10 Habits of Organized People
You know those people who always seem to be organized, like, always, always?
How is that even possible!?
If you want to live a more organized life of less stress and more peace, start implementing these ten habits. You’ll be amazed at how big of an impact these simple habits will make! Click below to watch
Habit 1: They make their bed.
It’s easy to overcomplicate organization, but something as simple as making your bed every day will make you a more organized person! Your bed is likely the centerpoint of your bedroom, and so by keeping it neat and tidy every day, you’ll likely find that you also keep the rest of the room picked up.
Habit 2: They close cabinets and drawers.
This one is so simple, but so important! How often do you grab a t-shirt out of a drawer or a glass out of the cabinet and walk away with the door gaping open? You live a more organized life simply by closing cabinets and drawers behind you.
Habit 3: They wash their dishes.
An organized and stress free life is a life free of dishes! If you want to be more organized, make it your goal to have a clean sink every single day. Waking up in the morning to a nice and clean kitchen is a much better way to start the day than having to dig through dishes to find a coffee mug to wash.
Habit 4: They plan their days.
Organization isn’t just about space management, it’s also about time management. Organized people have a plan for their day. They know what they want to get done, and what they need to do next. If you’re not sure where to start with planning your days, click here to learn more about our Three Bucket System for Planning Your Days – it’s simple, effective, and sure to help you live a more organized life!
Habit 5: They don’t let paper pile up.
Ahh, paper piles. The bane of every kitchen countertop’s existence. Piles of paper are not only unsightly, they’re also incredibly stress inducing. Is there a bill I’m forgetting buried in that stack? Did I sign that permission slip? Having a plan to process your paper is crucial to living an organized life. Whenever possible, deal with papers as soon as they come in. Got a bill in the mail? Pay it right away. If you can’t do that, set it in your paper process area, and make sure you have a regularly scheduled time to go through any papers that you’ve set aside. And check out my blog post on Five Things to Know Before You Can Clear Your Paper Clutter!
Habit 6: They have a reset space.
Truth is, your home probably can’t be organized all day every day (as nice as it would be if it could!) Instead of worrying about your entire house, pick one area, room, or shelf and declare it your reset space. Whatever you do, make sure that that one area is organized and tidy day in and day out. If you need some guidance on how to get started with creating a reset space, click here to check out the #Shelfie Handbook.
Habit 7: They deal with laundry daily.
The best way to stay on top of laundry is to run a load every single day. That means washing, drying, folding, and putting away! But, if that’s not feasible for you and your family, putting dirty clothes into the hamper or washer, and running complete cycles of laundry on the days you do do laundry is a great way to keep the laundry from becoming an overwhelming chore. Besides, nobody wants to spend the majority of their Saturday playing catch up with socks and t-shirts!
Habit 8: They tidy up daily.
Food wrappers and yoga mats and gaming controllers and toys all tend to be left strewn about. By simply taking 10 minutes before bed each night to do a quick tidy up, you’ll be able to eliminate a majority of the extra stuff that has been left out throughout the day, and you’ll wake up to a cleaner, fresher home tomorrow!
Habit 9: They keep lists.
Lists are a lifesaver. They’re the only way to get all of that information that’s stored up in your brain out onto paper. The less you have to depend on yourself to remember, the more at peace you’ll feel. Personally, I keep two running lists. One is a list of things I need to buy at the store: olive oil, smoothie packs, Tylenol – those kinds of things. The second is a future to do list. This is my list of what’s coming up weeks, even months, down the road. When I’m making my daily plan I refer to this list. That way I know that the tasks I’m doing on a daily basis are moving me toward my long-term goals.
Habit 10: They adapt.
There is no one-right-way to be organized. Organization is different for every household and every person. If something isn’t working for you, try something else! If conventional wisdom has failed, try the unconventional route. If something used to be serving you but isn’t anymore, let it go. Your organizational needs will always be changing. Pay attention to yourself and your spaces and make changes accordingly.
If you implement these ten habits (or even just one of these ten habits!) I’m sure you’ll find less stress and more peace in your life and home.
Organization that actually sticks for busy, happy lives.
And all these habits seem simple, but as a working Mom of 2 boys, it took me 2 years to develop a habit of washing those dishes!! It helped to remember that it’s a process and a lifestyle. It takes time to change yourself. Give yourself grace to work on 1 at a time. You can’t change overnight.