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“I’m going to keep a beautiful and organized home!” Oh, that declaration of intention with all the excitement for the outcome and no real plan for getting there. When we look around our homes and see cluttered chaos, it’s hard to imagine how anyone can achieve such a goal. We all have to start somewhere, but what do we do when we don’t know where to begin? If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time (over)thinking about changing your life, especially if you feel distracted, out of control, and exhausted. Start with these 10 habits to get your life organized today. You can use it like a checklist and work your way from 1 to 10, or daily pick one that feels manageable to attack and go for it. I’d love to hear about your experience! 

  1. Make a to-do list and prioritize tasks.
  2. Declutter your living space regularly.
  3. Create a schedule and stick to it.
  4. Use a planner or calendar to track important dates.
  5. Set achievable goals for yourself.
  6. Practice time management techniques.
  7. Keep a clean and organized work area.
  8. Develop a morning and evening routine.
  9. Learn to say no to commitments that don’t align with your goals.
  10. Take breaks and practice self-care regularly.

To-do list:

Write down all tasks that need to be completed.

Prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance.

Start with the most critical and urgent tasks first.

Break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable ones.

Check off completed tasks as you go.

Adjust priorities as needed throughout the day, weeks, and months.

 

Declutter your living space regularly.

Organizing your home is incredibly challenging when there are already too many things. It’s a good practice to regularly declutter your living space to keep it organized and tidy. This can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. 

Consider first going through your belongings and removing unnecessary or unnecessary items. Finding designated storage spaces for the things you want to keep will be much more manageable. 

 

 

Create a schedule and stick to it.

It’s a great idea to create a schedule and stick to it. Here are some tips to help you with that:

  1. Make a list of all the tasks you need to complete.
  2. Prioritize those tasks based on their importance.
  3. Allocate specific times to complete each task.
  4. Be realistic with your time estimates.
  5. Try to stick to your schedule as closely as possible.

Do you have a schedule you follow for keeping up with cleaning, organizing, home maintenance, and more? When you write down all of the tasks you do (or want to do) regularly, it can be overwhelming to look at all of them at once. It’s still the best place to start so that you can be realistic about the time you’re setting aside to complete each task. I remember writing out lists daily and constantly feeling like a failure because, in reality, I was trying to do everything all at once and honestly had no idea how long it would take me to complete each task. In short, I was unrealistic about my time and how I could spend it. 

Sometime in 2022, I came across a youtube video where they talked about following a 5×5 cleaning routine, and I really loved the concept for the simplicity and the minimal time involved. You pick 5 rooms (usually your kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, and bedroom) and spend just 5 minutes in each room doing as much “tidying” as you can in that time frame. When the timer goes off, you STOP and move on to the next room. It requires you to listen to the timer and stop when it goes off. This means again being realistic about what you can do in the time allowed. For example, you’re not going to degrease and scrub your oven that hasn’t been cleaned since you moved into your house 8 years ago in 5 minutes. Ahem. Not that I know from personal experience. But you can take anything on or in the stove away, spray it down, let that soak while you put them away, and quickly wipe it down. Will it be perfect, shining, and free from even the tiniest speck of dust or crumbs? Nope, but it will be better than we found it, and for this girl? That’s good enough!

Before using this method for so many days, I’d say that I didn’t have time to do 25 minutes of cleaning every day. Still, there are always 5 minutes here and there throughout those busier days where I can set a 5-minute timer and get something done. Sometimes I wait for something to happen (water to boil, oven to preheat, laundry to dry, etc.). Instead of scrolling aimlessly on my phone, I set a timer for 5 minutes and take care of a task in that room. I’m working on a list of all the tasks to manage each room in my house, and once it’s finished, this post will be updated for you to download as your guide. Of course, every home is different, so you will likely need to customize it to work just right for you. 

 

Use a planner or calendar to track important dates.

Using a planner or calendar is a great way to keep track of important dates and events. By documenting them in one place, you can easily stay organized and ensure you don’t miss anything important. Consider using a physical planner or an electronic calendar to help you stay on your schedule.


Set achievable goals for yourself.

Setting achievable goals is essential for staying motivated and progressing toward your desired outcome. Here are some tips for setting achievable goals:

  1. Be specific and clear about what you want to achieve.
  2. Make sure your plan is measurable so you can track your progress.
  3. Set a realistic deadline for yourself.
  4. Break down your goal into smaller, more manageable steps.
  5. Stay flexible and adjust your plan as needed.

Remember to celebrate your achievements along the way to stay motivated and focused.


Practice time management techniques.

Here are some time management techniques you can try:

  • Prioritize your tasks and create a to-do list
  • Use a calendar to schedule your activities
  • Break large tasks into smaller ones
  • Eliminate distractions, such as social media or email, while working on important tasks
  • Take regular breaks to avoid burnout
  • Learn to say “no” to requests that don’t align with your priorities
  • Delegate tasks to others when possible.

Keep a clean and organized work area.

Keeping a clean and organized work area can help improve productivity and reduce stress. It can also make it easier to find what you need when you need it. Try to develop a habit of regularly decluttering your workspace and putting things away properly.

Develop a morning and evening routine.

Remember to tailor your routines to your personal preferences and schedule. A good morning routine could include waking up consistently, drinking water, stretching or exercising, and planning your day. An evening routine could involve disconnecting from electronics, practicing relaxation techniques, and preparing for the next day.

Learn to say no to commitments that don’t align with your goals.

It’s vital to prioritize commitments that align with your goals and to politely decline those that don’t. Saying “no” can help you create space for what truly matters to you. I recently listened to the book “F*ck No” by Sarah Knight. If you struggle with saying no to things, I highly recommend checking it out!

 

Take breaks and practice self-care regularly.

Taking breaks and prioritizing self-care for your physical and mental well-being is important. Remember to rest, recharge and take care of yourself regularly. How often do you take breaks? What do you like to do when taking a break from mentally draining tasks? How do you practice self-care?

I hope these tips were helpful to you, and I look forward to your feedback! Until the next one, did you say, “I’m going to…” today?  

Love yourself and others, Always.

 

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