Getting organized may seem like a daunting task, but when it is broken down into smaller steps, organization is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. Organizing your life (yes I’m talking total over haul) will relieve stress, make you more productive, save money, and is simple to keep up with once you get it all together. If you’re thinking I’m crazy, then consider this:
For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. – Benjamin Franklin
The idea of organizing your entire life may seem incredibly overwhelming, but here’s what you need to know to make it easier:1. Take it one step at a time. Start with one area of your life, one room in your house, or even one area of a room (like your desk). Don’t try to do everything at once. It will be mind-boggling, and if you’re anything like me, you will get half-way through pulling everything apart and stop because it’s too much.
2. Make a plan. Set a time and date of when this part (remember, not all at once) of the overhaul will happen. I don’t recommend choosing “right now.” You want to be prepared for this. Some things, areas, aspects will be easier than others.
3. Do some research. Go to google and search organization of ___________ (insert what you’re cleaning up). You’ll probably end up on someone’s blog, which is a great tool because it’s not just a picture or idea — it’s organization in practice and will probably come with step by step instructions and photos to follow.
Also, check out Pinterest. It is full of ideas for organization and storage for EVERY aspect of life. Here’s a link to my organization board with ideas I use myself, that may be helpful to you. Pinterest is my #1 site for inspiration, dupes for high end products (keepin’ it budget friendly), and even DIY projects to help you get organized (or for anything really). Pinterest has it all.
4.Buy garbage bags. Be prepared to toss some things. I make a donation pile for items that can be taken to a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other donation site. I’m not a huge fan of perfectly good items going to waste! My rule of thumb though is if I haven’t used it, worn it, needed it in the past year, put it in the toss/donate pile for the time being. You can review this pile later to determine what you want to donate, toss, or maybe up-cycle and reuse before you actually take out the trash.
5. Do it! Take your chosen day, your plan, your research, and put it into action. Clean, and purge your desk, bathroom, closet, pantry, etc. until you accomplish your goal. Mark it off your list. Sit back, admire your hard work, and repeat for the next room or area to be organized.
I recommend starting with a planner to keep track of dates, times, appointments, organization, goals, meetings, hobbies, routines, etc.
Coming Soon: I will be posting my personal planner, how I use it, and other planner options that are available and fun.
How do you get organized? What’s your favorite thing to organize?