There are actually hundreds of things we can do to organize our life, and make things easier to handle on a daily basis, but if I put all of them in one post, it wouldn’t do much good, because it would just overwhelm you, which is the opposite of my goal.
I’m going to add some smart phone apps to my recommendations, because I use them to make my life easier. Some are paid, some are free, but all are useful.
- Make Lists
Write everything down. My memory is shot, mostly because I have so much going on in my head that I can’t even remember where I placed my cellphone, or keys. If I wrote on a piece of paper, I’d likely lose that too. But if a notepad works for you, grab a nice small Evernote moleskin (Use Evernote‘s Page Camera feature to capture the pages of your notebook with your Smartphone or tablet. Take a photo of any page in this book with the Evernote Page Camera and it instantly becomes digital, so that you can save it, search it and share it with the world. “Ruled” and “Squared” notebooks feature the unique “Evernote ruled” page style, with dotted lines designed to ensure a clean image when digitally capturing your work. Smart Stickers introduce Smart Tagging into your workflow)
Another great app is Wunder List which allows you to next lists under your lists. If you have a large task that needs to be broken into smaller tasks to accomplish, this feature is awesome.
Evernote requires more exploring to get all of the ins and outs, but it’s a fabulous tool once you have time to dig in.
- Everything in Its Place
The secret to highly organized people? Everything has its place.
For a well-organized workspace, kitchen, home, you need labeled containers, and bins. Binswork great in closets, because you can shelve them, and pull them out when you need something. You’ll know what’s inside because you’ll label the outside.
You can use nice bins to sort crafts, socks, cleaning supplies, toys, and so much more.
Sorting and storing will require time and effort, but follow the 15 Minute Rule from my other post, and you’ll be finished in no time.
Think of the time you’ll save in the long run, when you’re not scrambling to find things every day.
- Tidy up your “hot spots” daily.
Every house has these, the kitchen counter, a coffee table, the sink. The mail accumulates, papers from the kids’ school, magazines, toys…you know what the hot spots are, and what accumulates.
It only takes a few minutes each day to pare this down and clean them up.
- Speaking of “hot spots” Toss Your Mail
Don’t just toss the mail on the counter and say, “I’ll get to sorting it tomorrow.” Sort it NOW! Toss the junk mail, then put the bills and other keeper items in a filing bin immediately. The best system is a file system by date, that you check daily, to be sure you’ve paid your bills.
- Manage Your Budget
Nothing is more stressful than money woes, except maybe a sick family member. Keep yourself on track, and log what you spend. Set yourself a budget, and stick to it. Read my post on 5 Money Management apps.I’ll be posting more organizing tips soon…so stay tuned. AND, are there any organizing tips you’ve found that make your life easier? I’d love to hear about them.