Tuesday, 07 May 2019 06:59

What does being organised actually mean?

So, you want to get organised?
You’ve read the articles and you’ve watched the TV shows.
People are talking about getting organised.
Your friends are getting organised.
You think you should too!

What does it actually mean? Why would you want to get organised?
Let’s start with your things…
With regard to your belongings, being organised means you know where everything is and can find things quickly and easily.
Your things don't become lost or damaged un-necessarily.
You can find your keys, your phone, the TV remote, those papers you need, your clothes, the glue, the spare light bulbs etc.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to get and stay organised…

  • A place for everything and everything in its place
    Putting something away is so much easier when you know where it belongs. Think about the best spot to put something and ensure that you put it away in the same spot every time. You will soon get into the habit and do it without thinking!
  • Don’t put it down put it away, and do it now
    It’s tempting to put the keys down on the kitchen counter, or leave your gym bag at the front door because it’s easy. But that causes more work later. Rather put the items away right away and you will be able to find it later.
  • File, don’t pile and don’t print
    Keep all your paperwork in one spot and then set aside time on a regular basis to sort and file.
    Make sure you have a filing system that works for you, that’s simple and easy.
  • If in doubt, throw it out….
    Ask yourself the following questions : do I love it, do I use it, why am I keeping it?
  • Think twice before you buy…
    Do I have somewhere to store it? Something to wear with it? Do I really need it?
  • Quality over quantity
    It’s better to have fewer items – all of which you need, love and use.

Now, let’s move onto your time…
• When you are organized, you have habits and routines.
• You do things a certain way, because experience has taught you that it works better and is easier that way.
• You know what you want done on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, you have a way of doing it, a time to do it, and order to do it in.

Here are some simple routines and rules that could change the way you live….

  • Plan, plan, plan
    Choose a time on a weekly basis to plan ahead – menus for the week, lifts, appointments, things to get done. Remember to schedule in some R&R time too
  • Routine, routine, routine
    Having a routine and knowing what you are doing when, gives you the freedom NOT to worry, NOT to stress. With routines, you will find that you open up free time that you never thought you had

Let’s look at some ways to set you free….

  • Lead a simple life during the week with daily routines and early nights; then relax over weekends
  • For mornings to get off to a good start, plan the night before
  • Start your day 15 minutes earlier and leave time so that you don’t need to rush
  • Schedule your day geographically and methodically. Give yourself plenty of time for each chore and time in between for travel
  • Write it down, cross it off. Lists for shopping, telephone lists, reminders in your diary, a pad and pen next to your bed, birthday calendars, family calendars. 
  • Before you turn in – do a quick once over, tidy, prepare for morning, check diary

Routine and planning will ensure you have time to relax and everyone will benefit! So why should you get organised? Here are a few good reasons:

  • You’ll be able to relax more. By getting organised you will be able to live a less chaotic, more relaxed life
  • You’ll have more time for yourself. By being more efficient, wasting less time looking for things you will have more time
  • You’ll have more time for your loved ones. An organised person always finds time for friends and family
  • You’ll feel good about your environment. Being disorganized often results in embarrassment over dirty and untidy areas.
  • You’ll be a better role model. Kids take cues from adults. If you don’t put things away, chances are, they won’t!
  • You’ll be healthier. Less clutter, less dirt and dust…
  • You’ll do better professionally. An organised person gives a better impression than someone who can’t find a phone number, or is usually late for appointments
  • You’ll save more….money. You won’t have to go out and buy things you might have but can’t find
  • You’ll achieve more. By being organised and streamlining tasks you will have more time to do more
  • Your self esteem - your general happiness. If you're organized, it removes stress, improving your self esteem and making it easier to be happy.

Life needs balance. We have so many things to fit into our lives these days.
With your belongings sorted, and your time organised you are taking control.
And control is freedom. You are making choices, making decisions, and not just letting life happen to you. I firmly believe by having routines and planning, by committing to a few simple rules to run your home, you set yourself free to do so much more. And wouldn’t we all like that, more time to do things we would like to do, more time to spend with friends and family, and simply more time …

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