Whether we realize it or not, the clutter in our lives can cause major on us stress subconsciously. A cluttered closet, room, work desk, or car, can make us feel anxious or uneasy without us even realizing what is causing the problem. In light of the spring cleaning season, I decided to share five tips on how to organize your life, which will result in more happiness altogether.
This can be a dreaded word, often correlated with long hours of organizing and sorting through all of our belongings, which let’s face it – we don’t have that much time. Start small. Choose one section of your life that you face every day. This could be your fridge, your closet, your makeup stash, etc. Take it one step at a time. The most important part of this step is to DISCARD WHAT YOU DON’T NEED OR USE. If it’s clothes that you never wear, donate them. If it’s food you don’t like, toss it out. It can be hard to get rid of some things, but once you’re done, you’ll feel so much better. Simply going through your cluttered belongings and organizing them will not make you feel much better. Getting rid of items that are just taking up space will give you some serious relief. Work your way through one section at a time and don’t neglect the areas of your life that you don’t see every day, they can still be weighing on your mind. Decluttering is by far the most daunting step, but probably the most rewarding. Remember, you don’t have to tackle it all in one day. Make a list of the areas you want to declutter and give yourself a one or two week time span to get it all decluttered and get on with enjoying your organized life.
Get a planner and use it
If you don’t have a planner or agenda, I’m telling you, you need one. I can’t imagine the things I would forget to do without mine. Not only can you use it to schedule in appointments and meetings, you can write in birthdays that you don’t want to miss, events you hope to go to, and deadlines you have set. I also use mine to schedule in workouts – that way I feel more obligated to complete them and I know I have room in my schedule to do so.
Create a running grocery list
Keep a list on your fridge and every time you get low on something or run out of it, jot it down. Everyone you live with can contribute so when it comes to Sunday shopping, the job becomes a lot easier.
Create a segmented “to-do” list
This is something I just recently started doing, and I don’t know how I got anything done before without it. I’ve always had a giant to do list with items that needed to be done by tomorrow mixed in with tasks that could be put off forever. I felt like I was hardly ever accomplishing anything, and I never knew where to start. Now I sit down with that huge list every morning and sort through it. I create a “5 things I need to do today” list, along with a “Things I would like to do today” list, and a “Things I would like to do this week/month”. This is a fool-proof way of categorizing my tasks. I only allow myself to pick five things to tackle each day, and I stick to those things and get them done. Then, if I have time, I’ll tackle some of the things I would like to get done that day, but that didn’t make it to the top five list. Crossing off tasks makes me feel so productive and I can actually see what I’ve gotten done and what I have left to do.
Schedule in a Power Hour
I got this idea from the podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” I’ve been listening to. She suggests dedicating one hour a week to tackle those tasks that you could possibly put off forever. It’s tasks that don’t necessarily need to get done, but those that are always weighing on your mind. If there’s no deadline, it’s easy for us to never take care of them, but if we give ourselves an hour each week to do some of these things, we will be surprised by how much we get done.
I hope you try out some of these tips and I hope they help you get organized!
xo, simply jess