10 Ways to Get the Organized Life You Want

Doesn’t everyone dream of having a clean, organized house? Of peaceful mornings void of “Where’s my shoes?!”?  Wouldn’t you like to have an organized life that reduced the stress and drama in your life?  I’ve got 10 Ways to get the organized life you want.

10 Ways to Get the Organized Life You Want

When my moods swing to the manic end of the spectrum, my life feels a bit out of control.  While I know control is an illusion, eliminating chaos in my life helps a great deal.  Even if you’re not living with bipolar disorder, life can be hectic and chaotic at times, especially with kids.  Organization can manage chaos. I may not always be able to organize and manage my racing thoughts, but I can manage and organize my life.  Here are 10 ways to get the organized life you want and need.

10 Ways to Get the Organized Life You Want

1. Keep it SimpleIf you are anything like me, once I get an idea for a project in my head, I want to jump in with both feet and go all out.  The problem is, my motivation wears out long before the project is finished, leaving an even bigger mess than I started with.  Keep it simple.  It doesn’t have to be a huge under taking.  You don’t need to go to IKEA and get the newest organizing system.(but why wouldn’t you?) Find ways to use what you have.

2. Start Small.  This goes hand in hand with Keep it simple.  There is no way you can reorganize your entire house in a weekend.  Especially if you want your family to continue to talk to you.  Start in one room, or pick one project to start with.  Sam has over 300 DVDs that are on worn out shelves in the hallway.  I want to put them all in binders. He bristled at the idea, until I caved and said he could keep the cases.. in a box, in storage.  The thing is, that’s a weekend project that I can’t just spring on him after work on Friday. It’s something I’m going to have to work up to.  So  instead, I’ll organize under our bathroom sink.

3. Commit to change. Change is hard. The way you’ve been doing things has become habit, so changing them, even if it will make life easier, is still hard.  Everyone in the family will have to commit to making the change.

10 Ways to Get the Organized Life You Want

4. Like with Like. As you go about organizing rooms of your house, remember to put likes together.  It will make your home more functional and easier to maintain.  In the kitchen, put all the canned goods together, all the pasta together, produce together.  In your closet, hang shirts together, pants together, skirts together.  Once likes are together then you can sort them by color, or vegetable or however you want to sort them.  A great way to do this would be with a canned food organizing rack*.

5. Plan before you buy.   I am a new convert to meal planning and in the weeks I’ve been using it, it has made a huge difference in the way I shop and how much money I spend.  Knowing what you have on hand, also helps in making the plan before you buy.  What do I have on hand that I can use to organize my bathroom?  If you are trying to organize your home, bringing things you don’t need into the mix isn’t helping.  I have created a meal plan printable with a shopping list in my Resource Library.

Weekly Meal Plan with Shopping List

6. A place for everything, and everything in its place.  When you are organizing your life, everything needs a place.  It makes it easy to find everything, and easy to put everything away.  Ignoring this is how junk drawers are born. (and yes, I have junk drawers.. I plan on getting rid of them)  I used to tell my kids when they were cleaning their rooms, “Pick up anything off the floor.  Now put it where it belongs, or make it a place where it belongs.”  Put things in their place, and make a place for everything.

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7. Just in case is just an excuse.  How many things are you holding on to “just in case”?  How many times have you had to use those things?  Almost never, and it’s never a life or death emergency.  And chances are, you bought what you already had, because you couldn’t find it when you needed it.  If you really need it, it will have a place, and you will be able to find it when you need it.

8. Put your clothes away.  I know, it sounds like common sense, but how many of you have piles of clean clothes (or baskets) that are taking up space in a chair or on your bedroom floor?  That not only makes your space look messy, it makes your clothes hard to find (and wrinkled)  Take a few minutes and put your clothes away.  It will clean up the clutter, and you’ll be able to find your favorite shirt you forgot your had.

Speaking of putting things away,

9. Take your things with you when you go to bed at night.  Take your shoes, your book, everything that doesn’t belong in the living room, and put it away before you go to bed. (again, a place for everything, everything in it’s place)  You’ll be glad you did in the morning when you can enjoy your coffee in a clutter-free living room.

10 Make a Command Center for your family.  One central location for all the important information of your lives.  This is my big project for the month.  Create a place to keep us organized and on track.  A monthly calendar, and weekly schedule, meal plans and shopping lists. A family binder that keeps all the important information like who to contact in case of an emergency, and utility companies phone numbers and account numbers, all in one place.

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About Becky

While control is an illusion, organization helps to manage the chaos of our lives. Becky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. She has found that when her life and home are organized her bipolar mind is less manic. She shares her attempts at managing the chaos of living with her fiance and tweenage step-daughter, while trying to be a good parent to her mostly grown children who live 2 hours away.

21 comments to 10 Ways to Get the Organized Life You Want

  • Love love your tips! Such an easy way to start making your life less stress and more success! Thank you for having it in an easy to read format!

  • You have some awesome tips! I’m guilty of trying to do everything at once and starting at the wrong time for my husband, and then with the baby nothing gets done

    • Becky

      Thank you!! If you look at the overall picture you’ll get overwhelmed and give up, or worse not even start. So start small, say one area of one room. And if that’s all you can do at a time, then at least you got that done and you pick another area the next day. I’m so glad you stopped by!
      And PS sometimes it’s ok nothing gets done but loving on a baby. 😉

  • Start Small is a great tip. It’s easy to get excited about a complete, extensive overhaul, only to get frustrated that it is just too much.

    A place for everything, and everything in its place…ah yes. I struggle with this one. It’s true for some items around the house, but I need to improve on this one!

    • Becky

      Thank you so much! I struggle with the ‘a place for everything, and everything in it’s place’. I get caught up in the “for right now” I’ll just put it here for right now until I can find a place for it. It isn’t about finding a place, it’s about making a place if it is something you are going to keep.
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • This is really great- nice tips! I love the plan before you buy- impulse purchasing gets me in trouble so often 🙁 Glad I found you and your blog!

    • Becky

      Thank you so much!
      We just started tracking out spending last month and it’s surprising how much money can be spent on impulse purchases, even if it is a Starbucks while we’re out running errands,($12) or Oh Look! It’s on Clearance of course I need *another* pair of jeans, they’re only $3.
      I’m glad you came by!! Have a great Monday!

  • Kim

    Great tips! I need these as I plan to spring clean much of my house this week. I love the “like with the like” idea too – that’s my plan for the pantry!

    • Becky

      Thank you! I desperately need to organize my pantry as well. I see a potential blog post! Thanks for stopping by.

  • tessakirby13

    Becky, seriously thank you for sharing this. As a mom to almost three little ones ages 3 and under my life is incredibly chaotic. And to make things worse…I LOVE starting projects! Like you said in #1, I too start working on something the minute I think of it only to be left with a bigger mess! This was insightful and super simple! Thank you!

    • Becky

      Thank you! I hope you will come back, I have other posts planned that will help organize the chaos of life with kids!

  • These are such great tips! I definitely have piles of clothes on the chair in our bedroom! I like the idea of do things a little at a time. I find I try to take on too much at once and then get overwhelmed and give up!

    • Becky

      That seems to be pretty common! I have a list of things I want to organize and change, and I have to remind myself one project at a time. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Great list Becky! All easy things we know we should be doing, but helpful to see them all together in one list like this! I need to be better about keeping it simple…I’m definitley one for wanting to go to Ikea and get new stuff to organzine all the stuff I already have, lol!

    • Becky

      Thank you so much! I have a Project To Do List of things I want to organize and make more efficient around the house. I have resisted asking Sam if we can go to IKEA just because I know I will spend a whole lot of money we don’t need to spend. So I will be finding inexpensive but still cute ways to better organize things around here. Plus I can only do one project at a time.
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Great organizational tips Becky! Keep it simple and start small have worked wonders for me in all areas of life.

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