When you make the decision to get organized it will be easier because you have a goal in mind. The goal is getting organized.
The key to getting organized is to have a designated place for everything. There’s a popular saying amongst organizers: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” If you don’t have a designated space for something, the rule of thumb is to either make a space for it or get rid of it. If something doesn’t have a home, it will always be considered clutter. If you want to get organized and stay organized, this premise will help you to cut down on clutter and know exactly where to find things when you need them.
Another important key to being organized is maintaining the systems that you have put into place. If you don’t want to keep starting from scratch, you’ve got to maintain your systems.
My advice is to designate a few minutes every day for maintenance so that things don’t get out of control. In the beginning, you might want to try setting aside time and marking it in your calendar just as you would any other appointment. As mornings tend to be the busiest, perhaps you can spend a few minutes when you get home or before you go to bed at night picking up after yourself:
- Hang up the clothes you wore that day and throw the dirty ones in the hamper
- Clean the dishes and/or put the dirty ones in the dishwasher
- Go through your mail and remember to do the following:
- Toss the junk mail
- Shred any mail that has your personal information on it that you don’t need or want
- File the things that you can
- Put the rest in action files (Bills to Pay, Events to RSVP To, To Do File, etc.)
Call us at (310) 560-5060 to discuss how we can help you get organized and stay organized.