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5 Ways to Stay Organized this Year

It’s hard to believe 2021 has come to a close and we’re already a few days into 2022.  

This was a highly requested post from my Instagram followers, so I thought it would be a great way to kick off my 2022 blog posts!

I’ve always been a pretty organized person (thanks, Mom), but I know many people struggle with organization – and honestly, sometimes I get in a rut, too!  

So if you’re not super organized and want to be, or maybe you’re just stuck in a lull, this post is perfect for you!

5 ways to stay organized this year

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eliminate clutter

The very first step to improving the organization of a space is to clean it all out!  Eliminate that clutter!

Even if you don’t think you have many useless things laying around, you probably do.  But you’ll never know unless you clean out your space!

I know it may feel like a daunting and overwhelming task, but if you slowly work through small spaces, it’ll go much faster than trying to get it all done at once.

And, trust me, you’ll be SO happy you did it when you’re done.  In my experience, eliminating all my clutter always makes me feel less anxious; it feels like a breath of fresh air.

store everything in convenient places

Not only is storing your personal belongings in convenient places more… well, convenient, but it also makes it more likely that you will put things back after using them (we’ll discuss that next).  

Plus, it’s just nice to have a space for everything; in fact, if you can’t find a space for something, you might not need it. (;

A few examples of putting things in convenient places may be storing your charging cords near all your electronics, keeping extra pens and pencils on your desk, or putting your coat and keys near the door.

always put everything back

This may be the hardest task on this list… I struggle with this one often, but it truly is a game-changer.

Often times, we use lots of random things throughout the day (cooking supplies, writing utensils, books, laptops, etc.), and we neglect to put them back after using them.

This results in lots of clutter all over our living space, which takes more time to pick up compared to how long it would have taken us to just put the one item back after each use.

If you’ve been in the habit of not putting things back until there’s a giant mess, I encourage you to start trying to put things back right after you’re done using them.

This probably won’t be an easy shift to make, but it’ll really make a difference!!

make lists

This is probably the #1 thing I do to keep my brain as organized as possible.  I always have a million thoughts running through my head (or so it feels like), and I can’t keep track of them all unless they’re written down somewhere.

 I make lists on my Notes app, on paper, in Google Docs, on the white board in our kitchen… everywhere.  

I’m not saying you have to make as many lists as I do, but I think it can be really helpful to make lists of things you need to do, groceries to buy, and such.

utilize organizational tools

This might be my favorite tip – and a literal life-saver for me!

I utilize all the organizational tools I can get my hands on… planners, drawer and desk organizers, and more!

Shelves, pencil pouches, bookbags, and purses can also make a huge difference! 

If you’re thinking about buying any sort of organization tool, check out the ones listed below. (:

Desk organizer (only $10!)

Pencil pouch (on sale for $10)

Planner – I’ve never used this planner before, but it looks pretty similar to the one I do have!

 

 

I hope you found these 5 ways to stay organized this year useful!  Let’s make 2022 the best, most organized year yet! (;

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