Let’s face it, we all have seasons in our life that are just a mess. We could be facing a health crisis, death of a loved one, loss of a job, dealing with teenagers, going through a divorce, or some other life changing event that can drive us to the brink. It’s especially at these times that we NEED some kind of organization or order in our life. Being organized can help us feel more in control of our life. Having a sense of organization in our home can bring down our anxiety level to one that’s more manageable, and therefore we can cope better with our circumstances. So… how can you stay organized even when your life is a mess??
6 Things I’ve found to be helpful..
- Make your bed every morning. I know this sounds too simple, but it really does help. Your whole bedroom may be a mess, but when you make your bed, your room is 75% cleaner looking! 75%! My bed has sheets, blanket, and pillows. That’s it. Keep it simple and you can make your bed in 1-2 minutes. Mine takes 1 minute!
- Write down your top 3 things you need to get done for the day.
Don’t overload your day even if you think you can squeeze one more thing in. Just 3 things. Do the thing you really don’t want to do first,
That way it’s over with sooner, and it gets done. Having a particularly bad day? Just pick one thing to do and do it well!
- Exercise for your health and lower your anxiety levels.
I know, I know! You don’t feel like it or you don’t have time right? Even just taking a walk around the neighborhood counts. It’s so important for our mental health to spend some time outside and to get exercise. If you have a dog this can be a great help to get you outside for a walk. Our dogs expect a walk every morning, even when I don’t feel like it. Even 15 minutes can benefit you greatly.
- Do laundry 2 times a week
No one likes running out of clean clothes especially when you’re already stressed. Do yourself a favor and wash at least one load during the week and the rest on the weekend, or something similar with your schedule. This will help keep up on laundry before it’s out of control.
- Always have a menu for dinner
Now this one has been difficult for me at times. Sometimes the menu is planned but I just don’t have the energy to cook. It’s helpful to think of more simple meals, even frozen pizza and a salad counts. It’s not necessary to have a fancy cooked dinner every night. The evenings when you do have more energy for cooking, cook extra so you can have leftovers for your busier days.
- Go to bed at the same time every night
We’ve all heard about the importance of getting enough sleep. It really does help us to cope with stress better. One way to get you in a bedtime routine is to set a reminder on your phone. Set your reminder for 30 minutes before your bedtime, so you can start with your bedtime routine such as putting on your p.j.’s, washing your face, brushing teeth, etc. so that you’ll be ready to jump in bed on time.
Hopefully this small list will provide you with some organization in your life. Organization is like anything else that you practice. The more you implement it in your life , the better you will get at it. Start small and before you know it, you’ll be more organized than you thought possible!
Organized Life, Happy Life!