Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Guest Post: Achieve Organization and Stay that Way!

With kids, work, and day to day activities, our lives can get absolutely chaotic. With so much going on it’s easy to see getting organized as a far off and distant dream. However, easy steps day by day can help you achieve an organized lifestyle that will last.

Determine Your Goals: The first step is to dream as large as you can. What would be your ultimate dream? Do you want a home that looks like a museum where everything has its place? Or is your goal to be able to cut down the clutter enough to be able to walk through the room? Whatever your goals, write them down.  

What’s realistic: Think about your schedule. What do you think is achievable? Understand that it is okay to ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Beside your goals, write down what you think would be achievable.

Cut the Clutter: The number one way to get and stay organized is to cut down on the amount of stuff that you have. There is no need to organize items that are rarely or never used. Consider donating, selling, or throwing these items away. You’ll feel amazing once you don’t have so much stuff to worry about.

Get Help: Today there are so many different forms of ways to get help getting organized. If looking help getting started, consider enlisting the help of a professional organizer. When this isn’t in your budget, consider getting the help of your children. Offer them a special prize for helping you clean or making it a game. Looking for little helpers day by day? Consider downloading an app that allows you to make to do lists like Remember the Milk. It allows you to make to do lists and even get reminders when something is due.

Start A Habit: Teach yourself and other members of your family to put things away immediately. This little trick will save you time and sanity. By following this tip you’ll  know where everything in your home is at all times.

Reward Yourself: Now that you’ve gotten organized and developed a habit to stay that way, it’s time for a reward. Whether it’s chocolate, a shopping trip, or a five minute break, do what makes you happy. With this positive reinforcement you’ll be more likely to want to get more organized in the future.

Remember, getting organized doesn’t happen all at once. It is a day by day trial. However, by following the tips above it can be a little easier process.

Author: Stephanie Hanson of Monkey Bar Storage

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