How to Get Organized and Stay that Way

For many people, getting organized and staying that way is a difficult task. Being organized is more than just getting your home in order, though. Being organized can help you be more confident and have a more positive outlook on life, which is something we all could use more of these days. 

When everything has a place in your home, it helps you focus better. Solving everyday problems – even ones as simple as where to find new batteries for the remote – become much easier to overcome when you know exactly where to go to find them. Being organized lets you take control of your life.

Some people are born organizers while others just are not, but even if you’re not, you can learn. Below, we divulge several organizational tips to help you get your house and your life in order and keep them that way. 

1. Let Go of Guilt and Fear

Not everyone is born with organizational skills, but it’s a skill anyone can learn. That said, many people have feelings of guilt (My mother gave me that. I can’t possibly get rid of it.) and fear (I don’t know where to start.) when it comes to getting organized. It’s vital that you let go of these negative feelings to achieve the clutter-free home and life you desire. 

Remember, it’s okay to be disorganized, but if being organized is what you want, you must learn to let go. 

2. Get on a Schedule

Humans crave structure, so having a schedule to help you get everything done is a good idea. When you stick to a schedule and can tick off all the tasks you have listed, it gives you a sense of accomplishment that encourages you to keep going. 

3. Do Small Tasks Daily

Many people look at the big picture when faced with a large project, which can be paralyzing. If your home is particularly disorganized, begin by breaking it down into small tasks. Choose one task – organizing your sock drawer or cleaning out the medicine cabinet, for example – to do each day. When you accomplish just one small task each day, you make progress toward being organized and it feels good. 

4. Get the Kiddos Involved

It’s never too early to start teaching children how to be organized. Picking up when done playing should always be part of the game. When you teach your children to be organized, you feel less overwhelmed and can appreciate their efforts and input more. 

5. Donate or Sell Your Unwanted Things

As you clean out and organize your home, get rid of any unwanted items by selling or donating them. By getting rid of things you don’t use or need any more rather than finding a place for them in your home, you have a better chance of staying organized. Ask family or friends if they want your things or sell them online or in a garage sale to keep your home and your life organized for good.