Get Organized... Where Do I Start?

Hacking Your Life 101: How to Get Organized in 5 Easy Steps

Did you know that getting organized benefits your mental health, physical health, productivity, punctuality, and even your budget? That's right. Being organized has positive effects on nearly every aspect of our life. 

You might be wondering where to start though. If you're not a naturally organized person, the thought of trying to sort through literal and figurative clutter in your life might seem overwhelming. It doesn't have to be though. 

With these tips on how to get organized, you can start taking control of your life. Read on to learn more. 

1. Start Small

Don't try to organize your entire home at once. Pick one room or one particularly cluttered spot and start there. Starting small gives you quick victories and sets in motion the encouragement to keep organizing.

You can start as small as organizing your junk drawer. Ten minutes emptying everything out, throwing away items no longer needed, and putting everything back in an organized way might be just the motivation you need to tackle bigger areas of your home. 

2. Give Everything a Place

Are you someone who is perpetually running late because you can't find the things you need to get out the door? When everything has a place, you always know where your things are and can grab them and go. Make sure your keys, wallet, sunglasses, phone, and anything else you need to take with you are in a central location.

Returning things to their home each night can be part of your nightly routine discussed below.

3. Write Things Down in a Central Location

Find a place to write things down that you need to remember. Don't rely on your memory or on a series of sticky notes strewn around the house or your office. Whether you prefer electronic notes on your phone or an actual piece of paper and pen, find a central location to keep important notes, dates, times, things to remember, etc. 

This helps you have all of your important reminders in a central location and reduces the chance that you forget something because your note got buried under other papers and clutter.

4. Make Your Bed

This might seem like a silly tip to get organized, but making your bed every morning sets the tone for the day. Starting off with this small task (that takes mere minutes) encourages you to keep the rest of the room clean. The bed is usually the biggest thing in the room, so if it is made, it will instantly make the room appear cleaner and more organized. 

Making your bed can also increase your productivity, as it is an easy habit that often leads to other good habits throughout the day. 

5. Tidy Before Going to Bed

Spend 10-15 minutes each night before you go to bed to put things back where they go, make sure the kitchen is clean and the sink is clear of dishes, and set yourself up for success for the next morning. Whether that means packing your lunch, setting the things you need to get out the door in the morning near the door or even putting them in your car, or getting your morning coffee ready to brew the night before, a few minutes each night can make a world of difference in the morning. 

How to Get Organized: Start Today

Use these tips on how to get organized today. That's the great thing about getting organized. You don't need a ton of time or supplies to do it. If you find yourself with an extra 10, 15, or 20 minutes today, you might surprise yourself at how much you can actually do with those little pockets of time. 

If you need a little extra guidance in the organization department, a productivity coach may be a good option. Wendy Ellin can help you get your life organized, from your finances to your junk drawer. 

Check out the services she offers and consider booking a one-on-one 30-minute consultation today. 

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