You might find yourself asking, “how do I keep everything organized, accessible and clean?” Incorporating all the routines may take some getting used to in the long run, but there are a few tips you can apply now to get things started. After all de-cluttering can de-stress your life!
Tip 1 : Manage the paper trail. Cut down on what you can by going paperless and setting aside one table top box or paper tray that has every bill or time sensitive info. in order of their due date. Unorganized bills can lead to financial stress and weigh heavily on your mind. Even give cause for concern from your spouse or partners, causing MORE stress in your life. Avoid late fees and have alerts sent to your phone when things are due. For added help you can use sites like Mint.com. It combines all your bills in one place and helps keep things budgeted and current.
Tip 2 : Clear your surface area. If you’re short on space, get creative. Find alternatives to the top of your desk or counter space at home. It’s important to have one thing in front of you at a time. Do not over clutter your immediate working space or you will get distracted. You can invest in hanging pockets, or create a filing system with an affordable cubby cabinet and file holders. Sometimes you need a place to hide those birthday invitations or thank you cards you need to send out, but rather than having them staring you in the face you can set a reminder on your smart phone and go back to them later. Don’t forget to add a file tab for “shred or recycle”, it’s important you stay on top of excess papers that you can go without.
Tip 3: Donate. Have everyone in your home, including yourself, find at LEAST 5 things to donate. Take a box home from work, or find a garbage bag and fill it. Do this every couple of weeks and most definitely every month. Some places will even buy your old threads for $$$. It’s important to let go of the old tee’s or home decor you keep telling yourself you’re going to fix or re-purpose. If it’s been months and you haven’t done it yet, your best bet is to let it go.
Tip 4 : Divide your shared space. Ladies, if your make up is taking up valuable real estate in the bathroom find a creative way of getting it out of the cabinets/counter space and on to the walls. You can buy towel rods with hanging baskets or cups, like these, available at Ikea.com for only .99 cents! There are even shelving units you can mount to the inside of cabinet doors. Invest in laundry bins that separate white and colored clothes, that way you aren’t scrambling to sort and separate at time of washing. It’s also important to note that these responsibilities should be shared. Engage your family members to contribute to the organization techniques you have set up. Everyone deserves help and free time!
Tip 5 : Taking time for yourself. Applying all of these tips is incredibly helpful to your state of mind. Keeping things in order gives you FREEDOM! When you know that everything is taken care and in its place, it allows you to have more time to invest in yourself. Several research studies state that leisurely activities and hobbies are positively linked to your health and well being, so make the time for them. After all, your hard work deserves to be rewarded.
Contributed by the 50 Plus Report Editorial Team