Get Organized in 15 Minutes a Day, Really!
Simple solutions to common excuses
- Common excuses
- Solutions to common excuses
Let's be honest, you did not get disorganized over night and you are not going to get organized over night. But getting your life in order is not as time consuming as you think.
Here are common excuses people come up with that stop them from organizing their workspace, followed by helpful responses. If you listen to my advice, you can solve organizing dilemmas with solutions that take just minutes a day.
- "Clutter is in control."
- "My kids rule the house."
- "Mail is my biggest problem."
- "Those pesky catalogs."
- "Who has time to read?"
- "I am neat, but no one else is."
- "I get organized and then a week later, it all piles up again."
- "I have no room for new stuff."
- "Where did I put my ...?
- "Who has time to exercise?"
Clutter is caused by unlike items being mixed together. Keep like items together to avoid pileups and constant sorting.
Corral kids' toys, games and books in portable bins with handles. Make the bins kid friendly and place them on low shelves to encourage early organizing from your kids.
Create a zone near the garbage can where you can toss, shred and cut your mail pile in half. Sorting immediately will reduce how much mail sorting you need to do later.
Several good companies help consumers to opt out. To rid yourself of catalogs and save the planet too, visit catalogchoice.org.
Take a break from regular subscriptions and opt for single copies of your favorite magazines to test how much you are reading. If you are going through each issue quickly, you can always renew your subscription.
For a team to work, everyone needs to have a role; the same is true for families. Make organizing a group effort by setting up a family meeting in which everyone has input.
Organizing requires everyday maintenance. Treat it just like other things you do daily, like taking out the garbage or brushing your teeth.
Take a "get organized family weekend." Set out bins for "donation," "fix" and "toss." Set up the bins near the door, readying them for their next home.
Consistency is the key when items go missing. Use the front of the house for keys and phones. Organize a drawer with labeled compartments for chargers and spare keys.
Scheduling time for yourself is as important as any other appointment you make, so treat it that way by making it a non-negotiable priority.
Mary Carlomagno is the owner of Order, which specializes in clutter control and shopping addictions. She has written two books on these subjects, as well as several articles for Care.com. Visit her website at orderperiod.com.