Get organized…what a daunting statement! Well, not necessarily. The Psychology of Being states that ‘organization is having a system for everything. By utilizing these systems, or routines, you manage to run a household, you manage to be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there, you manage to do everything that needs to be done and you manage to find the time to do the things you enjoy. The only way you can manage to do it all these days is if you are organized. And that means having a system. It’s really the easy way out, but so few people seem to be able to grasp it.’
I agree with that definition, but what I would like to focus this post on is how to get organized. Contrary to what some may believe, it’s not an innate behavior. Organizational skills may come easier to some, but organization is a learned behavior and one that everyone can master!
Getting organized doesn’t have to be a HUGE deal. You don’t need to buy expensive systems to help get you organized, nor do you have to make it such a chore. In fact, if done in small doses, you might not even realize you’re doing it. But when you look around your room, kitchen, home office, etc. and can see a light at the end of the tunnel…what a relief! Right?
Here are a few things you can do in your daily life to help you become more organized. My husband likes the term “sensuous” (sense you was). Meaning sense you were already doing this, how about doing that as well.
- Before taking out the trash, take a walk-through of your refrigerator and toss anything that is too old or expired.
- Before leaving the kitchen after washing and drying the dishes, why not take a look under the sink? I’m sure there are several items under there (like flower vases, perhaps) that should be…move them to their proper place.
- I know that nightly television time is your time to wind down, but why not crank out those “thank you” cards while watching that rerun of “Grey’s Anatomy”? I mean, come on. How long does it really take to write a short thank you…a full commercial maybe?
- We all have to grocery shop, right? But when was the last time we cleaned out our cars? Why not take the opportunity to toss trash, bring in that extra work-out outfit that’s not being used or make sure your emergency kit for the trunk is up to date, right after the last bag of groceries has been brought into the house?
These small additions to your daily routine may sound silly or even pointless, but they will make a difference. Not to mention, they don’t carve out lots of extra time out of your day. Little efforts each day to organize yourself now, will pay off later down the road.