7 Tips to Help You Get More Organized
Published in 5.7.2018
When you install custom closets in your home, you take a big step toward making your home and your life more organized. Having a closet system in place ensures that every item you own has a place to go and makes it easier to keep your space looking neat, serene, and clutter-free.
However, if you want your quality closets to look just as clean and attractive in 5 years as they did just after installation, you’ll want to develop the personal organization habits that make it simple to keep things in order.
Here are 7 tips to help make sure you not only become but stay well-organized:
1. Set Your Priorities Straight
It would be wonderful if you had all the time you ever wanted for everything you’d like to do – but that’s not reality. Well-organized people know they have to prioritize how they will spend their time, and they make their plans accordingly.
Many times, people’s homes and lives get messy because they are overwhelmed by demands and they simply run out of time and energy. However, if you know your priorities and you make sure to at least complete the top items on your to-do list every day, it becomes easier to feel in control of your life and to free up some minutes in the day for other tasks.
2. Establish Some Realistic Goals
People who are well-organized have concrete goals they are confident they can achieve.
The key to effective goal-setting is to choose goals you know you can realistically accomplish. It’s good to have goals that challenge you, but make the challenge manageable. So, if your goal is to clean out your attic and you have lots of boxes stored there, give yourself a month not just a weekend to complete the project. Set yourself up for success.
Another useful tip is to write your goals down. This not only helps ensure your goals will be specific, it gives you a reminder to help you focus on completing them.
3. Develop a Routine
Doing the same task at the same time every day helps build a habit that is easier to keep going.
Many people make their days more productive by developing rituals they implement first thing in the morning or last thing before going to bed. Maybe you already have such a ritual and you can focus on adding in an additional task to make it part of your routine.
For example, instead of just leaving your dirty clothes in a pile on the floor when you undress at night, make a habit of either putting them in the laundry basket or hanging or folding them and putting them back in your closet so they’re ready to be worn again.
4. Reduce Clutter
It’s easy to accumulate more and more stuff day after day, so even if your home once was very organized, you can suddenly find clutter taking over again.
People who manage to stay well-organized are diligent about going through their belongings and cleaning out what they don’t need. Your closet can hold only so many items, so if you’re continually bringing in new things, you have to make sure you’re simultaneously getting rid of things as well.
Giving away or donating things you don’t really need is a great way to not only contribute to your community but to make your life easier to keep organized too.
5. Make Sure There’s a Spot for Everything
One key to keeping your home organized is to make sure there is a place for everything you own.
So, before you buy something new, make sure you have a spot to put it away before you bring it home. Installing custom closets helps you maximize the storage space you have available so you’re taking advantage of the room you have, but still there are limits. If you make a practice of considering your space first, you’ll always know where things go.
6. Put Things Away When You’re Done Using Them
Just because you know where your belongings are supposed to go doesn’t mean they end up there automatically.
The best way to make sure your home stays organized on an ongoing basis is to put things away as soon as you’re done using them. Yes, this may feel like a hassle in the moment, especially if you’re putting away an infrequently used item that goes in some hard to reach place. But if you start leaving things around, you’re just reinforcing a bad habit and creating more of a mess that will need to be cleaned eventually.
So, do yourself a favor and just take the few moments to put your things away.
7. Take 10 Minutes Every Day
One of the best ways to keep your home clean over the long-term is to make sure a big mess never develops in the first place.
If you make a point to dedicate as little as 10 minutes each day to tidying up, it can really add-up over time. Just 10 minutes at the same time every day can help you develop the habit of cleaning up. It should also keep your home neat enough that you’ll feel more motivated to want to continue.
Try to do 10 minutes of cleaning each day for the next week and see what kind of difference it makes for you.