How to Be More Organized

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a great week so far! Today I’m sharing a post on how you can be more organized. Who wouldn’t want to be more organized and make life a little easier? Hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful!

how to be more organized

1. Everything has a place of belonging.
It’s true. If you assign a place to store every single item you have, it’ll be much easier to find it again when you need it later. This will help your brain make a connection between the item and the place you stored it at so you can remember where to find it. For example, I keep all of my shorts in the bottom drawer of my dresser. When I want to wear shorts, I know exactly where to look for them. I know not to look in my closet or any other drawers because I set my mind to associate my shorts with the bottom drawer.

2. If it takes less than one minute to do, do it right away.
This tip ties into my first one. I learned it from one of my favorite books called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. It’s so easy to come home and just throw everything in a corner because you’re too tired to put it away. Whenever I check my mail, I quickly go through everything and toss all the junk mail into my recycle bin or shred bin. Everything that’s important goes into my mail slot that I have on my shelf. This literally takes less than a minute to do and is much more organized and efficient than piling everything up on the kitchen counter.

3. Talk it out.
Call me crazy, but I am one of those people that talks to myself! lol. Since I am home with my baby all day, it’s so easy to get distracted and forget stuff when I’m trying to multitask. Talking myself through things helps me remember it better and actually helps me get stuff done. If you are in a public setting and don’t want to talk it out loud (and get weird looks- lol), then talk it out in your head. I used to do that all the time when I had an office job. It prevented me from getting strange looks from my coworkers! Ha!

how to be more organized

4. Write it down.
As I just mentioned earlier, it’s very easy for me to forget things when I’m juggling so many things at once. Writing things down and making a checklist also helps me be more organized. I know we’re living in a digital world, so if you don’t like to physically write things down then there’s also the Evernote app where you can create an electronic checklist. I use it all the time when I’m making a shopping list. I also recently used it to make a packing list for my recent trip to Toronto. What I really like about Evernote is that you can also share your list with others. If I can’t make it to the store, my husband is able to view the grocery list I made by viewing the app on his phone. It’s so convenient!

5. Create a schedule.
Having some sort of routine is a key factor in helping me be more organized. I used to do my laundry on random days of the week but I would just end up with piles of clean clothes that needed to be put away since I would be too tired after a long day keeping up with my son. Now I only do my laundry on weekends when my husband is home with me. It’s important to create a schedule that you can stick to. Remember that everyone is different so you need to create a custom routine that works well with your lifestyle.

Do you have any tips that helps you be more organized? Let me know what works well for you!

20 Comments

  1. August 30, 2016 / 6:50 PM

    Creating a schedule and writing things out is def the best way that keeps me organized! It lets me get everything and organize what was in my brain and helps calms down my anxiety and stress!

    http://www.pennyanddash.com

    • Polly
      September 1, 2016 / 8:12 AM

      Those things help reduce my stress too!

    • Polly
      September 1, 2016 / 8:11 AM

      Thank you!

  2. August 31, 2016 / 5:22 AM

    I literally do all of these things, even talking to myself lol and it helps! 🙂

    • Polly
      September 1, 2016 / 8:10 AM

      I’m glad it helps!

  3. August 31, 2016 / 12:33 PM

    Great tips! I have to talk it out too and I often find myself doing at out loud at the store!

    • Polly
      September 1, 2016 / 7:58 AM

      Haha, there’s nothing wrong with that!

  4. September 1, 2016 / 8:55 AM

    I love the “less than one minute” rule you mentioned. It can cut down on so much work later on! I love using my planner and mapping out my bigger projects throughout the week. If I don’t do this, my weeks feel a little aimless!

    • Polly
      September 1, 2016 / 10:00 AM

      Having a planner definitely helps! It always helps to plan ahead!

  5. September 1, 2016 / 9:12 AM

    These are great tips to stay more organized thanks!!
    Xo, Kelsey
    petiteinherpearls.blogspot.com

    • Polly
      September 1, 2016 / 10:00 AM

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this post, Kelsey!

  6. September 1, 2016 / 12:24 PM

    These are great tips! The one minute rule has been a help for me too ever since I read The Happiness Project. Swiffering the wood floors in my kitchen/living room area is one that I motivate myself to do by noting that it will only take a minute!

    • Polly
      September 1, 2016 / 4:40 PM

      I love how the one minute rule is so efficient and keeps me accountable!

  7. Yana
    September 1, 2016 / 5:19 PM

    I don’t think it is crazy to talk to yourself. Haha I do it too, and it helps a lot to remember things that need to be done. Awesome tips! Great job! 🙂

    http://www.lifeofardor.com/

    • Polly
      September 2, 2016 / 8:52 AM

      Thank you, Yana!

    • Polly
      September 2, 2016 / 8:51 AM

      I hope these tips will help you!

    • Polly
      September 2, 2016 / 9:00 AM

      Hope you found this post helpful!

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