The biggest struggle my clients have is being able to stay organized after our sessions. While organizing their space, I teach them strategies to keep the room organized. I usually check in on them about 30 days after we finish to see how those strategies are working for them. If it’s not going well, we’ll tweak some things to tailor it to the family’s way of doing things.
Here are a few strategies I use and teach to stay organized:
- Take notes. Taking notes is a great way to stay organized. Whether you choose to use pen and paper or your phone to keep track of things, make sure you use it. When something comes up on your schedule, immediately put it on your calendar. If there is something you need to do or purchase for an event, mark that down in your calendar to do it a week before. Example: Your child has a birthday party to attend in 2 weeks and you will need to purchase a gift. Mark the date and address of the party on your calendar and then one week before the party, write “Purchase a card and birthday gift for ______”. This will eliminate the stress of running out to buy a last-minute gift on the way to the party. Notes can be used for everything from grocery lists to your everyday to-do list. Creating lists will allow your mind to rest because now it doesn’t have to keep reminding itself of the things that need to get done.
- Create routines to help you stay organized. Examples would be to make your bed each morning, place your keys on a hook or on a tray, pay bills on the 1st and 15th, change and wash the sheets every Saturday, leave your shoes at the door.
- Plan out your meals. Planning out weekly meals will definitely help you stay organized. You will first have to create a grocery list and then purchase the needed items. If done correctly, you shouldn’t need to go to the grocery store for the rest of the week. Planning your meals will reduce the stress of having to decide “what’s for dinner” each night as well as help you save some serious money.
- Use an in-box. Another way to help you stay organized is to designate a place to store an in-box. Place incoming mail, permission slips and any other forms that need attention here and go through it once a week. When you go through the box, place the paper wherever it is destined to go: sign permission slips and put them in backpacks, place bills into the “bill pay” file, etc. Only touch items from the in-box once.
- Create a schedule for daily cleaning touch-ups. If you are able to work in a little cleaning each day, it will eliminate the need to spend a whole day (or week!) cleaning the house and you will feel more in control.
These are just a few of the strategies I teach my clients. The interesting thing is that one strategy may work for a few clients but not others. It is important to remember that if one strategy doesn’t work for you, don’t give up, just try something new. Following or tweaking these strategies can help you become and stay organized once and for all.
I’m curious to know: What strategies do you use to stay organized? Respond in the comments below. We’d love to know!
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