Do you ever get an overwhelming feeling that your life is out of your control? Like nothing is getting done the way it should and you don’t know what to do to take charge? I have felt that myself at times, and often this was because I didn’t have a plan and my life wasn’t very organized. This is why it is important to know how to organize your life.
Organization is a big key in the process of limiting stress in your life. After all, a little forethought and proactiveness can go a long way. So if you would like to stop feeling overwhelmed and stressed take a look at this list of 13 ways to make your life more organized.
1. Set personal/family goals
This is probably one of the most important steps in learning how to organize your life. If you don’t have goals then you don’t have anything you’re striving for. Knowing what things you want to work towards will help you be more proactive about actually making progress and help you know what you need to put your time towards.
So take some time to think about what you dream about for your future and set up a game plan to make those dreams into actionable goals. If you are married then this is a great thing to do with your spouse so that you can work on your goals together as a family.
2. Start a budget
Similar to setting goals, a budget gives you direction. It’s not about limiting yourself, but rather knowing where all of your money is going. And oftentimes when people get their finances together they find that they are more easily able to get other areas of their life together as well. Go figure.
A great place to start on this is the Dave Ramsey website budgeting forms. They can help take the guesswork out of how to set up a budget.
3. Pay off your debt
No debt is good debt, honestly. My husband and I are currently working on Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps and are trying to pay off all of our debt, and, let me tell you, it feels amazing when you get rid of yet another monthly payment.
We paid off our car and credit cards, and the freedom that losing those extra debt payments gives you is worth more than any credit card rewards out there.
4. Own less things
I love simplicity. I don’t always model simplicity in my life to the extent that I would like, but it’s something I am working towards. It is definitely a key element in figuring out how to organize your life. One of the biggest ways I am working towards simplicity is by making an effort to own fewer things.
All owning lots of things does is clutter up the finite space that you have. And chances are if you are buying loads of things or just holding on to tons of items from the past you probably don’t love all of them. And why own things you don’t love?
If you find that your home is filled with things that you don’t enjoy having around then it might be time to think about doing a purge. For some help with that head over to my post Is the Marie Kondo Cleaning Method Effective?
5. Have a place for everything you own
Everything that makes the cut after you do a purge should have a specific place where it “lives.”
Part of the reason homes get so messy and cluttered is that often times we don’t have specific places for all of our possessions, so they end up sitting in some random spot like the floor, the table, a countertop, stuffed in a drawer, etc. And then one by one other items join that first item until it becomes a pile. So pick a spot for everything, and then keep them there.
6. Make a capsule wardrobe
Having a capsule wardrobe goes along with the idea of only keeping things that you love but with a bit more planning involved. The planning helps make sure that you don’t have a lot of random pieces of clothing that you love but that don’t go together.
Rather you have a small number of pieces that you love and that all work with each other. Just think how easy getting ready in the morning would be if all of your clothes matched and you enjoyed them all!
7. Get a planner
This one honestly could be hit or miss as some people really couldn’t be bothered to mess with an official planner. I have that tendency. But for others, planners can be extremely helpful.
One of the benefits that I have gotten from my planner, when I have taken the time to use it, was filling out some of the goal worksheets at the beginning of each month. The worksheets helped me think through my goals more thoroughly and become more productive because of that.
The one I have purchased in the past the Living Well Planner, and though it is a more expensive planner I do recommend it. It has a bunch of different sections that are really helpful in organizing multiple aspects of your life plus, as I mentioned, some great goal worksheets.
So whichever type of planner speaks to you, find one that offers all of the sections you are looking for (monthly activities, daily schedule, meal planning, and budget forms are a few to potentially look out for) and that helps you better fulfill your goals.
8. Get on a sleep schedule
Having a regular sleep schedule is beneficial to your body because it doesn’t have to constantly adjust to different sleep and wake up times. I know I feel the difference when I drastically change my schedule. So do yourself (and your body) a favor and go to sleep and wake up at around the same time each day. That way you can spend less of your day feeling groggy and be more productive.
9. Start meal planning
Knowing in advance what you are going to make for dinner makes a big difference. First of all, you can do all of your grocery shopping for the week at once and not have to make multiple trips.
Secondly, you won’t be scrambling to come up with something to eat last minute (and therefore will be less likely to eat out or eat something like freezer burritos or macaroni—meals we tend to eat when I haven’t done a good job planning). Both of those things mean you will be saving time and money and likely eating better as well.
For my super easy meal planning method check out my post The Ultimate To Super Simple Meal Planning.
10. Clean out your phone
Many of us use our phones all throughout the day (myself included). So having a cluttered phone leads to more mental clutter. If you spend a lot of time on it and are trying to figure out how to organize your life then it only makes sense to put some of your focus on your phone.
Try culling through some of the apps that you never use, reorganizing, deleting things to free up memory, etc. Using an organized device just feels better on your brain.
11. Go through all of your emails
Along the same lines as cleaning your phone is going through your emails. For me those tend to pile up until I have hundreds of unread ones and feel stressed just opening up my inbox. Try going through and reading or deleting so that you don’t have unread messages hanging over you.
12. Clean out your car
My car tends to get dirty very quickly. Driving can be stressful enough as it is, especially if you live in a high traffic area (like near Seattle).
So make it as zen a place as possible by cleaning it out. Take out everything that doesn’t belong in the car and clean it either yourself with rags and a handheld vacuum cleaner or by taking it to a detail shop.
13. Clean out your purse
If you carry a purse then it is likely another area that can become cluttered very quickly. Carrying a bunch of random junk around, though, is not helpful, and the whole point of a purse is to make life easier.
So take everything out, organize, and put back only the things you actually want to carry around with you everywhere.
Life doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it. Often times we just need to use a bit more forethought so that we can be prepared for situations rather than trying to play catch up. Try doing some deep cleaning of the space where you live and the things you use most and planning things out in advance and you will find that your life will feel much more organized.
How do you make sure that your life feels as organized as possible?
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