40 Ways to Get Organized, Part 2

Are you feeling overwhelmed and believe you need more organization in your life but think you don’t have the time?

Getting organized doesn’t have to be all or nothing and it doesn’t need to happen overnight. Doing little things here and there adds up.

I’m giving you 40 ways to get organized. If you need to catch up on the first 20 organization tips, click 40 Ways to Get Organized: Part 1. You’ll find the remaining 20 here:

21) Have a Place for Everything and Put Everything in Its Place

If you’re tired of wondering where things are, this is a great rule to follow. Find a home for each item in your home. When you need to use the item, you’ll know where it is and when you finish with the item it is important that you return it to its home. Get the family onboard by making sure they know where things are too.

22) Choose the Simplest Solution

The more complicated something is, the less you’ll want to use it. So, when figuring out a solution to a problem, pick the simplest option.

23) Leave Your Keys and Wallet or Purse in the Same Place

Pick one place to use as the drop zone for your keys and wallet orkeys purse. This location will likely be near the exit of your home so that when you are about to walk out the door, what you need is right there. No running late because you misplaced the keys!

24) Declutter Your Wallet or Purse

Every day, when you get home, give your wallet or purse a quick once over to remove unneeded items. Remove receipts, business cards that belong in your home office, or even your change.

25) Do the Dishes

Make doing the dishes everyday part of your routine. Fill or empty the dishwasher as need and wash what must be cleaned by hand before dishes start to build up and before food has the opportunity to dry and harden on your pots and pans.

26) Clean as You Go

Clean kitchen counters and bathroom sinks daily and they’ll never be difficult to clean. Furthermore, a clean looking sink will make you more reluctant to pile dishes and things inside of them.

27) Pick Up as You Go

Like cleaning as you go, picking up belongings that you find out of place when walking from place to place in your home will go a long way towards maintaining organization.

28) Declutter as You Go

Keep a box in a convenient location for the clothes you realize no longer fit and other items that need to be donated. When you find a broken or unused toy, go ahead and put it in the trash.

29) Complete Your Laundry

When your laundry has finished drying, don’t just pile it into a basket or throw it onto the couch. Go ahead and finish the job by laundryputting your laundry where it belongs in your drawers and closets. You’ll be glad you did when you don’t have to go digging through a pile of wrinkled clothing trying to find that shirt you need.

30) Put a Bouquet on Your Table

One tip for keeping the clutter off of flat surfaces in your home is to put a bouquet or some other form of decor (place settings, candles, etc.) on your tables. This act reduces the chances that you’ll pile the table high with things that don’t belong there.

31) Do Daily Pick Ups

I love this one; it’s been very helpful in my own home. At least once a day, schedule a time to do a quick pick up of your home. Set a timer for 5, 10, or 15 minutes and go to town picking up anything out of place and returning it to its home. Small bursts of picking up will help keep your home in shape while preventing you from feeling overwhelmed. This is a great activity for the whole family to participate in too!

32) Utilize TV Commercials

Use commercial times to get things done. Shred a couple of papers. Take the newspaper to recycling. Put a dish in the dishwasher. Return a book to the bookshelf. The options are endless.

33) Organize Your Errands

If you have various errands that you need to get done for the week, schedule to do errands that are in the same area all at once. It’ll save you time and gas.

34) Tend to Your Clothing Immediately

When you take your clothes off, don’t just lay them across a chair. Put them in their place, whether that’s on a hanger or in the hamper.

35) Manage Digital Clutter

In today’s world, digital clutter is becoming more and more of an issue. Try to deal with pieces, such as photos, as they come in. Go ahead and delete the blurry photos and save your remaining pictures to digital folders or tag them as desired. Now you’ll know where the photos of your kids and grandma at the family reunion are so you can easily and quickly access them.

36) Set Up Digital Folders

Computer folders and subfolders are a great way to organize your computer data, from documents to photos and videos.

37) Use a Grocery App

There are many apps available now that will allow you to grocery-apporganize your grocery shopping by setting your own food categories and filling in your grocery list as you begin to run low on foods. You can also organize your categories in the order you will encounter them in the store. No more running back several aisles to pick up the items you missed!

38) End the Dread

There are always tasks we dread doing. Instead of putting them off to the end, grit your teeth and get that task done first. Then you can continue on with other tasks without the dreaded action hanging over your head, distracting you.

39) Make Labels

Use labels to identify what’s in your pantry organizers, what your drawers contain, and what is in your storage containers. When you label, not only will it help you know where things are, but it will help your family to return things to where they belong.

40) Put Everything Away at the End of the Day

End your day on a good note by putting away things you’ve used and are still out of their assigned spaces.

So, there you have it: 40 Ways to Get Organized. Remember, things didn’t get the way they are overnight and it will take some time to reach your organization goals. That’s okay. Just pick a couple of these tips to start. Even just 5 to 15 minutes a day can make an impact.

I know you can do it!

Joey

P.S. I hope this post has been of some value to you. I’d love to hear your comments or questions. Please feel free to share your stressors and successes here!

12 thoughts on “40 Ways to Get Organized, Part 2”

  1. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about the how to get more organized and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to reading your new posts.)

    Thanks!

    1. I’m so glad that you were able to find the information you were looking for and I hope you’ll be able to use that information to improve your home and life.
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. I’ve read before that those who keep their things in place and organize their belongings relate to a more focused attitude and work style, yet those who are messy and have their things all over the place relate to a more creative environment. I’ve used this to my advantage by cleaning up when I need to stay focused and leaving things lying around when I’m feeling like constructing something or thinking outside the box. What’s your thought on that?

    1. I have also heard and read that creatives tend to keep a messier, or what many would perceive to be messier, environment. The thing is, though, that often the creative person will know where their things are within the apparent chaos. It’s my opinion that a creative person has a different way of being organized. What looks like chaos to others often makes perfect sense to the creative and, as long as that way works for them, that’s what really matters. 

      So, my question for you would be, does your method of cleaning up when you need to stay focused and leaving things lying around when you need to create work for you? When you leave things lying around, are you able to be more creative, produce more, and still know where things are when you need them? If so, then it sounds like this is a method that works for you and that’s what counts the most. 

      Thanks for your question!

  3. Hi! I have really found this list useful. There are so many things we can do on the go to help keep our stuff organized that I think I should always keep handy these 40 ways you have given us (until I memorize them, LOL). I’ll focus in incorporating them into my daily life. In fact, believe it or not, I have just started managing digital clutter by going through my phone and erasing all the unnecessary stuff. Thank you!

    1. Great, I’m glad you found these tips to be of use. I hope they will be of help to you as you integrate them into your daily life. Bonus: now you’ll have extra room on your phone!

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. Wow 40 ways part 2, that’s a lot of ways and I definitely appreciate your thorough approach to getting organized. I agree that it doesn’t happen over night and it’s important to realize this fact lest you become overwhelmed. I am guilty of a cluttered wallet (think George Costanza), so that could definitely use some attention. I think I subliminally want to hold those who charge me accountable by keeping all my receipts. Organizing my errands is another “area of interest”. I can’t tell you how many times I leave the supermarket missing 1 item. Last but not least is putting things away at the end of the day. I stay pretty busy so sometimes when I wake up I forgot had made the mess in the first place. Great post!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad several of the tips were of interest to you. I, too, am guilty of letting the receipts in my purse pile up longer than I should. I think most of us will have at least some room to improve and that’s okay. I do hope you will find these tips helpful in your decluttering endeavors. 

      Thanks for commenting!

  5. I love these tips, but number 35 is my favorite one! A few years back I decided that I would tackle digital clutter and fast-forward to now, I still make time to de-clutter digital stuff. I don’t have to do it much these days, but I do think everyone should manage digital clutter because it might help them be more productive and it eliminates distractions when trying to get stuff done online. At least that’s my opinion. 

    1. Thank you. I hope some of these tips will be of use to you.

      It sounds like you already have number 35-Manage Digital Clutter, down. There are so many kinds of digital clutter these days. Photos are just one example. Taking and dealing with each piece as it comes in helps keep it all from piling up and getting out of control. And, as you said, doing so can help to increase productivity and decrease distractions. 

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. Thanks for the great article Joey!  I was surprised at how many of your second 20 items I actually do.  But the one that I saw that caught my attention the most and which I can easily implement is #32 – Utilize TV commercials.  Such a simple step to implement but I can see the huge benefit.  

    If everyone else is like me, there are a lot of little things that keep stacking up to create one big mess!  A couple of minutes here and there is certainly a fantastic way to start chipping away at the list of little things.  I can think of dozens of small things to take care of.

    Thanks for the article.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful. And isn’t it great, TV commercials don’t have to be a waste of time; they can be the exact opposite. I hope this tip will work well for you. 

      You’re so right. Lots of little things can stack up to make a mess, but just a little time stacked up here and there can make that mess disappear too!

      Thanks for commenting!

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