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Wikify your life how to organize everything

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Wikify your life how to organize everything

Free Printables Get Organized : Need help getting organized this year? Here are 25 awesome free printables organizing your life the whole year through.

I love all tools for organizing everything. From fun storage containers to sticky notes, I love daily planners, calendars, and making lists to get things done. That’s why printable organizational tools are fabulous. There are labels to help us clear the clutter and daily checklists to keep us sane.

This year, let’s get organized. Over the next few weeks, let’s roll up our sleeves and get busy around the house doing whatever it takes to make our home a happy place we all want to gather. I think these printables to organize your life are great tools to get us started. They’ll help kickstart us in the right direction to form habits of keeping things tidy and organized in our homes.

So I’ve rounded up 25 of the best free printables organizing everything and, even things you may have forgotten. There are lots of them, so I have divided them by household needs. Simply scroll down to find the ones that best suit your needs right now.

Here are free printable to organize everything. It’s a list of downloadable printables to organize your money, house cleaning, cooking, and everything else.

Labels for Everything

Who doesn’t love labels? They’re great for clutter control. By adding labels to your storage bins, it’s easy to keep your shelves and closets nicely organized. Labels are helpful reminders that every item in our home should have its own designated space.

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It took so long to organize your room and each closet, but it only takes a few days for you to return to your old bad habits. Rushing out the door, you toss something into the drawer, vowing to put it in its proper place later. The kids come home from school and toss their clothes in the closet and on the floor in the corner instead of putting them in a laundry basket. Slowly but surely, the books are no longer organized, or even not put away. Learning how to stay organized is one thing, but remaining organized is a completely different matter. If you want to know how to stay on top of the organized lifestyle you’ve laid out for yourself, see Step 1 to get started.

Wikify your life how to organize everything

Wikify your life how to organize everything

Wikify your life how to organize everything

Wikify your life how to organize everything

Wikify your life how to organize everything

Christel Ferguson
Professional Organizer Expert Interview. 17 December 2018. You might have set them out for this purpose and then forgotten to use them, and it’s important to make sure you stick to the organizational method you’ve set up for yourself. Devote 5 minutes a day to inspecting the cubbies, drawers, and boxes you’ve created and make sure that everything is where it should be.

  • Consider having a little cubby or drawer to organize the things you keep on the table in front of the TV. This could be where you place your remote, stray pens, magazines, and anything else you occasionally use in that room. This can look better than just throwing lose odds and ends on the table.
  • Consider having a drawer on your bookshelf for loose items. You may not have the perfect place for extra CDs, odd-sized books, albums, or other loose items that don’t quite fit on your shelves but don’t belong anywhere better. Using one of these on your shelves can help everything stay organized.
  • Use plastic trays under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. People tend to just throw plastic bags, cleaning supplies, detergent, and other household items under their kitchen sinks as well as a hodgepodge of beauty products and other paper products under the kitchen sink. Investing in just a few plastic drawers that can each be designated for certain items (such as a drawer for cleaning supplies or extra shower supplies) can help you feel more organized.

You’re not alone, and here’s why.

Posted May 19, 2014

The CAN’T or WON’T Problem:

Is it “can’t” or “won’t” when it comes to summarizing the reasons people fail to organize their stuff? Which applies to you?

  • “Can’t” implies inability.
  • “Won’t” is the lack of initiative.

The five main reasons fall into BOTH camps: Can’t AND Won’t.

CAN’T—Don’t know how:

Mindy (fictitious name) tells me “I just don’t have the gene to organize.” Could it be genetics that stops Mindy from organizing her important household stuff? Could it be a neurological issue? Mindy is a very creative individual.

For decades Mindy has read books in many failed attempts to follow guidance on organizing papers and assorted stuff. Does it sound familiar? She feels like a failure because she can’t maintain a system of organization. Plus, she rarely remembers where she puts her stuff.

Yes, many disorganized people complain about their memory. While cognitive decline is a real thing, finding yourself overwhelmed can affect thinking, especially, in my experience, with creative people. Reader, you may be chuckling as you recognize this in yourself, but you know it’s not funny. It can be painful. People spend hours each year searching for important information that they put “in a good place.” They spend more money than necessary to replace items that they put away but can’t locate.

Organizing overwhelms, and many smart people truly believe they’re hopeless. They develop bad habits, leaving things around their home and office because they think that the stuff will be visible to find at a later date. The lucky ones find help, or find a partner to assist. Some, however, don’t let others in and end up unhappy.

CAN’T—Can’t get started/Can’t manage interruptions/Can’t stay focused:

Starting a new project can be daunting.

Distraction can be a disorder, and a house filled with stuff, with dozens of unfinished projects, may point in that direction. If you think you are overwhelmed because of Attention Deficit Disorder, get an evaluation. The right treatment can make the job of organization a thousand times easier.

With or without ADD, many people don’t know how to begin to sort through all their stuff. When sorting through the past, the trips down memory lane can divert you off on tangents. It is a normal hazard when going through old things. It’s not hard to reminisce the day away.

Robert (fictitious name) wanted to transition his business. He had an office filled with papers: client material, marketing material, and personal papers. He also had a habit of making multiple copies of each paper to be sure he always had a copy. This compensatory mechanism made his office look like a sea of random papers and files.

The task of “organizing” the papers of the old business was impossible. He lacked the motivation to get started because he didn’t know how. And, so the business transition could not begin. The old business made Robert unhappier each day, and he was stuck. Each folder he touched stirred up old (good and bad) memories. He couldn’t get out of his own way to organize. Empowering himself to learn how to get started, and stay focused, helped change his life. Also, learning how to conquer his personal challenge of starting new things gave him a new confidence.

WON’T—Don’t feel like it:

Yes, our feelings get in the way—with relationships and our relationship to stuff. Rhonda (fictitious name) refused to keep a calendar/date book because she wanted her life to be flexible. Often, any plans made in advance were forgotten unless a good friend called her to remind her. Now, that’s a good friend, but then again, maybe that friend actually enabled her.

More often, her plans were cancelled at the last minute because something better to do came along. Bills went unpaid. Piles of mail, and assorted papers and household items, collected on tables, under tables, and inside cabinets. Rhonda did as she pleased, until her husband wanted to refinance the house. Their credit rating was so low because of so many unpaid or late paid bills, their refinancing was rejected. Rhonda only wanted to do things that were fun. She constantly compared her life to others. She festered over the thought that someone else’s life could be better than hers.

CAN’T—Have to clear up first:

We think too much. Some think they have to clear the decks before they can plan or organize. They have so much stuff in the way, and they think they have to clear away the stuff before organizing. It’s kind of like needing to lose weight before you step foot in a gym. It’s counterproductive, but human.

Angela (fictitious name) had boxes and files full of personal memories and professional accomplishments, all mixed together. She wanted to embark on a new job search, and needed to put together a resume. Angela wanted to use some examples of the materials located in these files as resume points. She was frozen. Angela felt that she had to go through everything before she could even start organizing her resume. She needed guidance, and fortunately found that guidance so that she could begin her journey to find her dream job. Clearing and organizing go hand in hand. As you start to clear, you get a clearer idea of what is left to organize. Then, the organizing process will flow easier as you’re gradually familiar with your “stuff.”

CAN’T—Need the right “tools”:

Every craftsman knows that “Good tools aren’t cheap; Cheap tools aren’t any good.” There are so many good organizing “tools” at varying price points. Have you been to The Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond or Home Goods lately? You’ll find a dizzying array of organizing “tools” in those and other stores, as well as online sources.

Those who can’t organize because they need to find the “right” tools first are landlocked in their stuff. Others may purchase a wide variety of inappropriate tools, adding to the accumulation of clutter.

Organize Each Day:

Organizing is an ongoing activity. Oh, did you think that once you’re organized, you’re organized? The organizing process evolves just like we do. Our needs change, as do our systems. There’s never a right time to organize. We make the time.

If you learn to organize each day, just a little, a great deal can happen. Start with your bed, and move on to your work or your house. Tackle a little at a time, and learn not to be afraid of clearing, organizing and discarding. Soon, it will become natural.

Finally, whether you CAN’T or WON’T organize your stuff, enlisting help will empower you to accomplish what seems like a Herculean task. Yet, once things begin to clear out, you’ll begin to feel freer, only to have the energy to do more.

It’s just stuff. I know it’s overwhelming. But, you can do it.

This piece is by a guest blogger, Marcia Sloman, who is a professional organizer in Westchester County, New York.