It may surprise you to know that even though I’m a professional organiser, I’m not one of those women who spends every waking second organising my undie drawer, colour coding my Tupperware or writing to-do lists as long as my arm.
Sure I have lots to do, I run my own business as well as care for my family and myself. To-do lists are inevitable, but really, colour coding and categorising? That takes it too far, even for me!
Actually, organizing my home, like everything that got me to this point in my life, has been learnt.
What I have worked out is this – the organising strategies you use in your home, life and business have to work for you. And if you didn’t know what they are, you need to go and learn them.
This is the key to being organised, knowing what works for you, learning those specific strategies and running with them.
So how do you know what works for you? And once you know that, how do you go about getting your home organised?
Here are 6 tips to get you started:
Stop comparing yourself to others. I know this can be hard, but really no one knows you or the intricacies of your life and its ups and downs, better than you. Focus on you, your family and responsibilities and work toward making sense of them.
Look around your home. There will be one place you are already organised, I promise! Go there, check it out, and work out what’s so good about it. Are things in little containers, holding everything in neatly? Have you used great colours that you love and make you want to keep the space organised? Is the space so small there’s no other choice but to be organised? Look hard and copy that process in other areas of your home and life.
Know what you’re good at – and do more of that! Sure there may be things you have to do that you don’t like, but if possible delete those from your schedule and give them to someone else to do.
Make good use of the 168 hours you have each week. Let other people help you do the things you don’t like – whether that’s your partner, children or hired help – so you can free up time to do what you love.
Cut down on the number of steps it takes to do things at work or home. Fewer steps = more chance of it getting done. Even better it will free up more time for you to do everything else you need to – you’ve got to be happy with that!
Put off what doesn’t have to be done right now. There are very few things that need to be done right this minute, so set yourself up with a planner that works for you (either digital or physical diary) and get scheduling.
These strategies will help you start to make sense of the clutter and disorganisation in your home. There’s no need to do them all at once, goodness knows none of us have time for that. Just pick one, focus on it for a month or so, and see how you go.
What do you do to stay organised at home? Leave a comment and let us know.