Getting organized is not a one time event. As items and tasks on your to-do list come into your home, office and calendar, you need to set up routines and habits to stay organized. Like any other habit such as eating healthy or exercising more, starting and keeping habits to stay organized require planning, will-power, and daily attention.
Tips to set up routines & habits to stay organized:
Create a place for everything.
Once all items have a home, it will be easier to put things away regularly.
Have one central calendar for all appointments.
Digital calendars work well because they are portable, can be easily updated and shared. If you prefer paper, use a portable planner or small calendar.
Create a place for every task on your calendar.
For example, if you need to do laundry once per week, look at your calendar and choose a time to wash and put away the clothes. If every Sunday from 7-8pm is “put away laundry time,” you will prevent clothing clutter from gathering in bedrooms.
Schedule a “tidy-up” time each day.
If you have already organized your spaces, tidying up shouldn’t take very long, if you do it daily. I suggest you spend just 15 minutes tidying up each night. Have a collection basket to bring things to other rooms to quickly put items back in place.
Plan, plan, plan.
Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. The best way to create a routine is to plan ahead. Think about your goals and priorities, the areas of your home or office that quickly become disorganized, and plan what needs to be done, when it should be done, and who should do it to make sure it stays organized.