How To Organize Your Life

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There is a lot of talk today about the importance of patience and acceptance, and while I’m all for that, I have to admit, that I’m one of those people who really prefer it when everything goes according to plan – my plan. Therefore, I like to be organized. Here are my tips for how to organize your life.

No disarray

I am self-proclaimed OCD and generally speaking “freakishly organized”. If you were to open my fridge or cupboards, you would find everything neatly organized, labels facing front, no mess, no spills, no disarray. My desk, car, and entire home are pretty much the same. This is one small thing I can do to give myself some semblance of control over my life, and why I’m recommending it to you.

Control the corner

Most of us don’t feel like we have much control in life. We can’t control what other people do, (and who wants to!) and we can’t control many things that happen around us on a day-to-day basis. This is why I love being able to control the one small corner of my life that I can by getting and staying organized.

Setting routines and using a few simple tools can help prevent you from getting overwhelmed as well as greatly reduce day to day stress.

Tips for how to organize your life

By scheduling everything, writing things down, clearing away clutter, and avoiding procrastination, you will find more mental clarity, amplify focus and productivity, live easier, and just generally be a little more zen… and probably a god/goddess to all your friends!

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Organizing your life

“At the end of the day, being organized is about having more time for yourself, and enabling you to live a more balanced life,” says Stress Expert, Eva Selhub, M.D. In a recent article, Shape Magazine notes that organization can improve your mental health, reduce stress and depression, help you eat and sleep better, encourage you to stick to a workout routine, help you to have better relationships, and even help you to lose weight!

Convinced? Here are some ways you can begin to organize your life.


Yup, you guessed it! This is a no-brainer so it makes the top of the list. Roll up your sleeves and get rid of the stuff in your life that is no longer serving you. This could be nicknacks you’ve accumulated, items that have become worn out, electronics that don’t work, or clothes that you no longer wear. Goodwill is my favorite spot for this, and they even give you a tax receipt! You’re giving yourself more breathing room and helping someone who might actually like or need exactly what you’ve decided to part with.

Find a home for everything

After you declutter, find a home for everything. The saying I use is “a place for everything and everything in its place.” How great would it be if you never had to be embarrassed or worried about someone stopping by unexpectedly? If you never again had to search for the remote, your driver’s license, sunglasses, or car keys? Yes, this can be a reality. And when you have a specific place for everything, cleaning up will take you a fraction of the time.

How to Organize Your Life?

The average American loses about 30 minutes a day to disorganization. That’s 15 hours a month!

Write it down and schedule everything

And I do mean everything. Life is busy. Every day a hundred new things come at us between work, family, emails, texts, and social, so it’s easy to forget things in the chaos. Yes, of course, you should schedule all work and/or school-related items, but… do you need to color your hair, do a facial, or mani-pedi on a regular basis? Get them on the calendar weeks in advance. The same thing goes with doctor and dentist visits, car maintenance, marketing, and promotions (if you are self-employed or have a side hustle). Even write down home maintenance and cleaning on your schedule – things like changing the Brita filter. You may not stick to the schedule 100%, but at least you have a time frame to get that task done, and it’s also off your mind.

The cloud

If you haven’t already, embrace the cloud. I think most of us today are using cloud storage at least partially, but get everything you can online. OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox all have free options. You have access to your data and files from anywhere in the world that has internet. You never have to worry about what might happen if you break or lose a device. It saves you time and gives you peace of mind.

Actionable Steps


Declutter regularly

At least twice a year go through your closet, and your home, and get rid of what you don’t need. You’ll have more space, more peace, and actually help someone who could use it.


Find a place for everything

Whether it’s keys, socks, a phone charger, or your favorite lipstick, make sure it goes back in the exact same spot after every time you use it.


Schedule everything

From car maintenance to hair color, get it on the calendar! When it’s in the back of your mind, you’ll end up nagging yourself with ‘this has to get done.’ It’s boring and wastes valuable mental energy.


Don’t procrastinate

Seriously. If it’s on the calendar and it just needs doing, get it done. The longer you put something off, the bigger deal it becomes. You’ll end up spending five times the amount of time and energy thinking about it rather than just doing it.


Use the cloud

You’ll always be able to access your files on your phone or from another computer  24/7 even if you don’t have your laptop close by. It also protects you from device failure.

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Hunter Phoenix

Hunter Phoenix

Certified Professional Life Coach

Hunter has an M.A. in Psychology and is a Certified Professional Life Coach. For more than 10 years, she coached clients to find and follow their passion and live their best lives. Hunter has also done youth coaching work with Covenant House, realizing that this is such a challenging and important time in life.
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