Living an organized life is a daily practice. Trust me. It’s a dedicated lifestyle! Like exercising or eating healthy, being organized requires persistence and a strong mental game. It’s hard at first, but once you get into a routine, it all falls into place. Below are three tips to help you on your way to a more organized new year.
- Make downsizing a daily activity. If you open a cupboard or drawer to grab an item, and have to move tons of stuff to get to what you want, it might be time to re-evaluate that space. Do you really need six spatulas? Can 2 suffice? Think of all the time you will save when you can grab it easily and have a home for it upon its return!
- Restoring the room to its original look. When you enter an organized room, leave the room in its original condition. For example, take the living room. You grab a blanket from the basket, and pick up the remote from the side table. Instead of leaving the blanket and remote on the couch, put the items back! Restoring order is a maintenance task that few love to do but it can’t be done without you and your commitment.
- Forget perfectionism. Life gets busy and sometimes complicated. Even the most organized person can fall off track. However, having systems and established homes in place allow order to be restored faster than you can imagine. Cut yourself a break. Your home doesn’t have to look like a museum or a page out of a design magazine. You need to feel comfortable and ok with whatever your definition of organized means. From my perspective, it’s being able to find what I need, when I need it, and enjoying my home and life without being OCD.
Practicing these three, simple tasks every day can truly lead you on the path to a more organized life. What are some ways that you maintain order in your life?