5 Tips for Staying Organized

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 14, 2017

Whether you’re a sophomore in college or you’ve been at work for more than five years, it’s never too late to start organizing or focus on organizing your life. If you’re in the need of some organization and bliss in your life, I’m sharing five tips that will help you get and stay organized as we’re going into fall.

1| Consistency is Key

The number one way you can stay organized is to stay consistent with how you plan your day, week, and month. Do you use a traditional planner, or do you put everything on your phone? All I can recommend is that you have one strong method of organization and stick to it. Write down and check off your daily tasks, and always reference that one item.

2| Keep it Minimal

Going off of that piece of advice, keep your organization and planning methods simple. Don’t have a calendar that’s isn’t useful. Although I love Pinterest-worthy planners, I don’t think you need all the extra items to have a successful system. Whether you color-code everything, or you’re all about staying digital with your organization—keep it simple and minimal so you don’t stress.

3| Do Small, Daily Tasks

Instead of setting aside a four hours dedicated to cleaning, cooking and everything in between twice days a week, try to do small tasks every day so that nothing piles up. Clean up dishes immediately after each meal. Meal prep for the week on Sundays. Vacuum one day each week, dust another day, and clean the bathrooms another day and so on. It’s easier to stay organized and on top of everything when you’re not overwhelmed with cleaning and cooking. Instead of spending several hours a week on these tasks, you can spend 5-15 minutes a day, which is less overwhelming.

4| Plan Ahead

If you know every weekend is booked from now until October, make sure to use your time wisely and efficiently. The most difficult part about working full time and blogging full time is that you always have to plan ahead. For example, I knew my work schedule was going to be insane for August, so I made sure to plan blog content for the month in advance, so I wasn’t stressing about it when work would consume my life. Now with wedding planning in the mix, I know the fall and winter will be equally busy. So, I know I’l have to plan ahead so I don’t fall behind.

5| Know Your Limits

See above. Don’t overbook yourself, so that you’re stressed and making meeting last-minute. It’s not a fun way to live and you’ll always feel overwhelmed. Instead, know your limits on what you can handle. If you know you have a lot going on in August, don’t overcommit and stress yourself out even more. Take things one day at a time, and know what will work best for you.

How do you stay organized? What tips do you have that help you stay on top of all your tasks!? Make sure to share in the comment below!

 

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  • Becca

    Thank you for sharing this! I really needed to read it, I’ve been having such a hard time keeping everything in my life organized, and this has offered a lot of help.

  • Shelby Stover

    Knowing your limits is the most annoying one for me but it definitely helps not to over schedule!

    • Exactly! It can be hard to be honest with yourself about this, but it’s v important!

  • Well I’m definitely working on my organization and productivity a lot lately. I’ve been struggling with my blog! Great tips!

    xx
    The Felicia Renee | a minimalist lifestyle & beauty blog

    • Thank you so much! I know that it can be hard to keep everything in order, but it IS possible! Keep at it, girl!

  • These are wonderful tips! I always strive to be super organized but I know there are things I can improve on.

    • Exactly. And at the end of the day, as long as you’re trying to improve–that’s wonderful! Thanks, Jenny!

  • These are such great tips! I’m an organization queen haha, so never had much issue. But these are great tips for someone trying to be more organized!

    • Thank you so much–always appreciate the kind words 🙂

  • Breaking it down and doing a little bit each day is so smart. My planner is an absolute lifesaver. I don’t know what I’d do if I ever lost it. I’m an old fashioned girl, I like having it as a hardcopy but digital is probably safer.

    • I am also old-fashioned and stick to writing everything down (except for reminders like I need some extra alarms for like registering my car, haha!)

  • I’ve been really working on being more organised lately. I got so fed up with feeling overwhelmed all the time, so I’ve been doing massive culls of my belongings. I am still a collector through and through, and will never be a minimalist, but getting rid of things I don’t use or even like has felt amazing. Having less things has enabled me to find better ways to organise all the things I DO own, and that has done wonders to my stress levels. People really underestimate what it’s like to feel organised!

    Indya || http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au

    • Yes. I know many people that love to have things, but they are okay with getting rid of things they don’t love or don’t want to have anymore. Having less will always bring more room for calmness in your life even if things aren’t always perfectly organized (because life, lol). Thanks for sharing!

  • Yolanda

    I think the small daily tasks is a good one. If I forget to do this for a few days I notice the house looking a little more chaotic and a chaotic house is a chaotic mind!

    • YES! This is my biggest tip because it’s honestly the best way to not get overwhelmed or stress with all the cooking, cleaning and other adulting tasks!

  • Breaking things done into smaller tasks does make life more manageable.

    • I completely agree and I’m glad to know others feel the same way!

  • I’m constantly making new goals to get organized… sigh. The main thing I found that helps me is this, if I start a task, I should complete it. I tend to be a multi-tasker, but that often leaves me with projects that I never finish! Now, I’m trying to remain focused on one project at a time.

    • I know exactly where you’re coming from with this because I can definitely be the same way. What I’ve learned is to set an alarm for 20 minutes working only on one task, then swap to another task for 20 minutes and so on. It keeps me focused in that short time, but I’m able to get 3-4 things done in an hour, or more!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Keeping my tasks small really helps keep me organized. If I try and take on a massive task it is much harder to accomplish.

    • Yes, I’m right there with you–which is why I always keep it simple and small.

  • Kristen Jones

    Planning ahead is the only thing that keeps me sane. I love planning my entire week so that way my tasks are so much more manageable.

    • Planning out the week makes me so happy because as I’m going through the day, I get to cross things off the list and it feels so darn good! Glad we feel the same on this, girl!

  • YES!

    daily tasks, keeping your planning simple and knowing your limits are so important to keeping organized!

    Another thing I like to do is to multitask effectively. I don’t mean cook while painting my toenails (I hope no one is doing that…) but more like, during my daily train commute I focus on my instagram on the way there, and my Pinterest on the way home. Every day 5 days a week! That’s an extra 2.5 hours on each social media platform when I’m commuting, or an extra hour a day I can use in another way.

    I also listen to podcasts while I commute and social, gotta keep learnin’!

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • This is awesome and a great way tot stay on top of things rather than spending that time from 8-10 at night every night on social media and blogging. I don’t really have a long commute (6 minute drive) but it does allow me to have more time in the morning to get things done!

  • YAS girl. Daily tasks are sooo huge for productivity and organization for me.

    • Same. So happy to know I’m not the only one who is doing different things every day!

  • YES! Planning ahead is important. I like to know what’s on the horizon so I can prioritize!

    • Exactly, and you can always prepare for something to come up if needed!

  • Taylor Smith

    Organization is so important when I work at home!!!! Yes!

    • I can imagine, Taylor! Organizing everything when your office is also part of your home is so important and I’m glad you have that balance!

  • Keeping things minimal is the key for me!

  • Those are such great tips! For me, planning ahead and giving myself one task at a time really helps!

    • Planning ahead always helps and it’s great my friends and family know this is how I operate and they’re so wonderful about ti!

  • Love all of these tips! I’m so with you on minimal being key. The less clutter, the better.

    • YES YES YES. Less clutter, less stress. Less stress, more happiness!

  • I’m so random when it comes to organization. Somedays I freak out over things being unorganized, other days I’m a mess. I’m really learning on being more minimal.

    • Minimalism is so darn helpful when it comes to keeping things organized and feeling like you have it all together (even if I don’t always have it all together) you feel?

  • Adriana

    Such great tips! Planning ahead is what I need the most work on – I need to focus myself and get organized in advance more effectively!

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