Set up a morning routine to help start each day in an organized way. Keep it simple and be consistent. My routine is morning stretches and meditation followed by shower and breakfast. Establishing simple routines help us organize our time.
The rate of what comes in needs to be less than or equal to the rate of what goes out. It is easy to bring things into our lives and spaces, but it requires more effort to remove things. Therefore we need to consistently and continually work to remove things from our lives and space. By consciously working at it we increase our chances of being able to manage what we own and keep it organized.
Habits help us establish and maintain order. According to Stephen Covey, in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, creating a habit requires three things, knowing what to do, knowing how to do it, and wanting to do it. I can help with knowing what to do and knowing how to do it, but you have to want to do it. Below I’ve listed 10 effective organizing habits that work for me. I’d like to encourage you to pick one and create a new organizing habit for a month. Pick one that sounds doable to you and give it a try. (This is knowing what to do.) Do it every day for a month. I find it helpful to perform a new habit at the same time every day. (This is knowing how to do it.) Adjust your mindset and tell yourself that you want to and wish to do this habit. Think of it as an experiment. (This is wanting to do it.)
10 Effective Organizing Habits
- Collect mail every day and immediately recycle all junk mail.
- Establish one specific spot for keys and put them there every time you return home.
- Use only one date book/calendar to keep track of appointments, obligations, important dates and to dos.
- Have one ongoing grocery list and write down what needs replenishing as soon as it gets used up.
- Hold coupons and receipts in one designated spot and clean them out at least once a month.
- Place purse in one specific location and always put it there when home.
- Put all dirty clothes in hamper every night.
- Put clothes that can be re-worn in one designated spot in your closet.
- Plan the next day’s outfit the night before.
- After dinner each night plan dinner for the next night.
How did you do? Did you successfully create a new habit for yourself? Please share your experience with me in the comment section.
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Are you feeling like there is no time for organizing? Are the days flying by and the clutter piling up? One way the take control is to schedule down time. An easy way to do this is to make sure you and your family have only a maximum of four nights out per week. Schedule 3 or more nights at home and one of those nights reclaiming order.