Chapter 1 – 101 Secrets to Living an Organized Life

Chapter One

We all are constantly struggling to conquer our clutter and take back control of our hectic lives in order to get organized and live a simplified life.  The first major step to accomplishing this goal is your willingness to change and the patience to know that it will not happen over night.

Organization will help you create the life you want whether it is to control the clutter or have more time to enjoy life.  Getting organized means more than having an organized closet and your papers neatly filed away.  By getting organized you will have more control over your time, environment and life without feeling stressed and overwhelmed,  Organization means changing old habits and changing the way you think and feel about your personal possessions so your things will not take control of you, your space and your life.

This book is a guide to help you gain control over the clutter in your home, office and more.  The following tips will help you decide what to accomplish, help you get started and suggest necessary supplies that will help you gain order. These tips are practical and easy to follow and remember this is a journey and to take one day at a time.

Getting  Started

When deciding what area of your personal and/or professional life you want to organize use the following tips to help you get started:

  1. Make an assessment of the area that you want to organize whether it is the papers covering the desk or the clothes piled on the floor.  This will help you decide what you want to accomplish.
  2. Set your goal, be specific and write it down.  I want to organize my financial/investment papers so I can find them the first time I look.
  3. Set a start and finish date. I want to start organizing by September 1st so that I will have my dining room table cleared of all the piles by Thanksgiving.  Remember to mark your calendar.
  4. Make a list of all the items you will need for your organizing project (filing cabinet, file folders, storage boxes).  Set a date to purchase all necessary supplies so you will be prepared to start your project.
  5. Schedule time for your project.  Start by dedicating a couple of hours focused on organizing.  Invite a friend who is organized or hire a professional organizer to provide encouragement as you decide to let things go.
  6. Concentrate on one area at a time, one box, one drawer or one pile.  When one project is done you will feel like you have accomplished something big.
  7. If you get tired stop. Don try to push yourself, you will only get frustrated and may never want to get started again.