10 Things All Insanely Organized People Do
Carly Waters is an organizational and design expert based in Los Angeles. She lives by the philosophy that life should be enjoyed uncluttered. From tackling your daunting to-do list to finally sorting out that catchall drawer, she approaches all aspects of life that could do with a little sprucing.
All organized people have one thing in common: They create systems. Whether it's a process for tracking finances or something as common as loading a dishwasher, each has a thoroughly thought out systematic approach. While that initial time (and sometimes financial) investment may seem unnecessary, having a consistent way of organizing your daily tasks will save you time and even money down the road! Think about how many pairs of sunglasses you've had to replace because you forgot where you left them. Keep reading for 10 habits of the insanely organized—and take note!
The Container Store is one of my favorite places because it gives you all the tools you need to create a system. This way you don’t question where to place random objects like computer cords or spare batteries. One of the best products to invest in, and probably most inexpensive, is this plastic shoebox. Forget the shoes—these handy boxes are ideal for organizing everything from batteries to ear phones to paint supplies. And for all those smaller items, try this one.
Spend 30 minutes on Saturday morning with your cup of joe, and go through that junk drawer. Start by emptying the drawer of all its contents. Next, sort the items, disposing of anything superfluous. Once you have the items you want to keep, go out and purchase a drawer divider that fits the inventory. One of my favorite retailers is Rev-a-Shelf—the company's products allow you to maximize drawer space by utilizing every last inch.
Dark to light. Cotton to silk. And always the same hangers. Dry-cleaner hangers are the work of the devil. The easiest way to start systemizing your closet is to narrow down the inventory. Remember: The more clothes you have in your closet, the less you end up wearing.
In the kitchen, all packaged foods should get their very own jar with a nice handwritten label. Because cereal boxes are ugly. My favorite jars come already labeled.
If it’s an activity that requires my attention, it goes on the calendar. Exercise, phone calls, play dates, even some quality "me" time. Hey, if it’s on the calendar, it has to get done. The best way to make this a habit is to start sending your friends and/or spouses meeting requests for anything you schedule.
Don’t procrastinate. The to-do box needs to be checked now, not after the game. I also don’t like to do something halfway and leave the rest of tomorrow. Finish it and forget about it. For those tasks that can't seem to get done, hire someone who can do it for you. My favorite app for that: TaskRabbit.
The inbox isn’t purgatory. It’s not a doctor’s waiting room. It’s merely a pitstop, a place where emails catch their breath before they are efficiently categorized into our system of archived folders. Try to pick a time (or a few times) each day to check your personal email. It will be much more efficient to review your emails in chunks of time, rather than throughout the day.
It means more boxes get checked off the list. Accomplishment! I promise this is addicting once you start. Remember that just crossing one box off the list is enough to make you feel more motivated and productive to get the rest done.
If it’s not being used, it shouldn’t be taking up space in your house. There should be no such thing as extra towels and sheets; that’s what washing machines are for. Try attacking one space a week in your home. That way, you avoid getting overwhelmed. Hopefully, after a few months, you've narrowed your inventory to just the items you need and love.
Do you really need two bottles of lotion? Or that greasy tube of ChapStick? All those old receipts need to go. Better yet, scan and save them. Only the essentials. Besides, small bags are all the rage.
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