Written by: Katya on 07/06/17
Some people seem to be innately organized without effort. They always seem to have themselves put together no matter how many kids they have or what is going on in their life. Not being one of these blessed, born-organized individuals, I have spent significant time researching the subject of home organization and personal development. The following list is a compilation of ideas that are common threads found in the way organized people live and function. I give you… the 10 Commandments of Organized People.
Begin with the end in mind.
The primary element that sets organized people and their homes apart from the rest is that everything is done by design. To them, something unexpected may be an inconvenience, but it’s not a crisis. This is because being organized requires not only planning for the expected, but also for the unexpected. By regularly taking the time to look at the calendar and plan ahead for what is going to happen in your home, it is possible to work backwards and map out everything that must be done and identify what items on your to-do list should be a top priority. The right tools for the job can be put in place. The time needed to do each chore can be assigned. You can even plan for rest and relaxation. And don’t forget to allow generous margins into your schedule for the surprises. This prevents working in “crisis mode,” leaving you able to handle life’s little curveballs when they come. Does this mean you will have to say no to a lot of worthwhile activities? Yes. Yes, it does. Organized women know there are only so many hours in the day and they set realistic expectations for how they can use their time effectively.
A place for everything, and everything in its place.
The naturally organized person, having consulted the calendar and figured out where she is going and when next makes a home for the things she needs in order to take care of business. One awesomespace-saving idea is to have pre-assembled bags for the different activities that happen on a regular basis. Is your family involved in sports? Keep gear together in a fun duffle bag – and make sure it has a home. Do you have a hobby you love? Designate space on shelves or even drawers in a desk to keep your tools of the trade ready for action – and don’t hesitate to look for matching bins to make their storage pleasing to the eye when you aren’t using them.
Do important things first.
Procrastination is the spark that leads to the fires of disorganization. Set yourself up for success by not allowing yourself to be distracted when it’s time to tackle something important. Remember that schedule? The crises come when we allow important tasks to wait, turning those generous margins for surprises and emergencies into the “work hours.” When Murphy’s Law takes effect, those curveballs come and we find ourselves without the flexibility we need to cope in an orderly fashion.
Ok, let’s recap. To rid ourselves once and for all of this habit of procrastination and putting out fires, and finally be on the road to better productivity and effective home organization, we need to accept these fairly obvious principles that the born-organized woman lives by:
The rest of the list builds on these first three principles. They are activities that require a little more creativity, and the need for them may be less obvious to those of us that are not organized by nature.
Getting organized is a journey. It’s never really something we are finished learning about or accomplishing. But, born-organized people know that. They embrace it. The rest of us get frustrated and wonder what we are doing wrong. But as we begin practicing these habits and acknowledging the underlying principles, everything spirals rather quickly into a more productive way of life. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Get inspired by those born-organized individuals in your life, and get busy.
What would you add to the list? We would love to hear from you (especially if you are one of those naturally organized mamas!)
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