So, I cheated a bit on this week’s blog. But it’s ok, because I am giving full credit to the writer (Stephanie Sisco) of this great article (“10 Habits of Highly Organized People”) in my favorite magazine (Real Simple). I really like these practical suggestions. Though I am far from perfectly organized, I wouldn’t be running a professional organizing company if I didn’t feel confident that I was a pretty good example!
I want to highlight a few of the habits mentioned in this article because they have been particularly helpful to me.
- “Trick yourself with treats: Attach a reward to a tedious task.” I do this just about every day! Here’s today’s trick: I can’t get on Pinterest to look for ideas for a shower I’m hosting until I update my spreadsheet of business expenses.
- “Organized people spend 30 seconds now to save hours later.” Can I get an “Amen!” for this one? I know it’s tempting when you get home exhausted holding a pile of things to just set them down and collapse on the sofa. But resist the temptation to put them up later. Because that pile of things will keep growing. And growing. And the next thing you know, you’re spending hours on it when if you had just taken that little bit of time to put those things away, you’d never have gotten yourself into that mess.
- “Organized people never miss something they toss.” Ok, maybe not never, but it’s very rare that I miss something I’ve discarded. It feels great to let go of things. I am a big believer in that whole “Less is more” philosophy. Hmmm, that may just be a future blog…
Now, go enjoy the rest of the article. After you’ve put away those few things you just set on the counter, that is. 🙂