You don’t have to be total Type A to become as organized as you want to be.
It doesn’t have to be complicated at all — it’s just about being intentional with your time and possessions.
Here are six practices we recommend that you can adopt to become more organized in every area of life.
Consider Your Collections.
Decluttering every area of your life will not only make you more organized — it will motivate you to keep things that way. Set aside a week every six months to assess the stuff in every part of your home, office and car. A good rule to keep in mind is to get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last six months. If there are some items you’re sure you want to keep, choose a small storage box and commit to throwing out anything that won’t fit inside.
Keep a Calendar.
Planners are necessary to keep up with work and school, but since most people don’t check their planner as soon as they wake up, it’s also a good idea to keep a calendar in your bedroom with all the meetings, errands and workouts of the day listed. Getting a glimpse of what your day will look like as soon as you wake up will help you remember anything you might need and keep you focused on what the day will bring.
Create “In Case of Emergency” Kits.
Accidents happen, but the best way to be prepared for them is to keep important items on hand in case of an emergency. Assemble a couple of emergency kits for any sudden needs, including things like sewing supplies for outfit fixes, first aid items for emergencies and nail polish for manicure touch-ups. Keeping a kit at work and one in your car will help you be prepared no matter what happens.
Make Sure Everything Has a Place.
One of the best ways to make sure things don’t end up lost is to designate a home for every item. Choose a spot to drop off your mail and keys, hang your coats, and store any extraneous items so that nothing ends up lost when you need it most. Make sure to put each item back where it belongs as soon as you’re done using it.
Spring Cleaning: Not Just for Spring
Start every season of the year by spending a few days organizing every part of your life. Give yourself a day to reorder work documents and emails, a few days to spruce up your home, and another day tossing out things you don’t need. This practice will give you a fresh start in every season — not just the beginning of the year.
Some of the most successful people in the world are known for keeping things like their outfits as basic as possible so that simple choices don’t consume too much of their time. Consider what areas of your life you could adapt the same minimalistic approach. For example, you could commit to a capsule wardrobe or bring a similar lunch to work for an entire week. Being intentional about the small matters of life will help you devote more time to the important issues.
By Priscilla Aceves