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According to Go Skills, “getting organized” is one of the top resolutions people make every new year. Unfortunately, however well intentioned, Forbes states that getting organized, “…can be intimidating for many folks. As a result, some people avoid it altogether and try to remember everything. But this can only lead you to forget and fail to follow through, which makes you look unreliable on top of being disorganized.”  

If your desire is to be more organized but you feel overwhelmed by the process, these 5 simple tips can help you get on track.

Start small.

Who said you have to tackle your entire home at once? Start with just one closet or room and work from there. With each section, ask yourself if you should keep the item, donate the item or discard the item, and do just that.

“Getting organized in the normal routines of life and finishing little projects you’ve started is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can’t get a handle on the small things, how will you ever get it together to focus on the big things?” -Joyce Meyer

Plan meals.

Take some time to plan your meals for the week. Doing so will help you save money and keep your wellness goals on track. Best of all, you won’t have to ponder the age old question, “What’s for dinner?” because you’ll already know!

“Organizing ahead of time makes the work more enjoyable. Chefs cut up the onions and have the ingredients lined up ahead of time and have them ready to go. When everything is organized you can clean as you go and it makes everything so much easier and fun.” -Anne Burrell

Keep a calendar.

Whether in your pocket or purse, writing things down will help keep your days, weeks and months on track. Best of all, when you have a plans in place, it’s easier for you to manage your time better. You can even schedule a set time and item to clean each day, rather than taking on your entire home or office at once (point 1 – start small!).

“Messy stuff irritates me. I don’t like messiness. If you leave something around my house, I’ll tell you to move it back, clean it up, throw it in the trash – don’t matter, just get rid of it. I need stuff neat, organized. And once I start cleaning stuff, I don’t stop until it’s done. Otherwise I’m irritated all day.” -Russell Westbrook

Learn to say no.

Your time is valuable. Learn to say no to the things you don’t want to do so you have more time for the things you do (including nothing!)

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John C. Maxwell

Be intentional.

Do not allow a mess to get out of control. Tackle cleaning and organizing within your office or home in real time, addressing clutter as it happens.

“If you actually keep things very organized and clutter-free, you can have more furniture than you think you can in a small space.” -Nate Berkus

As always, if your living arrangement is genuinely too small to fit some of your necessary belongings, consider renting a self-storage unit nearby. With sizes designed to fit any budget, finding a storage facility that works for you will help you remain clutter-free.

In the words of renowned German philosopher Immanuel Kant, “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

So take the necessary steps to get your life organized, today! By starting small, planning ahead and remaining intentional, you’re certain to start this new year on the right track.

To the newly organized you!