Since I have been going organizational crazy thing summer (as you could see from my closet tour a few months ago!), I decided that while I am on this adventure of finding the storage objects perfect for my room, I would share this adventure with you. As far as organizing goes, I AM NOT AN EXPERT. I do not claim to be, I am simply sharing my fun ways of organizing and what works for me. By all means, I am open to suggestions and love new ideas. 🙂
To start off, I made a list of what helps me organize things. To keep my life on track, I came up with a few simple solutions to keeping things in their place and life clutter free!
If you want to start off small, begin by looking at your email and working through the items in your inbox. My first organizational solution is to look through all your emails first, then respond. That way, you won’t respond to a message and notice later that another one had arrived from the same person! The second tip, going along the lines of the first is to go through and unsubscribe from newsletters you no longer read or enjoy. Make your inbox virtually organized by using the folders and tools available! I love using yahoo mail because it allows me to easily utilize folders!
For those of us who love everything written down, I suggest using a planner. I personally love the ones from Lilly Pulitzer, who released the new line about a month ago. ( an updated agenda post will be coming next month, along with a few surprises for loyal readers 🙂 Stay tuned!) This includes utilizing the planner in a functional way that works for you. I love using bright colors for each category in my life, including: school, work, Gamma Phi Beta, blog and personal stuff. Then each day of the week I can look at the things in my agenda and know what needs to be done and by what date they should be done. To keep my room and such clean and clutter free, each day of the week is assigned a certain task. For example on Mondays, I would do laundry and Tuesdays I vacuum my room. Then you can form a pattern and keep the house clean. An easy way to keep the same weekly list is to laminate it and use dry-erase markers for an easy reusable tool!
Another thing I love to utilize is my set of hanging files. That way I keep all of my items neatly organized and set apart. If I need to quickly find that receipt for my phone bill, it is filed under “phone bill” and accessible. I find I spend less time digging and more time accomplishing goals and to-do list tasks!
In order to have motivation for all of these things, my fifth tip is to think of your work day as over when your to-do list is completely finished. That way you don’t say “I can do this tomorrow” and instead it is checked off that list! Which goes into tip number six. Make lists! I love making lists, whether it is on a night stand before bed or a small one on a sticky note in my planner, I make lists for everything and anything. For those of us who worry at night, a brainstorming journal on the night stand is a great way to make a list and get some sleep! Another quick idea to help with sleep and organizing is to avoid any visual clutter in the area around you. Keep the items on your nightstand and desk simple and easy to reach. That way you won’t feel closed in or stressed when searching for something.
My final quick tip is to take a break from organizing. This can be a daunting task and may take time. Your finished system won’t happen overnight, but when it does finally happen, you’ll be so happy you did it! Stay tuned for more “Simply Organized!”