Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, our space just doesn’t work for us. Here are some tips to help build healthy tidying routines:
- To complete a difficult organizing task yourself, try these hacks:
- Set a timer. Start with 10 minutes of focused organizing and build from there. Recognize your progress, not what’s left to do.
- Start small. Choose one drawer/shelf to start with. Do a little each day.
- Keep it simple! Decide on 3 or so categories for each space. Keep things where you use them.
- Example: Say the drawer you’re working on contains office supplies. Your categories could be “stationary, writing implements, and adhesives” (or something like that). This means that if something doesn’t fall into these 3 categories, it likely needs to live elsewhere (i.e. your spare charging cables might go live with other electronics).
- Tidy before bed. This can be an excellent routine to build into your day to help your brain wind down and prepare for sleep. Just put things away for 5-10 minutes. It’s ok if you don’t finish it all in one evening.
- My favorite brainless tidying game to play is “Tornado Time.” Go through your space like a tornado, first picking up all the dirty clothes, then all the dishes, then all the papers, etc. No hard decisions necessary!
- There’s no shame in acknowledging you might need someone else’s brain to help yours out. No one is great at everything, right? Everyone has their special skill set, and I’m a firm believer that if we’re all using our strengths for good, the world will be a better place. Call an organizer if you need some assistance!