Getting organized is more than just a way to manage your stuff.
Being organized impacts your entire life – your mood, your productivity, even your relationships.
Contrary to what some people may think, being disorganized does not mean you are lazy. It’s not a choice – nobody wakes up in the morning and decides to be disorganized or cluttered.
Why day-to-day demands keep you from getting organized
The truth is that in the modern world, with the demands of work, family, technology, and our own health and well-being, the pace of life is hectic – and it is difficult to find time to catch up and regroup.
Only once you are able to catch your breath, prioritize your needs and survey the landscape can you start putting things in order. I always counsel my clients to pace themselves – don’t be overly ambitious. Start slowly by taking small steps.
The ultimate list to help with getting organized
To help get you started, I’ve listed 10 simple steps that will move you toward a more organized lifestyle and will help make your life run more smoothly.
- Don’t create a frenzied morning for yourself. Wake up ten minutes earlier and give yourself some extra time to start the day a little easier.
- Go through your closet and remove the clothes that don’t fit or you don’t like anymore. Having those items out of the way will allow you to choose your outfit for the day quickly.
- Remember – answering the phone is a choice! Not every call is urgent; in fact, most aren’t very important at all. Don’t interrupt yourself in the middle of a task. Let the caller leave a message.
- Having everything in its place ultimately saves you money. You probably shop for items that you already own – you’ve just forgotten that you have them since they’re buried at home somewhere.
- Use online banking. You can pay bills, transfer funds and budget your finances within minutes from the comfort of your own home or office.
- Stick a grocery list to the fridge and take it with you shopping. That way, you won’t be scrambling to remember items you need to restock.
- Make photocopies of your important documents – your credit cards, drivers license, health card, passport and SIN card. Keep them filed in a safe place.
- Do you have an unexpected extra five minutes? Clean out your purse or wallet. I’m sure the reason for keeping those receipts or notes has long passed.
- Don’t get caught scrambling on the morning of the first snowfall. Pull your boots, hats, and gloves out of storage when you feel the season turning.
- Even the loo is a place for multitasking. Keep a reading file in a nice storage box.
Do you have any other tips or tricks for getting organized? Have you tried any of my top 10 suggestions? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, or consider joining my forum, where you’ll have access to our community, along with weekly live webinars, where you can chat with me directly!