Is your home cluttered with paper, clothes, and other things that have no home? Do you feel like you have too many things that you don’t use or need? Do you have so much stuff hanging around that it distracts attention from something you want or need to do? Do you hate going home due to facing your never-ending mess? Are you embarrassed to bring people home? Getting Organized Can Change This!
The Downside of Living in a Cluttered Environment
Living in a cluttered environment and being disorganized is circular – in that they feed off of each other. Being disorganized can steal your time and slow your searching for various items. If you had filed everything correctly, it would be effortless to quickly find what you need versus wasting resources in the search process.
You can improve both aspects, but you have to break the cycle by forming better habits. Getting rid of all areas of clutter can help you make healthier decisions in life and make your relationships more effortless and more rewarding.
Please understand that getting organized will significantly affect your life, making it easier and more satisfying. Contrary to what you may think, being tidy is not as hard as it may seem. On the contrary, being organized will help you free up your time and energy to do the things you love.
To help you along this process, here are a few reasons why being more organized is the key to a successful life:
1. First step to getting organized: Declutter!
Decluttering your home will help you create an environment that is both calming and productive. It is the best and easiest way to get started getting your place organized. The simple act of getting rid of things means that you will have fewer items for which you need to find a home.
Begin by grouping like items together. Instead of having numerous piles of chaos all over the place, try. At the same time, keep in mind that if you have many similar items (and you don’t think you will need them), it’s time to donate.
If it’s something worth keeping, give it a home and put it away where it belongs. From this point forward, everything has a home. Don’t leave anything on counters or tables. Instead, always put things away. One way to get organized is to take any loose pictures or postcards and put them in a frame or container instead of having them sitting open. This way, people will see your collection and be reminded about how much fun they had when they visited you.
2. Develop A Routine For Everything,
Routines can help you to keep your home/office well-organized. An excellent place to start is in the morning. When you get out of bed, make sure that you make it before leaving. Extend this a little bit, put some clothes away, or get them ready for a wash. When you have free time during your day, do some chores that will help to keep everything organized. It could be for only five or 10 minutes but to make a massive difference over time.
Make sure that once you have completed your routine and all of the various tasks you identified, you leave yourself enough time left over to relax and enjoy what you’ve accomplished. Instead of feeling like there was no extra time, and now it’s time for bed (which is not conducive to relaxation), you now have a greater sense of accomplishment.
When possible, do what needs to be done during the day when you have a little extra time to get it done. You may even benefit by waking up a few minutes earlier. For example, instead of leaving dirty dishes in the sink, get in the habit of doing them right after eating. You can then use your spare time to check email or social media before going about your day. Don’t forget that doing the dishes at night is also helpful because it gives you more space during the day to work on other things (like studying for a test) without having annoying clutter on your counters all the time.
3. Create a Filing System For Important Papers and Documents
Having a filing system that you understand will make it easy for you to know where everything is located. This is especially important with your essential documents and papers that you will need some time in the future. You can’t always do this every time, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the paperwork on your desk or other surfaces, take a minute to file those away in folders.
Note: If you live somewhere that doesn’t have much storage, there are filing cabinets that fit under your bed. This helps to keep everything out of the way but still accessible.
Write what’s inside on either the outside or inside cover, with each file folder or binder. This way, it is clear what needs to be done with which document. If you are not big into writing, there are software programs out there where you can create labels for files, folders, binders, etc., so once you’ve made your system, try using these labels to make it easier on yourself when you’re looking for something specific.
4. Store Frequently Used Items in Easily Accessible Places
You will likely have some items that you will need access to every day or even many times within the week. These items need to be stored in convenient and easy-to-find locations so that you can find the item quickly and also return to its home each time you finish using them.
For example, you may benefit by having a bowl at the front door for your keys or having a row of hooks for coats nearby (or wherever there’s room). Organizing the house like this will help keep everything you need to take with you when leaving the house. If you find that there are constantly things missing from your home, try to find out where they’re most often used and then put them in the place you go to before leaving the house so it will be impossible for you to leave without picking up everything.
Whenever possible, having everything ready to go when you need it is very important. For example, you might not always eat breakfast at home or have time in the morning, but that doesn’t mean you overlook your health. Instead, keep easy snacks together and convenient so that you will always have something nutritious on hand.
5. Use Labels To Keep Track Of Everything
Labels are beneficial because they help keep everything organized. Consciously they also help to remind you where things belong. For example, if you have different types of envelopes that are all similar, writing “bill” on those to remind yourself what their use is will help you not to waste them. If there’s an item that looks pretty similar to something else but isn’t, write what is on the label, so it’ll be clear which one goes where.
Having access to a printer helps make labels much more flexible and easier to use. In this way, you can add custom labels to items like your keys, email folders, binders/folders/files, etc., with little effort and no mess by using a label maker. The possibilities are virtually endless for what you can do with these handy tools. They will help you greatly to stay organized.
6. Make A List Of Things You Need To Get Done Each Day, Week, And Month
Depending on what you need to do, make a list of the most immediate tasks to get done today. Next, add any essential items to be completed within the next week or month. If you’re spending too much time looking for things or doing other unnecessary tasks, this will help eliminate some of those problems! As mentioned above, please get in the habit of labeling everything as it comes in.
7. Invest In Organizational Products That Are Worth The Money
Getting organized will result in you having a system that you can rely on. Being organized will translate into savings in time and energy as you won’t have to spend as much time looking for things.
If there are certain types of organizing products that seem to work well for your space or needs, consider purchasing them so they’ll always be available. This could include filing cabinets, drawers, tables, file folders, labeling equipment, etc.; as the need arises and you get more organized, you will quickly know what you need. For example, if hanging up hooks seems like a good solution for where to put coats etc., you will get to a point when you realize that buying items to help you get organized, in essence, pays for itself quickly!
Closing Thoughts on getting organized
It’s never too late to get organized. Now, more than ever, the benefits of being organized are endless and undeniable. So what do you have to lose? Start today by quickly cleaning up your desk or home office space. And don’t forget about all those stacks of papers on your desk! Organize them into folders so that they’re easy to find when you need them next time. You’ll be amazed at how much easier getting things done when there isn’t a pile of distractions around every turn in your workspace.
Getting organized will help increase productivity while also easing some stress from other areas like family and relationships with friends.
The simple act of being organized will free up all of the wasted time used looking for various items.