11 Unique Approaches to Getting More Organized
Do you feel better when your life is organized?
When you’re disorganized, it’s not the greatest feeling in the world.
But when you streamline things, life will be more enjoyable and mess-free! Not to mention, you’ll be super proud of yourself for making the changes.
It’s all about how you approach getting your life organized. There are many ways to create a better set up so that you can feel happy and content.
Even though the thought of tidying things up sounds like a lot of work, it can be a lot of fun!
If you’re not sure where to start, check out these 11 unique approaches. These creative solutions will get you on the path to organization freedom.
11 Unique Approaches to Getting Organized
Now take a breath and get ready to take on some fantastic ways to get your life in order!
1. Don’t Rely on Your Memory Alone
Have you ever put something important away and made a mental note of where you put it?
You might want to write it down instead of relying on your memory. Even if your mind is sharp, it’s still easy to forget where something is.
With so many belongings, it’s common for things to get misplaced.
Try a phone app such as Evernote to jot down a quick note. Or, a planner works well too.
Whatever place you put the reminder, don’t forget where the reminder is!
Note: Keep your reminders streamlined so you won’t run into that issue.
2. Back Up Everything
We’re not just talking about backing up the files on your computer — you should also make copies of birth certificates, IDs, passports, and bank details.
You can either scan the documents or print out physical copies. If you print anything out, you might want to get a safe so that nothing gets stolen.
Having back-ups of everything will come in handy if something should go missing.
For your sake, we hope that you don’t misplace something important!
You don’t want sensitive information to fall into the wrong hands.
Imagine what could happen if someone got a hold of your social security number. Yikes!
3. Give Yourself Permission to Let Go of Stuff
If you have a hard time letting things go, you’re not alone.
There may be a precious postcard collection a grandparent handed down to you. Or a huge collection of books crowding the one bookshelf in your apartment.
Unfortunately, it gets tricky to keep everything. That’s precisely why you should give yourself permission to let go.
There are solutions to still “keep” your stuff.
You can photograph some items and “keep them” in an online art gallery. And, you could also give some things to someone else who could get more use out of it than you.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t be afraid to let go of some of your possessions.
You’ll feel lighter, and it’ll give you a chance to organize the belongings you do have.
4. Clean Your Apartment Regularly
The best way to stay on top of a mess is by preventing a mess from forming!
That means you can make a point to pick up, whether it’s once a day or once a week. Preferably, you should make a point to spend 10 minutes a day tidying things up.
You’ll feel better having an organized apartment.
5. Download a Money Management App
When it comes to keeping your finances organized, a money management app can go far.
If you’re disorganized, you risk forgetting a credit card payment. It’s also easier to overspend.
Do yourself a favor and find a money management app that works for you. Your wallet will thank you.
6. Buy Color Coordinated Hangers
It may feel like an indulgence but think about buying hangers that are all the same color. It can streamline everything in your closet!
And don’t you want to feel motivated to keep your closet neat?
Having matching hangers, as simple as this “trick” may be, can remind you to take good care of your closet.
See, it’s simple to keep your closet organized!
7. Creatively Recycle and Donate
Look around your apartment. There are likely tons of stuff you can recycle or donate — or both!
There are plenty of creative ways to free yourself of stuff. You don’t automatically have to drop it off at Goodwill. (Even though that’s still a good thing!)
Purge your apartment of things you no longer use.
Are there books that are getting dusty on the shelf? Donate or bring them to the library so that people can enjoy them!
If you prefer to make a little bit of cash, have a garage sale. If your apartment doesn’t allow them, ask a friend if you can have it at their house. It can be a lot of fun if you bring some pizza and soda for yourself and those hosting the garage sale.
Another idea is to have a party where friends and family bring items they no longer use. Someone else may have a use for it, which means it won’t go to waste!
All these methods will you purge and keep things organized.
8. Check the Expiration Date of Expiring Food
Expired food is taking up space in your kitchen, so take the time to go through canned goods.
When you find food that’s expired, get rid of it. It’ll help clear the way so you can add new food and other cooking supplies.
9. Put Things Away Right Away
If you’re not in the habit of putting things away after completing a task, you can change this starting today.
After cooking, instead of leaving the cookbook out, put it back in its spot. Putting something back is much better instead of allowing it to collect dust. Unless, of course, you use it all the time!
e same goes for other belongings, such as random papers you need to file.
Gather up a bill or a letter and file it. Or better yet, scan it and upload it onto your computer.
Another solution is to unsubscribe to paper statements. Doing this can save the environment. Also – you have the opportunity to prevent accumulating more unnecessary clutter!
10. Create a Bucket List
If you have random goals and trips you want to take, create a bucket list.
Keeping your dreams organized is as important as day-to-day organization.
Create a list and organize them according to destinations, restaurants, day trips, etc.
On the list, add some action steps you can check off. A few examples are calling for reservations or checking to see how much a museum pass costs.
And, you can create a bucket list for weekend activities as well.
The next time you’re not sure what to do glance at your bucket list. You’ll know exactly what to do!
11. Control What Comes Into Your Apartment
After you start adding some of these tips, focus on what is coming into your apartment.
In other words, don’t buy stuff to buy more.
Find the time to ask yourself if the item is something you really need. Try to limit your wants and focus on the necessities.
Subscribing to this philosophy will help clear your apartment — and your life — from unnecessary clutter from overflowing.
Instead, a plan to maintain a structured apartment with only the necessities can go far!
When you learn how to keep your life and home organized, you’ll feel a world of difference.
All it takes is motivating yourself to take a few steps.
Before you know it, you’ll have accomplished more than what you ever thought was possible.
We urge you to continue to think of more unique ways to organize your life. In the process, you should be able to encourage friends and family to do the same.
Everyone can afford to keep things tidy and make way for happiness.
Get it together and build on your confidence. You can be the ruler of all organizational techniques!
About the Author
Caitlin Sinclair is the is the Property Manager at The Charlie OC with 5 years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making The Charlie the place to call home.