Getting organized is a normal every day challenge. Some individuals have little problem with putting things in an order they can cope with. The rest of the world needs a few reminders now and again.
Often not being organized is seen as a sign of low intelligence. This is not true, as people with very low IQ’s are often very organized.
Lack of organization is a sign of a busy mind and/or a busy life. This is nothing to be ashamed of!
Lists are usually the easiest way to follow instructions, so here is a list of suggestions on how to get organizes.
- Make yourself a list of what you need to do, and put the list in order of priority.
- Define times for chores. For example give yourself two hours to do housework, and an hour for paperwork. Take the time you need to get things organized.
- Distractions must be minimized. Turn the radio on to your favorite music, so you don’t turn the TV on. Give kids chores to do so they don’t interrupt yours as much. Make a list of things for your spouse to do so he will go hide and leave you alone to do your chores.
- Make solid rules and enforce them. If you work in a home office, then the rest of the family needs to leave you in peace to do your work.
- Throw stuff out. Put a limit on sentimental value. Keeping everything that comes into your house results in clutter.
- Rotate knickknacks. Keeping every knickknack you ever owned all on the same shelf at once makes the room looked clutter. Only keep a few out at a time, and put the rest in a box to store. Rotate these every few months.
- Learn to file paperwork. Finding a method of filing that works for you and whomever you live with is important. Even if you are on your own, you need to be able to find your files long after you forget where you filed them. Use a computer if you can rather than keeping documents all over. There are a lot of websites that discuss adapting paperwork to a virtual file.
- Keep cords in a bag or a box. With all the latest technology, cords to recharge and hook things to your computer can make a tangled mess. Keep them wrapped up with an elastic band and put them all in the same place so you know where to look for them.
- Buy bookshelves. You can organize many things including books with bookshelves. Look at home magazines to see what you can do with them.
- Like Nike says, Just Do It. Getting organized is a sport. You need to get off the couch, or out of your computer chair. Find some energy and start moving. Whatever it is that needs organizing, needs you to show your strengths and get stuff done.