Podcast Episode 79 — Organizational Skills for the Unorganized

Tips to help you get started.

Lisa Sealey

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Photo by Sonia Sanmartin on Unsplash

Today I want to talk about organizational skills for unorganized people.

I am, by nature, an organized person. My mom used to tease me because I organized my toys when I was little. It was automatic to me, and it took me a long time to realize that most people are not programmed that way.

If organizing is hard for you, or the thought of it stresses you out, here are some tips to help:

Have a Place for Everything. This is especially important for the items you use every day. For example, put your keys in a bowl on the table near the door or on a hook near the door. Put your purse, briefcase, or backpack in the same spot every time you put it down. Having a place for everything not only keeps you organized, it saves you time because you always know where things are and don’t waste time searching for them.

Make lists. Lists can be your best friend if you’re trying to get or stay organized. When you write everything down, it helps you to visualize what needs to be done.

Start with one list. You can call it your “today” list. Write down everything you need to do today. If your list is long, prioritize the top 3 things that absolutely must get done and do those first. Then move on to the rest of the list.

Once you become comfortable with your “today” list, you can add other lists, such as a list for your long-term goals that has the tasks you need to do to reach your monthly or yearly goals.

Start Small. Look, let’s be real. Getting organized is a HUGE undertaking, especially if you’ve never done it before. Don’t try to do everything at once. You’ll get frustrated and burn out.

For example, if you’re trying to organize your home, start with one room, such as the kitchen. If the thought of the kitchen is too overwhelming, start with one part of the kitchen, such as the cabinets. If that’s too overwhelming, start with one drawer. Break it down into whatever size works for you. You’ll still get it all done. It’s not a race.

Find a System That Works for You and Stick With It. The thing about organizing is that there really isn’t one set way to do it…

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Lisa Sealey

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