Get into the Habit of Organizing Daily

At the beginning of every year we make goals and resolutions, and for many of us getting into the habit of organizing is at the top of our goals. But even though we have the best of intentions to get organized, somewhere at the end of January or maybe February, that goal has been forgotten, and we go back to our old habits.

And this is true for me as well! I would love to get organized and stay organized for once. I love organizing and having awesome neat systems, but not everyone in my house has the same priorities and ideas around organizing.

So I decided to do some research on organizing and why it is so difficult to start organizing and then, stay organized after you’ve done organizing. And I am sharing with you all that I’ve found!

So get yourself a cup of coffee and maybe a snack, because this is a bit of longer post.

Why should we get into the habit of organizing?

Getting into the habit of organizing daily might sound daunting, but it doesn't have to be! #nadinehattingh #organizing #homemaking

Organizing is not a once-off set it and forget it kind of thing. It should actually be a habit. Organizing should include putting systems and routines in place to help you stay organized and make your life easier, not harder.

There are so many reasons why it is beneficial to get organized in your home, and in your life. But in this post, I will only tackle the organization in your home.

1. Organizing helps us to be less stressed

When everything has a place and everything is in its place, it will cause less stress in our day to day activities. And believe it or not, you get something like visual clutter. So the more things that are standing around the more visually cluttered your home will feel. And it may be stressing you out without you realizing it.

2. Enjoy our home more

Nothing is more relaxing than coming home to a nice clean and cozy home. And like mentioned above, if everything has a place, you are more likely to easily put it back where it belongs. This makes cleanup time so much quicker.

Getting into the habit of organizing daily might sound daunting, but it doesn't have to be! #nadinehattingh #organizing #homemaking

3. Increase productivity

Do you waste time searching for things you know were just here, or that you thought you placed in a certain area? Well, you are not alone, but have you thought about how many hours you are wasting because you cannot find the things you are looking for?

Like the great Benjamin Franklin once said: “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” So by being organized, it will actually help you be more productive.

I also love this quote from Orison Swett Marden, “A good system shortens the road to the goal.

4. It helps us to be more positive in other areas of our lives

If we feel happy about one part of our lives, we are generally more positive about other parts of our lives as well. So if you haven’t considered this before, maybe getting organized will help you to get into a more positive mindset as well.

The two types of organizational challenges you’ll face

1 Big organization projects

These projects normally are the ones that you keep putting off because they are so overwhelming. Maybe it is your guest bedroom that became a dumping ground for everything else that didn’t have a place.

Or maybe it is the garage that is in chaos. A garage is so difficult to organize because we store so many different things in there. In our case, we have to share a single garage with the owner’s (we are renters) stuff still in there. So my husband needs to constantly figure out a way to fit in his stuff with their stuff.

2 Daily organizing tasks & habits

So like I mentioned before, organizing is not a once-off thing. In order to feel more organized, you need to put systems, routines, and habits in place to stay organized. These organizational habits then need to be implemented into our daily and weekly routines. I know this sounds complicated but trust me, it is not that difficult.

How to tackle Big Organization projects

1. Narrow your focus

Big organization projects can be overwhelming, so the best thing to do is narrow your focus. Meaning that you should not focus on the whole project – which causes panic and overwhelm, but rather break the project up into bite-size portions. How do you do this? By making a list of only three things that you will do for that project at a time.

For example

  1. Take care of the trash
  2. Group products/items that goes in the same category
  3. Find functional storage for items

When you crossed off the first task on the list, you can add another item to the list, or you can wait until you crossed off all the tasks and then start your next three tasks for that particular project.

2. Set an appointment to get it done

Like most things in life, in order to get something done, we have to make time for it. And making time for decluttering is just as important as making time to watch your favorite Netflix show.

And then if you schedule it, don’t treat it as optional, treat it like a real appointment that is just as important as having a coffee date with your friend.

And if something comes up, and you have to reschedule your organizing appointment, make sure not to reschedule it too far off in the future. And then the most important note that I can add to that is: don’t reschedule it more than twice. By constantly rescheduling, you are actually just putting it off. And you will never get it done!

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3. Pair the task with something you love to do

Folding the laundry is so much more enjoyable if you can watch your favorite show. Or cleaning the house becomes more bearable when we blast our favorite tunes.

The same applies to decluttering and organizing. Find something you can do while decluttering and organizing that space you dreading to do.

Or another way you can go about it is to reward yourself. For example, “if I finish X-Y-Z I can go out for coffee”.

4. Find someone or something to hold you accountable

The best motivation for getting something done is to be held accountable for it. So here are some examples that you can use that can help you stay accountable:

  • Your significant other
  • A friend
  • Social media
  • And the best way to get organized is if there are guests coming over!

Daily Organizing Tasks & Habits

Now after you’ve done all the hard work by decluttering and organizing your spaces, you should get into the habit of organizing daily or weekly in order to keep it that way.

But you might be thinking that it easier said than done, but habits don’t get formed over night, so keep practicing everyday until you don’t have to think about it anymore. Here are a few ideas on how to keep your space decluttered and organized.

1. Try Habit Stacking

If you haven’t heard about habit stacking, I will quickly explain it. Habit stacking is when you attach an new habit to an old one.

For example, you’ve decided that you want to sweep the kitchen floor every day (this is the new habit you want to form). And every morning you make yourself a bowl of oats that takes you about three minutes to cook (this is the old habit).

So now you combine the two habits and it will look something like this: Every morning while you wait for your oats, you sweep the floor of the kitchen.

2. Decide Once Philosophy

This is a point that is discussed in the “Lazy Genius Way” book by Kendra Adachi. It is a way to streamline your routine by deciding one time only on how things will be done.

For example, when it comes to meal planning, you can decide in a general way that Mondays’ you serve chicken for dinner, and Tuesdays’ you make something with beef, etc.

Or you can decide who in your household is responsible for what chore. Maybe you do laundry every Wednesday and Friday and your husband is responsible for unloading the dishwasher and taking out the trash. Making the work load also easier.

3. Scan & Fix

Always be on the lookout for things that are out of place, and then put it back in its place as soon as possible. It sometimes only takes a few minutes to do.

Another way to go about this is also to take something with you when you leave a room. For example, if you see that there is a mug in the living room and you are on your way to the kitchen, take it with you and put it in the sink or in the dishwasher.

This way you are constantly cleaning up and your space will look more tidy more quickly, and when it is time to clean, you will have less stuff to put away before you can actually start cleaning.

These are some of the ways that I’ve found that will help you get into the habit of keeping your house decluttered and organized. I would love to know if you have other ways that motivate you to stay organized

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Getting into the habit of organizing daily might sound daunting, but it doesn't have to be! #nadinehattingh #organizing #homemaking

And if you need some more organizational inspiration or tips, these posts might be helpful:

Why you should decluttering your bedroom first

Benefits of decluttering your closet

How to keep your closet clutter free