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Getting Excited about Organizing

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I’m not the most organized person in the world. My husband can attest to that statement, but there are a few tips I do follow to keep things running smoothly.

Calendar, calendar, calendar! My days are normally very full, so I absolutely need to put everything in my calendar or I’ll likely forget deadlines and commitments. I’ve cut back significantly on double-booking and allowed me to carve out much-needed time to do important things like hiking or day-tripping.

To-Do Lists. I love to do lists. I’m one of those people who might be caught writing a task down, just to cross it off. In the four realms of my life (work, hula, blog, and life), each have 2 to-do lists: short-term, bite-sized tasks AND long-term, big-picture tasks. The former list helps to ensure forward movement, while making me feel I’ve accomplished something and the latter reminds me of the “big picture” and the ultimate destination.

Don’t put off what you can do today. Sure, I procrastinate. Who doesn’t? There are, however, some things that can be done well-in advance to prevent meltdown in the process. Whether it’s starting planning on a task well in advance of deadlines or packing my car the night before, there’s less of a chance of forgetting things along the way and doing a great job if there is time to plan and think things through. Also, who doesn’t love the feeling of coming home to a ready-made pot roast dinner because you were a genius to cook rice and throw some meat in the slow cooker? Amazing!

Keep ‘um separated. I love containers. They help me to organize my stuff. For hula, everything has its own “home”, so lauhala (pandanus) boxes hold implements and adornments. I’ve also got plastic containers for ribbon, gift bags, wrapping paper, and notecards. I’ve not gone so far as to label each container, but I’m not opposed to it since it helps in being able to find what you need, when you need it.

Purge often. There is no possible way to organize excessive clutter, but the best thing to do is to purge regularly. Donate and get rid of unused items whenever possible. I constantly struggle with this, so I’ve decided to take part in the 40 Bags in 40 Days De-Cluttering Challenge. Less, in this case, is definitely more and I can’t wait to simplify my living environments.

How do you stay organized?