Thursday, July 18, 2024

Five Tips to Stay Organized this Spring.

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( Have you started purging your closet, making room for your spring wardrobe yet?  Or are you struggling to keep a certain space organized in your house that you get tired of reorganizing over and over again?

Here are five tips that will help you stay organized this spring.

Make a decision to get and stay organized.  The very first thing that you need to do for yourself is to decide that you want to get and stay organized.  Our thoughts dictate our actions, so once you have decided to organize your space or life, it is now in a position to be activated through your actions.

Put things back where they belong, right after each use.  I know this sounds so simple and maybe childish, but this is where cluttering forms.  Think about how many times, you’ve used something and say, “I’ll put it back later.”  But later turns into more stuff being added to that space and over time, that space becomes cluttered, again.  Take 1-2 extra seconds and put that item back where you got it from.  As they say, “Why put off tomorrow, what you can do today?” Use the golden rule of kindergarten:  If you take something out of the toy box to play with, put it back!

Schedule “Tidy up ______ space” in your to-do list.  I know, things happen and we are always rushing off to do something and we somehow, run out of time.  Staying organized also requires you to have time management.  If you need more time to organize a large space such as a closet or kitchen cabinets, put that on your to-do list.  Block off a realistic time for you to tidy up that space.  And again, when you use something, put it back or once it’s cleaned, put it away.

Throw away or donate everything and start over fresh.  This is probably the easiest to do out of them all but seriously, how much longer is that sweater you wore in high school going to take up space in your closet or drawer?  Throw it away!   Recently, I donated or threw away almost all of my clothes, accessories and shoes, to make room for new items.  This tip maybe hard to do if you’re attached to “stuff” but you can make it a girl’s night and invite your friends over to vote on what to keep and what to toss.

Tell yourself NO.  Check in with yourself often and ask yourself, do you really need something you’re contemplating buying?  If the answer is no, don’t purchase it.  When you tell yourself no to things that you know you don’t need, you are helping yourself stay organized.  Say no to buying more products or items that you know will eventually clutter up that space, again.  Say no to throwing that coat on the couch when you walk in the door and take two more seconds and hang it up.  That one coat will wound up being a coat, a sweater, a pair of socks, books, etc., by the end of the week.

Staying organized is a decisive method that one must use consistently and at all times in order for it to become a habit.  Once it becomes a habit, staying organized will become a part of your life style.  Create a method that works best for you and enforce that method of staying organized, in your everyday life

Staff Writer; Felicia T. Simpson

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