Ten Ways to Help You Get Organized and Reduce Stress

There are several reasons you should be organized.  You will accomplish more each day, you will not waste time looking for misplaced items, and you will not frustrate people you work and live with.  There are ways you can become more organized if you are lacking these skills.  Just like there are necessary ingredients to bake, you need the right mixture to get organized.  First, there must be a need to change, secondly a desire to change, and finally the knowledge to change.  Listed below is knowledge to help birth change.  In addition to knowledge you must recognize your need and decide to get organized.

  1.  Be willing to try something new.  If you are frustrated with keeping up with the laundry on a weekly basis, try doing a couple loads each day instead of a once a week marathon.  If the cabinet with your plastic food storage is a mess, try putting the lids in a plastic basket.  Have your family remove their shoes at the door and wear house shoes so you can vacuum less frequently.  Examine things that create stress and look for an alternative.
  2. Schedule a specific time each week to work on an organization project.  The amount of time you schedule may vary week to week but be consistent with a regimented routine.  It would be better to schedule one hour a week regularly than wait for an all day opening in the distant future.  It is human nature to fill all time so it may be difficult to devote an entire day to organization.
  3. Choose one small area and make a plan to organize it, such as the miscellaneous utensil drawer.  This is the home for wooden spoons, spatula, measuring spoons, melon spoon, etc.  Your silverware drawer is probably organized because intuitively you have put like things together.  You have separated the forks, spoons, and knives into individual compartments.  But what about that utensil drawer?  You will need to divide items into drawer containers to conquer this area.  You should also read information on organization to equip you with a workable plan.
  4. Get supplies ahead of time.  This would include storage containers in various sizes, file cabinets, shelving units, and cardboard boxes for charity items.
  5. Find a home for every item in your house.  How many homeless items do you have?  How many items in your house are on vacation?  You are headed towards organization disaster if you have lots of items in your house without a home.   
  6. Now is better than later.  At some point you must deal with house clutter.  It is easier to deal with things immediately instead of after a pile accumulates.
  7. Purge!  You are not getting rid of valuable possessions, you are creating valuable space.  Donate your unused items to someone who can benefit. You will also save time because you are not sorting through piles.
  8. Relax and be patient in the organization process.  Rome was not built in a day and your cluttered environment will not be neat and tidy in day.
  9. Set your mind on success and you will succeed.
  10.  The choices we make affects us and how we function in our environment.  Make choices to improve your quality of life, not choices that create stress.

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