You’ve probably flipped endlessly through magazine articles, clicked your way through every blog post you could find, and you even have a Pinterest board full of easy ideas to prove it. As much as you try to keep on top of it, it comes back: that dreaded evil called clutter.
It can happen at the worst possible time, like first thing in the morning, pre-coffee, rushing out the door on the way to work and you can’t find the important file you stayed up all night working on and used the last of your ink printing out. Or it could be something as simple as not being able to find your car keys (ever).
Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to staying on top of the simple tasks. One thing you can do to prevent such mishaps is to practice organized habits that prevent or solve these problems without creating new ones. You don’t have to go to great lengths to do this, but try some of these simple solutions instead.
Avoid “Misplacing” Items
Establish a home for everything you need to complete a routinely task. This means park your keys, purse, and cell phone in a spot by the door where you will naturally be prone to set it down when you come in. This way when you go to leave, you will be able to find it. The same goes for your important work documents. Have a place that important files can go so you remember to bring them with you when they’re due. Keep them out of reach of any animals, food, or liquid. Do this with all the important things you use regularly like your gym shoes, office supplies, bills, and so forth.
Get Dinner on the Table with Ease
Sometimes the stress of getting dinner on the table can mean the third night in a row of take out or pantry snack items, and before you know it you’ve wasted more money on food when you could have made a meal for less, that was most likely healthier to boot. If this feels like your regular routine, you don’t need to go to the extent of intense meal planning techniques from your Pinterest board. You can just simply plan meals a day in advance. Don’t go nuts planning, but the night before just check your cupboards to make sure all your ingredients are there and write a list of how to get it on the table fast. Even if you made the meal over a dozen times, having the list will increase efficiency. Eventually you’ll naturally create a system that will be effective for you.
Never Forget Appointments Again
Perhaps you’re the forgetful type, and that’s okay. You can alleviate that lapse of memory by using your current calendar system consistently. Whether this means writing it on a calendar and punching it into your phone, or the whole nine yards –having an agenda, wall calendar, computer calendar, and e-mail reminders –by consistently inputting your appointments you will find what works and doesn’t work, then you can search for a calendar system if necessary.
Apply These Ideas Elsewhere
You don’t need to be perfect, but looking to prevent and fix these problems before they happen is first and foremost. Just follow these steps:
- Identify the problem and brainstorm solutions: What are the problems? How can you fix it? What is a feasible solution? What is something you’re likely to practice? What can you do to prevent it?
- Make a list to fix it: List the steps, in order, of what you need to do to fix the problem, and how to avoid it.
- Don’t waste time: Whether you’re searching for solutions or you keep trying different methods, just keep it simple. Practice what you’ve brainstormed because it is most likely to work for you.
- Pick and Choose: After practicing these methods, select the method that works for you and begin perfecting it.
- Repeat: Move on to the next issue, and repeat these steps.
The best part? The more you work at fixing these little problems by consistently implementing their solutions in practice, the more organized your life will become. If you need assistance organizing your space, you can contact us here.