6 Ways to Get Organized Today
Getting organized is an easy way to relieve stress and give yourself a bit more time during your day. I am not a fan of over organized, plan every minute days, but these 6 things can give you a little stress relief and give you a few more minutes a day to just breathe and enjoy.
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Make a Meal Plan
I was inspired to start meal planning by a post I read from Julie at FillingtheJars.com. She plans her meals a month in advance and I was completely jealous. I didn’t think a month’s worth of planning would work for my schedule but I have been able to do a week at a time for the last few months.
The results were pretty amazing. I not only felt less stressed, but I saved about $400 a month and lost 10 lbs. I wrote a post about it for Julie and her readers but I wanted to share my success with my readers as well. You can find my post, with a free printable meal plan and shopping list right here.
Today you can get a bit more organized by planning your meals a week or a month at a time. It is an easy way to create some space in your day, save a little money and maybe even lose a little weight.
Start a 20 Minute Cleaning Routine
You will be amazed at what you can do in 20 minutes. 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening can make your day. Imagine waking up to a clean sink and going to bed to a made bed. I don’t know about you, but these simple things really do make me relax and breathe easy. Here is how you can do it.
In the Morning
- Make your bed – 2 minutes
- Throw a load of laundry in the washer – 2 minutes
- Sweep the floor – 3 minutes
- Empty the dishwasher – 2 minutes
- Wipe down the counters – 1 minute
In the Evening
- Switch the laundry – 2 minutes
- Fold whats in the dryer – 2 minutes
- Put the dishes in the dishwasher – 2 minutes
- Wipe down the counter and the stove – 2 minutes
- Pick up toys – 2 minutes
Set a timer to see how close you are and adjust it for what you need. If you live in a 400 sq ft. New York City apartment, you might need less time. If you don’t have kids, you just saved 2 minutes because you don’t have to pick up all the toys. If you live in a 15,000 sq ft. home, you might need a few more minutes to get that much space cleaned up.
Create a Chore Chart
If you have children, a chore chart can be a great way to get organized, get some work out of the wee (or not so wee) ones, and maybe even teach them a few life skills.
The thing about chore charts is they seem to work really well for two or three weeks, and then they start to slack off. So using a chore chart like this one, that you can change, seems to make things go a little better.
Don’t forget to say thank you and give a few rewards for a job well done. Kids need to celebrate their small wins to!
Track Your Spending
The first step to getting your finances organized is to track your spending. It is easy to budget and see where you can save once you know where your money is going. There are tons of apps that can help you track your spending. This article from Forbes magazine does a great job of comparing different spending tracker apps so you can find the best one for you.
If you don’t like the idea of keeping that much financial information on your phone you could try Quicken. According to Amazon, it is the best-selling personal finance software out there, and as a bonus, your accountant will love you for having everything all together at the end of the year.
Finally, don’t forget the standard pencil and paper. Yes, it is an ancient method of doing things, but it does still work. Make categories like grocery, restaurant, lawn care etc. and list out what you spend money on.
So start organizing your finances today, and develop your spending tracker plan.
Make A Life Plan
Making a life plan is a great way to get yourself on track if you are feeling a little stuck. It is a way to organize your life so you know where you are going. If you are not sure how to get started you can read my post How to Make a Life Plan. It includes a free downloadable template (no email address required) so you can get started.
You really can make a plan in just an afternoon. Chances are you already have a few ideas in the back of your mind, all you need to do is bring them to the front. My How to Make a Life Plan post is my most popular post because it makes this task so much easier.
Get Your Closet Organized
Closets, those black holes of clothes. Getting your closet organized can be done in an afternoon. All you need is some garbage bags and some will power. That shirt that you have worn once in the last 5 years, put it in the bag. Those shoes you hate because they hurt your feet so bad, in the bag it goes. Here are some rules for organizing your closet.
- If you have not worn it in the last year, put it in the bag
- If it does not fit, put it in the bag
- If it is something other than clothes, take it out of your closet.
These three simple rules will help you get your closet organized, and probably free up a lot of space.
Organization for Your Happiness
Getting just one of these things done today will help you get organized. Organization is an excellent way to remove some of the stress from your life. If you are coming home to a mess every day, that is going to stress you out. If you are not sure where your money is going, that is going to stress you out. Getting a little bit more organized will remove stress and add happiness to your life.