Top tips on how to start organising


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 It’s all very well wanting to get more organised – but how large a task does it seem…

It can be far too overwhelming to even think about where to start, but the key really is to just get started!

Sound impossible?, well here are some key tips and hints to follow that will help you get started on your organising goals. Why not use them to make the whole process as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.

Organising is a very personal thing, so find the hints that work for you, and go with them!

Top tips on how to get started with organising your home

Where should I start with getting organised?

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1. Start with a plan

In my ADORE system, the A stands for ASSESS – and there is no coincidence that this is the first letter!

If you don’t work out what you are lacking, whats already working, and whats needed, then how do you know when you have got there? Determine your goals and set mini goals, and reward yourself to keep motivated and on track each step of the way. Planning is crucial to getting started successfully.

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2. Start where it hurts the most

If you are wanting to organise a lot of different areas of your home and life, to start with the area that is affecting you most regularly will reap benefits. You will see the benefits quickly when you tackle that area (rather than an area such as possibly your loft where you won’t necessarily go to for months after you have organised it), as you will be using that area most days. This will be all the motivation you need to continue.

I am telling you – once you get started you will get the organising bug!!!

Common areas that are good places to start for this reason would be paperwork, finances, kitchen, time.

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3. Start with the first thing you do every morning

That way you will have a burst of energy from the newly organised space each and every day – what a great start! (examples would be your wardrobe if you get dressed first, your bathroom, your kitchen etc…)

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4. Start with the entrance to your home

As with the other items, the theme is finding something that you see and use regularly, so that you create momentum in your organising.

Your hallway could be the perfect place to start if you hate answering the door or letting people into your home.

It is the first place you see when you walk through the door, thus has the ability to create calm or chaos in your psyche.

It is the place that you may lose the most on a daily basis (do you have to hunt for keys, money, purse, bag, shoes, coat etc….?)

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5. Start with a few quick wins

Although I advocate starting and finishing one area at a time, at the start of your organising journey you may find that inspiration and motivation comes more readily when you have seen some quick wins throughout your home and life.

A great task is to thin out your home slightly – seeing things that you don’t need or use leave your home can be very satisfying!

Get a bin bag and walk through each room in your home – try and fill it with purely items that are genuine rubbish – so easy to let go. We all have some in our homes – and you may be surprised at what a difference it makes in your home immediately.

Items like bits of paper, old magazines, out of date food, broken items etc… are all easy quick wins.

You can of course progress quite quickly to items that are for charity (clothes, toys etc…), recycling, and items that are others people that you need to get back to them asap.

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6. Start in small chunks

Use a commercial break in a TV programme you love to watch, or my example of the microwave cooking time, as a chance to get something small like a drawer organised. That way you will have a clear time limit and it will feel manageable and fits easily into your life.

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7. Start when you are feeling positive

Getting organised is all about changing things, and you may be resistant to this at first.

If you start your organising when you have the positivity and motivation to change things for the better, then you will be so much further ahead!

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8. Time your organising sessions

I have started a morning habit.

I eat porridge that is microwaved for 2 minutes every day. When I come downstairs I put the porridge in and then see exactly how many little jobs I can get done in that time that may otherwise have been wasted.

I put washing in the machine, unload the dishwasher, wipe down the surfaces, check my diary for a quick refresh of whats ahead that day, and lots of other ad hoc things – basically whatever needs attention the most at that time.

Its great as I feel that I have already achieved a bit, and I am always amazed at how much even just 2 minutes can achieve when I am really focused.

What could have been dead time with me simply hovering and waiting for the beep, has been utilised into really valuable time, thus I’ve saved time later in the day and probably got things done more quickly than if I hadn’t had a deadline.

You will be amazed at what you can achieve in just 15 minutes for example. And if you know that you only need to do this much you will be more inclined to get started.

The majority of people find that once they get started they want to carry on – its the same technique as used with people reluctant to exercise – once you are out there walking/running you want to continue as its not as bad as you first thought, and you find it is actually quite fun!

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9. Make it interesting

There’s nothing in life worse than doing something that’s boring. You feel low while doing it, and it can often take longer than necessary as its difficult to build momentum when you aren’t enjoying it. I’m not saying that getting organised is a walk in the park – some aspects are really dull – but the results are so worth it – but making the dull bits more interesting will pay dividends!

Its quite easy to make things more interesting if you put your mind to it.

Why not go out to a coffee shop and sort your diary out there? Read articles at the park on a sunny day, put your favourite music on when cleaning or decluttering, make errands coincide with meeting a friend, get your family involved as well, add rewards to look forward to, set time limits for tasks to see if you can beat the clock, when setting up a home file why not get creative so its something beautiful you will be proud of – the list is really endless!

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10. Add organising tasks to your diary

If you had a doctors appointment come up, you would have scheduled it into your diary without even thinking.

Its the same with organising tasks. Even though you think you may not have the time, if you look at scheduling it in, it is usually easier than you think. You manage to watch TV, play with your children etc…. so why not get organised as well!

The key to adding these tasks to your diary is to stick to them – don’t let yourself get sidetracked by something seemingly more important. Treat this as specific time and you will get started before you know it!

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11. Tell someone

There’s nothing like being asked how things are going by someone to make you want to show them how well you are doing.

Telling a friend or family member may be just the thing you need to help you to actually get started – as you have someone to answer to, and the thought of having to admit that you haven’t started may be all that you need to actually GET started!

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12. Set yourself a goal

Most of us have a competitive streak to some level. Setting yourself a goal, breaking it down into tasks, and scheduling them into your diary may be all you need to create that starting point – as it will seem manageable.

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13. Don’t fight with yourself

If you don’t work well at night – don’t think that the last half hour before bed will be your ideal organising time.

Whether you are a night owl or an early bird, try and use the time that you are most alert and focused to progress your organising – as you will get so much more done.

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When you look to get started with organising it can seem like too big a task, and many people stop before they have begun for this very reason.

However, if you look at yourself and your existing habits, and work with them to get organised, then you will find the task easier, and, dare I say it – enjoyable!

How are you going to get started? Let me know below…

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