Good Organization Begins At Home
No matter who you are, we can all benefit from being more organized. If you practice good organizational skills, you will immediately see improvements in all areas of your life.
A good place to start organizing, is the space that you live in, whether that be your apartment or home. No doubt, being organized offers a slew of benefits. It gives you peace of mind, saves you money (you don't have to buy something that you already own when you need it), helps you stay connected to others (When you’re disorganized you miss events and stop inviting people over to your home), makes you feel more capable, increases your confidence and it saves you a lot of time (the average person wastes up to an hour a day searching for misplaced items like keys, sun/reading glasses and important documents).
While you're job searching, It can offer you something to do that will give you a break from the stress that comes with the demands of looking for employment and make it easier to locate important documents needed throughout your job search. It will also provide a constructive way to fill the extra time you may have until you start your new job.
Below you’ll find expert tips to help you start organizing your space and keep it organized.
1.) Define what organization means for you.
There’s no one size fits all when it comes to organization. That’s why it is important for you to create your own definition of being organized, instead of adopting what you read in magazines, see on TV or in other homes.
For instance, maybe your primary focus isn’t aesthetics but function. Maybe you need a system that helps you get out the door quicker. Or you need an organized kitchen because you love to cook. Or you need organizational systems that are easy enough for other members of your household to maintain.
2.) Start with what motivates you.
Starting is often the hardest part, so go with what’s motivating to you. For instance, some people are motivated by tackling the toughest task first. If that’s you, start with something that annoys you daily, such as the messy table in the hallway you pass on your way outside.
Others might want an easy win to ease into a larger or more difficult project. If that’s you, pick something that’s going to be meaningful but won’t take much time. This might be cleaning out a junk drawer or organizing your garage.
3.) Create an organizing playlist.
Music can get you moving, so listening to a playlist can be motivating. If you’re picking up for 10 minutes, that’s just two or three of your favorite songs.
4.) Create deadlines.
Deadlines are great motivators for filling at least one bag. Creating a deadline by calling a charity to pick up your donations or scheduling an appointment to drop them off.
5.) Get it out of your house.
A critical part of the organizing process is dispersing whatever you don’t want. When you’re sorting and decide to get rid of something, get it out of the house, whether it’s into the recycling bin or to Goodwill.
That’s because when you put it in the hall closet, you just watch it get reabsorbed into that space and it can start to feel like why did I even bother? Try dedicating 30 minutes a month for dropping things off.
6.) Avoid being a weekend warrior.
On TV we often see people devoting an entire weekend to organizing a room or years’ worth of clutter. The problem is that this quickly becomes overwhelming and exhausting.
And, if you don’t finish, you feel like you’ve wasted the whole weekend and the last thing you want to do is start cleaning again. Instead, clean small areas in small chunks of 30 minutes to 3 hours tops.
7.) Be mindful of new things.
Every item we have in our space we have to give some time, attention, effort and energy to. It’s easier to control what things come into our homes than to have to go through them, clean them, store them, make decisions on whether to keep them, and then eventually find another home for them.
A really crucial part of being organized over the long term is to develop a consciousness over what we continue to acquire.
So the next time you’re getting ready to buy something, try asking yourself: What’s the actual use I have for this item? Where is it going to go? Do I have something else that does the same thing? Some people find it helpful to wait 24 hours before buying.
8.) Have help.
It’s easier to start organizing and stick with it when you have someone keeping you accountable. Seek someone who’s also trying to get organized, such as a friend, roommate, colleague or neighbor.
Set up a weekly time to connect by phone to tell each other what you’re going to work on, then check back with each other to confirm the project has been completed.
9.) Reward yourself.
A good way to maintain momentum when you’re organizing is to reward yourself. Instead of rewarding yourself with things, such as a new gadget or pair of shoes, do something nice and out of the ordinary. This might mean going to lunch with a friend, hosting others at your home, catching a game on TV or seeing a movie, getting coffee out or watching your favorite show.
If you do need new organizing gadgets, avoid getting them right away. Do the tough stuff of organizing first. Then use the gadgets as a reward after you’re done.
If your home is organized, it will help you with other aspects of your life. The benefits that come from having an organized space to live in, will make it a place that you would want to return to, rest, recharge, entertain and plan important life's decisions.