Its a new year, and most of us face the task of getting organized once again. Use these tips to help you get and stay organized. These tips are for your home, business and life. Don’t let the size of the task overwhelm you, take small steps and these tips to keep you on track. If you take the time to organize your home and life, the truth is everything will go much smoother.
- Use Baskets and Cubbies – Sturdy wicker basket can be beautiful as well as useful. Or try colored plastic baskets and bins from the dollar store to color co-ordinate for each room or family member.
- Everything Has a Home – Keep items in a logical and easy to reach location. After Christmas find a home for new items right away to keep the clutter from building up.
- Clean as You Go – Whenever you do anything, clean as you go instead of leaving things out. Clutter is the number one reason a home looks dirty; not actual dirt.
- Make Your Bed Right Away – Believe it or not, getting up and making your bed will immediately transform your room. It is also much nicer when you are ready for bed at the end of the day.
- Keep a Running List – Use acutal paper or if you have a smartphone, like EverNote or AnyList. When you run out of anything, or are just low on it, write it down. This creates a central location for things to do and to buy.
Organized Events and Appointments
- Use and Sync Calendars – Everyone in the family should have a calendar such as Google Calendar to keep track of important events. These calendars can easily be synced so that you can easily see what everyone is doing each day. I also keep a separate calendar for my business and my personal commitments.
- Schedule Appointments and Downtime – We have a tendency to only schedule “work” or doctor’s appointments. But, it’s also important to schedule fun time, date night, one-on-one time with your children and so forth. This will ensure that it happens.
- Get a Trash Bucket – The biggest reason that trash builds up in your car is the lack of a trash bag – an easy fix. You can keep an empty grocery sack or a bucket made for your vehicle. Empty the trash each day or week.
- Use a Glove Box-Sized Accordion File – In this day and age of being on go you end up keeping things inside your car. So, keep it organized by using a file folder that fits in the glove box.
- Get a Dash Mount for Electronics – A mount for your phone and/or GPS will help keep everything well organized. You’ll always know right where your phone is, and you’ll be able to see your GPS easier. Safety first.
- Create a Filing System – Deal with paper only once. Make sure you open it and process it immediately, throwing away what you don’t need and filing the rest away. For email use the same system, open, process, and either delete or file. If you need to take additional action, create a reminder in your calendar.
- Keep Bills Organized – Use your Google Calendar to remind you of due dates. Or set up automatic payments online to take the burden off you. Consider electronic bills through your banks online bill payment system.
- Keep ‘It’ In Reach – If you are always having to get up to get up to get ‘something,’ then move it closer – don’t make your life harder than it has to be.
As you take steps to create systems of organization, it will likely feel different, strange even, don’t fret, this is normal. Any change will take time to become a habit, but the more you work on it, the easier it becomes. Before long it will become second nature and you will wonder why you didn’t get organized sooner. You’ll also be able to get more done because you’re not spending your time finding missing paperwork, or cleaning up messes before you can get down to work.