Organization habits are practices that can make your life easier to manage, even when things get overwhelming. These 8 organization habits are some of the habits we see and use to stay organized.
1. Write It Down
It doesn’t matter if you keep a notepad on your bedside table, rely on the memo app in your phone, or go all Stephen Covey and get an actual planner, writing things down is the number-one way to improve your organization. No brain should be expected to remember every appointment, idea, or event without reminders to nudge us in the right direction.
2. Take It a Day at a Time
So many of us today are raising kids, taking care of elderly parents, working full-time (or running a business) and just busy. If you were to look at what you had to deal with for an entire week or month, you might not get out of bed. So take it day by day. One day is all you have to deal with at a time.
3. Set Goals
If there are things you want to achieve, you need to set goals (and write them down – see No. 1). From exercising more regularly to getting the guest room ready for your mother-in-law’s visit, put it on your calendar, set a deadline, and hold yourself accountable.
4. Ask for Help
Enlist the help of friends and family (and professional event organizers) when things are overwhelming or when you need help getting and staying organized. Little things add up, so if you can get your spouse to unload the dishwasher every morning and your kids to lay out their own clothes every night, it will make a difference.
5. Don’t Buy It
One of the ways in which we get overwhelmed with staying organized is when we are overwhelmed with “stuff.” And we often get overwhelmed with stuff because we buy more of it – because it’s on sale, because we might need it, because it seems like a good idea at the time. When you break the habit of buying “just because,” staying organized becomes easier.
Make it a daily habit to put things in a designated place. If you have things that don’t have a designated place, pick just one thing each day that you can either find a home for, get rid of, or sort into a donation bin. When the bin is full, drop it off at Goodwill.
7. Clean Something
Wipe off the kitchen counters. Clean the wall behind the trash can. Clean out a single drawer. Mop the bathroom floor. It doesn’t matter what you do – just doing one small task that has been weighing on you can make you feel better.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, to feel like everything has to get done today. It doesn’t. Sometimes, you need to shut your eyes and ignore it. Drink a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) and recognize that you’ve done enough.
These 8 organization habits can help make every day a little less stressful. What habit helps you the most?