Great Organizational Tips

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster, Real Estate Inc.

As the weather improves, Spring cleaning is on everyone's minds.  Time to clean up the yards and take pictures now that everything is in bloom.  Always a great idea, just in case you have to put your house on the market later in the year.  A Spring photo always makes the best impression online.

As you head inside, here are some tips I found from MORE Magazine that help you get organized and on the right foot for the year.

Organize Daily - Don't wait until you reach your breaking point to start organizing. Do use it as a daily practice to reflect and encourage who you are, what you want, and where you're going, says Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out.

Don't yo-yo organize.   Do stick to one effective plan in order to finally cross the finish line and not revert back to square one.

Plan First - Don't be intimidated by where to start organizing. Do make your plan of action as specific as possible by dividing tasks into groups and focusing on one thing at a time.

Schedule Time to Organize

Don't simply fit organizing into your free time; it may take longer or much less time to complete. Do factor organizing into your schedule to devote adequate attention to it without feeling stressed or bullied by a big mess.

Do find ways to engage everyone to help keep things in their "place".  Make it a game or a competition with appropriate rewards.  This helps it not fall back on you.

Reassess -Don't give up trying to organize when you run into difficulties. Do take stock and figure out on paper what's working, what's not working, what items are most essential to you, what do you want to get organized, and what's causing the problems? Morgenstern recommends considering each question for every organizing project you take on.


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