Are you organized?

I write this blog post as I’m in the process of doing major organizing in my home. It seems to be an overwhelming task. Where do I start? Can anyone relate to my dilemma?

I’m organized in a disorganized kind of way. Does this make sense? To give you an example, I have a habit of clipping articles from many sources on different topics that I’m interested in.  I have numerous folders with headings of specific topics. Sounds organized doesn’t it? Wrong! I’m still overwhelmed!

There are too many folders. I’ve come to the conclusion that simplification is the order of the day. I need to have general topics, which means less folders and to place this information in an area when I need it. Why make things more complicated than you need to? Do you have the same habit?

Here are some tips that I’ve learned to be better organized:

* Invest your time better— I used to spend more time spinning my wheels than actually doing something. Look at a project in small compartments. Do small sections at a time. Organize one thing or parts of one room. A small investment over a course of time pays dividends. This will decrease your stress level, give you a sense of accomplishment, and increase your motivation to keep organizing.

* Eliminate things decisively— What’s truly important to you? Do you really need it? Make a decision to throw it out, donate it, or keep it. You can have a garage sale, but do you really want or need to organize it?  This might be more stressful than it’s worth.

* Stop tidying— I have a habit of trying to tidy up a room and place items in a drawer, underneath a bed, in a closet, etc. What good does this actually do. You can never find the item when you need it. Sure it’s a short-term fix that a room looks cleaner, but it’ll never accomplish your long-term organizing goals.

Are you organized? If so, how so? Any specific tips? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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