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Are you ready to get your life together in just 18 steps?
If you are looking for ways to get seriously organized and take your work- and not only- world into another step, this post is for you!
An untidy room, a huge laundry pile in the hallway, a disorganized desk or office with papers all over the place, a messy kitchen, and a not so well-planned week are enough to make you feel chaotic, exhausted, and lazy, all at the same time.
What if I told you that there is a way to never experience these emotions again?
That was a bit of an exaggeration, my fault. All emotions are normal and necessary for a healthy life. What we all need to understand is that there is no productivity without laziness or happiness without sadness. Keep that in mind as we continue with this post.
The correct phrase would be: ‘to eliminate’. Getting more organized in your daily life will eliminate the negative emotions and make room for the positive ones. And by positive, I mean fulfillment, inner peace, and calmness. We all prefer these kinds of emotions, don’t we?
As a not so organized person a few years back, I have noticed a HUGE difference in my mood and my efficiency in everything I do, from waking up happier in the morning to, getting more things done during the day.
But enough of me speechifying it is time to take action and see real results!
If you are ready, grab a pen and a piece paper, and let the magic begin!
CLEAN FRIDGE/KITCHEN CUPBOARDS
Start with the hard part. Cleaning out the fridge and organizing the different snacks into different cupboards is so therapeutic for me. Even if you don’t get satisfaction from such things, it’s something I highly recommend doing at least once a month. Living in a tidy environment is very important not only for productivity but also for our mental health. And if you think that your kitchen has nothing to do with that, I beg to differ. Cleaning out your fridge may not be so satisfying but enjoying breakfast in an organized place is.
I tried to make a little graphic of how I organize my fridge to give you some ideas. I hope you find it useful!
Another room that needs to get cleaned persistently is our bathroom. The bathroom is where we get cleaned up every day so, we want it to be clean. That simple! No, really, cleaning up your bathroom, decluttering your skincare and make-up products, and organizing the drawers can be much funnier than you think!
CLEAN YOUR DESK/OFFICE
I admire people with organized desks so much! I don’t know if it’s only me, but I clean my desk once a day and, it gets messy within seconds. Don’t be like me, ladies and gentlemen. Anyways, to stay organized and efficient while working, make sure that you don’t have empty dishes from last night, the new T-shirt you bought yesterday, or papers that have nothing to do with what you are working on, on your desk or office. The clearer your workspace is, the easier it is to focus on your work. I am speaking from experience here.
CLEAN YOUR CLOSET
My top favorite. And I bet it’s one of your favorites too. We women love clothes, let alone decluttering and organizing our clothes. However, this can be overwhelming, and it can take you even one whole week to clean your closet if you don’t do it properly and, let’s say, methodically. So, here are a few tips that could be applied to all wardrobes, regardless of their size.
1. DECLUTTER YOUR CLOTHES
I mean, what’s the point of keeping a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in two years?
If you think you may change your mind, you can keep some of the clothes you haven’t worn in a while and try to pair them with other pieces you may have.
Here are some ways to get rid of the other clothes:
- Sell gently used clothing at a consignment shop
- Sell it online: Poshmark, eBay, Thredup, Depop
- Donate to homeless shelters, kids, and families in need
- Turn used clothing into rags for cleaning
- Give away gently used clothing to your friends and relatives
2. ORGANIZE YOUR CLOTHES ACCORDING TO THEIR COLOR
Ok, this one may sound a bit cheesy, but I find it very helpful to hang my clothes according to their color. I think that is because when I have a particular outfit in my mind, it’s easier to find the different pieces. So, definitely recommend this one.
And last but definitely not least, use lots of storage boxes. They save much space in your closet and, everything is looking so well put together.
CLEAN YOUR CAR
It’s this time of the year. You don’t have to get into deep cleaning there, just throw away all the rubbish and take out everything that doesn’t belong in your car. Besides, make sure you keep some backups such as an extra umbrella or an extra pair of socks for the rainy days.
CLEAN BAGS AND PURSE
They say that a woman’s bag is always messy. I once spent 10 minutes outside of my house trying to find my keys. In the end, I had to take everything out in front of people passing by, asking me if I needed any help. How embarrassing! To avoid these kinds of chaotic experiences, you should regularly clean and organize your bags and purses, making sure you only have what you need inside them and not your whole house!
As an organization nerd, I love my desktop and my mobile apps to be well-ordered. It helps me get my mind together while trying to focus on a task I need to complete. Think of your desktop, your phone, and your emails as your desk and your work papers. To increase your focus, you need to work in an organized environment. Sorry for being repetitive, but I believe that organization and productivity are not mutually exclusive.
KEEP A PLANNER
It’s a fact. You can’t plan without owing a planner and, you can’t stay organized without planning. Answering the question: “What should I plan?” you can make a plan for everything! There are no limits to what you can plan.
If you are quite a newbie with planning, it’s more than natural to feel a bit overwhelmed. That’s why I am here, though. Some things you can write in your first planner are your TO-DO list, your daily tasks, your weekly appointments, your grocery list, your workout plan, and your meal plan. You can start with those, but don’t limit your creativity.
You can find more details on how to plan your week every Sunday in one of my latest posts here.
Having a cleaning schedule will save you from the statement: “I will do it tomorrow”. Seriously though, it will help you keep track of all the household chores you have to do daily, weekly, and monthly. Just make a plan, put your hair in a high bun, play some good music, and cleaning will be over before you even noticing.
CHOOSE YOUR OUTFITS THE NIGHT BEFORE
I talked about this one in one of my other posts, and I really feel like this saves so much time in the morning. And saving time means staying on top of our organization game!
KEEP YOUR PASSWORDS IN ONE PLACE
This one is my TOP tip for you to do. Especially if you have many accounts on the Internet to keep track of. It takes seconds to add a new password to your list but, it saves so many minutes of striving to remember or guess a password. You can use a page of your journal, your planner, or a notebook to do this.
KEEP ALL YOUR BAGS STOCKED
Put a second lipstick in there, a second pad, some extra cash. Being the kind of person that has backups for everything is so stress-relieving. It proves to be a life savior in so many situations. Back to the point, though, preparation is a life skill that will decrease your anxiety and nervousness, and that’s because you will always be prepared for the worst.
TRACK YOUR FINANCES
You don’t have to be an accountant to keep track of your finances. You can start with paper and a pen!
SET REMINDERS ON YOUR PHONE
It’s difficult to remember everything we have to do daily. Let alone the not-so-important tasks. Setting different reminders for most of your responsibilities will allow you to never forget anything you shouldn’t, always be on time, and get your mind together in general.
SPEND 10 MINUTES EVERY NIGHT/MORNING TO PLAN YOUR DAY
Although most people claim that spontaneous things are better than planned ones, we shouldn’t take risks concerning our work schedule. A planned-out day is always more productive and rewarding than left to chance one.
CREATE A MORNING AND NIGHT ROUTINE
Having a morning and a night routine you stick to every day will help you feel stable and put together. Because you will be! Here is how I managed to change my life for the better and to become a much more organized person with this Morning Routine.
CLEAN AFTER EVERYTHING YOU DO
Again, it takes minutes and saves hours. You don’t need to wait for your room to get messy to clean it or the dishes to get all over the sink to wash them. This “bad” habit will take you twice the time than cleaning out everything just after you finish doing something.
MAKE YOUR BED AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP
A made bed makes your room look cleaner. By making your bed every morning right after you wake-up, not only does your room look cleaner, but you also have fewer chances of getting back to sleep within the next few minutes. It’s a win-win situation!