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Is It Really That Hard to Get Organized? 3 Ways to Get Started Now!

Is It Really That Hard to Get Organized? 3 Ways to Get Started Now!

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Do your keys or glasses always go missing? Do you show up late for meetings or have to rush every morning to make it to work on time? Are you wracking up late fees because you often forget to pay bills on time?

If you answered, "yes," to any of these questions, then you might be living in disorder, and it might be time to finally get organized!

While these are common problems almost everyone deals with at one time or another, they are all signs of a disorganized life. If you did not get in the habit of cleaning your room as a child, then now is as good a time as any to learn how to get organized. Most habitual mess makers avoid the perceived work organization requires, but the stress caused by disorganization is far worse than spending a few minutes to straighten out a few areas of your life. 

Although everyone is different, the three main areas of our lives that tend to be messy and seem complicated to organize are our homes, our schedules, and our finances. With a little time and focus, however, you can organize every aspect of your life, saving you time, money, and lots of stress. 

1. Organize Your Home - When you begin organizing your home, do not try to tackle the entire project in one day. Take it room by room, beginning in the room where you spend the most time. This way, you will appreciate your hard work and be motivated to organize the rest of your space.

Take a look at easy organizational tools and ideas, and create a chore calendar to make sure you and your family stay on top of cleaning and household work going forward. 


2. Schedule Your Time - If you find yourself running late or missing soccer practices, then you should create a schedule for yourself. You can use a traditional planner or keep track of your commitments using a free online agenda tool. The act of actually writing commitments down in a planner will help solidify them in your brain, or online agendas can be programmed to send you electronic reminders.

By creating a schedule, you can rest easy knowing your plans exist somewhere, even if they are not yet in your memory. You will also prevent yourself from over-scheduling, double scheduling, or simply volunteering to help out with one too many bake sales. 


3. Clean Up Your Finances - If you do not have a monthly household budget, then it is time to make one. In addition to our easy-to-use budget template, there are also a variety of free online budgeting tools which can be customized to your specific finances, track your spending, and even remind you of upcoming bills that are due. A budget will help you set and meet important savings goals, save you money on late fees, and also help you to be more mindful of your spending habits. 

With your home, schedule, and finances in order, you will be able to breathe easier, enjoy mornings, and wonder how you ever managed to get by before. 


Related Post: 10 Quick Tips to Make the Most of a Free Budget Worksheet

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