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Tips on How To Stay Organized


Every year at around this time, I start to forget about my New Year’s resolutions and fall back into my normal, less inspiring, daily routine. I don’t know if it’s the change in schools (for those who don’t know, I am now in online University) or something else…but this year feels different – and I am determined to keep it that way. Today I will be sharing some tips on how to stay organized!

One of my goals for the New Year (read about them all here) was to minimize clutter. Not only did I mean in my apartment, but also in my life. I have nearly 17 thousand photos in my phone, and probably five times that on my hard drive. Many different aspects of my life (including my brain, at times) are filled with clutter. If you can relate – keep reading! I have started to apply new methods and have been loving the results.

1. Filling my mind with things that inspire me.

If you haven’t seen “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” yet, add that to your “must-watch” list on Netflix and get right to it. After hearing a lot about this show, I decided to give it a try. It instantly inspired me! I normally don’t like HGTV-styled shows, but this one is different. Marie is an angel and has me wanting to organize everything! I also have been looking through “organization” boards on Pinterest for inspiration on cleaning. I find that things such as these help me get excited and motivated to clean up and get my things organized. 

2. Making Lists

I am a huge list maker! I went out and about a new calendar and a new planner for 2019 and have been filling them with upcoming events and things I need to do. I also keep an updated “To-Do List” on the Notes section of my phone. I get overwhelmed easily, so I like to break things up create different sections under my To-Do List! I create a section for things that need to get done today, as well as a long-term list of things that don’t need immediate attention, yet shouldn’t be forgotten.

3. 20-35 Minutes a Day

I find that if I set an alarm for about 20-35 minutes a day and dedicate that time to organizing my apartment and tidying things up, I get a ton of stuff done! It’s amazing how much you can get done in a short amount of time if you don’t let yourself stop or get distracted.

4. One Day A Month

I accumulate a lot of random things within one month, so I like to spend at least one day a month throwing out old papers, receipts, things I don’t need anymore, etc. I also like to go through my closet and donate clothing or upload it to Poshmark. While I would love to do this once a week, I find that once a month is more reasonable for me!

I hope this helps you stay organized this year!

Thanks for reading!
Much love,

Anabelle

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  1. I am SOO inspired by Marie Kondo, so I love this post!! I love the idea of setting a specific time for cleaning. Need to try this!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

  2. Such great tips! I love the idea of setting aside time each day. Otherwise i spend little parts throughout the day doing it which probably adds up to more than if i would just dedicate time.

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

  3. Oooh I never thought about the few minutes a day to just spend organizing and cleaning. I like that a lot because I tend to clean all throughout the day and then stress myself out haha!

  4. These are such good tips! I’ve been organizing a ton this year. I’ve started doing a light cleaning in the living room every evening so the common areas stay clean!

  5. Less clutter is a great goal to have. we could all use a little less. though I tend not to worry too much about my digital clutter, I know there are plenty of old photos I could delete, but they aren’t physically cluttering my life so the time would be better spent on the real clutter.
    Chic on the Cheap

  6. I am constantly trying to better my organizational skills and am all about to-do lists. Maybe i need to watch marie kondo for some more inspo!