Getting more organized is at the top of New Year’s Resolutions. If you are one of those people, here are some ideas to get you going. Pick one and give it a try
- Banish clutter. Ask yourself three questions about each item in your home: Is it beautiful? Is it useful? Is it loved? If you can’t answer yes to at least one question, it’s probably clutter that you can toss, recycle, or donate.
- Stop future clutter. Before you buy, consider whether it will make your life simpler or more complex. (Will you have to put it together, dry clean it, dust it, fix it, or organize it?)
- Get clothes cleaning under control. Designate a laundry day (or two) each week rather than running small loads each day. Color code laundry baskets for each household member. Deposit clean, folded garments into each and have each person put away his/her own clothing. If you hate running to the dry cleaners, stop buying dry clean-only clothes!
- Delegate and ask for help. Whether at home or the office, pass off (or trade) tasks that you’re not good at or don’t enjoy and spend your time and talents in productive ways.
- Manage your time. Take control of your schedule by deciding what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. Group errands to save drive time. Check e-mail and voicemail only at set times each day rather than as they appear. Use an agenda and keep meetings short and to the point. Limit choices and know that one of them will be just fine.
- Keep track of tasks and lists in one place. A small notebook is still the simplest and cheapest way to keep track of life’s to-dos. Maintain running lists of errands and tasks, and take the notebook everywhere you go. No more jotting down on scraps of paper!
- Let go of perfectionism. It will stall you out! It’s okay to be “good enough.” Stop trying to “keep up with the Joneses” because they aren’t really happy anyway. Live for you and what makes you truly happy!
- Start small. For large or dreaded tasks, break them down into chunks. Set a timer for ten minutes and work like crazy until it beeps. Now, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Keep going if you feel inspired by the work you accomplished.
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I am Cathy Dryden, and I started neat chic organizing to empower others to lead more fulfilling lives by helping them to become more organized through individualized coaching and training.