Overcoming Roadblocks to Organization (Part 2)
Last week I challenged you to identify your bad habits, determine the good habits with which you can replace them, and choose one good habit you will begin implementing immediately.
Here are some more tips to help you get past those Roadblocks to Organization.
1. Purge Often — One sure way to get more organized is to get rid of things. You need a whole lot less than you think you do. (How many clothes can you wear at one time? How many toys can your children play with at one time? How many dishes can you eat off at one time?)
2. KISS — Keep it Simple, Sweetie! If you make things too complicated, you're not going to do them. That's why you want to look at what your current organization style is, and work with what you already have. There's no need to create some new, complicated system of organization. You just need to discipline yourself to have a place for everything (purge those things for which you can't find a place!), and to put things away immediately.
3. Clean Up Every Day — Use baskets to help you transport things to their “home”, but don't keep the things in the basket for weeks at a time. Take the basket with you whenever you leave a room.
5. Keep a Calendar — Writing things down is the best way to ensure that you get things done. You can use old-fashioned pen and paper or you can use a program like Evernote, Cozi, or Google Calendar. However you choose to keep your calendar, this is the one thing that will help you the most. (You can't just write things on it, though! You have to look at it every day!)
6. Forgive Yourself — No one is perfect, mistakes will happen, backsliding will happen, and your organization might get off track. Just stay aware.