Tips For Organization

  1. Find a place for everything and put everything in it's place. If there is one rule organized people abide by, it's this one. It is also easier to put things back right after you use them, then to wait. Later, there is so much to put back, that it becomes overwhelming.
  2. Group things together that belong together.
  3. Be ruthless and get rid of items you do not use. Sell them or give them to charity. Maybe you have a friend who is really handy and would fix that broken bike in the basement and actually use it. If it's clothing and you haven't worn it in a year chances are you won't, unless it's a tuxedo or gown.
  4. Use baskets and buckets and containers to store loose items. Plastic containers that you can see into are often helpful for ADDers. Open shelves and organizers are great, if you organize visually.
  5. Think about how you sort or classify information. Do you sort by people, location, activity or objects. Example: I may sort my customer files by name, cities, services or products. Choose what seems logical for you to facilitate retrieval of information.
  6. Alphabetize when ever possible.
  7. Use brightly colored post it notes to remind you of things to do.
  8. Use brightly colored tabs to mark information you know you will refer to often.
  9. Clear your desk and work on only one thing at a time.
  10. Hire a housekeeper, a coach, an accountant, or secretary to help you out. Don't try to do it all alone.
  11. To get organized, set small goals and accomplish them one by one. Don't tackle the entire garage all at once. Do one corner to start with, keeping that organized until the whole job is done.
  12. Analyze what you do organize well, and adapt that strategy to other things you are not so organized with.
  13. Ask other people who are organized, how they do it. You may discover a strategy that will work well for you.
  14. Keep a junk drawer or two. Even very organized people have these.

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