Do you have piles of STUFF all over the place: dispersed among tables, chairs, the dining room table, bedside table, desk, etc.? Have you ever had a hard time finding a document or form that you needed and KNEW you had, but could not find it? Where do you start to get organized?!?!
Have you ever clipped coupons and put them aside so you would have them to take to the supermarket; however, either you got to the supermarket only to find that you had forgotten the coupons at home? Or, you tried to find the coupons before leaving home but could not find them? And go to the supermarket and return home and while putting groceries away, you found them, only to discover that they had expired?
Have you ever purchased food with the intention of making a special recipe; when you got home, you put the items away, and then forgot about the items. Then one day, as you cleaned out your fridge, you found the items that you purchased – and they were moldy?
Or buy food at a super great sale, got home and put the food in your freezer, only to forget about it until you defrosted the freezer? If you are lucky, you dated the items and were able to use the food items before they go bad. More often than not, people forget to put the date and what the item is, stash it in the freezer, only to find those items when they fall out of your freezer as you open the door, and now the food items have freezer burn so you end up trashing the food?
There are some easy ways to solve all of the above examples. First of all, you need to keep in mind that the disorganization did not happen in one day, and therefore, it will take several days to get thing organized.
Before we get to that, I’d like to quote two people:
- Inch by Inch: Everything is a Cinch: Steve Harvey (entertainer, actor, comedian, and host of the Steve Harvey Show, among other accolades)
- Lazy Pays Double: A very dear friend of mine
Where Do You Start?
Start by completing 3 steps:
- Potential hazards should be done first to avoid accidents from happening, e.g., get stuff off the floor so no one slips on what is underneath and stuff.
- Important Areas: Decide which are the most important areas to be organized because the area is unhealthy (e.g., vents for heat or air are spewing
dirt out, which means that you’re breathing that dirt; or if there is mold in a bathroom, you are breathing in that air; tripping hazards due to a frayed carpet or stuff on the floor, etc.)
- What you see first. A great motivator is to clear a desk or computer center or table, etc. that you see as you walk into a room. The reason for this is
because for several days after you get that area organized, you will experience a feeling of exhilaration, happiness, and calmness as you walk into that room. I would suggest that the first area you choose to do first is in the room that you use the most so that you will see the result often.
Remember: Getting organized: relieves stress, saves time, saves money, and helps your health
This is where the results of your personality quizzes come into play. As long as you build your personality traits into how you will accomplish getting it done, it will feel natural to you (as opposed to feeling like a chore) and you will want to continue getting organized.
This is very important so I want to provide the overview of the different types of personality traits from the First Step of Getting Organized.
- Type A personalities tend to be high strung, want immediate results, and are mostly perfectionists. They get anxious quickly and; therefore, tend to be proactive to avoid potential stress. They thrive with personal achievement and opportunities that are complemented with incentives.
- Type B personalities generally are easy-going, do not get upset if they do not achieve the intended goal, can relax with no guilt, and do not get anxious over work that has to be done. They thrive best when working with others because they are very social.
- Type C personalities are frequently introverts, avoid opposition because they are not good at debating or quick on their feet. They are thoughtful and detail oriented. They thrive when tackling detailed-oriented tasks and prefer systematic methods of completing tasks.
- Type D personalities tend to be motivated by new challenges and are results oriented as opposed to being detail oriented. They thrive when they can avoid repetitive tasks and activities, are motivated by projects that produce noticeable results.
With all of that in mind, begin by selecting tasks you want to get done the most. What bothers you the most? Are you spending lots of time trying to sort through papers? Does every room in your home need help?
Take a pad of paper or SmartPhone or any of the other electronic gizmos into every room of your home and make a list of areas in each room that need organizing or that bother you the most. When you have the complete.
Types A and C: work best by themselves. If you get your family involved, let them do other tasks. Not only will you get more done (two tasks at the same time) but you will be more relaxed.
Type B: get the family working on the same task with you. You love the interaction and to be able to chat or laugh while working.
Type D: can work well with others or alone. If you work with others, switch the tasks that each of you are doing. Your point is to mix things up and avoid doing the same movements or processes repeatedly. By changing tasks, everyone wins: the tasks get done, everyone is happier (including you) and everyone can have fun together.
If you are a Type A, choose only one task at a time and only when that one task is completed, should you start a different task
If you are a Type B person, choose 2 or 3 tasks and alternate between the tasks. If you can get someone to join you, you will even have fun getting the tasks done.
If you are a Type C person, decide the order in which you want to complete all tasks. Your type loves systematic repetition.
If you are a Type D person, you love diversity rather than repetition. So, if you work by yourself, start 2 tasks at the same time and then switch back and forth doing some of each task until both tasks have been completed. If you can get people to work with you, change with each other so you do part of a task and then switch to doing part of another task.
You can find more details on how to get organized by visiting my blog. Anything to do with organizing is under the category Sort Saturdays. I add a new post every week.