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An Organized Home makes it Easier to Pursue your Goals

By • Nov 6th, 2007 • Category: Habits, Lead Article, Personal Development

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Do you feel overwhelmed, frustrated and discouraged because there just isn’t enough time and motivation to do the many things you want to do? If your answer is ‘Yes’ then a cluttered and disorganized home may be partly to blame.

But when you work all day, and still have to maintain a home, where do you start? Being organized puts you in control of your space, your possessions and ultimately your time. So, use organizing as a tool to help you find what you need, when you need it.

Ask yourself what you want to achieve that you can’t achieve now because you’re not organized. Then use the following ideas to help you regain control of your home, your time and your life.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so tackle one room, one closet, one drawer or even one shelf at a time. Allot 15 minutes everyday or 30 minutes every weekend to getting organized.

DE-CLUTTER

In order to restructure your life and your home you must sort out your stuff first.

  • Mark empty boxes with words that apply to you preferred methods of dealing with clutter: “charity,” “sell” “garbage” and “repair”.Keep them handy as you work your way from room to room. When the boxes are full, bag the items and deliver to the appropriate places.
  • Recycle books and magazines.Take them to a nursing home, orphanage, library, or doctor’s office.
  • Rid your bedroom of the paperwork, magazines and newspapers lying on the floor. Waking up to clutter is depressing, reminds you of your disorganized life and keeps you in a constant state of overwhelm.
  • Clean up your computer. Delete old files and back up important records on disks.

ORGANIZE

Now that you have cleared the clutter, put what is left in order. Ask yourself, “Where do I use it?”

  • Assign a home for everything from your remote control to mail, to daily medications.
  • Use storage containers that fit your organizational style. “Visuals” are people who want to see things: closet doors are open and piles of paper are everywhere.For organizing, a wire basket or a bookcase is a good choice, since the contents are still visible. “Camouflagers” on the other hand, want things hidden: closet doors are closed, and stacks of papers are shoved in drawers.A file cabinet is a good choice if you accumulate a lot of paper.
  • Designate an office space, even if it is just a corner of a room. Use this space to store and deal with all your bills and important records.
  • Keep a small notebook and pen handy, to jot down ideas or things to do instead of trying to remember them later.
  • Make kitchen cabinets and closets work for you. Think outside the box. If a linen closet is near the kitchen, turn it into a pantry if you need the extra space.
  • Keep in-baskets for your children’s schoolwork so you can see what items you need to address.
  • Organize your address book. If you tend to forget your plumber’s name, put it under “P” so you won’t waste time flipping pages, while the sink overflows.
  • Compromise. If you are a camouflager and your family members are visuals, accept that they function differently and provide them with the tools to help them do so in an organized manner.
  • Reward yourself. If your list of organizational projects is down to the ones you would rather avoid, give yourself an incentive to complete the task. When you have crossed it off your list, take a break and eat your favorite snack, read a couple of chapters in a book or leave the next item for another day.

SIMPLIFY

Now that there is a place for everything and everything is in its place, devise ways to make your life simple.

  • For each new thing you or your family members bring home, get rid of at least one existing item. If for example, you buy a new outfit, get rid on at least the item, which has been hanging there, unworn for the last year.
  • Have a ready-made grocery list. Print out a computerized list of the things you normally buy. Hang the list on your refrigerator and circle the items you need as you use them. When it is time to shop, grab your list and go.
  • Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk will simplify your life only if you have a place to store the extra items. On the other hand, you could team up with another family. You will enjoy the financial benefits of bulk buying without the hassle of finding place to store the items.

Now, look around and identify those areas where you need to make improvements. Consider how they can help in creating a relaxing home that stimulates and motivates you. Then begin to de-clutter, organize and simplify your way toward your goals.

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  1. Good post and reminds me I need to do some de-cluttering myself. I feel way more productive when my workspace is clean and clear. Right now it does get depressing looking at all the junk piling up

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