The path to get organized is actually quite easy to begin. You don’t really need to get rid of your current furniture in favor of shelves or cubby holes with matching bins to hold your items like what some magazines show on their covers. Just think of the phrase ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. You can get organized with what you have. The most difficult part of organization is staying organized.
There are big rewards to reap from being organized. You home won’t be cluttered from multiple items in the house like scissors, calculators and kitchen measuring utensils. You will be saving money by not going out to buy multiple items of the same thing. You’ll save stress by not having to run around trying to find that one item.
Start organizing by tackling something small, like your wallet. It’s best to have dollar bills in sequential order and have a coin holder that is easy to open and access. Also, your wallet may have a small pocket or sleeve in it. This is a great area to store ‘mad money’; money to be used just for emergencies. If possible, reduce the number of credit cards that you carry. In your wallet you should be carrying you driver’s license or ID. I know to some who are reading this that would be a no-brainer. However, I had a customer in a few days ago who didn’t have her driver’s license with her and she had to look in three different locations in her wallet and purse to realize it wasn’t with her. She shrugged it off and said “Oh well, I’m a safe driver.” If you get into a wreck that isn’t your fault and caught without a license you will be fined heavily. It’s best to find a generic purse that goes with most of your outfits and stick to that one. Cutting down on needlessly changing purses or wallets will reduce the chances of something getting lost.
Another item you should carry are a couple of credit cards. Go for ones that are accepted in a lot of places, like Visa. I haven’t seen a place yet that doesn’t accept Visa. Also pack along some cash in case the credit card machine had crashed at the store.
Take five minutes in the evening to organize your purse and wallet for the next day. If I had done this a few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have left the house key behind for some friends I was pet-sitting for. The distance between my home and theirs is quite a distance to drive and my vehicle is not fuel efficient. I didn’t realize until I got there that I didn’t have the key, so then I had to drive back home, grab the key and then go back. It wasted about an hour of driving all in total, wasted quite a bit of gas and vehicle wear and tear and was embarrassing to me. Five minutes of the night before preparation would have saved me an hour of stress the next morning.
Getting organized in the kitchen is a great place to start in the home. Having an organized kitchen help cooking go by so much more smoothly and the food doesn’t get burned as you stop to look for items. If you find a recipe that you want to try, review it before you start to cook it and pull out the items you plan to use. This will let you know if what you have is up to the job.
You can also save money when you go to the store. Place a grocery list on the refrigerator and as you run out of items, write it down on the list. This makes replacing the item a whole lost easier and it helps you to make sure that you’ve got he right brand and size of what you need. Don’t commit to memory what you plan to buy. If you have a list, it eliminates the need for a second trip or postponing what you needed to buy because you didn’t forget anything. Keeping to a list also eliminates needless impulse buys as well.
Some people make things look so easy because they are organized. Organization helps with mental health because it eliminates the worry that you’ve forgotten something. Build up to it, found out what works for you and reap the benefits of not having to give things a second thought. There’s nothing to lose if you try.