organized is more than just having a
clutter-free environment. It’s about time management, fulfilling
responsibilities, and knowing where everything you need is when you need it.
Review Your System
What is your system or
organization right now? Review how things are now and what you know isn’t
working. Identify areas for improvement and determine whether your current
system can be improved or needs to be scrapped entirely. At home, it may be as
simple as hanging a key holder near the front door so you never misplace your
keys again or using hooks for purses and jackets so you get in the habit of
leaving certain items in the same place so they’re always where they should be
when you need them.
Before you run out to buy
new storage containers, put the label maker down and start decluttering. If you
bring in containers, you’ll fill them up with bric-a-brac, defeating the
purpose. So, before you run to the great store of storage containers, have a
clear out. Once you’ve completed your clear out you’ll know precisely which
storage solutions to buy.
Categorize Your Space
This can be helpful at
home and in the office. It’s much easier to locate things when they are put
away by category. For instance, at work you alphabetize files and at home, you
store plates with plates. It saves time when you know where to look for certain
items. It also reduces your stress, saves energy, and allows you to focus on
the important tasks. So, create relevant categories and stick to them. For
example, in the office paper, pens, staplers, binder clips, etc. can fall under
the category of supplies.
Each Category Has A Home
Once you’ve created
categories for each item they need a specific storage space to call home. There
are a few things you may want to consider for this exercise. How often will you
be turning to each category, how much space will the category require, and how
convenient is the storage location. You don’t want your phone across the room
when you use it often. If you often take notes, you don’t want to struggle to
find a pen.
Create A List And Schedule It
The proactive types tend to be
incredibly organized and one of the big reasons for this is they make lists. A
daily list will ensure you don’t forget anything and keep you on track. It also
gives you a boost as you cross things off. Don’t overdo your list, though, it
should always be achievable, and looking at it shouldn’t stress you out. Once
you’ve created your daily list you should schedule your day. Every task should
be given a time slot and an allotted time for completion. This should help you
avoid over planning your day!
The key to
any type of success is the ability to organize, but if it doesn’t come
naturally to you, it isn’t too late to learn those skills now.