Three Organizing Rules to Live By!


"He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day...needs to reorganize his life."                                                                        - George M. Adams

I know there are people who may view getting organized as a boring task. It can be mundane and monotonous. Aren't there a lot of other, more fun, things to do?

Well, yes. Does that surprise you that I'd say that? I'm just being honest - if I said that organizing was always fun, you might just write me off, wouldn’t you? But here's the crux of the matter: there may be more fun things to do, but getting organized can actually free up your time to do those things... without guilt. 

And it actually only takes three simple organizing "rules" to help you use that time wisely to get organized and stay that way:

1) For everything, there is a place.The number one rule in organizing is to make sure everything has a home. Clutter is built up because we don’t know where to put an item, so we just put it anywhere and think we will deal with later. Later never comes.

Tips to implement rule #1:

  • You don’t want to over complicate your organizing, so place items where they naturally make sense to you - even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else!   

  • Place your most used items in the most convenient places and anything else can go up high or out of the way.

2) Put things away. Often our organization falls apart because we simply do not pay attention to the maintenance piece of organizing - putting things back in their place that was established in #1.

Tips to implement rule #2:

  • Even when things pile up it’s amazing how just a little extra attention can make a difference.

  • Don’t wait for later, do it now.

3) Organize more than once. You don’t get to clean your house only once a year and the same concept needs to happen with your organizing. It’s a process and more importantly, it’s a lifestyle.

Tips to implement rule #3:

  • You may find your organization will need to change, depending on what is going on with you and your family at the time.

  • Don’t ignore change, instead adapt to it.

Once you have these three rules in place you will be well on your way to an organized life - and the even bigger idea that is illustrated in the opening quote: when you persevere through the sometimes mundane tasks of organizing, that's when you are free to enjoy your life everyday - and have fun.

Until Next Time...

Take Care,