How To Stay Organized

Staying organized is one of life’s most rewarding pursuits. So why is it so hard for most of us to get — and stay — organized? While there are many factors that might stand between you and a fully organized life, the simple truth is that many of us just don’t know how to do it. 

That’s right, getting organized takes work. 

But don’t worry, there are many organizational experts who are ready and willing to help you achieve a perfectly organized life. We’ve collected top advice from some of our favorite gurus to help get you started.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

What would you do if you never had to organize your home ever again? It might sound like magic but, if you ask Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo, she’ll tell you that getting (and staying) organized is something that everyone can do. It all starts with her unique approach to tidying up. Most of us would follow a room-by-room (or little-by-little) method, which is, of course, doomed to fail. 

Kondo’s method — lovingly called the KonMari Method — is a revolutionary system that is based on categories. If you follow her system, then you’ll never have to spend time getting organized again.

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives

Sometimes we can be messy. Getting organized is as much a process of tidying up as it is a process of dealing with messes. But does that mean that messiness is always a bad thing? 

In Messy, the argument is made that, instead of solving our messes, we should be learning to live with them. It’s a violently different approach from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, because it starts with celebrating the benefits that messiness can have in our lives. If getting and staying organized sounds like too big of a commitment, or at the very least something that you’re not interested in, then try the methods outlined in Messy. It’s the perfect organizational book for disorganized people.

Reclaim Your Brain

Of course, when getting organized, we should never forget the importance of getting our thoughts in order. In Reclaim Your Brain, Dr. Joseph Annibali walks readers through a proven process of practical strategies for developing long-lasting “mind-management” techniques. 

In other words, Annibali offers advice on how to calm the chaos in your brain. It all starts with figuring out how to naturally organize your thoughts, dismantling the “too-busy” thought process that makes so many of us feel confused, stressed out, or even depressed. If you’re interested in adding more organization to your life, consider starting with adding some much needed organization to your thoughts.

20 Ways to Organize All Your Stuff (Popular Science)

In a recent article from Popular Science, journalist Billy Cadden lays out 20 tips for organizing your stuff. It’s a great place to start if you’re interested in getting clever with how you organize your fridge, shoes, or even your gardening tools.

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