Staying organized might be easier for some, but no one is born a good organizer. It takes time and effort to cultivate the healthy habits that lead to an organized and decluttered life. Living a disorganized life in a cluttered home can lead to higher levels of stress and make it more difficult to deal with mental and emotional problems. Here are some tips to becoming a more organized person:
1. Write things down
You don’t have to have a perfect memory to keep track of all your tasks, deadlines, and important facts. You just need to get in the habit of writing it all down. This is an external way of remembering that is more permanent than trying to keep it all in your head. Try to carry some form of recording tool, like a notepad or smartphone, so you can write important things down as soon as they come up.
2. Make schedules and then stick to them
Again, keeping a vague idea of your goals just in your head won’t be very effective in helping you achieve them. Instead, make an effort to commit them to paper. Write down your goals, determine what needs to be done to achieve them, and then lay out a schedule for completing those tasks. You need to have a schedule you can hold yourself to so make sure your deadlines are achievable rather than overly optimistic.
3. Don’t put things off
Waiting until the last minute is guaranteed to make things more difficult and much more stressful. If you are waiting for the perfect moment to reorganize your life, a moment when you have plenty of free time and no other obligations, then I’m afraid you’ll always be waiting. The truth is that there is no ideal time – besides right now.
4. Make sure everything in your life has a place
One of the reasons our living and work spaces tend to get cluttered is because we don’t really know where to put everything. So, first, you should designate homes for all of your items. Find boxes, drawers, and other storage places to put things and then clearly label them.
But having a home for everything won’t completely solve the problem. Once you’ve found proper storage places, make sure to always keep your items in their homes when not in use.
5. Don’t just organize once and call it good
Getting organized may be a one time operation but staying organized is a lifetime endeavor. You’ll have to declutter consistently if you want your life to stay organized and the more often you stop to tidy up, the less of a hassle it will be.
6. Don’t be afraid to let go of things
Organizing can also feel overwhelming if you’ve amassed quite a lot of items over the years. Sometimes, we hold onto things because of sentimental value or because we think something might be useful in the future. But more than likely if you throw some things out, you’ll find that you don’t regret it and if you unload enough items, it will make organizing and decluttering much easier.
7. Be careful not to fill your life back up with junk
Once you’ve made an effort to clean out your living space and throw things out, it can be very easy to clutter it up again with new things you don’t need. This can happen especially when you go bargain shopping without a set plan and list of needs. It’s easy to get excited about a great deal and forget to consider if the item is something you actually need in your life. Make an effort to be a more conscious shopper so you don’t undo all of the hard work you’ve done.
8. You don’t have to do it all.
Sometimes your life is just as cluttered with tasks as it is objects. There is a lot of pressure on all of us to pack our schedules with seemingly important duties and tasks, but how many of these tasks are actually important and how many do you actually need to do yourself? Just like cleaning out your closet, find tasks that you can get rid of or give to someone else. Remember that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. If you get rid of unnecessary tasks, you can devote yourself more fully to the truly important things and be more satisfied with your accomplishments.