Updated: Sep 22, 2020
Wow. My very first blog post. Welcome to my page! I assumed you're reading this because you're finding yourself wanting to have a more organized life. What does that mean exactly? It certainly does not not mean perfection. Far from it! However, it does mean having the right systems and tools in place to help make things easier for you. And although those systems and tools will make things simpler for you, it doesn't mean a little bit work and effort isn't required. To some extent, being organized requires some discipline and routine.
That is where I hope to help. With this blog and website I want to share with you all tips, tricks, tools, insights and resources that have helped me throughout my life.
So back to my original question - what it means to have an organized life? From a practical perspective, it means:
Having WHAT you need.
So many people think that having an organized home starts with going to The Container Store or IKEA and getting fancy organizational systems, storage solutions bins and labels. But it's not (don't worry, the shopping fun comes later). Or they think they need to Marie Kondo everything in their life and keep only the items that bring them pure joy. Truly, an organized home starts with answering this question: what is my best life and what do I need to live it? When you answer that question you can move to purging, decluttering and eventually buying all those fun and pretty organizational solutions.
Having what you need, WHEN you need it.
I'm fond of the expression "everything has a home". Simply put it means figuring out where it makes sense to keep things AND remembering to put it back there. It's the art of creating habits. This seems simple, but after living with a man who regularly asks me "have you seen my keys?" I realize this doesn't come easily for everyone.
Knowing WHERE things are.
Same as above. To know where things are, means getting into the habit of putting them back where they belong (i.e. put everything back in their homes). It takes discipline. It means tidying the living room and kitchen at the end of a long day. It means filing your paperwork and sorting through the mail on a regular basis. It's not sexy, but it works.
Knowing HOW to stay on top of everything you need to (including the fun stuff!)
I said earlier that being organized means having the tools and systems in place to make things easier for you. This can include developing a routine that works for you and your lifestyle. For instance, I prefer to pay my bills and update my budget tracker once a week. It gives me peace of mind and clarity. Staying on top of everything involves figuring out what's truly important (back to the first point) and simplify the decision making process. For instance, if having more time (and brain space) for leisure activities or creative outlets is important to you, try creating a few weekly meal plans, that way you don't feel like you need to develop new ones every week or scramble to make dinner when you get home
Understanding WHY it's important
Like most things in life, if you don't understand why you're doing something then you're not going to stay committed to it. Or you won't do a good job. Personally, I need to keep my house and office organized because it gives me peace of mind. I truly do feel like having an organized space gives me peace of mind. For you, being organized may give you more time with your family and friends. It comes back to my original point. Being organized is really about determining what lifestyle you want, establishing priorities and then setting yourself up to maximize. Once you've established what you want in life, it becomes easier to stick to something knowing that the mundane routine is helping you achieve what you want.
That's it for my first blog post. I hope that this becomes a place where you can find storage hacks, home organizing ideas, tools such as printables and other mindset tips that will help you live your best life!