Being organized doesn’t have to be complicated. These 10 things make it easy and doable for anyone to be more organized.
When we are more organized, we are more productive and less stressed. Which sounds amazing right?
It seems that everyone has their opinion on how to be more organized. And while I don’t disagree with them, these 10 things are things that anyone can do to help them be more organized.
1. Wake up at the same time every day.
When we wake up (and go to bed) at the same time each day, not only does it help our bodies adjust to whatever time we are waking up, but then it’s easier to plan out our day. It can also help you to take the guess work out of “when do I wake up”.
Now, regardless of what you have, or don’t have, going on, you get up at the same time.
Keep in mind that when you decide on a time to get up, to stay true to yourself. If you’re a night owl, getting up at 4 am to go to the gym probably isn’t realistic.
*HINT: go to the gym in the evening/night then.
Give yourself plenty of time to get yourself ready for whatever you have going on. Give yourself a morning routine.
2. Have a morning routine
I know a lot of people talk about routines and the importance of having them, and if you’re not a believer yet. . .what’s your hesitation?
We are habitual creatures. And unfortunately, we all have routines right now, but sometimes they just aren’t working for us. Do you hit snooze on your alarm? More than once?? Tell me, when have you hit the snooze button and gotten more restful sleep that you’re looking for?
Once you get into the habit of waking up at the same time each day, it’ll get easier to have a morning routine down.
Why is a morning routine good to have?
You start your day out being and feeling productive. Even if you don’t technically do anything besides make your bed, shower and get ready, and then eat. You’ll still feel productive and ready to tackle the day.
Some people preach that you need to add in some time for meditation, exercise, or whatever. The reality is this: if it doesn’t work for you, then don’t do it. If it does, great. That’s all good. But if it is causing you stress because you can’t fit it all in, then don’t.
Do your ‘bare minimum” and then add in more if it fits.
3. Make your bed
I can just see you rolling your eyes. EVERYONE talks about this one. Most people are for it.
I’ve seen people who are against it and say they don’t need to make their bed to be more organized, productive or ready for the day.
Honestly, you do you.
However, in my opinion, on the days I make my bed that I’ve included in my morning routine, I just feel better.
When I walk into my room throughout the day, my bed isn’t a mess of blankets and pillows. It’s clean and put together. It doesn’t look cluttered.
You decide, but I know they (who are they?) say that when your space is clean and tidy, your mind is less cluttered.
Tell me. . .are you for or against having a made bed??
4. Use To-Do lists
I highly recommend having a notebook in your home, purse, or car for you to jot down notes. (You can use your phone too I’m just a fan of paper lists).
Keep your To-Do lists in the same spot.
For example: I have a running list for my groceries on my refrigerator. When my family needs something, they write it on the list. And then when we run out of something, it’s easy to write it on the grocery list.
However you do this, with an app, notes on the phone, in a notepad, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re writing things down daily that you need to do that day.
Lists that I keep each day:
- Grocery lists
- Daily To-Do
- Budget list
- Meal Plans
- Cleaning Plans/Calendar
5. Declutter one of the hot spots in your house (rotate through the hot spots each day)
Clutter builds up each and every single day. It’s what happens. Our houses are lived in, things are brought in our homes and then you have things that move around your home.
It just happens.
Recognize the “hot spots” in your home. The “hot spots” being places that things tend to pile up. My “hot spots” in my home are: my kitchen counter, dresser, desk and my stairs.
Each day pick one of the hot spots and declutter the space. Clean it up at least once a week.
6. Meal Plan
I’m a big fan of meal planning and will preach it til the day I die.
I can’t imagine having to grocery shop when I don’t know what I’m making for meals. Once I plan out the meals for the week, it’s super easy to see what I already have in my pantry, fridge and freezer that I can quickly add to my grocery list.
I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to make for dinner when 4:00 comes around. I already know AND I already have the ingredients in my home.
It’s amazing to me that people don’t do this. Really. I would love to see how other people do it because just the thought of not doing this causes anxiety.
As a bonus, when I have the meals planned out for the week, I post it on the inside of my pantry door. I no longer hear “what’s for dinner” because my family knows if they want to know they just need to go look.
7. Put things away in their “own home”
This one seems so simple and can be really easy to do. When you walk in the door, don’t put the keys on the counter. Have a space for keys. And have that space be in a spot that makes sense and is convenient.
For example: I’m not going to have the home for my keys be in my bedroom on the second level of my home. That makes no sense. When I get home, I typically want to throw the keys on the counter in my kitchen.
So instead of upstairs, I keep a hook in the kitchen for keys.
Throughout the day, when you’re using things, remember to put them away. It truly doesn’t take too much extra time to put things away.
If this is something you struggle with, next time, time yourself how long it takes you to do that task. You’ll be surprised at how fast doing the act of putting something away where it goes takes.
8. Have a system for notes in place
As I mentioned earlier, I like writing things down on paper. If you’re more of a digital person, find an app or just use a digital notepad to track your notes.
Once you complete a task, or the note is no longer useful, delete it.
If you are like me and like to write things down, keep a notebook for your notes. I keep this notebook either on my desk or in my kitchen.
I do recommend keeping it in the same spot if you can but that doesn’t always work for me.
Instead, my notepad will be in one of two places: my desk that’s upstairs or on my main floor in my kitchen.
When I have a thought of something I need to do, buy or whatever it is, I’ll write it down. Then, when I schedule the doctor appointment or send the school an email or whatever it is I need to do, I highlight it on my list and then I know that I no longer need to worry about it.
You can choose to erase it or just cross it out.
Those look messy to me, so for my personality, I highlight it. Do what works for you.
9. Set aside a time to go organize your weekly tasks/calendars
This is something that should really be done weekly and daily.
At the beginning of each week, I go over my schedule, so I know how my week is going to look and how busy it’s going to be.
Each night, I look at the next day, so I know what’s coming and things don’t fall through the cracks.
The reason I also do it each night instead of just each week is because things always come up. There’s always something that gets changed, added, or removed.
10. Have an evening routine
And I’m going to add going to bed at the same time each day as well.
Just like having a morning routine is good for you, having an evening/night routine is as well.
It triggers your brain into getting ready for sleep.
I always go to sleep faster when I do my routine.
What a routine could look like:
- Tidy Kitchen
- Tidy Family Room
- Shower/skin care
- Brush Teeth
Again, if it’s all too much for you to do before bed, go with the bare minimum. That may look like this:
- Shower/skin care
- Brush Teeth
It’s up to you decide what’s best for YOU. You can get ideas from others, but that’s all they are: ideas. Don’t feel like you have to clean your entire house before bed if that’s going to cause stress for you. Although, I do recommend doing at least the dishes before bed. You’re helping tomorrow you when you do.
BONUS: Tidy your Kitchen before bed
Ok I know I just said that you need to do at least the dishes before bed, but I really recommend tidying the whole kitchen.
Some people say when you do the dishes you use that momentum to keep going to clean the kitchen if you can.
Others say just do the dishes.
I say, do the dishes but also wipe down your counters and table. Spot sweep the floor.
Can you imagine walking into the kitchen in the morning and having everything you need to do that day on your mind, your kids saying they are hungry, your teenager not hurrying to get ready for school AND having a dirty dishes in the sink, messy counters and dirty floors?? NO THANKS.
I’d much rather be able to turn on my kitchen sink that’s clean of dishes, put down breakfast dishes on a crumb free counter and walk on my crumb free floor in the morning.
It just helps set the tone for the day.
Set yourself up for a good day.
I appreciate you being here, in this space with me. It means the world to me.