6 Smart Things Super-Organized People Always Do
Chances are you are either organized or you’re not at all. You’re always on top of tasks, you open your mail straight away, you clean your kitchen every night, and you know exactly where your important paperwork is. Or you’re constantly making to-do lists on scraps of paper and then leaving them about, you have piles of mail, well, everywhere, and your kitchen sink is a repository for dirty dishes. Where’s your passport? You have no clue.
If you’re not naturally organized, you may wonder how these people do it. And how can you make your life a little more streamlined and efficient?
Here are six things organized people always do.
1. They make lists.
“But I make lists,” you might say! However, errant pieces of paper with notations do not count. Instead, keep a notebook for everything—dates to remember, shopping lists, the next best decorating trend, a book you want to look up later—and have it near you at all times. Or, if you’re apt to forget the notebook, an app can work as well.
2. They review their lists.
While the act of making a list, in and of itself, is a good step toward being more organized, the ultra organized review their to-do lists, accomplishments, and goals every day. First thing in the morning or last thing at night, they review their schedule, cross things off, analyze what worked and what didn’t. It only takes a few minutes, but it makes a huge difference.
3. They make the bed.
Chances are you’ve heard the studies: 74 percent of morning bed makers are happier, and 82 percent of morning bed makers feel more productive. The simple habit is said to boost decision making, confidence, and a sense of overall calm.
A clean bed is also an instant bedroom organizer; it gives the entire room a clean and welcome state. And you may have sweeter dreams: According to information from the National Sleep Foundation, people have less trouble catching ZZZs in tautly-tucked sheets.
4. They tackle the small things immediately.
If it takes less than two minutes, complete it immediately, advises Anna Bauer, owner of Sorted by Anna located in NYC and Atlanta. “It could be putting the dishes away, opening up the mail for the day, emptying out your bag. Whatever the task is, it’s likely that it won’t take you long, and staying on top of small tasks ensures they don’t build up, overwhelming you in the long run,” she says.
At the end of the day, you’ll have a shorter punch list and a longer accomplished one. Plus, like writing everything down, this simple action frees up your mind space to focus on more complicated projects.
5. They have a landing strip.
In an ideal world, all the mail would be sorted and attended to immediately, all the pots and pans would be completed before you enjoy your dinner, and clothing would be stored every evening before bed (see above). But even Monica Geller had a secret disorganized closet.
That’s where the landing strip comes in. Create a catchall for like items that you’re just too tired to deal with. Select a chair in your bedroom for clothing; place a basket on your desk for incoming bills and other mail. Limit each room to a single strip, create no more than three total in your home, place only the designated items in the spaces, and edit weekly.
6. They let stuff go.
Organized people don’t hold onto physical clutter. Things that aren’t in use for six months (or more) get the heave-ho. Upcycle, recycle or donate items that your family isn’t using. Facebook Free groups, mom groups, and neighborhood groups are great spots to buy, sell, and trade nearly everything.