6 organizing tips to simplify your life

6 organizing tips to simplify your life

Submitted by Linda Goldman of Altogether Organized

Determine your priorities. Decide what is most important to you in your life now. Consider all the activities you are involved in and decide to engage only in activities that align with your priorities.

Develop systems. Establish a process for how you handle the papers your kids bring home from school, how you plan your meals and grocery shop and how you handle bills and paperwork. Having a set routine saves time and helps you to work more efficiently.

Have a place for each item in your home. That way when you need a certain item, you know exactly where it is. Decluttering is much easier when you know where everything belongs.

Spend time putting things away each day. It’s much easier to attain mental clarity when there isn’t a lot of visual disarray. Try to spend 10 minutes each morning or 10 minutes each night putting things back where they belong.

Only keep items that you like or have a useful purpose. Useless items only take valuable space. The more you have, the harder it is to stay organized. Keep a box for donations, and always say “Yes” when an organization calls and asks for them.

Use only one calendar and make sure it has space to record daily tasks. Don’t rely on your memory. Writing everything down reduces stress and ensures you won’t forget. Put personal and professional items on the same calendar to eliminate scheduling conflicts. Also, keep a master list of the projects you are working on and break them down into manageable steps. Make sure these steps are plotted onto your calendar.

Goldman is passionate about helping others simplify and bring order to their lives. She founded Altogether Organized in 2002 to help her clients transform their homes or workplaces from chaotic and cluttered spaces into peaceful, calm and efficient environments.

Before becoming a professional organizer, Goldman worked for more than 15 years in corporate training, human resources and management where she developed exceptional organizational skills. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois, is a certified professional organizer and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. When not organizing others, Goldman helps keep her husband and three children organized.

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