We’ve all got habits--some are good, and some are none of your business ready to go. The key to life is to cultivate the good habits and eliminate or reduce those not-so-good habits. While the tendency of many is to focus on reducing bad habits, it may be easier and more rewarding to actually start with developing good habits first, then there's less room for the bad ones.
To get you started on your journey, we have developed a series called “3 Life-Changing Good Habits.” Previous posts in the series looked at improving your morning routine and shared ideas for how to stay calm and reduce anxiety. With this post, we are taking on the three critical steps to a more organized home. A more organized home leads to a more organized you and a more organized life. Good organization isn’t rocket science, but it does require a routine and some discipline to keep with it.
3 Good Habits to Cultivate for More Organized Home
- Deal with Stuff Right Away - The reason most homes get out of control is that we don’t deal with stuff right away. Instead, we make piles that become overwhelming to confront. Stop making mountains out of molehills and deal with stuff as soon as it comes into your home. For example, instead of piling up the mail for the weekend set aside 5-10 minutes each evening to open, sort, reply, recycle, and file your mail. The same holds true for laundry. Cultivate the good habit of doing laundry several times a week--instead of leaving it to tackle all at once--and see each load to the end, so you don’t have perpetual piles of clothes to put away.
- Declutter and Downsize on a Regular Basis - Whether once a week, once a month, or however often, make a plan to declutter and downsize your stuff on a regular basis. Clutter happens even in the most organized homes, but the key in the organized homes is that is clutter is ephemeral--it doesn’t stick around. Your home can only hold so much stuff. You can’t take in more than you take out if you want you home to be organized, so regularly get rid of stuff that you don’t need anymore. Everything else can be filed away.
- Tackle Projects in Small Chunks - If your home is in need of a major organizational rehaul, don’t get overwhelmed. Identity and tackle the projects that are most critical and work your way through them one project at a time. It won’t take long for you to begin to see the results of your efforts and that can spur you on even more! To identify the critical projects, think about what you can streamline to that actually give you more time in your day. You can use that extra time to take on even more organizational projects.
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