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A messy room had never driven me crazy, until recently. I’m not sure what happened, but one day – I went home and looked around my apartment then had the most substantial urge to clean like a maniac. After several weeks, I had found that I work and function better when my life feels organized – I’m not saying my life itself is organized, just the feeling of it.
Some people are content with living in a messy area, but there are others who feel the need to “have a place for everything.” It may seem overwhelming, but there is a method to stay organized. Before we discuss how to get organized, why don’t we talk about the benefits of staying organized.
Benefits of Staying Organized
Having a place for everything makes it easier to find the item, such as a passport for vacation or keys for the road. You don’t have to go all Godzilla on your house to find a receipt to return an item!
2. Boost in Energy
Getting organized can lead to a boost of energy. When there is a mess laying in front of you, a feeling emerge – the emotion of your life being a mess. When your life looks clean, it feels clean
Use the time spent searching for an item to – read a scientific article, yoga, enhance your skill, earn extra money or something productive. To some extent, it is true that time is money.
4. Better Eating Habits
Psychological Science found being organized can have a positive impact on eating habits. Your life will feel like its more in placed hence you will be less likely to devour a chocolate bar.
Living an organized life aids you in a specific situation such as decreasing the amount of money you’re spending. You naturally decrease it since your ability to keep track where all your money is going increase.
6. Improve Sleeping Habits
Staying organize does affect your sleeping habits. According to the Huffington Post, clutter in your bedroom can be stressful without your realization. I’m not saying make-your-bed-every-morning kind of scenario, but keep the items off the floor and try not to shove it under your bed or in your closet.
Related: How to Maximize Sleep
How to Be Organized
I don’t spend my weekend cleaning rather clean bits by bits over the weekdays. For example, after I finish cooking, I would sweep the floor or when I finished dinner – I would do the dishes. Although, the bathroom is a whole different story. This is the place where you would use hacks such as cleaning the mirror every Friday evening when you finish getting ready for a night out.
Do little things not big!
Living in California, its pretty much sunny year round. Generally, it’s not difficult to do a yard sale or merely selling your stuff on Craiglist. For me, I evaluate my closet only once each year which is typically before Christmas. I would check out all the clothes I rarely or never touch then donate them to the Salvation Army. In the end, it does make me feel good knowing I’m helping someone who’s going through a rough time.
My best advice is to declutter one thing at a time. Do not try to declutter the whole house at once.
3. Writing Notes
First, things first, do not try to sticky note your whole house. Find one location – may it be your cell phone or a notebook and jot everything down there.
Part of living an organized life is to remember to complete the objectives, but there is so much we can remember before we crash. This is when a to-do list comes in handy!
For example, I keep track of all my blogging objectives in a planner and check them off. Keep in mind; you want small achievable goals
Do not go for the “I’ll do it later” attitude. People who are organized knows that their time is valuable and does not waste it. Establishing a deadline can improve productivity, and push you towards achievement. The sooner you finish it, the better you’ll feel during free time.
Deadlines are also an excellent method to practice self-discipline, where you have to step back and reject the urge to do something less productive.
Related: How to Plan the Week
When you’re working from home, you need an area just for work. You don’t want to work where you sleep, nor you want to work where you relax. You want to establish a clean – free of clutter – workspace. This will drive you – mentally – to be as productive as you can. If possible, set a timer for the number of hours you have to work instead of being on social media.
Related: How to Keep Your Life in Order
Some people enjoy long-term goals. For me, I enjoyed short-term goals – possible ones. Would I like a house one day? Yes! However, I got to work towards it.
Create a list of your goals and be realistic about it. You can create a list of long-term goals too. That can help you remember why you’re working on so many short-term goals.
It may be difficult to do all of this at the beginning, but over time – it will become part of your lifestyle, and you won’t even realize you are doing all of these things until someone points it out to you.