Last week, I taught you six strategies for How to Stay Organized in Your Home and Life. But, if you’ve ever wondered how “organized people” do it, there’s more. Read on for six more strategies on how to keep your home and life organized.
1. Wake-up Early. Research shows that the age old saying that “the early bird gets the worm” actually has some truth to it. People who wake up early face less distractions, are more productive, and can even lead healthier, happier lives. And, if you find yourself frantically trying to make it to work or school on time, waking up earlier is a necessity for staying organized. Those extra moments could be the time that you plan your day, sort the mail, or tidy the kitchen. So, set that alarm clock another 15-20 minutes earlier.
2. Go Paperless. Paper clutter can really dominate our lives. Bills, receipts, and catalogs can pile up fast. So, contact the companies that send you bills to set up auto-pay and paperless receipts. The 1-2 clicks it takes to file them electronically is much more efficient than a manual sorting system. Also, contact companies that are sending you junk mail, like credit card offers and catalogs you don’t want, and ask to opt-out by clicking here.
3. Don’t Impulse Buy. Most homes simply have too much stuff. Yet, most people only wear 20% of the items in their wardrobe regularly. And, children are living in a world where toys and electronics have become so plentiful that they become distracting, rather than engaging. Once you’ve decluttered and organized your space, you need to be very selective about what comes in to your space. If it’s going to lead you down the path to disorganization and chaos, it’s certainly not worth the money. So, avoid window shopping that might lead to impulse buying decisions.
4. Hang on to the Memories, Not the Stuff. While looking at photos, memorabilia, and old art projects can be fun, you’re much more likely to revisit them if you have less. Think about it, if you have fifty scrapbooks you’d be less likely to revisit them than if you had just five. And, if the purpose of memorabilia is to document for a future generation, the less is more approach is even more appropriate. According to latest research, Millennials don’t want their parents stuff or their childhood mementos. So save time and space by holding the memory in your heart, but ditching the souvenirs.
5. Have Limits. A lot of the time, the size of our home is what restricts us to having a limit on the amount of stuff we have. But, homes today are about 1,000 square feet larger than homes 50 years ago, so sometimes it’s better not to fill every possible space end to end. Once you’ve determined how much of a certain item is reasonable for your lifestyle, stick to an “in one, out one” policy. Saw a new pair of shoes you couldn’t live without? Pick a pair that’s ready to go in the donate box.
6. Create a Landing Pad. Having a landing pad for your keys, mail, and bag, close to the entrance of your house is an essential component to living an organized life. First, it makes it easy to locate those necessities on your way out the door. Secondly, it gives important papers and reminders a place to start. If you still can’t seem to find your keys or glasses, try putting a bluetooth tracker on them. These items connect to your phone using bluetooth technology, so you’ll never have to wonder, “Where did I put those darn things, again?”
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