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Tips To Keep You Organized

July 24, 2015

With all the pressures of daily life, it is easy to become disorganized. As levels of disorganization grow, it becomes more difficult to find what you are looking for, which can create additional stress in your life. You may have stacks of unread mail or work papers, or garbage bags full of clothes that you need to donate, or cabinets in the kitchen full of a chaotic mess of containers, glasses, and plates. Whatever type of disorganization you are struggling with, eliminating it can improve your happiness, relationships, and general well-being. The three tips below will help you to organize your life:

1. Write things down:

It may sound cliché, but creating to-do lists is an excellent way to keep your life organized. Make a list of the top three tasks you need to complete each day and make it a priority to put a check next to those items. Completing these tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you to prioritize what could be a very chaotic schedule. As you systematically eliminate tasks on your to-do list, this allows other less important tasks to move up the list so eventually, you might have some free time and feel less overwhelmed!

2. Give everything a home:

The old saying goes, “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” Keeping your life organized means putting your things in their proper places. Buying a few storage containers to organize the clutter and labeling them will help to make your life easier. So the next time you are looking for that important piece of paper or keepsake, you know exactly where it is and can find it quickly, which will eliminate stress and anxiety and provide a clean living environment where you can feel happy and healthy.

3. Keep only what you need:

Are you hanging on to that jacket from high school that brings back so many good memories or that broken vase that you swear you are going to glue back together eventually? It’s easy to get stuck in the thought process of: “I might need this someday. I don’t know when, but I might…” But the truth is, you don’t need these items, and discarding or donating what you don’t need means less clutter and a more comfortable, happier life.

Real Simple has some great articles on how to organize your life.

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