Monday, February 20, 2017

5 Ways to Stay Organized

Piles of unopened mail, overflowing closets and drawers, cluttered kitchen countertops – disorganization may seem harmless but it can drain on your time, energy and confidence if you’re not careful. Plus, constantly searching for your bills, keys, or even clothing can make you run late and reinforce habits of disorganization in other areas of your new sober life. 

To the rescue: Some simple steps to help you de-clutter and stay organized.

  • Minimize morning chaos. Make lunches, pack briefcases or bags and pick out your clothes the night before. You may also consider placing any must-take items, like your keys, wallet, cell phone charger or umbrella near the front door. 
  • Stop paper before it starts. Another bill? Don’t toss it aside and end up with a mountain of paperwork. Open your mail immediately and decide whether to toss it, act on it or file it. 
  • Make a plan. Before you start de-cluttering, it’s important to take a few minutes to create a plan or to-do list. Just be sure it’s realistic; try setting small, achievable goals to boost your confidence. 
  • Set a time limit. Cleaning an entire closet or desk area can be daunting; just thinking about it may make you stressed out. To feel less overwhelmed, organizational experts recommend setting a time limit and working in increments. For example, start with one small section of your desk area and give yourself 15 minutes. When time is up, just leave it for another day. 
  • Keep it simple and easy. Organization doesn’t have to be complicated – and what works for someone else might not work for you. Experiment to find simple strategies and tools that help keep you organized and stress-free.
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