Five Steps to Get Organized Now
By Katrina Teeple
Do you ever wonder why some people find it easier to stay organized? Most likely, they’ve trained themselves to avoid certain mistakes that are all too common. The first mistake people make is assuming that they are not capable of staying organized. It can’t be said too many times: you can teach yourself new, tidier habits. This is not a skill that anyone is born with. Here are some steps to take in order to start yourself off on the right foot.
1. Break Down the Problem
Schedule time for the work you’ll need to do. Give yourself an hour that is only for organizing.
Your first task will be to document where the problem areas are in each room. You’re making a list of places in your home where you’re bothered by the clutter or disorganization. Be very specific. You can turn the bigger problem of clutter and disorganization into many smaller problems that will feel easier to solve.
Don’t do anything else yet! The temptation may be strong to start cleaning up as you survey problem areas, but the last thing you want to do is start a project that you won’t have time to finish.
2. Schedule Time for One Project at a Time
Once you have a list of projects to work from, make more appointments with yourself, one for each project. So many of my clients are stymied before they begin because they have unfinished organizing projects. Each time they see their half-effort they feel bad about themselves, and that bad feeling becomes associated with getting organized. Avoid creating that kind of negative feedback loop by giving yourself enough time to complete each project.
3. Make Each Solution Permanent: A Bedroom and Closet Example
Let’s say you are frustrated by the pile of tried-on-but-not-dirty clothing that seems to grow on your bedroom floor. By the time you get to it, the clothing is wrinkled and kind of dirty. But what a waste and what a mess! You’ll come up with a solution, perhaps hooks on the wall, a separate laundry basket, or a chair that you can drape things over as you test out outfits. Take the time to come up with the right solution for you and then implement it completely. Buy yourself a few hooks or a coat rack and make this problem go away for good.
4. Don’t Be Hard On Yourself and Don’t Give Up
This might take some time. If you’ve never organized things before, you can expect each project to take an hour or two at least. That means you’re not going to completely organize your whole house in a day, a week, and possibly not even in a month. That’s okay, as long as you’re taking steps to create permanent solutions. Always have a day in the future when you’ve carved out the time to organize, and then keep those appointments with yourself.
5. Daily Maintenance
Nothing organizes itself, right? So you should also make sure you’ve got a bit of time each day, possibly about 15 minutes each morning and evening, when you can set things back to organized. Take the time to put those clean clothes back in the closet where they belong. Your systems will keep things from getting out of control temporarily, but the long term goal is to change your habits, so start today.
About the Author:
Katrina Teeple, an Organizational Expert and Productivity Coach, is founder and CEO of Operation Organization, Inc., a Los Angeles-based professional organizing company. Her client roster consists of individuals and small businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies, A-List celebrities and professional athletes, Katrina is committed to researching and utilizing the best resources, products and technologies.. With an eye on the future, Operation Organization is committed to implementing an environmentally responsible approach to cleaning, packing, disposing and recycling/repurposing items. For Katrina, organizing and finding simple solutions to routine problems is her passion, and she takes joy in inspiring people to live less complicated lives through better organization. To learn more visit www.operationorganization.com.
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