One of the comments I hear the most is, “I wonder what your home looks like.” Or “I’d love to see how organized you are at your home.” It always makes me smile.
Is my home organized? Yes. Can I find everything I have and need? Yes. Does everything have its’ own spot and space? Yes. Practicing what I preach day in and day out though is essential. There’s no way I could help you all or tell you how to organize your homes and offices if my home was a mess.
However, I’m not a perfectionist and nothing in my home is color-coded or alphabetized. Well only one thing is — my kitchen spices. Nothing else is. I promise you. Not even my files. My mantra or motto is organize the way it makes sense and is useful to ME. I customize it to work for my day and how I live. I’m all about short cuts and making it easy to maintain. If it’s too hard to keep it up, I won’t maintain it. So I don’t overcomplicate systems or solutions.
Here are some of my personal habits that help me stay organized.
- I make decisions. I never put something aside to decide later or deal with later. When I pick something up or bring something home, it goes where it belongs.
- Whenever I purchase something it usually replaces something broken or used up. When I buy new underwear, I get rid of old underwear. If a light bulb burns out, I buy more. I don’t have a stash of 20 light bulbs. As I use things up, I replace them when I need them. It’s a certain mentality that many of us aren’t used to. We were raised to save things, stock up on things, and buy in bulk. Buy one get one free deals and oversize shopping at Costco and Sam’s Club makes us fall prey to overbuying and storing items in excess.
- I try to look forward, not behind. In other words, I’m not super sentimental. I value the people in my life and the time I have with them now over the “stuff” that reminds me of them. I don’t need items to recall good times or remember something. I try to live each day enjoying that time with who is in my life. There will always be future memories and days ahead full of fun times. Look ahead, not behind.
- Finally, I stick to patterns that help me stay on task. I typically don’t like routines, but some routines are critical to making my week run smoothly. I choose the things that really need to be on a schedule for me. The rest, I get done when I want to get it done. So laundry, paying bills, and working out are scheduled in. For you it may be different; for example, grocery shopping or meal planning might be essential. To me, I just get that done when I run out of food. The grass is cut when it gets long, not necessarily every Saturday. See my point? Pick the tasks that need routines and then stick to those routines.
Not what you expected? What did you find most surprising?
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