Habits of Highly Organized People and How To Become One Yourself
My Habits for Being Highly Organized
I have no problem admitting to anyone, especially myself that I am beyond unorganized or at least I used to be. I am artistic, creative, and a visual learner instead of being uptight, rigid or overly structured. However, ever since I was a young girl I have been fascinated with how other individuals organization has had positive effects on not only themselves but the people around them. After a lot of time, effort and practice I have found that maintaining a truly consistent organized lifestyle takes an immense amount of intentional effort, practice and discipline to achieve. Trust me when I tell you, it's totally WORTH it!
Starting with my own family was a great way to observe a few of the biggest benefits of having a home as well as a personal life that has been simplified and organized.
1. To find things when I need them quickly or in general.
2. To feel as though I am properly navigating my time well.
3. To have an overall sense of peace and calm.
4. To view my home as a place of calm and tranquility, where I can relax and can actually enjoy living in, but where I can also open my house up to others and not be embarrassed.
Throughout my twenty-nine years of trial and error I have grown in knowledge and understanding of how organization effected my real life. Through personal experience as well as intentionally teaching myself over the years the art of organizing, I have also observed from other people that there are a few habits that have helped me personally maintain an organized lifestyle.
I would like to share what I have learned as well as taught myself in hopes that it will help someone else become more organized.
1. Write Everything Down
Believe it or not, writing everything down actually does free ones mind. Rather than trying to remember every little detail from memory on top of dealing with the other everyday stresses - SIMPLY WRITE IT DOWN. This took a lot of practice for me, well mainly because I am stubborn and insistent that I could remember everything without any help. I finally gave in and started carrying with me a planner so I can jot down various things and appointments throughout the day. This has been extremely helpful for me personally, especially since I have a significant other and two boys my memory is beyond shot. Taking my day planner with me has seriously helped me remember my son's appointments, miscellaneous items that I need to remember to get from the store or other important dates. Later, I transfer appointments, birthdays or other important events to a wall calendar and the other lists I leave in my day planner.
2. Keep Flat Surfaces Free and Clear
Clutter is a chaotic magnetic. What I have learned is that as soon as you place a random object on a counter-top, dining table, or work desk it will only attract more. Try to establish counter-tops as a "no dumping" grounds (this is really hard for my boyfriend, he just throws things everywhere), unless that item is used in the space everyday such as a coffee pot on the kitchen counter or a vase on your kitchen table.
3. Everything Has A Place
Junk drawers need to be eliminated immediately, instead, create a defined space (small containers or dividers) for all the little "extras" that need a home. Assign specific "homes" for every single item. Items without a home will instantly turn into clutter. I also find it helpful to have designated spaces for your things so you can actually find them when you need them rather than wasting precious time searching or spending money to get a duplicate. Find a specific place for keys, remote controls, office supplies etc. My oldest son has the hardest time keeping his room clean, so I bought a shelf that has multiple cubes inserted so that he has a "home" for all of his toys.
4. Never Leave A Room Empty Handed
Let's call a spade a spade, there will ALWAYS be something that needs to be put back somewhere. When I am heading to a new area of my house I take a glance around to see if there is anything out of place, I quickly pick it up and take it with me so when I am passing it's "home" I simply put it back where it belongs. A simple motto to remember "Full hands in, Full hands out".
5. File, File, File
I came up with a central command center in my house, this space serves as a round-up for all the bills, mail, and any other paperwork that comes in daily. I than set up a specific time during the week to tackle the pile and file paperwork where necessary.
6. Purge Often, Hoarding is NOT Attractive
Really try to strive to keep what you consider to be useful or something that you absolutely can't live without in your home. I have limited storage and room in my house so it's especially important for me to not accumulate more than what will need to be stored. I have implemented "One In, One Out" Rule, whenever I purchase something new regardless if its for myself, kids, significant other or home, or even when a family member has given us a gift on special occasions; I make an effort to remove a similar item that I already own. I focus on making the common living areas of my home every evening clutter free (in my case it's a few times a day because I have two small children).
7. Make a Plan and Stick With It.
Well we all basically need a swift kick in the rear in order to stay on track. Systems, structure and routine most definitely save the day at my house. I keep several lists that serve as an external reminder of what needs to be done and when. I am definitely feeling a sense of relief just knowing there is a plan to tackle all that needs to be done and feel utter satisfaction of success when I can finally check things off my list until they are all completed, than feel free to jump for joy.
I don't want to come off as saying that these tricks are a magic solution, but by trying to make an effort to adopt a few will definitely help to set you in the right direction as well as help maintain your organizational goals.