Staying organized is something that some people can do automatically while others have to work a little harder at it (raises hand). Here are a few habits that organized people have that help them enjoy a well-ordered life. I have a great printable sheet at the bottom of this post that can serve as a checklist while you’re decluttering and spring cleaning. I also have a post about spring cleaning your makeup collection that you can go read too.
THINK LIKE A MINIMALIST
It’s interesting how things will seem to fall into place when you adopt a simplistic attitude toward all things, from home décor to wardrobes to work spaces. Try to accumulate only the supplies that you need and use regularly.
This isn’t to say that an organized home can’t have a little flair. However, as with many things, the concept of moderation and keeping the “stuff” you own to a sensible amount will make things easier to find, easier to clean, and easier to keep organized. There can be a cathartic effect to not being overwhelmed by belongings. I know that every time I clean out my spaces I feel better.
DON’T BURDEN YOUR BRAIN
Expecting your brain to remember every name, every event, and every number is not only exhausting, it’s not sustainable, and completely unnecessary. Not only is there nothing wrong with getting into the habit of making notes and writing everything down but doing so is a fundamental element to being organized. Get out those pretty notepads and sticky notes. If you prefer you can do this on your phone or computer too.
HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME
Break the habit of procrastination (my worst habit). Begin using calendars and give yourself non-negotiable deadlines. Create schedules for yourself and make the necessary concerted effort that you need to in order to not procrastinate.
It may seem that putting yourself under pressure may feel like a motivational tool, but it actually just creates more stress and results in lower quality performance. You’ll achieve better results if you plan ahead and delegate the time to complete the task in an organized manner.
DEVISE YOUR OWN SYSTEM FOR YOUR STUFF
Before you declutter, have a plan or system to compartmentalize, label and designate a place for your belongings. Do this in your bathroom, your kitchen, your desk at the office/home office, as well as your car. Even something as simple as keeping a clean car can somehow have the magically cathartic effect of making you feel like your entire life is in order. I know that it does for me.
STICK TO YOUR LISTS
After you’ve made your super organized lists, the trick is to stick to them! Do not fall prey to so called “impulse buys” and “one time only” sales. Make responsible decisions while you’re at home, away from the advertisements and sales pitches about what it is that you actually need, and do not allow yourself to be deterred from that list, regardless of what might be on sale.
Keep in mind that organization, in and of itself, requires organization. Make lists, write things down, declutter, and above all, keep things simple!