10 steps to get your life in order...starting right now... Click To TweetSo I was sitting down to write some new blog posts recently and I wanted to find out what readers wanted to know. After watching a funny game involving Google and its results on a light night TV show, I decided to try my hand at using it for a blog post idea generator. I typed in “Organize” and here are my results….
And so I’ve decided to cover how to organize your life today! Read on for some easy to implement tips to get things in order, starting today. I know today never seems like the right time to start. In fact, right this minute is perfect. If you don’t start now, there will always be a reason why you can’t. (You’re too busy, you want to move, you aren’t making enough money and so on.) Start living that life you want today. The rest will follow.
1. Organize for at least 10 minutes a day. Have everyone in your home participate. Putting things in their places for just ten minutes adds up to BIG progress by the end of the week.
2. Use a timer. Using a timer not only helps you understand how long tasks take but it motivates you to move a little bit faster. I love timers that have a visual component as well such as the Time Timer.
3. When sorting a pile of paper, flip it over and start from the bottom. The items there are the oldest and can be disposed of the easiest.
4. Find a computer backup system and use it. You never know how difficult it will be to replace all of your information if it’s lost.
5. Write everything down. Don’t depend on your memory. Getting items out of your mind and onto paper makes sure nothing falls between the cracks.
6. Be ruthless when purging. When in doubt, throw it out. You need less than you think. Get rid of it.
7. Learn where to donate in your area. Some organizations will even pick up. Use sites such as Earth911.org to locate recycling facilities.
8. Everything has a place. If items in your home don’t have a place to be put away, how can you ever get organized? Mise en place, means everything in it’s place. Practice this with your family and your home.
9. Delegate anything you can. While things may not be done perfectly or as you would do them, they will be DONE. Focus on getting help so you can accomplish more.
10. Know what you own. Just knowing what you have in your closet or your pantry can save you time and money. You’ll stop buying duplicates, racing to the store when you don’t need to and you’ll start using what you buy.
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