Getting organized is easier to do when you through away all your misconceptions about what being organized looks like. A space can look organized but upon closer look, drawers can be stuffed full of clutter. If you cannot find your stuff even though everything “looks” organized, you have the wrong idea about what organization is.
Your living space can look like a picture out of a home decorating magazine but if you cannot find your car keys, your space is not organized. If it feels like you constantly misplace items and sometimes even purchase new things to replace “lost” ones, you need to get organized.
Do you realize how much time is wasted being disorganized? We all complain that we do not have enough time to get everything done that we need or want to. Learning how to be organized will help you to magically find more time in your day.
Here are some secrets for getting and staying organized.
1- Organizing is a way of life that needs to be practiced until it is second nature. Just like eating healthier is a learned habit it can be done once you give up junk food and make healthier food choices.
2- You need to know what your needs are before you begin to start organizing your space. You are unique and so is your space. Staying organized depends on you using your space in a way that fits who you are and what your needs are. Copying organization ideas out of a magazine is not going to work unless your personalize the ideas for your needs.
3- There are 3 steps to getting organized. These steps are to figure out what you want to accomplish (create a family living space, for example), create a plan of action (how to get this accomplished) and finally start the process (removing clutter, making your space work for you).
4- Don’t waste time and money by going shopping for closet organizers, storage containers and other tools without knowing what you need for your unique space. Once you have envisioned what your space needs to be and you have a plan set, measure and take notes on what you need before you go shopping.
5- Get rid of clutter that you really do not want and keep what you want- as long as you have the space for it or will actually use it. The rule about getting rid of something if you haven’t used it in a year does not always apply.