If you’re an organized person, keeping everything on track feels natural. But if you’re not very organized, the whole thing can seem intimidating, especially when it comes to making lists. Those lists just seem like one more thing that you have to get done. So here are a few shortcuts on how to get organized – no lists required!
Bins are your best friend
For those who are organizationally challenged, getting things in to beautifully coordinated and labelled bins may seem like a daunting task – believe me! But you don’t have to be “Pinterest perfect” to accomplish this set-up. No need to go crazy with fancy labels and all that stuff. Just grab a few bins from the dollar store that you can chuck stuff into. For example, writing tools, cleaning supplies, snacks, mail, magazines. etc.
Do laundry while you watch TV
Laundry has a way of piling up like nothing else. I must shamefully admit that at my house clean clothes can pile up for days or even a week before we get to them. Why? Because folding laundry is no fun, that’s why! But what if you pair laundry with something that is fun? Set aside some time once a week to fold and put away laundry while watching your favourite tv show, or a movie. Boom! Get stuff done while having some me-time!
Plan for the next day
Getting organized is more of a mindset than anything else. If you think about things ahead of time you’ll spare yourself the trouble of scrambling around at the last minute, especially the night before work. Develop a night time routine about an hour before bed. Take a moment to think about what will be happening the next day. Glance at your calendar to make sure you don’t have any early morning meetings. If so, calculate a time when you will need to wake up in order to get there on time. Lay out your clothes and shoes, and pack a healthy lunch. I’ve even seen people who set out their cups, plates and cereal for breakfast the next day. Do whatever you can, on the night before, to take the pressure off in the morning.
Get rid of some stuff
This equation is easy: less stuff = less cleaning. Take some time to clear out some things that you don’t need and don’t use. I suggest the beginning of each season. Or even once a month, if you’re up for it. You’ll be glad you did!