How Do I Get My Life Organized?

How do I get my life organized?
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“How do I get my life organized” is a huge question and the answer to that will be different for every person asking. Luckily, there are a few areas that everyone can work on to make their lives feel more organized. The key is to break these areas (home, wardrobe, etc) and break them down into smaller and more manageable parts. The first place you want to start is your home. Without an organized, semi-neat home base, it’s hard to ever feel like you’re “getting organized”.

1. Home

Organizing your entire house is a daunting proposition (even in a one-bedroom apartment) but splitting the task up by room makes it easy.  To get in and out of the house easily every day, it's important to have a neat, organized entryway.  This will help you get in and out of the door more easily, and hopefully, it will make it easier to remember the essentials, like keys, wallets and important papers. A clean, stress-free space bedroom, will ensure you get as much sleep as possible  Help streamline your morning routine, by organizing your bathroom. Create a neater, less-cluttered living room so you can enjoy relaxing with your family or a good book. Learn to prepare meals with little fuss by organizing your kitchen cabinets.

2. Wardrobe

Organizing your closet and your wardrobe (and that includes not just clothes but shoes and accessories) can make a huge difference in your life. First, an orderly closet means you’ll get dressed faster and spend less time lamenting that you have nothing (or too many things!) to wear.

Second, the process of organizing your wardrobe often goes along with figuring out who you are and how you want to represent yourself to the world.

3. Papers  

You never know when you’ll need the records of your vaccinations, the title to your car, or the name of your landlord from five years ago, but you always know when tax day is approaching.

For both unexpected and predictable occasions, it’s a good idea to have your papers in order.

4. Meals

If you’ve ever gotten home at 7:00 p.m. having eaten nothing but an apple all day and found yourself staring into a fridge containing milk, balsamic vinegar, and an old bag of carrots, you’ve probably thought that organizing some sort of meal plan might be a good thing.

5. Time

Because time isn’t tangible like a cupboard or bookcase, this is probably the hardest part of life to get organized. It’s also probably the most important, and learning what works for you in terms of time management will make the greatest difference. What you need is a good routine to follow. A routine will instantly make you feel more organized because a routine builds timeslots into your day to tackle all of your tasks and to-dos. First do a brain dump of everything you have to do on the regular like grocery shopping, returning calls, and paying bills, then fit those tasks into your schedule and do them at the same time of day or the same time every week. Once you get used to your routine, it will feel like second nature instead of drudgery.

6. Work

Of course, for most people, a huge part of being organized in life is being organized at work.

 Isn’t it odd that so much attention is placed on organization when we’re kids at school, but when we get out into the adult world we’re just supposed to figure it out on our own?

Seemingly all of a sudden, we jump from tightly enforced schedules, mandatory neat desks, and preparing each day to have the right books in our bags or lockers, to being assigned a computer and an ID card and told to get to work, as if it’s obvious how to keep track of all the necessary stuff and information.

It’s no wonder being organized at work can feel like a skill no one is really prepared for. If you’re feeling lost in a sea of file folders and deliverables, here are some tips on how to get organized at work.

Organizing your workspace: Where you work can affect your productivity for better or worse. If your desk setup is doing nothing for you, think about how you might work better at a desk personalized according to your jobs demands.

If you can’t overhaul your entire work area but want to do something to perk the space up - or if you’re just looking for a quick and easy start - try a 10 minute office organization projects.

Another type of organization that’s out of sight but necessary when paychecks are involved: give some thought to how you organize your personal finances.

If you’re setting up a new office space in your home, or want to reorganize the area you currently use, check out these ideas on how to organize a home office.

Organizing your time: It’s always good to show up on time and bring everything you need with you. At work, remembering to do these things can mean the difference between being fired or promoted.

If your job requires you to perform a lot of the same tasks every day, making a list of them can ensure you get into the habit and never miss something important. It can also help you get things done at the best time of day, rather than waiting until you’re too busy or too tired to start.

If your job involves lots of meetings, or if you’re in school, learn how to take good notes.

If there’s no one watching to see if you’re working and yelling at you if you’re not, it can be difficult to actually get things done. Figuring out how to set and achieve goals can help you be your own boss if you’re self-employed or work for someone who is no help in the motivation department.

If you want to be working, but often find yourself reading magazines or sending your friends videos of kittens, take a look at these common reasons why you’re not achieving your goals. Maybe it’s time to adjust your habits or make some larger life changes.

Don’t neglect the rest of your life. If you’re disorganized in general, that’s bound to spill over and affect your work.

7. Travel

If you travel frequently, you’ll burn out fast without a good plan for getting and staying organized prior to and during your trips. If you don’t travel all that much, it’s still helpful to be prepared with some organizing basics - it will only make the occasional trip easier.

It helps to have standard way you always pack toiletries, pr your carry-on bag, or a standard way you pack your car for a road trip.