With the new year already here, it's time for us to start thinking about our resolutions for 2016. One might be to try to lose more weight, or maybe you are thinking of paying off debt. One really great resolution could be to try to become more organized.
Here are 5 simple steps to becoming more organized in the new year.
1. Invest in a planner.
Sure we have the technology available to us to plan as well, such as with the calendar on our iPhones and other smart phone apps. However, a paper planner can be a really great way to have everything written down. It's great in helping you remember your projects and commitments, including doctor's appointments, meetings, and deadlines. Plus, it feels so good to scratch something off the list, doesn't it?
2. Clear clutter in your room.
One way to clear clutter is by using storage bins for grouping similar items together. For example, I keep all my vitamins and supplements in a blue Tupperware-type container, and I have a small basket full of all my personal care and cosmetic items. Makeup can be stored in acrylic cases, makeup bags, or even in storage bins. Stackable storage drawers are great for putting under or beside a desk for office supply storage, such as notebooks, pen and pencils, and other writing instruments.
3. Create a cleaning schedule.
In the midst of work and school, family, and other commitments, finding the time to clean your home can really become a mission. By creating a cleaning schedule, you can decide what tasks are small enough to handle daily and what tasks are to be left for the weekend. You get to create a timetable that works for YOU and ensures that all cleaning tasks around your home get done in a timely manner without becoming too overwhelming.
4. Create to-do and grocery lists.
Though it might sound elementary, writing things down really can help you in the long run in order to avoid forgetting important tasks you need to take care of and products you need to purchase. List pads are typically pretty cheap and can be found at the dollar store (I sometimes find them in the dollar section at Michael's). Keep them on your desk at work and around the home to help you organize your tasks.
5. Create a budget binder.
A budget binder is found in many homes belonging to families of 4 or more members, however, the system can actually be modified for an individual's needs. A budget binder helps you stay organized with finances and avoid debt. For more information on the system and printable downloads, you can visit this link.
You Might Also Like