Organization can be so essential to a busy life. It can save you time, money, AND stress. I can’t tell you how many times I have found 4 of the same cleaning products under my kitchen sink. Mostly because it was a disaster under there, and then partially because I didn’t remember purchasing it – four different times! I’d like to blame that on pregnancy brain, but it used to happen even before I started creating little monsters – I mean children. Now however, I like to think I’m a pretty organized person. Probably a little too organized if you ask my fiancé. According to him, the entertainment center is a collection spot for any and everything that comes through the door. Silly, silly man! So how do I manage to stay so organized amidst a crazy busy life, well you know I’m going to tell you!
Organized at Work
The key to being organized is dedicating time to staying organized. You will have to dedicate time out of every single day to maintain organization. On the days that I go to the office, I take the first 15 – 20 minutes to sit down at my desk, open my planner, and organize myself. I make sure all my appointments and deadlines are written down, bills have been sent out, emails are all opened, and that I am on top of everything for at least the next couple of days. I cannot stress enough how much a planner helps me to stay organized. It is truly the control center of my life! I also take this time to look through any papers or letters that have accumulated on my desk. You know, the ill get to it tomorrow papers. After I feel like I have a good grasp on things, I take the time to write a to-do list for that day. This helps me stay on track and hold myself accountable for what I need/want to get done that day.
Organized at Home
When I am at home, I take the last 15 – 20 minutes of every night to pick up and put away the day’s clutter. Everything has a place where it belongs at my house. Bins and baskets are my holy grail! *Pro Tip – I buy almost all of my bins and baskets from the dollar store!* Taking this small amount of time at night to just put things where they belong keeps it from piling up and turning into a hour (or more) project in the next couple of days. I always start in the living room; throwing all toddler toys in their appropriate bins, placing throw pillows back on couch, folding blankets, and carrying all dishes to the kitchen. I’m not going to lie and say those dishes always get washed that night, but at least they are where they belong – in the sink!
So many people assume that you’re either an organized person or you’re not – like they either have it or they don’t. And that’s so not true. Being organized takes dedication and time. Decide you want to stop stressing over the clutter and mayhem in your life, and start setting aside time to keep it organized! It’s that simple. I don’t know about you, but waking up to a disastrous house is not my idea of a good morning. The less clutter I have, the better I think and feel! And since Spring time is amongst us, what better time for that overdue Spring cleaning day?! Grab you an extra large coffee, throw on your favorite tunes, and get organized!