A Messy Girl’s Tips For Keeping Your Life More Organized
I’m a messy girl. I’m not ashamed. The back seat of my car, it’s covered in blue and yellow cupcake frosting (don’t ask.) The floor is littered with half full water bottles, and there is soil all over the passenger side from a fallen potted plant.
My room, it isn’t any better. There’s a crusty bowl and fork sitting on the floor from lunch, an overflowing trash can and a bed that’s never made. I’m messy, but I would like to think that it’s the important things in life that I am good at organizing.
In fact, I’m actually VERY organized, when it comes to tasks and getting things done. Being organized is essential to success, so although I’m a messy girl, here’s my tips for keeping life organized.
Keep Four ‘To-do’ Lists
I am the queen of ‘to-do’ lists and without one, my life would crumble. Having four is actually ideal to keep my life super organized. I have one list with my yearly goals. Then I pull from that list to create more specific monthly goals. From my monthly goals, I pull out tasks for my weekly goals, and it’s from my weekly goals that I make my daily ‘to-do’ list. I prefer paper lists but you can also download apps like Evernote to help you keep them organized.
Keep Important Papers in a Binder
If you’re a recent grad, you probably tossed all your binders into the garbage. However, adult life isn’t free of paperwork. I’m finding that I have more things to keep track of now that I’m managing my finances on my own, so I bought several creatively designed binders and made them my new best friends. I can now organize all of my student loan paperwork, pay stubs, medical bills, and any other papers that come my way. Plus having a super cool design on my binder makes keeping track of my paperwork a little more fun (at least until I open the cover!)
For someone who tends to be disorganized, it’s not a great idea to accumulate a lot of stuff. I am really strict with myself when it comes to what I buy so if I don’t absolutely need it, it stays on the store shelf. This helps me save money too, which is always a good thing.
Purge Your Belongings Once Every Six Months
Just like I remember to schedule my dentist appointment, I make sure to schedule a purge after six months. I go through my bookshelves, closet, junk drawer and makeup bag and pull out everything I don’t need. You would be surprised how many half empty bottles of lotion or free samples of perfume build up in your room every month. I always notice that I take hand me downs from my friends and family and end up never wearing them. Going through it all and getting rid of things helps me keep what I DO use in order.
Get Containers, Boxes, And Shelves
I’ve found that the best way to organize is by investing in organizational containers. I have a long Tupperware container on wheels that fits under my bed. I store things that I need to keep but don’t want to see. I also utilize baskets and fabric boxes to keep my underwear, bathing suits, shoes, bras and winter accessories separate. My books go on bookshelves, my shoes on the shoe rack and my notebooks in the cubbies of my desk. I don’t know what I would do without these things.
The sooner you get organized, the sooner you can accomplish your goals, lift your mood and get closer to the life that want!