Adopting habits that will make you more organized is easier than you think. Rather than getting overwhelmed by broad resolutions that involve conquering grand projects that you have been putting off for years, start with small changes to your everyday routine. Here are some suggestions:
1. Make your bed every morning. Since your bed is the dominant feature in your bedroom, a made bed will make your whole room feel orderly. Total time commitment: 30 seconds-2 minutes.
2. Keep a donation bag in each of your clothes closets. You now have a place to keep clothes you no longer like or that no longer fit until you have the time to take them to a resale shop.
3. Shop with intension. Before you buy ask yourself, “do I really need this?” “what will I wear this with?” and “if I bring this into my home do I have a place to store it?” If the answer to any of these questions is “no” it’s best to walk away. The less you own, the less you have to take care of.
4. Keep a trash bin as close to the mailbox as possible. The vast majority of the mail you receive will be junk. Throw it away before it has the opportunity to clutter your main living space.
5. Use more hooks. Hooks involve much less work than hangers. Place them low enough so your children can easily hang up their own coats, backpacks, and gear.
6. Plan ahead. At the end of each day, take a few minutes to prepare for the next day’s activities. Mentally run through all of your To Do’s and set out items (diaper bags, backpacks, snacks, coupons, clothes, reusable grocery bags, returns and receipts) that you will need.
Join the FIT4MOM playgroup on Monday, January 12th after the 11:00 Stroller Strides class at Lil Sluggers for more tips from Less Is More!
Sarah Giller Nelson is the owner of Less is More Organizing Services, a professional organizing company inspired by a passion for beauty and order. Less is More serves the Chicagoland and South Florida areas, and specializes in working with busy families. Follow us on Pinterest (pinterest.com/LessIsMoreSarah) or sign up for our free monthly organizing newsletter at http://LessIsMoreOrganizers.com.