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How to Become A More Organized Person

Organized people have their life together, don’t they?  Or at least they appear to.  Maybe not their entire life, but a good portion of it.  Organization helps.  Here are some things you can do to be a more organized person. 

I never considered myself an organized person.  Lazy, maybe, but organized?  Not me.  Except if you ask Sam, or even my parents, they will tell you I’m organized almost to the point of OCD.  The truth is, if I can find a way to save time, I will.  That’s a big benefit of being organized. I have put together a list of things you can do to become a more organized person.

How to Become a More Organized Person

Write things down. It doesn’t matter how good your memory is, things get forgotten and overlooked. Make a list what you want to get done today, this week, this month.  Make a list of things you need someone to do for you.  Write down you kids’ favorite colors, or that funny thing they said at dinner that you don’t want to forget.  Write down the name of the nail salon where your sister-in-law gets her nails done.  Keep a small notebook, or even a planner just for these bits of information that may not seem important in the moment, but you will need it at a later time. 

Set Priorities.  Along with making lists, it’s important to set priorities.  Know what absolutely must be done today, what would be nice to get done today and what could wait until tomorrow.  I had several loads of laundry to get done today.  My jeans were the priority, because none of the jeans that fit were clean. My hoodies could wait until tomorrow because I have far too many* of them.  Getting dinner in the crock pot was a priority, making my bed was not. 

Organize Closets efficiently While we are on the topic of laundry, let’s talk about organizing your closet.  Hang like with like.  Either by type or color.  How much time is wasted every morning looking for your favorite blouse (or hoodie in my case)?  If you hang all your blouses together, then you only have to search through a small section of your closet.  Same if you hang all your blue clothes together, then red, or yellow.  However you want to sort your clothes, when you are looking for something specific, you have a limited section where it should be. 

A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.  I can not tell you how much I love this.  I live by this motto.  A place for everything and everything in it’s place.  When we moved and we were unpacking I had one hard fast rule: Nothing goes anywhere just for now.  I would open a box and make a place for everything in that box.  If I could not make a place, then I didn’t need it and it got repacked and taken to the basement.  The idea is that if I don’t unpack that box within the year of living here, I will donate the contents.  Everything has it’s place in our house.  And when we are done with whatever it is, it goes back in it’s place. 

When you’re done, put it away.  I understand there are some reasons why things can not be put away as soon as you’re done with it.  But for the most part, when you’re done, put it up.  Following that simple piece of advice will eliminate the majority of the clutter in any room.  Just putting things away when you’re done keeps a room neat and tidy and you know where to find it the next time you want it.

Stick with what works.  Zoe has some majorly curly hair.  And I have mostly not curly at all hair.  We both have struggled with finding the right products with work with our respective hair.  You can bet when we struck upon a working combination of shampoo, conditioner and styling products we stopped looking.  There is zero reason (and let’s be honest, even less room in the shower) to have four, five, six bottle of shampoo or conditioner in the shower.  When you find a pair of jeans that fit, and are comfortable.  You buy several pairs, right?  Because you stick with what works.  There’s a reason for that.  It saves time. there’s no guess-work, it works.  Don’t fix what ain’t broke.

Keep surfaces clutter free.  I don’t know about your house, but I know that if I am not super vigilant about this, every flat surface in my house will become a catch-all.  Sam has a really bad habit of coming home and dumping everything on my kitchen table.  That’s ok as long as he’s hanging up his coat. But if he walks away I make him go back and deal with everything.  I make sure that things are put away or thrown away so that clutter does not accumulate.  And we all know how quickly clutter accumulates. 

Create email folders  I have to be honest, I haven’t done this nearly enough, but that’s going to change this year.  Create folders and sort your emails. I have folders for recipe emails, and auto insurance emails. If you subscribe to a blogger’s email newsletter, or e-course make a folder for them.  If you use Gmail as your provider, you can set up filters that will sort those emails when they come in, and you can deal with them when you have time.  It comes back to setting priorities.  Those emails aren’t high on my priority list, so I have them sorted and keep them out of my Inbox.  That way my inbox is for higher priority emails and I check/answer emails twice a day, morning and evening. 

Know what is good enough” Nothing is ever going to be perfect.  No house is ever going to be perfectly organized.  Nobody will have every part of their life organized. But there is a point of good enough.  I don’t mean giving up because you’re tired and saying “that’s good enough for now”. For now should be stricken from your organizing vocabulary.  Good enough should mean, It won’t make Home & Gardens, but it’s good enough for us, it works for us

Each one of these changes really is a small change that make a huge impact on how organized your life, your home, and your family can be.  Don’t expect to make any of these changes over night.  It took me a year (yes a solid year) to convince Sam that socks do not belong in a laundry basket in the living room and can actually go in the person’s bedroom. I’m still working on keeping surfaces clutter free. 

What do you do to become a more organized person? 

*far too many is a relative term, and I am not convinced there is such a thing as too many hoodies.

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31 Comments

  1. Five for the Road

    January 10, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Great list to get started. I love everything has it’s place. That is the hardest one in our house. Especially with the holidays when so many new things come into our house. It’s finding a place for everything!

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 8:44 AM

      The holidays make everything has a place a real challenge. I’ll be honest, I’m still trying to find places for things we all got for Christmas. It’s a work in progress!!

  2. The Domestic Musician

    January 10, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    I am so type A and follow a lot of these strategies. Good tips!

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 10:58 AM

      I guess I am too! Type A, First Born, OCD, whatever you call it, I like my house and live organized. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Shay

    January 10, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Love “a place for everything and everything in its place. ” this is my motto and my kiddos and husband probably tire of me reminding them of this!! Great tips for being more organized!!

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM

      I love love love that motto. And yes, my family gets tired of hearing it as well, but I catch them mumbling it under their breath as they put things away. I’d say it’s working LOL!

  4. Stephanie Lowry

    January 10, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Great post! I actually wrote one not too long ago on this. I really like your ideas, I write everything down! Drives my husband bananas haha

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 10:54 AM

      I write everything down too, and it makes a huge difference! Now that I’m getting started with a planner, I expect that will be full of things as well!!

  5. Shela Yount | I Answer to Mom

    January 10, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    This was such a wonderful and perfectly timed article for me! I am making organization one of my goals for 2017! This helps so much! <3 Thank you!!

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 10:53 AM

      I’m glad it was helpful! And good luck with your goal. Small changes can have a huge impact and are easier to maintain!

  6. ericaaugust

    January 10, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    I totally do a lot of these tips! Thanks for sharing! Organization is KEY!

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 1:35 PM

      Thank you for stopping by! And yes Organization is key!!

  7. Megan @ The Many Little Joys

    January 10, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Great tips! In the last year, I’ve tried to be better about putting things away immediately instead of letting stuff pile up. It is so good for my sanity! Email folders…ugh…I keep meaning to do that. I even created some, but I have failed so far to use them effectively. Maybe I just need to delete EVERYTHING and start from scratch. Then maybe I’d do it. 🙂

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 4:58 PM

      I have been tempted to do just that at times. I usually start with unroll.me which will allow you to batch unsubscribe from email lists you no longer want to be on. It’s a good place to start. And it’s Free!!!

  8. Melissa

    January 10, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    This is a great list. I need to get back to writing things down. It really helps me stay focused.

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 6:11 PM

      I write everything down. I make lists of everything, and lists of my lists. 😉

  9. Kristie McCollum (@ceomomblogs)

    January 10, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Awesome tips. Clutter and setting priorities are definitely the top things I need to focus more on.

    1. Becky

      January 10, 2017 at 6:42 PM

      My focus this year is my inbox, get my email under control! I wish you luck!!

  10. everydaywithbay

    January 10, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Man, this is so great! I need focus + organization in my life! (and someone to take away my 3 toddlers for a few hours) lol

    1. Becky

      January 11, 2017 at 7:53 AM

      I can help with the organization tips, I can’t however, help with the toddlers. Oh I miss that stage, my baby is 17. 😉

  11. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    January 10, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    These are great tips! I started writing everything down to help me organize my thoughts and it is so helpful!

  12. Angela Kim

    January 10, 2017 at 10:56 PM

    I definitely have to write everything down now as a mom of three. Trying to get more organized over here for 2017!

    1. Becky

      January 11, 2017 at 7:59 AM

      Sam makes fun of me for writing things down, but I rarely forget things, and he’s always forgetting things. Someday I hope to convert him!! Good luck in 2017!!

  13. jentheodore

    January 11, 2017 at 3:59 AM

    Love these tips! I pride myself on being organized too. I am addicted to lists and believe everything should have it’s own place. I’ve been focusing on clearing clutter since we moved this last August and can honestly say it makes such a difference in my spirit to have a clean, tidy house (which is hard with little ones underfoot!).

    1. Becky

      January 11, 2017 at 7:57 AM

      Exactly. I just feel so much better if my house is tidy. Clutter can accumulate in a hurry. I try and find ways to prevent it such as throw junk mail away before it comes in the house.

  14. Alesia

    January 11, 2017 at 7:06 AM

    This post was super helpful and perfect in season for the new year. It’s full of great tips and examples. Great post!

  15. Latasha

    January 11, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Great post! 🙂 I was just talking to my husband about getting more organized for this new year. Setting priorities is definitely first on our list. 🙂

    1. Becky

      January 11, 2017 at 12:38 PM

      Thank you!! Honestly, I need to make more of an effort to set priorities. It keeps me focused.

  16. Tawnya

    January 12, 2017 at 7:14 AM

    Honestly our dining room table has EVERYTHING on it. I run my business from here because that is where my lap top is. We throw the mail down on it, so the junk stays. Ugh. I am tired of looking at it all! The good or bad thing I guess on how you look at it is that we will most likely be moving at the end of February so I get to start fresh in a new place and get rid of junk here before we move, yay!

    1. Becky

      January 12, 2017 at 3:35 PM

      Yay!!!! for the move. You don’t have to let junk accumulate on your dinning room table. I refuse to allow Sam’s stuff to stay on my kitchen table.

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