How to Be Organized – 10+ Habits

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If you’re looking for more time and space, knowing how to be organized with daily habits is the secret sauce. Being organized is not a one-time big event. It’s small daily habits that together make all the difference in our daily lives. This free printable will help you start building daily habits to keep your home and life organized.

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I grew up with a highly organized mom in a military family. I thought the entire world planned ahead (she meal planned a month at a time). I thought everyone lived in a highly organized home. My mom was organized because it allowed her and our family to have more time and space for the things we really wanted to do, things like travel, do crafts, entertain, read, and spend time together as a family.

As I grew older I learned that not everyone grew up learned how to be organized as they were growing up. But the wonderful thing about organization, is that it’s made up of skills everyone and anyone can learn. It’s a big reason why I became a professional organizer – to help others learn these powerful habits and skills.

How can I improve my organization skills?

There are many skills involved with being organized. You can learn these skills and implement them in your day-to-day life.

  • Determine your goal and reason for getting and staying organized.
  • Evaluate your space and schedule to determine where you need to make improvements.
  • Prioritize your list of improvements so you can choose where to start.
  • Schedule time to work on the task. Actually schedule it and commit to working on it.
  • Develop daily habits that contribute to organizing and tidying like ones on the free printable below.
  • Set reminders in your planner, on your phone or in productivity apps to remind you of organization tasks.
  • Revaluate your organization skills regularly. Your life and situation will change and you’ll need to adapt your organization to meet those changes.
  • When it comes to organizing, consistency is more critical to maintaining organization than any other single factor.
  • Don’t get discouraged if something isn’t working. It’s not a failure. You’ve collected to data to make adjustments that will lead you to an organizing system that will work for you and your unique needs.

Becoming organized is built on developing consistent daily habits that organize your space and your time.


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How to Be Organized

There are many different skills involved in being organized. These are skills that need to be practiced and adapted for your unique preferences and life situation.

Unlike home improvement and organizing shows, it takes longer than an hour to organize a space. And then it takes ongoing work to maintain organization. That’s where tidy habits come in.

The great thing is that because there are many different tasks, habits and options, you can choose the ones that work best for you. And when life changes, you can try new options that will work better for you.

It’s best to work on one new habit at a time. Break the habit down into a manageable size. Learn it. Make it part of your routine. Make incremental improvements Then add a new habit again and again and again.

The stumbling block most people run into is that they try to eat the elephant all at once rather than one bite at a time. With daily habits, you break the overall goal of being organized down into smaller, manageable habits.

How to Develop Daily Habits for Organizing & Tidying

I recommend developing organizing habits that take 10-15 minutes to accomplish. Everyone can find 10 minutes a day. Once that habit becomes second nature, you can add another. Within a couple of months you will have added 4 to 8 habits to your daily routine that will be helping you be organized and you won’t have to think about them because they’ll have become habits.

I’ve created a free printable list of 10 tidy habits that establish a strong foundation for learning how to be organized. To download your free copy of the 10 Organizing Tidy Habits, simply sign up for our free weekly newsletter. You’ll immediately receive access to the checklist in addition to the 125+ more free printables and more in the VIP Resource Library.

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Habit Tracker Printable

I’ve created planner stickers that will take you through a year of learning one new tidying or organizing task a week. If you’d like to build on the 10 habits on the checklist, you can get these 52 habits and work on one a week for a year. By the end of the year, you will have learned how to be organized and it will have become second nature to you.

Expert Tips for Organizing Printables

How do I access the free daily habits tidying printable?

Fill in the form above. When you submit the form, you will immediately be sent an email from Organized 31 with a link to the VIP Resources Library, including detailed instructions on how to access your printable. If you can’t find the welcome email after 3-4 minutes, check your spam folder. If you have any difficulty, you can email me and I’ll help you resolve any problems.

How do I print the pdf file?

The pdf usually opens right up when you click on the link in the VIP Resources Library. When that happens, simply right click on the pdf and either print or save the document to your device.

If the pdf does not pop up for you, you’ll most likely find it in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is located on your computer.

I’m worried about wasting printer ink – what can I do?

Most printers offer you the option to print in greyscale which is in black and white.

You can also look for the option to print in draft or economy mode. This usually means that the sheet is printed out with less ink. It still looks great and is a good way to print in color but use less ink.

How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?

You can print these pdf files as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use. Please do not share the file with family, friends or coworkers. Please do share the link to this post so they can access their own copy of the printable. All printables are copyrighted.

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