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8 Habits of Organized People

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8 Habits of Organized People

By DivineCaroline

Being truly organized extends far beyond keeping a tidy workspace or home. It’s about keeping your life in order, from your schedule to your chores to your thoughts and beyond. Sound like an overwhelming task? Consider the benefits: While getting yourself into a habit of being organized requires an investment of time and energy, once you’re in a groove you’ll reap huge rewards, including less stress, more efficiency, a sharper mind, and the knowledge that when you want to find something, you’ll know exactly where it is. If you’re ready to join the ranks of highly organized people, adopt the following eight habits.

1. They keep only what they need.

Ever notice how clean your organized friends’ spaces are? There’s a reason for that. Organized people don’t hoard a bunch of stuff they don’t need. They amass only things that they actually use and keep decorative objects to a thoughtful minimum. With fewer things to keep track of or care for, they are surrounded by clean, mind-calming space rather than clutter.

2. They give everything a “home.”

In order to be organized, you must first get organized—by dedicating a specific space to each of your things and keeping them there when they are not in use. People who designate a “home” for all of their items and maintain that organizational system always know where to find anything they are looking for the minute they need it. Imagine the time you’ll save if you never lose your keys again!

3. They stock up on organizational gear.

Part of ensuring everything has its own home is making sure you have the right storage spaces. Papers will easily stack up if you don’t have a place to file them, earrings can get tangled or lost without a spot to hang them, and clothes may end up in a pile if there aren’t enough hangers, drawers, or storage containers for them. From drawer dividers to plastic storage bins, organizational accessories are critical for the organized person.

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7:44PM PDT on May 8, 2013

This week I need to:

deep cleanse the carpet in my bedroom (my dog peed and now the room smells really bad)
find large picture frames for some of my wall art
find bookshelves so that I don't have hundreds of books stacked on the floor
organize my closet (hard to tell what clothes I own)

10:38AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thanks! Sharing this

3:44AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Thanks for the tips!

2:38PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

I so agree! Thanks!

12:56PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Thanx.

9:33AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Good to know.

7:27AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Thank you Molly, for Sharing this!

4:51AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

great article, thanks for posting

2:02AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

"And the sense of accomplishment you get every time you check a chore off your list fuels your ambition!"

It does that! I can attest to it.

Some great ideas. Now not to procrastinate.

When I think of this, I already know it. So why does't it all get done? I procrastinate until I forget what I was going to do. How many are like me?

10:43PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Thanks

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