While organizing may come easy for some, many people struggle to maintain order in their life. Some of us are hardwired for keeping things tidy (and labeled) while others function better with a little chaos. If you don’t like to organize, here are some strategies that may be helpful.
1. Slow down
When we rush, we make mistakes, misplace items and become stressed. If you use something, take the time to put it away. If you have to be somewhere, leave yourself extra time so you don’t have to rush. Practice mono-tasking (focusing on one task at a time until completion) instead of multitasking to avoid errors.
2. Shift your thinking
Start to place a value on and prioritize things that need to be done. Trying to prioritize organizing is like prioritizing exercise. We know it’s good for us in the long run, but there are a hundred other things we’d rather be doing. Try to find fun or even joy in doing the tasks you dread. Changing how we think about a task can be the motivation we need to complete it.
3. Simplify your home and work environment
Create a launch pad near the door you use to enter and exit your home. It should contain your keys, jacket and any items you need to bring to work or errands you need to run, like dry cleaning. Purge the things from your home and office that you don’t use. Don’t allow yourself to say, “I might need it someday!”
4. Stop procrastinating tasks
If a task takes a minute or two, just do it. For example, make it a habit to put your dirty clothes in the hamper, rather than on the floor. Hang your coat up on the hook, rather than lay it on the kitchen chair. Procrastinating is a habit that can be changed. Start today.
5. Give yourself a break
When things get cluttered and out of hand, don’t beat yourself up. Life happens and we sometimes get behind. It’s OK. Tomorrow’s a new day. Just start working on getting yourself back on track.
Look for more tips from Deb in the Observer Dispatch every Sunday and on her websites decluttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation! at organizationmotivation.com.