How To Get Organized: 99 Ways To Get SERIOUSLY Organized
Updated on June 5, 2022 by Team ShineSheets
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Boy, do I love lists of everything. They are concrete, they are concentrated and you can soak up a ton of helpful information in just a few minutes.
They are also a way of organizing and getting organized is one of the key elements to becoming more balanced and calm.
How so? – you may ask.
Because organizing is incredibly therapeutic.
It feels so satisfying to take messy chaos and make it orderly, tidy, clean… And when everything is tidy, you’re simply less stressed.
Today’s topic is how to get organized and I want to share a whopping 99 of my favorite organizing ideas – including both physical and non-physical things. Welcome to…
YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE ON HOW TO GET ORGANIZED AND GET YOUR LIFE BACK IN ORDER
PART 1: Where Do I Start To Organize My Life?
I’m a fan of taking things by storm, eh! Got energy, resources, a helping hand around? Read this list and dive into the first thing that seems most important.
Now, if you’re an anxious person, I recommend taking things slow – there’s absolutely no need to get organized 100% in just a few days! Take it one step at a time and you’ll benefit more.
Read more about it: How to get organized if you’re an anxious person
I’m an anxious person myself and it took me 3 rounds to fully declutter my home but at least I didn’t lose my mind in the process.
Update: I have spent some time updating this huge list with extra valuable links to fitting products, tools, and resources! They will appear as purple text and I really recommend you to check them out since I’ve found some pretty cool stuff to help you seriously organize everything!
PART 2: How To Get Organized Like a Boss (Your Master List of 99 Life Organization Tips)
Getting organized starts with ideas. This (incredibly long) organization list will give you plenty of thoughts on how to organize your life, declutter your home, and everything in between tidy. If it feels overwhelming, remind yourself that you can always get organized step by step. The organization process is supposed to set you free, not bring you down.
1. Write everything down.
If you’re looking for some fundamental principles on how to get organized, start with a habit of writing things down. You can’t organize your information and tasks if you are storing them in your head. Or maybe you can but it will be incredibly hard.
Instead, write every piece of information that comes to your mind and then organize it into lists, plans, and checklists.
2. Declutter your purse regularly.
Keep your purses and handbags clean, tidy and organized to save yourself some sanity whenever you need to find something in your beloved bag. A great way to keep your bag organized is by using a simple bag organizer. These are very inexpensive and beneficial. You can also use a few of them in your suitcase while traveling.
3. Set and have a laundry day every week.
Having a laundry day will help you to get organized by tackling the entire clothes situation at your home.
You will always have clean clothes but you won’t have to bother yourself with laundry on the other days – it’s a win-win!
4. How to get organized when you don’t know where to begin?.. Start a planner!
If you really want to get organized, a good minimalistic planner can be your holy grail.
A planner is not only about setting schedules or appointments.
It can also include financial trackers, health trackers, project planners, and everything you need to stay as organized as possible.
To DIY a superb life planner, you can get my printable Super Pack right here on ShineSheets store:
It’s a collection of beautiful, minimalistic planning tools that you can use to organize your days, weeks, months, and your whole life overall.
Use it to claim back your time and create an organized life schedule or routines that help you get it all together. Check it out here
5. Organize your closet.
Closets are one of the most unorganized things you can find in a person’s home (here’s how I found out about it).
They are also a perfect source of morning frustration.
Having a clean, organized and decluttered closet will give you a nice, stressless start of the day.
Want to learn how to declutter a ton of clothes you have?
Learn the KonMari method – it literally saved me HUGE amounts of closet space (and time!) when I was decluttering my apartment.
Trust me, it is one of the best things you can learn in your life.
6. Use containers to sort things in your drawers.
If you want to learn how to get organized, you just can’t skip those cluttered drawers (I’m sorry!).
Now, a divided drawer is an organized drawer. You can use:
- Hard dividers for drawers where most objects are hard;
- Soft dividers for underwear and sock drawers;
- Ready-to-use divided boxes made of mesh or fabric (Ikea has a great choice of them).
Organized order can make a huge difference in your drawers and if you can use dividers in every drawer of your home, it will feel very organized.
7. If you can, put on matching bed sheets.
Not only does it look great but it also helps you to keep your linen closet more organized.
Pro tip: fold and put matching sheets into the pillow sheets of the same style.
Pro tip No. 2: use bedding sheets that snap together to keep them perfectly aligned.
8. Wear matching lingerie (optional!).
Now this one may seem controversial and I really want to emphasize that this may not be for everyone, but for me – it is one of the ways to get organized.
Organizing isn’t just about decluttering your drawers. It’s also about paying attention to the details.
Wearing matching lingerie doesn’t directly make you more organized but it helps you to start your day in an organized mindset, by paying attention to the details right from the start of your day.
9. Always wash your dishes after eating.
This one is easy and also very important.
It’s annoying to deal with a mountain of dishes, so instead of piling them up (or even worse – “soaking” them for hours), simply deal with them right after eating. If you have a dishwasher, put dirty dishes in it right after eating. Collect throughout the day and run a load at night. In the morning, empty the dishwasher to have it empty and ready to receive your breakfast plates.
This will keep your kitchen clean and clutter-free.
10. Take out the trash in the morning.
Don’t wait until it’s too late – just take the trash out in the morning while you’re on the way to your car or other transport. If you have an option to recycle, it’s a huge bonus and I love you for this.
“Wait, but my trash can is not full yet”.
Great! It means you can postpone until the next morning.
11. Plan your goals.
How to get organized while also being mindful about your future? You can do that by planning your goals.
Planning your future helps to organize your decisions and schedules. One of the easiest ways to fail at your goals is to think of them, but never really start doing anything about them!
So get organized by deciding on those goals beforehand and start taking (even the tiniest) steps towards them.
12. Develop a morning routine.
Mornings are hectic but if you have a morning routine, it can help you to start your day in a streamlined, organized, and stress-free way.
More about this topic:
13. Hang a grid wire panel board in your room.
Corkboards, wire boards, and bulletin boards work great to organize your work or study room.
White magnetic boards work just as well! I use one in my home office and it really helps me to get organized whenever my work clutter accumulates.
I usually print separate task lists and attach them to the board to save some board space.
14. How to get organized at work? Start with trashing spam e-mails immediately!
No, seriously – trash them right away, the second you see them in your inbox! Moreover, make sure to unsubscribe from all those newsletters you never actually read. This will keep your mailbox clean and tidy.
15. Declutter files on your computer.
This is particularly important if you’re someone who works on the computer a lot.
It’s incredibly easy to clutter your computer with all the files until one day you find yourself doing a simple computer task three times longer than you could.
16. Sort your photos into folders.
And if you are using physical photos, put them into pretty albums!
17. Close unused accounts.
I sometimes find myself having 10-20 accounts of online services and tools that I don’t ever use.
So, the best way to tackle this mess (and avoid deleting hundreds of unnecessary newsletters in the future) is to simply dedicate an hour or two and delete all the accounts on their websites.
P. S. Talk to your financial advisor before closing bank accounts.
18. Spend 10-20 minutes a day tidying up a little.
Having a few minutes of cleaning every day is a simple way to get organized and stay organized too.
It’s quick, it doesn’t take up a lot of your time and it will help you to get organized a little faster.
19. Spray your bath with a scale remover after you shower.
More of a cleaning tip, but certainly something to help you keep your bathroom clean and organized. It takes just a few minutes and saves you some unwanted embarrassment if surprise guests pop up.
Related: How To Organize a Small Bathroom
20. Plan your self-care routine and stick to it.
If you want to get organized, it’s important to plan and organize the must-have basics too, like your self-care routine. I have a lot of helpful ideas on that in these articles:
- A guide to self-care basics – learn where to begin
- 50 self-care activities to boost your overall wellbeing
21. How to get organized with your nutrition? Plan your meals in advance!
Prepare them ahead too to enjoy healthy and organized nutrition.
Once you start planning your meals, you’ll find that it takes much less time to shop for groceries and cook your meals every day.
You can also prepare your meals in advance and keep them in a fridge to save even more time.
You can learn more about meal planning and get my free meal planner template here.
22. Take time every week to clean your makeup brushes.
Dirty makeup brushes look unsightly and can harbor a ton of bacteria that enter your pores every time you use them. It’s a good habit to clean them once a week.
To protect the bristles, you should always dry them downwards so the water is dripping down. It’s hard to find a way to keep them in a downwards position, so things like a brush holder come in extra handy.
23. Make your bed as soon as you get up.
Get organized from the first minute of your day by setting the right mindset. Surprisingly, making your bed works pretty well for that!
24. Donate things you don’t need anymore.
Most of us really own too much.
Take a look at your belongings every season and check whether there is something you haven’t used much – then donate it.
It will help you to organize your home. Also, the things you don’t need anymore might be really needed by someone else.
25. Set a place for everything in your home.
It is much easier to get organized when every little thing in your home has its own home. Divide your rooms into zones, and those zones – into smaller zones. Give each of the zones something to hold. For example, you can decide that one shelf in your bathroom will collect all your skincare, and another – all your hair products. Your haircare shelf can then be divided further: left side for dry shampoos and leave-in conditioners, middle part – for your hairdryer, right side – for a hair brush, and pins. A 3-part divided box helps to keep everything in place.
Once I implemented a similar method throughout the house, it became so much easier to stay organized, and the cleaning time became much faster too!
Read about this: How to organize your home once and for all
26. Make a plan before any bigger task.
To become seriously organized, you have to learn how to get organized with your work too. The best way to do that is by using simple project planning techniques. Essentially, project planning helps you to take big tasks and divide them into smaller, more achievable steps. It also acts as a motivation booster, since every task you finish gives you those good hormones that help you move forward.
More about it: How to complete any task you’ve been putting off
Tool to try: Project Planner printable
27. Shop mindfully and evaluate your purchases.
It’s hard to get organized if you keep adding to your possessions list.
When purchasing anything, think twice – is it really something you need? Will you use it and benefit from this thing? Or will it just take up extra space in your home?
28. Use separate laundry bags for colored, white and black clothes.
An absolutely perfect idea that helps you to save some time while dealing with piles of laundry – use a laundry sorter! They look put together and have little wheels attached, so you can literally drive your laundry to the laundry room without having to lift it (and laundry can get really heavy sometimes). Plus, pre-sorted laundry means no more annoying sorting before washes.
29. Always put things back in their place.
Everywhere – in your car, at your work desk, in your bathroom… Once you master this organizational habit, it will help you every single day.
30. Track your income and spending.
If you are seriously committed to learning how to get organized, it’s very important to organize your finances as well.
You can do this with a mobile app or use a printable finance tracker.
Creating a budget, tracking your income and expenses will be one of the most important things in your life organization journey!
This is optional, of course, but pretty paper can inspire you to actually use your planners and task lists. Once you form a habit of writing things down, you can then create a full filing system!
32. Spend an hour cleaning every week.
Just one hour and your home is a nice, tidy, and organized sanctuary (well, unless you made it a mess before then it might take more than an hour… and in this case, I really don’t judge! It happens to me too). Regular cleaning prevents clutter from sticking around and helps you to feel less stressed.
33. Have a concealed trash can in every room.
Organized life needs practical solutions. Concealed trash cans make it so much easier to keep rooms tidy and mess-free! I have one in every room in my apartment and it really helps.
“What do you mean by concealed trash can?”
A concealed trash can is simply a bin or box that is placed somewhere completely out of sight. It might be the furthest corner under your table, a small box behind your curtains, and similar. Just make sure to use these trash collectors for dry trash only (paper, metal, plastic). Anything organic should be kept out of the rooms.
34. Get rid of the clothes that are damaged or faded.
Admit it – you have a few of these goodies in your closet.
When making a decision of purging old clothes, think like this – would I be okay if a stranger saw me in these clothes? Is it still good to donate? If not – throw it away since it’s merely a placeholder.
35. Stock up on things you use regularly.
If you’re wondering how to get organized and prepared for any situation, stocking up might be your thing. Make a list of things you use up regularly and stock up on them by buying them in bulk. You will save money and you will also have everything you need at home.
36. Use marked storage boxes in your basement or garage.
It doesn’t really matter if your basement is tiny or huge – having your things neatly organized in boxes makes it so much easier to find them when you need them. Here’s what I’m talking about:
38. … And even lists of everything.
Listing is so helpful if you tend to miss a lot of things or simply when there are so many things to remember. As you can see, this “how to get organized” article is also a list because it’s was a lot easier for me to organize all the information I wanted to say, when I presented it as a list.
39. Hang a clock in your bathroom so you don’t get late preparing.
More of a time organization tip, but this one is a life-saver if you tend to lose a sense of time while getting ready in the morning.
Remember that being late is also a sign of being unorganized. If you don’t want to send a message of being careless, prioritize being punctual.
40. Plan your next day outfits in the evening.
And, to keep those clothes separated and wrinkle-free until the morning, hang them on a clothes rack. Simple clothes rods are also great if you want to hang clothes that aren’t dirty yet, but not clean enough to add back to the closet too.
41. Collect and sort your bills & receipts.
I try to save all receipts for at least 2 years.
I know this may sound extreme but this habit helped me (majorly!) a few times when I needed to prove important purchases (like health insurance that “somehow got lost” ).
Collecting all those bills and receipts can get a little messy so you might want to organize them with pretty binders.
42. Get insurance for your home, car, and health.
Speaking of which! Having insurance for important things is like taking your organization game one step higher.
It’s important – don’t miss this, as it can save you a lot of nerves if something happens.
43. Designate a place for your keys.
To me, it’s a pretty key plate next to my apartment door. It’s a nice home decor item and it saves time because I never have to guess where my keys are anymore.
44. Create an emergency kit with things like band-aids, extra pantyhose, hairpins, etc.
Pack it tightly and keep it in your bag, along with other helpful things to have in your bag.
46. Create a life binder.
You can do it the way I do with my printable Super Pack! It has a ton of super helpful planners that help you to organize your whole life.
47. Track your stress levels.
Sounds weird? I know! … But tracking stress levels can help you to spot signs of burnout.
If you get burnout, you won’t get organized – you simply won’t care about getting organized, and you won’t have enough energy for big organization tasks.
48. Clean up your desk and keep it tidy.
An organized desk is the first step to productive work. I have been planning to get a desktop organizer that looks like a mini shelve.
It allows you to expand desk space upward which means more space on your desk and less clutter around. I can’t find the exact one at the moment but I found a ton of other desk beauties and I don’t even know what I want now, eh.
49. How to get organized in your digital life? Back up important files on the cloud!
Get organized digitally – back up everything that’s important to the cloud storage and keep the files organized there too. Such storage is clever, long-lasting, easily accesible and generally safe.
50. Organize your thoughts.
Sometimes, there are just too many of them… If you need to sort your thoughts and emotions out, try journaling. It’s a perfect way to toss out unhelpful beliefs and organize what’s left to finally feel at peace.
If you don’t know how to journal, I recommend you to check out my Mental Wellness Super Pack. It has a lot of helpful minimalistic journals that help you to calm down and create a positive mindset in every situation.
51. Get rid of unhelpful home subscriptions.
Beauty boxes you don’t like, magazines you don’t read – get rid of the things that aren’t giving you any real benefits. They are just cluttering your life and your home further.
52. Throw out expired make-up, medications or food.
Those tend to sneak into our fridge or cabinets and create the “invisible clutter”. They’re also not suitable for donation (again, they’re expired), so throwing out and learning a lesson (that is, to plan your purchases) is the best we can do.
53. Always do one thing at a time.
This may be a personal preference, but I found that getting organized is a lot harder if I’m jumping from one thing to another.
Start with one thing, finish it, and then do another. One step at a time (and with reasonable breaks!).
54. Use colored folders for color-coded organizing.
I love color coding! Colored folders (they’re sometimes called file pockets) make it so much easier to sort papers, bills, binders, and tasks. You can use colored stickers, markers, sticky notes, inserts, pens – anything! Decide on what each color represents and soon you’ll find yourself moving through papers and files faster than ever.
55. Keep a food diary.
A part of having a clean, healthy and organized nutrition is writing down what you have eaten.
This may not be for everyone but it’s especially useful for those who are trying to lose weight or have to keep a specific diet because of their health issues. It was life-saving when I was going through a specific diet for my IBS (I could easily spot which foods made me feel worse).
Same reasons as 55!
57. Keep a birthday calendar.
If you’re forever guilty of forgetting birthdays and anniversaries, this is something you really want to have. Thank me later!
58. Declutter your mind (let go of the past and future).
The psychological, mental organization is just as important.
If your mind is constantly cluttered with thoughts about what did or might happen, it becomes hard to function at all.
I know this because it was something I used to do all the time.
Basically, I was living in my head instead of living here and now.
And as always, if you struggle with your mood or negative feelings, please consider talking to a therapist. It can feel incredibly overwhelming to understand that just as your life gets cluttered, your mind can get cluttered too. Some things are too hard to sort on your own (but you don’t have to do it alone).
59. Make a clear decision to get organized.
Oops, this should have been my number 1! This “how to get organized” list could be a little more organized, right?
Anyway, if you really want to get organized, make a decision. Write it down if you need. Just make it strong and irreversible – make it your lifestyle to be an organized person.
60. Place expandable dividers in your drawers.
An alternative to drawer containers and an easily diy-able solution to drawer organization. Plastic, expandable drawer dividers are easy to use and they allow you to divide your drawers just the way you need. Your drawer sizes don’t even matter!
61. Use sticky notes or washi tape for extra organization in your planner.
62. Recycle your trash.
Recycling seems to be pretty easy and important, but there are still a lot of people who aren’t doing that.
If you don’t have enough space for several trash bins, check IKEA – they have great recycling bins that stack on top of each other and won’t take a lot of space.
63. Get rid of unpleasant relationships.
These can clutter your life too…
64. Learn the KonMari Method
I know I’ve mentioned this in the beginning… But learning KonMari was one of the best things I have done in my life and I am recommending this to you guys over and over again.
I used to struggle so much in my small apartment. I never had enough space for my stuff but I didn’t have enough space to buy new furniture either.
KonMari Method helped me to radically declutter, tidy up and keep only the things that are giving me joy.
Suddenly I had enough space for everything because I didn’t need so many things anymore.
You can imagine how much happier I am now!
If you want to learn how to get organized from a real organizational genius, definitely at least watch Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix – it’s fun and can help you immensely.
65. Shop for holiday gifts on Black Friday.
I hate to leave gift shopping for the last day so I always recommend doing it much earlier, like on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. This allows you to shop for gifts in a more organized way, prevents overspending (those “last minute” gifts tend to get pretty pricey), and prevents a ton of holiday stress.
66. How to get organized in your pantry?
Keep fine dry things (like cereals, nuts, and oats) in clear glass containers! Glass jars look nice, they’re affordable, hermetic, help you to see what’s inside, and keep your pantry beautifully organized. Buy them in sets to save money and keep your home decor consistent!
67. Automate everything you can.
Get organized and save time and energy with automation. You can automate things like bill payments, e-mails, grocery delivery, insurance renewals, subscriptions, and many others!
68. Keep a shopping list.
For organized and mindful shopping… Here’s a free shopping list printable!
69. Schedule appointments in advance.
A part of an organized schedule is taking appointments when they are needed.
For example, if you know you need to check your health every two months, schedule it in advance and put it in your schedule so you won’t forget about it.
70. Deep clean your whole home once a month.
Throw out everything unnecessary along the way. If you have helping hands around, turn on some music, share tasks (or rooms) and you’ll be done in a few hours. The trick to making deep cleaning easier is to get everything you need before starting. Get new cleaning mists, cloths, scrubs, air fresheners, candles, vacuum filters, laundry softener… Of course, only the things that have run out, to prevent extra clutter.
71. Clean your fridge regularly.
It’s very hard to keep a fridge organized if it’s full of products that are old or never used (I’m talking about you, condiment shelf!).
Take a look at your fridge regularly and if you see something that is not fresh, dispose of it.
72. Put away or donate books that you never read.
Marie Kondo is applauding this hard. Books that don’t provide you any value, are also clutter. Donate them to your local library or give them away.
73. Organize your religious study.
If you’re a spiritual person, you probably spend some time studying your materials. It’s a nice idea to organize this too. For that cause, you can use a Printable Bible Journal or create a color system of your own.
74. Start a decluttering challenge.
An interesting and fun approach to organization. Start a challenge!
Decide on tasks and set up a challenge calendar to keep yourself motivated.
75. Track your moods and sleep patterns.
For those who struggle with emotional rollercoasters or sleep hygiene (I’m with you on this one).
76. Keep track of your period too.
You can use an app on your phone, or a simple paper tracker, like this free minimalistic, reusable period tracker.
It’s just something every girl should do.
77. Prioritize keeping your house hot spots (like kitchen counters or bathroom sink) clean.
I think I forgot to mention that keeping everything clean is one of the best habits that can teach you how to get organized. Cleaning is the simplest form of decluttering since you are getting rid of dirt and trash. If you learn to keep things clean, it will become a lot easier for you to declutter your possessions and keep them neatly organized.
78. Set a time every day to relax and sort out your emotions.
Only a calm and organized mind can lead you to an organized and calm life.
Spend some time every day asking yourself honest questions: am I okay? If not, why? How can I help myself to feel better? What can I do to improve the situation? If I can’t do anything about it, is it meaningful to overthink it?
79. Organize your habits and implement better ones.
Good habits are another, big topic that requires a separate article. There is one, of course! Read more about them on my 99 habits for a better life.
Related tools: Habit Tracker printable
80. Tone down your room decor for less visual clutter (and less cleaning!).
This is a personal preference, but it’s much easier to keep your home visually tidy when everything is more or less in the same color palette.
81. How to get organized if you’re DROWNING in papers, documents, and letters? Use binders!
A very important home organization tip. Keep all important documents in binders and those binders – in a safe place, like a lockable drawer. Sort your papers by theme and keep them in beautiful ring binders as well. This will keep your home tidy and organized. It will also be a lot easier to find the documents you need. Here are some of the paper things you should organized:
- Personal and insurance documents;
- Work notes and work-related documents;
- Bills and payment letters;
- Bank documents;
- Housing documents;
- Insurance documents;
- Receipts and invoices;
- Various instructions and warranty cheques;
- Car documents;
- And so on!
82. Go wireless wherever you can (like using a wireless mouse, printer etc.)
Cables are one of the hardest (and most boring) things to organize so the less there are, the easier it is!
84. Set your priorities.
It’s hard to go on with your life and get organized if you don’t know which direction to choose. One non-physical, but really important aspect of life organization is setting your priorities.
Once you have these in place, it becomes so much easier to plan your days, weeks and months. It’s like having a sign which helps you to choose your activities.
85. Learn to say no to things and people.
How to get organized when it seems like you’re drowning in tasks and requests? Start by setting healthy boundaries.
Sometimes we give too much of our time to things and people that don’t really need it as much as we do.
Have anyone in mind? Try to gently refuse when you feel like you already have too much of your own. And remember – you don’t have to apologize for needing more time for yourself. Your needs are just as important as everyone else’s.
86. Delegate things when possible.
It’s the opposite of number 85 but if you feel like you have way too much on your shoulders, delegate as much as it’s possible.
You can’t keep pouring from an empty cup and taking on the organization when you’re all tired – it is the worst idea.
87. Declutter your wallet regularly.
Busted! I know it’s full of receipts and discount cards you don’t use.
88. Keep your car tidy too and organized too.
You can use a car organizer that attaches to the back of the seat and holds all the random things you need in your car (like wet wipes, water bottles, parking cash, etc.). Also, a sturdy trunk organizer goes a long way with you to the store trips, family vacations, and picnics, keeping your trunk 100% organized (and your goods protected).
89. Declutter your nutrition by choosing cleaner products.
I know, this seems off-topic but if you’re wondering how to get organized 100%, you can tidy up your nutrition too. The point here is not organization itself, but your health, and the things you can do to stay healthy and energized. Take care of yourself! It’s even more important than the organization, but the only way to achieve that is through the organization.
90. Declutter drawers in every room.
We have already touched on the drawer’s topic, but did I mention that it’s really nice to have sorted drawers everywhere? That’s right – not just your bedroom and kitchen! Why not do them all? With drawers, you can basically do it once, repeat if needed, and forget the clutter forever. Just don’t be afraid to let small, rarely used thingies go.
91. Write down your income and expense every month.
This is one of the basics of organized life and is pretty easy to do, even for a beginner.
- Simply write down what you have earned and subtract what you have spent;
- If you get a surplus, put it in your saving jars;
- If you spend more than you earn, it’s time to think about ways to earn more or minimize your spending in order to avoid debt;
- You can also use a budget tracker.
92. Create schedules for weekly, monthly and seasonal cleaning.
This will help you to keep things clean and organized all around the year. Spring cleaning coming? Plan it in advance and you’ll have more fun than work once the time comes!
93. Plan your weekends.
In order to have a productive weekend and avoid a two-day Netflix marathon (guilty…), plan your weekend activities in advance. I personally love to plan the weekends for a full upcoming month. This way, you can pre-order tickets or hotels in advance, which usually means better prices.
Make sure to include some weekend self care!
94. Have a list of health self-checkups.
Sort of a self-care organization, and incredibly important. Regular self-checkups can help you to notice any unusual things at the earliest. I try to check up things like moles, breasts, and teeth every month. You can also try at home health testing kits that are getting very popular lately.
95. Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and TV controls often.
Again, keeping things clean is one of the organizational priorities. It’s great to develop both organizing and cleaning habits at the same time – it allows you to clean up your life so much faster!
96. Use various boxes and containers for all small size things (like cereal, pasta, cotton picks etc.).
That’s right! Throw them nasty boxes and plastic wraps away (and recycle if you want). Whenever I get back from the grocery store, I try to take those small thingies out of the original packaging and put them into jars and boxes. This makes everything a lot more organized around your house.
97. Create a skin, body and hair care routines.
A great way to get organized with your beauty routines is to create a separate routine for each of these things.
You can even hang your routines inside your bathroom cabinets.
Recommended tool: Self Care Planner printable
98. Stop buying duplicates (like the same skirt in 5 colors).
Always think if you really need them. Many times you will end up wearing one or two and skipping the other… Those extra skirts are only cluttering your closet.
99. Allow yourself to be imperfect and not 100% organized all the time.
Being organized is awesome but always remember that life is happening here and now.
Don’t miss it! Don’t ask for anyone’s permission and have fun! Go on adventures! These things will forever be more important than being organized. Even with this organizing list, choose only what seems reasonable, appropriate, and useful to you. You don’t have to do them all!
PART 3: How To Get Organized If You Feel Overwhelmed
Again, remember that you don’t have to get organized overnight. It’s impossible and incredibly stressful – don’t do this to yourself. Instead, try to organize little by little.
Start small! Grab a few ideas from this list and make them a habit, then take a few more.
If your goal is a very organized house, take one room or even less – just one counter or closet. The smaller the steps, the less overwhelmed you will feel while trying to get organized.
PART 4: How To Get Organized If Your Home Is Drowning In Clutter?
Getting rid of clutter first can make the process easier. Just imagine how different can it be if you tried organizing a room full of clutter (things you don’t or rarely use), and a room that has a big part of clutter sorted out.
I hope you’re not too overwhelmed with this list already because I have another one (sorry!)… It’s 99 things you can declutter, give away, donate or simply trash if it’s not usable anymore. You can find it here: The Ultimate Decluttering Guide + Best Organizers + Free Printable
Thankfully, getting rid of stuff you don’t use anymore feels just as therapeutic and instead of making you overwhelmed, it can help you to feel lighter and happier!
PART 4: How To Get Organized If You Have a Big Household
If you have a big family and house to take care of, it can get really hard to get organized with your own effort only. The best option here is to make home and life organized a shared family goal.
Talk to your loved ones and express your wish for your family to become more organized. Teach your kids how they can make their rooms organized and ask them to do a small organizational chore every day (like putting their toys back in boxes after they’re done playing). It’s good to encourage them to put things back in their places.
Of course, kids need to learn, so be patient if they forget to do one thing and another. Gently remind them and playfully show how to do it one more time.
If your kids are in their teenage years, they are capable to organize their rooms themselves. Provide them with organizational tools (like boxes and drawer dividers), show them how to do it and be compassionate. This thing might be new for them so they also need to learn. Gently explain to them what can be done and then let them do it themselves.
A teenager is also capable of using a basic planner. A simple printable daily or weekly planner can help him or her to stay organized with school, after school activities, and appointments. It also teaches your kids to be independent, which is a very valuable skill to learn in their teenage years.
Once your family members put in some effort into this hole “organized family plan”, it will get a lot easier for you to organize everything else. And if they like the changes – you can ask them to help you even more, just as long as they enjoy it.
Getting Organized Is So WORTH IT!
Wow… Congratulations – you made it to the end of this organizing list! I hope you found a lot of fun ideas on how to get organized and start an action plan. I know this may seem like a lot of things, but as I said, you can always make things easier with a little bit of planning and not doing everything at once. Make sure to check out the Planning Super Pack for that!
… And I promise – organizing your life is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family, and your career. If you still have doubt whether you should do it, do it! You will thank me in the end.
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