Have you ever looked around you and thought I really must get this sorted out, when we are time pressured staying organised becomes very difficult and it is something that we have to work very hard at. In fact some people find it so difficult that they feel as if they’re just meant to be unorganised. However in reality, we operate more effectively and efficiently when we put a structure to things, none of us are meant to be unorganised, we just end up that way!
Don’t feel concerned if it all seems too overwhelming, the good news is that if you make the effort to organise one part of your life, you will soon discover that it becomes easier to organise other parts of it.
Time Saving Tips to Become Organised in Your Life
The main reason people fail to sort stuff out and get organised, is that they feel it will take too long and that they just don’t have the time to do it.
However, like most things in life, we have to endure a little pain upfront to get the rewards at the end. The thing to do is to work organisation into your life as a strategy in ways that don’t take so much time. Once in place, being organised will save you time.
Below are 7 time saving tips to help you get organised:
1. Do one thing at a time. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do everything at once in order to become organised. Take care of one thing at a time.
- Many unorganised people have clothes on the floor and shoes in strange places. Keep things tidy by picking things up as you pass by them. If you leave them with the intention of picking them up all together, it will not get done.
2. Set goals. Plan to do certain tasks on specific days, that way a whole day is not taken up trying to fit everything in.
- For example, set the goal of tidying your work area on a Friday so that it is tidy when you start your next week. It may take thirty minutes, but is far better than attempting to clean the whole house in an afternoon!
3. Use Storage Boxes. Buy some storage containers. These days you can find a number of nicely decorated storage boxes to match most tastes. Fill them as and when convenient.
- Keep a storage box in your wardrobe or closet. If you have things that you don’t wear anymore but are loathe to throw out, ‘just in case’, put them into the box and if you don’t use them for six months throw them away or better still take them to a charity shop. Before you know it, your cupboards will be tidy and organised!
4. Get everyone involved. You can save a lot of time and heartache by getting the whole family to help you to get organised.
- Tell the children that they can have a reward of their choice (within reason) if they help you to organise their part of the house. When presented with the chance of a reward and a little ownership most children will work hard, allowing you to save time and become organised quickly.
5. Form new habits. You may need to change some of your habits in order to become organised and can make life easier for you.
- Why not choose to wash those dirty dishes and cooking utensils as you go along, rather than wait until you have finished when the task becomes daunting and it is easy to put it off. It only takes a few minutes to wash a few dishes, instead of being tied to the kitchen washing up a huge pile.
6. Delegate household tasks. Delegate responsibilities to other family members so that things not only become organised, but also stay that way.
- Place a task rota in a place where it will be seen, (the fridge is usually a good place) outlining weekly responsibilities and make sure everyone takes ownership for their own tasks.
7. Make a place for everything. Put up shelves and racks so that everything has a home.
- A spice rack is only for your spices.
- Shoe organisers work well in cupboards or closets.
- Use hanging organisers in the children’s bedrooms.
The Importance of being Organised
You should never underestimate the power of being organised, it carries over into other areas of your life, and without organisation sometimes it is hard to see the wood for the trees.
When you organise your life you will very quickly feel that you are on top of things and feel less stressed. You’ll feel better about yourself and your surroundings, and you will also discover that there is time to do those things you actually enjoy.
Till Next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor