January is the proverbial time for making resolutions, and often on the list – along with losing weight, exercise more, and have more quality time – is get organized. In fact, January is slated as ‘Get Organized Month.’ Well, we all know how that usually works out.
According to NAPO, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, 72% of people consider most or all of their home to be disorganized, and Sherrie Bourg Carter, Director at PsychologyToday.com reports “Messy homes and workplaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed.” https://www.napo.net/page/GOMonth2020. So, getting organized, both literally and mentally, can actually be a catalyst for reducing stress and helping to make some of these other goals and resolutions possible.
There are many familiar ideas for getting organized, like making lists, tossing out or donating old and unused things, but here are some organizational ideas you may not have thought about, courtesy of PsychCentral.com’s Blog – 9 Lesser-Known Tips for Getting & Staying Organized by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., Associate Editor, 8 Jul 2018. Click here for the full article.
1. Define what organization means for you.
There is no one size fits all, so create your definition of being organized, focusing on what is most important or currently troubling to you, instead of adopting what you see in the media or other people’s homes.
2. Create an organizing playlist.
“Music can get you moving,” so listening to a playlist can be motivating, according to Jamie Novak, author of The Get Organized Answer Book, 1000 Best Quick and Easy Time-Saving Strategies and 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets. Hearing your playlist songs will then repeatedly trigger those positive responses.
3. Avoid being a “weekend warrior.”
Instead of attempting and failing to complete a get-it-all-done “marathon” organization project do shorter “sprints,” focusing on small areas or tasks you can complete in an hour or two.
4. Get help.
Professional organizers can meet with you, help you answer that first “what does organization mean to you” question, kick start or complete your projects, and then establish a sustainable system and schedule to meet your needs.