When I became a mom my organizational skills went out the window. I suddenly was enthralled with taking care of babies in addition to my already crazy life. As they got bigger, the obligations only increased and one day it was very apparent that I needed to get some organization in my life.
You may also find that some or even all aspects of your life are unorganized too. Maybe you long for the days when you no longer have to sift through the chaos. There is a way!
I’ve found the key is to evaluate your situation and make small steps toward an organized life. Don’t try to change all at once or you could end up just adding to the chaos and majorly stressing yourself out.
Are you ready to take some baby steps towards your overall organizational success?
Here are some tips and tricks to follow in order to get organized
1. Have a Place for Everything
There are certain items that you use nearly every day. Make sure that these items have a permanent place in your home. Put your keys on a key holder near the door or your wallet in your desk drawer. When your things are put away in their proper place, you’re not only organized, but you’ll save time as well.
If you’re a person that has a particularly tough time with this, try to make a master list that shows where all of the important things should go in your home. This way you can refer to the list when putting stuff away, or when finding it later. Over time this will train your brain to automatically put things where they belong.
2. Make a List
When you have tasks to complete, make a list of everything you need to do in order to reach completion. Writing it down will help you to visualize what needs to get done. Lists also help you to not forget to do anything.
You can also separate your lists into long-term and short-term categories. The short-term list might be items you need to complete today, while the long-term sheet is your monthly or yearly goals. Check out these list building tips in the article Reclaiming My Mom Brain in 4 Easy Steps — these tips actually work to reduce chaos and make your lists work for you!
3. Start Small
If there are many aspects of your life that you’re trying to get organized, start with the small pieces first. For instance, if your home is unorganized, start with one room – such as your office. Give yourself a timeline to complete office organization, and then expand yourself to other rooms once you complete that task. Use this article – Quickly Declutter Your Messy Home Office – to get started!
4. Find a System That Works And Stick To It
There are many different organizational methods that you can choose to implement, but the most important element is to be consistent. Make sure you follow through.
For example, there are different ways you can organize your bookshelf. You can order all books by author. You can order all books by topic. You can order by topic and author. I personally like to order mine by what I have read, what I have not read and what I’m reading. (Yes, I love books! Check out some of my must-read books for moms, and my favorite parenting books you’ll want to read again and again.)
5. Get Rid of Clutter
If you find your life is full of clutter, it’s time to get rid of the junk. Maybe it’s time to finally go through all the stacked boxes in your garage to make more room. Or dig through dresser drawers and get rid of whatever doesn’t need to be there. When you’re going through your clutter, decide immediately whether or not you’ve used the item in the past couple years. If you haven’t, consider selling it or giving it away to charity.
Consider investing in Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It’s a super quick read and very helpful for any mom who’s serious about clearing the clutter.
When deciding whether to pitch or keep something, remember that your first instincts are often right. If your first instinct is to get rid of something, don’t over think it. You could end up keeping something that sticks around for another couple years, unused!
Here’s a genius tip for your closet that I learned from a friend years ago. At the beginning of the season hang all of your clothes on hangers facing the opposite direction. In other words flip your hanger around from how you normally hang up your clothes. As you wear your clothes through the season hang them up the way you normally would. At the end of the season look for the hangers that are still backwards and those are the clothes you get rid of because you haven’t worn them all season!
6. Sort Your Mail
This is a simple one that can help you greatly. Your mail can stack up fast. As soon as you get it, sort it. Throw out the junk mail and shred the documents you don’t need that might contain personal information. Take care of your bills right away, so you don’t have to worry about it later.
Email is just one of the things that can really create chaos from the digital realm. You may also want to consider reading about the other online apps that may be robbing you of your precious time.
7. Go Paperless
In this digital age, it’s popular to cut out the paper to save yourself some organizational headaches and save the environment. When companies bill you, there is usually an option to go paperless. Use this option and start managing your billing statements online.
PS,.. some companies will even give you a discount when you go paperless. You may have to ask for this discount! When we went paperless with our cell phone I asked if they have a discount and they gave us $20 off each month! Score! Every month we put this money into savings. Read about more ways you can build up an emergency fund through simple activities you may already be doing!
Don’t Get Overwhelmed
Of course there are many things you can do to get yourself organized AND it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Take a deep breathe! Remember you don’t have to do it all overnight (although if you are like me you will want to and you most certainly can with these steps!) If you’re feeling overwhelmed just try to make a positive step forward each day even if it’s something small. You’ll soon find that your life is becoming more manageable and you’ll feel a great deal of satisfaction!