Three Small Habits to Form to Get More Organized

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I admit, sometimes I get too busy to maintain an organized life. For the past few weeks work has been ridiculously busy. Now that things are starting to slow down and I'm starting to realize that I have let things slide at home that I really need to take care of. I haven't done laundry in a few weeks even! (Anyone else have months like that? Please tell me I'm not alone). It makes me think, if I only took a couple minutes every single day to just put things away or tidy things up a little, I wouldn't have such a mess on my hands that I have to take care of once I get a day off! 
In my attempt to get a bit more organized going forth, here are a few changes I'm planning on making to my daily routine and I hope they help you too. 


Make your bed every morning

I am a firm advocate for making your bed in the morning. I don't know about you but whenever I do, I feel like I can take on the world because it's early in the morning and I've already accomplished something. Starting your day off being able to cross something off the to do list really sets the tone for the rest of your day. I've also found that it often leads to other items in your room getting tidied up as well. I'll make my bed and notice I have accumulated a couple of books on my bedside table that need to be put away. I'll put that away and tidy up my bookshelf, and so on and so forth. 


Empty your bag every night

This is something I learned to do while reading Marie Kondo's books on tidying. I did it for a while and it really helped, but I fell off the wagon in recent weeks but cleaning out my purse every day is something I look forward to doing again. Basically, the idea is to empty whatever bag you're using every night. I keep a little tray for the knick knacks I use every day like, wallet, keys, phone charger and such. Other items like the lipstick I'm wearing that day or journals that I need the rest of the day go back in their place. Doing this prevents junk from accumulating in your purses and it makes changing bags so much easier. My routine for this looks like this: I come home and immediately take the things out of my bag and put my everyday items in the tray near the door and everything else gets put back (makeup goes to my vanity, book I'm reading goes in the shelf, etc). In the morning as I leave my apartment, I grab my makeup that I need for the day and put it in the purse I will be using that day. As I head towards the door, the tray with my wallet, keys, and phone charger are right there for me to put in my bag. It's a great system and I highly recommend you try it!


Put things away immediately 

This seems like a no-brainer but it's actually so hard to do in practice! Once you're done using something, putting it back in it's place sounds easy enough. In reality, I get lazy and just leave things where they are. My TV remote is always getting lost because I never put it back in it's place and every time I turn on the TV I do a 10 minute search through my couch trying to it. The benefits of habitually putting this away are easy to point out - it prevents clutter in your home. I found that giving each item it's own "home base" helps me mentally put things back. My remote's "home" is inside the ottoman and leaving it out is preventing it from being in its "home." 


Do you have any advice on staying organized? Leave it in the comments below!

18 comments

  1. Love the empty your bag tip - I can't wait to start doing this!

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  2. I love these tips! I definitely like to make my bed every morning. I hate coming home to a messy bed!

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  3. I started making my bed every day when I graduated college and it's been a game changer! Wish I had done that in college too ;)

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  4. I totally agree with these suggestions! I like to have certain tasks assigned to certain days. For example, laundry gets done on Tuesdays. Every now and then the task doesn't need to be done, so I either get that extra little bit of time OR I choose a different task for a day that will be more busy or that doesn't get done as often. I'm still working on sorting out our new place, but a home for everything is super important, too!

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

    P.S. When I was only doing my laundry, I could go weeks without needing to do laundry - I just have so many clothes! My husband, however, does not have as large of a wardrobe to choose from, so I had to up my frequency.

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  5. 100% need to work on putting things way immediately! I literally will leave stuff out for months with the excuse "but I know where it all is because I can see it!" haha but it's so chaotic feeling!

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  6. These are good tips! It's a struggle for me as I find a quick 1 minute task of putting something away leads to noticing more things and then it's never ending, haha. Like an hour later and I still haven't finished clearing the table. Especially when you have toddlers disrupting you at every step!

    I tend to leave everything in my bag, but it's all sorted into little pouches anyway. So if I swap bags in the morning I just grab the pouches out yesterday's bag and pop them in the new one! :)

    Hope you are having a lovely week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  7. I am a huge believer of making the bed every morning, it makes me feel so much better heading into my day and if I don't do it - I feel so weird!! Haha :)

    Kristen | www.sophisticatedgal.com

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  8. Making my bed every morning does help get the day started right.

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  9. Such great tips! I rarely make my bed but emptying my bag daily is such a great idea. I always have so much stuff in there by Friday.

    -xo, Azanique | www.lotsofsass.com

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  10. Surprisly, making my bed makes me feel so much productive! The moment I see my bedroom more clean it makes me feel better.

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  11. I feel the same way about making the bed in the morning
    Great tips
    xx

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  12. These are all great tips, but so hard to do haha! My mom makes her bed every morning for the same reason as you!

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  13. My husband doesn't wake up until after I do, so I can't make my bed every morning and that is so frustrating to me! My parents have always done it and I would love to do it too. Maybe one day!

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  14. I really need to get into the habit of making my bed! It really is a good way to start the day!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  15. I also make my bed every morning. It makes my room feel clean and there is nothing better than climbing into a tidy bed at night!

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  16. Emptying your bag! UGH, that's such a good tip! I don't do this enough, and I always have a bag full of crap!

    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

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  17. I absolutely make my bed every morning! That bag one is harder tho!

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  18. These are such great tips! I saw a video recently on a retired Navy Seal giving a commencement speech and in the speech he said "Make your bed every morning as that one small accomplishment leads to many more throughout your day"

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