Finding time to organize can be a challenge for many people. In this busy and noisy world it is easy to feel like you are overwhelmed and too busy to organize. Having structure and organization actually has been found to reduce stress and anxiety.
There are a few tips that I wanted to share to help find time to organize.
Make Organizing a Priority
If you want to get organized, you must make it a goal, otherwise it is not going to happen and you will always find an excuse to deter your efforts. Make a commitment to yourself to be better at organization. Write it down as an actionable task so that you can visually make yourself accountable.
Time spent looking for things is often a waste of time. So look for ways to add time segments to your day. Many people find it helpful to get up a little earlier, say no to something else (even if it sounds more fun), or hire someone to help you with other things so that you can free up some time on your schedule. Then add it to your schedule or your to do list.
Visualize Your Organized Life
Imagine what your space would look like if everything was nicely organized. Imagine for a moment, finding everything you need because everything has a home. Tasks will be simplified with items readily available. By visualizing an organized system, you are looking at your goal. When we walk into an organized space, we know it. Motivation will come naturally if you envision your objective.
Start with a smaller area and work on an area or room a little at a time. Try to devote 15 – 30 minutes a day to establishing some order and decluttering a space. Setting a timer can help maintain focus on what you are doing. If you have ever started to clean out something and then started looking at all the things you uncovered, it can take much longer and you will feel overwhelmed because disorganization is actually tiring and draining.
Start with a drawer, a shelf or even your purse or gym bag. Then do another small area the next day and the next. Once you do it enough, decluttering will become a habit and will may not feel like work at all. Once organizing becomes a routine, you will not misplace things as often, and you will be happier knowing that you have conquered some control over your belongings.
How do you find time to organize?