10 Things All Insanely Organised People Do
All organised people have one thing in common: They create systems for everything—whether it's a system for organising finances or for something as simple as dishes (yes, there is a "right" way to load the dishwasher). While that initial time (and sometimes financial) investment may seem overwhelming, it will save you from many countless headaches. Because let's be honest: Who wants to spend 30 minutes looking for those sunglasses you "put down somewhere"?
Read below for 10 habits of the insanely organised—and take note!
Here’s why Container Store is one of my favourites stores: They give you the tools to create a system. This way, you don’t get left with random objects—like computer cords, spare batteries, or a pet’s toothbrush—and wonder where to put them. One of the best products to invest in, and probably most inexpensive, is this plastic shoe box. Forget the shoes—these handy boxes are ideal for organising everything from batteries to ear phones to paint supplies. And for all those smaller items, try this one.
They are a complete and total abomination. If you have one, you don’t have a system. Spend 30 minutes on Saturday morning with your cup of joe, and go through that junk drawer. Start by emptying the drawer of all its contents. Next, sort the items, disposing of anything superfluous. Once you have the items you want to keep, go out and purchase a drawer divider that fits the inventory. One of my favourite retailers is Rev-A-Shelf—their products allow you to maximise drawer space by utilising every last inch.
Dark to light. Cotton to silk. And always the same hangers. Dry cleaner hangers are the work of the devil. The easiest way to start systemizing your closet is to narrow down the inventory. Remember: The more clothes you have in your closet, the less you end up wearing.
In the kitchen, all packaged foods get their very own jar with a nice handwritten label. Because cereal boxes are ugly. My favourite jars come already labelled.
If it’s an activity that requires our attention, it goes on the calendar. Exercise, phone calls, play dates, even some quality me time. Hey, if it’s on the calendar, it has to get done. The best way to make this a habit is to start sending your friends and/or spouses meeting requests for anything you schedule.
There can be no waiting. We need to do tasks immediately. The box needs to be checked now, not after the game. We also don’t like to do something halfway and wait until tomorrow. Finish it and forget about it. For those tasks that can't seem to get done, hire someone who can do it for you. My favourite app for that: TaskRabbit.
The inbox isn’t purgatory. It’s not a doctor’s waiting room. It’s merely a pit stop, a place where emails catch their breath before they are efficiently categorized into our system of archived folders. Try to pick a time (or a few times) each day to check your email. It will be much more efficient to review your emails in chunks of time, rather than throughout the day.
It means more boxes get checked off the list. Accomplishment! I promise this is addicting once you start.
If it’s not being used, it shouldn’t be taking up space in your house. There should be no such thing as extra towels and sheets; that’s what washing machines are for. Try attacking one space a week in your home. That way, you avoid getting overwhelmed. Hopefully, after a few months, you've narrowed your inventory to just the items you need and love.
Do you really need two bottles of lotion? Or that greasy tube of ChapStick? All those old receipts need to go. Better yet, scan and save them. Only the essentials. Besides, small bags are all the rage.
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Are you insanely organised? What other habits would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below.