Tips for Staying Organized This Summer

You did it- your living space is in tip top shape. everything has a home, all your cupboards are organized, and you even took it a step further and color coordinated your once disaster of a closet.  But it doesn’t take long to return to your old bad habits, especially during the hustle and bustle of a busy summer.  It all starts when you are rushing out the door and toss something into a drawer, telling yourself you will return it later to its proper place. Then the kids have events after school and your rushing from work to make it in time leaving your desk in disarray.  Items that were once organized are no longer and you are back to square one, trying to decide where to begin. And, most likely feeling more overwhelmed then you did when you first started.  Learning how to stay organized is one thing but keeping the momentum and staying on top of it is completely different.  If you want to turn being organized into a lifestyle read these steps on how I keep it together.

Make your bed when you get up

This may sound like a small point, but even I have found if I make my bed every day it sets a great tone to the rest of my day.  Once it’s part of your routine, you’ll be much more able to stay organized and it will help to form good habits and stick to them overtime.

Make a to-do list

Creating to-do lists sets your priorities, keeps you focused, and will make you feel accomplished for doing the things you set out to do.  Crossing things off your list once they are done can take the weight off of your shoulders.  There are no rules on how your to-do list should be; find a list- making method that works for you and stick to it.

Finish one task before moving on to the next

There is a method to the madness.  Staying on track and completing one task before moving to the next is key.  Although, being a good multitasker is a great quality but staying organized is the first step. Finding a pattern first to your workflow is important and must be taken into consideration when starting and finishing your daily tasks.

Keep your planner up to date

Getting into the habit of filling out a calendar and keeping it up to date on a weekly basis helps with a busy schedule while keeping in order deadlines. It also gives you a sense of what your week ahead has in store for you.  I find that I like to use colorful pens and highlighters to coordinate my events and tasks.  Also, make it a habit to check your planner every morning, that way you will be prepared for your day ahead.

Keep your life simple

There’s a reason why Marie Kondo is taking over the airways. People are starting to embrace buying less stuff.  This is one of the simplest ways to keep your life organized yet easier said than done. Introducing new items on a regular basis to your space just adds clutter.  If you see a sale, ask yourself if you really need it, or if you already have something just like it.  It’s ok to splurge occasionally but if you are bringing new items into your space regularly, you may need to ask yourself these questions.