We all want to have an organized life. Here are some suggestions that can make things easier for you as you declutter your home.
Make the decision now
Don’t spend too much time on the decision-making step of getting organized. Once you start organizing, keep moving. Look at each item and then make a decision quickly about whether to keep it or not.
Set a timer
Set time limits on how long you will spend on one job, like your bedroom closet. If you are making quick decisions, you will be able to get things done in a relatively short amount of time.
Don’t let the paper accumulate
- If you get magazines in the mail, only keep them for a few months. If there is an article you want to read, clip it from the magazine and recycle the rest.
- Go through mail daily right next to the recycle bin and you will get rid of the mail stack. Save a tree! Remove yourself from mailing lists if the company is sending you catalogs that you don’t need.
- Get the receipts out of your wallet/purse/pockets at the end of the day and file them with your financial statements. Shred or recycle receipts you don’t need to keep.
- Switch to online banking and bill paying options and eliminate the need for paper statements and bills.
Buy experiences and not things
It’s okay to splurge on yourself every now and then, but splurge on an experience like a massage, a movie night with friends or a day trip somewhere. Don’t buy things you don’t need or have room to keep.
Don’t overextend yourself
Know your time constraints and try not to volunteer to do things you don’t have time to do. Learn to say no to those requests and spend the time on your priorities.
Tackle the closet
We all have those clothes that we wish still fit, need repairs or aren’t in style any more. Don’t let them take up your precious closet space. Donate or give away what you don’t need and let someone else enjoy it.
To do lists
Break down your big organizing jobs into smaller ones to prepare for an organized life. Put them on a list and cross things off as you do them. You’ll feel great when you see what you’ve accomplished.
If these steps seem too difficult, I am here to help. Contact me and we can make a plan to organize your home or office.