We all know someone who is organised.
Someone who is not ashamed of welcoming guests to their homes because they are clean and well-kept. Someone who can locate tools you haven’t seen for years in seconds. Someone who follows their schedule based on calendars. And someone who no longer remembers the last time they misplaced their bank card or keys.
And then there’s someone who lives the total opposite.
It could be me, and you: prone to forget our old friends’ birthday, has tons of stuff scattered (and owns an empty shelf), misses labels, double-looking, and always leaving the lights turned on.
Being disorganised is something that you won’t like about yourself. It does not only irritate the people around you who have to clean up the mess – but also leaves you feeling out of control, vulnerable, and overburdened.
According to Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute, our ability to think clearly is diminished when we are constantly exposed to a mess. The study also demonstrated how it significantly reduces our brain’s capacity for concentration.
So, how can you feel more time-efficiently organised and focused in your life?
1. Say yes to notes. Our method of externally being organised—which is significantly more durable—involves a pen and some paper. Writing down is an effective way to remind, and be reminded.
2. Set deadlines and schedules. Every second counts for organised people. They understand that being productive and keeping things accordingly go hand in hand. They adhere to daily agendas, establish objectives, and most importantly, ensure that everything is being followed – on time.
3. Invest in organisational supplies. Storage bins, shoe racks, and drawer organisers are the most used organisational tools. If you do not wish to spend big, you can also build with whatever materials you have at home. Popular sources of DIY inspiration are YouTube and Pinterest.
4. Clean. Apart from having a hard time looking for things, another frustrating scenario is discovering hair, dead insects, strange liquids, rotten food, and even mould in areas you haven’t organised in a while. Cleaning can help to guarantee that these messes are avoided right away before being allowed to fester as you declutter.
5. Declutter regularly. The satisfying feeling of getting your files arranged, home tidied, and to-do-list accomplished is a total reward. Thus, maintaining organisational awareness is crucial not just for our physical health but also for our mental state. Researchers discovered that the best method to stay organised is to declutter regularly. The best strategy is to set up a few hours each week for organisation, preferably during the day for the most efficient clean-up time.
6. Get up, and work hard. Being organised is not all a breeze – especially when you have to maintain it. However, a little initiative and effort could go a long way. While organising might require you to work hard at the moment, think of the priceless and positive effects later on that will help you enjoy a clutter-free, more breathable, and happy life forward.