away, or store items that are treasured keepsakes.
Remove all the clothes your children don’t wear or need. Donate them if they’re in good condition. The fewer clothes they have to deal with the quicker they can get ready and the neater their room will be.
Put objects into clear labeled bins. This will give every object a logical home that is easy to locate. Keep the lids removed from the bins so it’s easier to retrieve and return items to their designated bin.
Give children a planner so they can write down their school work, chores, and other tasks and events they need to keep track of. This planner can come to the family meetings to help plan the upcoming week.
Store items near the area where they are usually used.
Have a bin near the door that your child uses every day to leave for school with their needed items for the next day. Backpack, water bottle, lunch money, sports equipment, etc.
Organize with your child. This will teach them valuable organizational skills and will allow them to have input on what items they want to keep and where they would logically store those items. If the system makes sense to them it’s more likely they will use it and maintain the organization.
Bailey Gaddis owns the home and office organizing business Serene Living Spaces.