I’ve always been an organized person. To the point of being almost obsessive about it at times, much to the dismay of my fiancé and roommates. But it’s something that I’ve never had to try being – I simply was an organized person. But that’s not to say I don’t have any form of mess in the house! I absolutely hate folding laundry, and I have a terrible habit of letting the clean stuff pile up before getting around to actually folding it and putting it away. But anything office supply related and general de-cluttering? That’s my literal jam.
If you check out the comments on my organization-related posts (specifically about my planner), and you’ll see the amount of people praising me for my organization skills and wondering how I do it. My secret? Being already inclined to have everything organized, using tidying up as a coping mechanism for stress, and to generally avoid thinks I don’t want to do. *cough* studying *cough* Nothing gets my house cleaner than having a to-do list with million things I should be doing, a phone call telling me to expect people soon, or an existential crisis.
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But seriously, there isn’t a secret or a trick to it that will make you suddenly an organization pro overnight. It takes work, and ultimately only works if it actually helps you. But, coming from a hyper-organized person, there are some easy ways to get started and finding what works for you!
Figure Out What You Need
Maybe you’re an incredibly messy person, which is fine with you but not your roommates. Maybe you like having everything clean/organized, but don’t know how to keep it that way. Or maybe you want to completely organize everything, but you’re so overwhelmed by the whole process you don’t know where to start. So my first tip? Figure out just how organized you want to be. Do you want slightly more organized piles of stuff around your house, or do you want to go full out and label your underwear drawer?
Because ultimately, you are going to have to put in some work. Better to figure out which way you’ll be leaning before you start putting in the work! Think about what could make your daily tasks easier or more efficient. What would help you in some way. Maybe it’s re-organizing the pantry, or your closet, or your desk. Maybe it’s all three!
I personally lean more towards the labeling my underwear drawer side of the spectrum. While I don’t have my clothing drawers labeled, I do have my file drawers, pantry shelves, and various notebooks all labeled. I use a planner regularly and I love having everything all neat and tidy. And it brings me an embarrassingly large amount of joy when I de-clutter, organize, and sort a huge pile of crap in my house.
Start With The Easy Stuff
Now that you’ve figured out how organized you’re going to be, start small! I can’t emphasize this enough. If you tackle your biggest project, you’re just going to get exhausted, annoyed, and will probably never want to organize again. So start with the little things to see how the set up works for you, make adjustments as you need, and (most importantly) maintain it for a little while so it becomes a habit to keep it tidy. Once you get one project done and can maintain it, move on to the next one. Then the next, and the next…until you’re organizational to-do list is done!
For me, the garage and closet are my biggest tasks on my list. My closet is a problem for me because I hate folding laundry. We have a HUGE walk-in closet, so I have an empty laundry hamper in there for my clean clothes. It ultimately ends up beyond full, with clean clothes all over the place. Once I work up the energy to actually fold my clothes the closet looks beautiful again, but until then I have a mess.
We had re-organized the garage last summer, but after our roommate moved in, all the things we had stored in that room got moved to the garage. Since then, it’s just become a dumping ground for random stuff and it’s gotten more than a little cluttered. I’m waiting for it to cool down before attempting to clean it out again (because these Louisiana summers are no joke), but I can definitely say I’m not looking forward to it!
Get Into A Routine
Getting it organized is one thing, staying that way is another. Someone doesn’t just magically become crazy-organized overnight – it takes work. You have to work it into your schedule and make an effort to do it. Just like going to the gym for a workout. Organizing is the same way. You have to put in the effort at first, but over time it becomes a part of your regular routine – no thought needed!
Each week (generally Sundays), I set aside time in the afternoon to get my planner all set up for the week. I have my blog content calendar planned out months in advance and all of my important dates and appointments on my calendar app on my phone, so it’s a quick process to get everything written down in one place. I’ve very much a hard-copy planner kind of person, so even though I have electronic back-ups for everything, I like to have everything all written down in my planner.
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And there you have it – all the basics to get started organizing, and how you can stay that way! The important thing to remember is that you have to find and do what works for you. If you try and force it, you ultimately won’t stick with it. So focus on those things that will actually help you and make you more efficient throughout your day. Happy organizing!
Do you have any tips for getting and staying organized? Are you crazy organized like me?
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