10 habits of Organized People

We all have those family members, friends, and coworkers that somehow seem to always have everything under control. During the most hectic times they manage to stay organized and free from clutter and messes. Many of us wonder how they could possibly do it. They manage to have set locations for all of their items, they know exactly where everything goes, and they always put things back as soon as they’re done using them. While most of us would like to get rid of the hectic chaos, we don’t know where to begin. Fortunately, there are a few set guidelines that can be followed, and with time these rules will become habits. These are a few of our favorite suggestions for getting started.

Clear out the paper

If you take a good look around your home or office you’re likely to notice an abundance of paper. Piling isn’t unusual but do you really need all of that paper clutter? If you take a minute to go through the piles you’ll likely find that most of it can be thrown away or recycled. If any of it is important than you should file it somewhere safe. A file cabinet or other sorter would be ideal. Once you designate a place for your special documents you’ll always know where to find them.

Consider what you want

One of the biggest differences between those that are organized and those that aren’t is that they prioritize. Step back and consider the most important aspects of your life and make room for them. Don’t let other less important tasks or perceived obligations take the forefront.

Develop a ritual

Do you do the same things every morning when you get up? Do you have a set routine for the evening? Having set rituals can take the chaos out of your life since you’ll always know what is coming next. Going completely overboard and planning your entire day isn’t necessary. Simply have a few set tasks that you can look forward to each and every day. Consider prepping your lunch for the next day before going to bed, or having the ground coffee already in the coffee pot just waiting for some water to brew. Tiny tasks that help the day go smoothly.

If you use it, put it back

The title says it all. If you’re going to use an accessory from your custom closet, then you should commit to putting it back as soon as you are finished. This can take a little bit of getting used to but once you’ve done it for a while it becomes second nature. The benefit is that you don’t end up with items sitting around making a mess.

Stop thinking you’ll remember everything

To-do lists should become your new best friend. Organized individuals will always have a list. Creating a list can help you prioritize and can keep you on track. With a list you won’t forget to grab the broccoli at the store, drop the kids off at their friends, or that you have to turn in your work report by Friday. List it and it will get done.

Don’t start if you can’t finish

Everyone has those projects that seemed like great fun when they began but quickly turn tedious and then end up forgotten and sitting around on a shelf somewhere. Organized individuals commit. If you’re going to start something make sure you are going to finish it. Sometimes the slog can end up being part of the reward when you see what you’ve accomplished at the end.

Clean for 15

If you change only one thing about your day, this should be it. Set aside 15 minutes sometime throughout the day just for cleaning. No getting sidetracked or putting it off. If you can make it through 15 minutes you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.

Follow a few of these tips and you’ll quickly find yourself becoming part of the well-organized people you once envied.

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