1. Establish Homes for My Things
Start with the things you constantly search for (keys, purse, dog leash, bills) and add systems like hooks, zones, and labels.
2. Commit to a Daily Clutter Clean Sweep
Start by making your bed each morning. Pick up all things that don't belong where they were left and group all things that live up- take up at once and all that lives down, take down at once. Continue the process.
3. Use Clear Bins for Storage
You can see what you have stowed away!
4. Go Vertical!
To maximize small spaces use vertical shelving! When dealing stacks of papers, get things on the walls by utilizing bulletin boards and hanging wall pockets. Remember to use labels to know what lives in the pockets.
5. Delegate and Ask for Help
We can't be Superwoman/Superman, we will burn out. Get kids involved with tasks-it sets them up for life. If you are stuck, find a Professional Organizer to help get you on a path.
6. Set a Timer for 20 Minutes and "Just Get Started"!
The Nike "Just Do It" still halts people. Once you get started, you tend to keep going.
7. Break Larger Tasks into Smaller Steps
David Allen of "Getting Things Done" asks us "What is the next action?" Define a bigger project into smaller steps, schedule tasks on your calendar, and you will witness progress.
8. Play Music During Tasks to Lighten Your Mood
Experts say that apart from physical tension, music reduces psychological tension in our mind. Listening to music releases endorphins and gives us motivation to carry on longer.
9. Create a Digital or Paper File for Everything Important
Files not piles! Create your own unique naming conventions so that you can find what you need when you need it. Mirror digital files to paper files.
10. Don't Put it Down, Put it Away
We will save time and stress if we make the four seconds to put it back it it's home, rather than leave it out. We know things pile up. Do it now!
Commit to the fact that being organized is a lifelong process, just like "being healthy". Try choosing one of these 10 steps and just get started!