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Tips and Tricks on How to Stay Organized: Using a Personal Calendar

Scenario: It’s the end of the day and you’re beyond ready to go to bed. As you begin to drift into a dream, you suddenly think,  “When is the utility bill due?” In a panic, you stumble out of bed to look at your calendar. Only problem is: it’s not there! You crawl around the house to open unread mail and scramble through unused drawers to find the utility bill. Disappointed and exhausted, you give up and decide to continue the search the next day. When you arrive at work, you finally find the bill… In your purse. Why was it there? And how can you avoid this situation in the future?

Procrastination is a huge factor in being disorganized! You say you’re going to open letters, put things away and file bills, but you never get around to it. The trick is simple: Conquer procrastination! 

The key to being organized is to keep a habitual routine. Every morning when the mailman comes, I collect my mail and open it right away. I shred the mail I will not need and put all bills in one pile. It’s good to know where all your bills are when you need it, so it’s highly beneficial to put them all in the same place.

I personally keep a daily calendar to record things to remember, such as doctor appointments and work schedules. What helps me remember what bills are due and when, is to mark the date on the monthly calendar sheet with a short description (Example: June 15: Rent). Then, on each weekly sheet, I staple the bill due on that week.

Now, you can’t put in all that work to maintain an organized calendar if you don’t ever check it besides when you get bills in the mail! Make it a habit to check your calendar daily. I take mine with me almost everywhere, which may be unnecessary; but if I go to the doctors and they want to schedule a follow-up, it’s helpful to know right off the bat exactly when I’m free.

Using a personal calendar has been a huge help for me to stay organized! I highly suggest getting one if you have trouble remembering when bills need to be paid.

Always remember: It did not take one day to become disorganized. Therefore, it will take determination on a daily basis to get and stay organized.

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Tips and Tricks To Becoming Organized: Daily Routine

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Scenario: You forget to set your alarm, causing you to wake up late for work. You have to take a shower and fix your hair before you leave the house, except, that pretty new blazer you just bought is missing! It should have been in the hallway closet but it’s not. You spend more time than you should have looking for it, and now you have to throw on the first cardigan in reach. You wish you could have fixed your hair, but since you couldn’t find your blazer, all you had time to do was put it in a bun.

You don’t enjoy being in a rush but you don’t know any other way to make life simpler. Here’s the trick: get organized!

First step is to put everything from the same category in the same place. WARNING: This might get messy before you start to see results. Don’t give up! Observe your routine and start with the first on your list. For example, if the first thing you do in the morning is shower, then begin with rearranging your clothes. Make sure all shirts, pants, shorts, leggings, socks, sweaters and undergarments are all in their proper places. For me, this usually means I have to put away a few loads of clean clothes from laundry day.

Once you have all your clothes neatly put away, the next step is to work on hair and makeup accessories. I’m a big fan of using old shoe boxes and storing them underneath my bed. This is where I put my appliances, such as blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron and rollers. Another big fan of mine is baskets; they come in handy for your bathroom or bedroom while taking up minimal space.

The next step to assuring you have everything in place for the next day is putting things in the same spot every single time. Keys are the most commonly misplaced item in many peoples homes. An easy way of remembering where your keys are is to ALWAYS put them in the same place. After a while, this becomes a habit and then you’ll never have a problem with losing your keys!

I personally have an obsession with Chapstick and I used to lose my sticks all the time! One day, I was cleaning and found FOUR sticks of Chapsticks, so I decided to be proactive. First, I put all my sticks in one spot until I was done cleaning and intentionally left out a few of my favorite items. I put a stick in the pocket of my favorite sweater, two purses, and the fourth stick in my car; This way, anytime I leave the house, I have Chapstick with me!

It’s best to work on one task one day at a time. Remember: Things did not become cluttered overnight, therefore they won’t be organized overnight.