How to Organize Your Life

Learning how to organize your life is helpful in alleviating stress, removing excess clutter and allotting you time for things that are more important. Utilizing organization skills makes party planning and other events more enjoyable because you do not have to worry that you are forgetting something or are running short on time. It can also prevent you from being late with a payment or missing your kids’ soccer game.

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“The most important thing in life is knowing the most important things in life.” - David F. Jakielo

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Family, though you may not always put it first, is generally the most important thing in your life so learning how to organize your family can offer you the opportunity to get more gratification and quality out of the time you spend together.

  • One suggestion for learning how to organize life is to create a to-do list for your long and short-term goals or priorities.
  • You could also consider a responsibility chart, making each member of the home responsible for a specific task each day and rotate these activities every week or month.
  • Another idea as to how to organize life is to determine the values most important to you and your spouse so that you may pass them on to your children and so that you can make decisions much more easily when faced with a parenting challenge.

“If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can't buy.” – Unknown

Part of knowing how to organize your life includes knowing how to organize bills so you can avoid interest, late fees and time on the phone trying to get those fees waived. By managing your bills, your life becomes less stressful and you can worry about money less, especially if you always pay yourself first.

You work hard for your money and these are tough times but you should always put something aside for yourself, even if only $25 or $50 a pay check. This does add up and it provides a little bit of a safety net for unexpected repairs or the loss of a job.

Once you pay yourself, you can then focus on your bills, prioritizing them or making a partial payment to keep utility companies from turning off the power. You may also consider calling the company if you are having trouble making a payment because they tend to be more flexible before you owe them money than when the bill is past due. Being able to manage your finances successfully and keep your debts to a minimum is an effective technique when deciding how to organize life and will be a skill that you will lean on repeatedly in the future.

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” -Albert Einstein

Determining how to organize clutter is a challenge that many people face because most do not take the time to sort through broken toys, clothes that do not fit or unused decorations. As time passes, you buy new things, receive gifts or start a project and not finish it, and all of these items plus your old ones begins to create clutter, which then begins to create one big mess.

The first step in organizing clutter is to get rid of anything you do not use, want, need, or that no longer works. Dispose of these items by putting it in the trash, donating it or having a yard sale. This should free up space in the closet, floor, garage, attic, or basement, giving you the boxes, shelves, hangars and hooks you need to store your clutter.

It also helps if you label boxes, such as grandma’s good china or holiday decorations, so you do not accidentally throw out or break something you use or cherish.

“Action expresses priorities.” - Mahatma Gandhi

In the middle of learning how to organize life, you sometimes need to have some fun, like throwing a party or organizing events. This is the type of fun, however, that requires work before play so to make the most of the task, you will need to organize!

When hosting an event, you need to plan with a clear head so you can make a list and a timeline so that you know that you did not forget a single detail. If you attempt to organize a party by making a list while cooking or in between phone calls and meetings, you are going to forget something – and it may be important.

It is also helpful if you enlist your significant other, kids, or a close friend to help so that you do not have to conquer these huge tasks on your own.

You can take many approaches in deciding how to organize your life but none of them will work if you do not commit and try to make changes. Be creative; challenge yourself or your friend to see who can “de-clutter” their life first and remember – you do not have to do this alone or all in one day.

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