Quick Organizing Tips to Help You Stay Organized
Here are some quick and easy tips to help you learn how to stay organized:
If you leave it today for tomorrow you will still have to do it, so just do it now and get it off your mind.
Pay your bills on a regular basis.
Pay your bills twice a month or once a week. When a bill comes in the mail, open it immediately. Keep all your bills in one place with pens, pencils with working erasers, calculator, envelopes, and postage stamps. Paying your bills quickly is a great way to stay organized and save money because they don’t get lost or shuffled in with other paperwork.
If you are unable to pay a bill.
Call the place to whom it is owed BEFORE it is due. Explain your situation and see if you can work out a payment plan. Most places would be more than happy to work out a payment plan rather than not receive the money or have to call a collection agency.
Keep a master to-do and to-call list.
I keep a small spiral notebook to help me stay organized. I divide each page in half with a line and everyday I write down what needs to be done. One side of the line is for the “To Do” items and the other side is for “To Call” items. If you like you can use one page for each day. If you need to do something on Wednesday and it’s Monday, write it on your to-do list for Wednesday.
Look at your list from a priority standpoint.
What needs to be done first? Number items on your list according to their importance starting from 1 and then work on the most important things first.
Don’t over-schedule yourself.
Be flexible and allow yourself some room for illness, unexpected appointments etc.
Always plan to be early and bring something to do (like a magazine or novel you want to read). Make sure that you bring something along for the kids also.
Keep a master list of weekly housecleaning duties and assign a day for them to get done.
If you clean the bathrooms every Monday, you don’t have to worry about wondering when they were last cleaned.
Create a place for items waiting to leave the house.
Create a place, preferably by the door, in the house for everything that needs to be returned, including library books, dry cleaning, letters to be mailed, etc. Then you won’t have to search for things when you are leaving and it will help you stay organized when there is only one place for these items to live.
Put the children to bed at least 1 hour before your bed time.
Use the time to relax and get things done that would be easier and faster to do without their “help”. There is no reason that the kids need to be up late and the quiet time will reduce your stress level.