Like most things, being organized is a learned skill. Believe it or not, but organized people aren’t born; they’re created. Which means you can become just as organized! If one of your new year’s resolutions was to become more organized, we’re here to help.
Here are a few simple daily habits you can develop to make you feel more organized.
Make your bed
It sounds insignificant but making your bed has several benefits. Not only does it give you a sense of accomplishment and sets a positive tone for the rest of the day, but it also helps increase productivity, reduces stress levels, and makes your room look cleaner in an instant.
Designate a spot for your keys and phone
If you’re tired of playing hide and seek with your keys and phone, break the cycle by training yourself to leave them in the same spot every day. Pick a spot in your home for these items (and anything else you carry every day) so you don’t have to run around wondering where your keys or phone are.
Replace items after using
Every organization guide recommends creating a dedicated space for each of your items but that’s wasted if you don’t use them. Things can quickly pile up so make it a habit to put everything away when you’re finished using it. It only takes a few minutes but it will save you a lot of cleaning time later and will keep your home looking tidy.
Plan your day the night before
Set aside some time each evening to plan your tasks for the next day. You don’t have to schedule every minute of the day but create a to-do list with the most important tasks that need to be done the next day. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a long list of tasks; keep it to the top three tasks.
This also includes laying out your clothes the night before. Doing this will save you time in the morning, Bonus points: you won’t have to try to figure out what to wear when your brain is still fuzzy from sleep.
Schedule organization time
Organization experts recommend scheduling decluttering sessions during the week. Set aside 15 minutes each day for the end of day organizing: sorting through mail, putting things away (especially helpful to instill in young children), and tidying up. Doing this every day means you won’t need to spend as much time cleaning over the weekend and keeps your home looking organized.
Getting organized doesn’t have to be overwhelming. These small daily tasks will help develop the organizational skills you need to get and stay organized.