I know organizing can be tedious for some people. I used to find it very boring myself.
In my case, I used to be organized with my time and homework, but my house used to be a total mess.
Then life happened, and I realized how much my mess was impacting my mental health.
So, that’s when I decided to get my sh*t together once and for all.
It wasn’t easy, but it certainly was so, so rewarding.
If you wonder, “How do I become an organized person?” or “How do I organize my life?” then follow this gold advice from a former mess.
Get your life together with these 46 easy ways every messy person can implement to improve their life, health, and even relationships.
One of the most incredible ways to stay on track is to keep updated lists of EVERYTHING.
That’s why I’ve decided to create this long, categorized list of things you can do to stay organized.
If you’re still not convinced about the direct relation between clutter and your mental health, check this out:
According to the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute:
“When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.” – Scientists find physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus, process information
So, yes. You need your life to be organized to reach your full potential!
46 Easy Ways To Organize Your Life
Organize your physical and mental health
Don’t leave your health to chance.
1. Schedule your workouts
Your workouts have to be on your list of daily priorities.
If you haven’t built the habit to work out yet, schedule one hour or two for the next day. Block that time and get ready to start being fit.
2. Keep a journal
If you want to organize your life, you’ll need to organize your mind first.
And journaling is the perfect tool to do that!
Journaling has so many benefits. It’s unreal.
It can help you improve your memory, boost your mood, stay creative, have better ideas, and so much more.
Want to use journaling to organize your life and understand yourself better?
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- Ditch your bad habits and build a routine that works for you
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These workbooks will help you organize your thoughts and boost your self-development process. Check them out here!
3. Check your personal development plan daily or weekly
If you want to grow consistently and become the best version of yourself, you NEED a personal development plan.
And if you want to stick to it, you need to check it weekly, if not daily.
Check your plan right before bed to reflect on your day or right after waking up for some motivation!
More posts you’ll love:
- Monthly Reflection: The 15 Top Questions You Should Ask Yourself At The End Of Every Month
- How to Create a Powerful Personal Development Plan You’ll Actually Stick to
- How To Perform A Simple Yet Effective Life Audit
Organize your time
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4. Use Toggl to track your time
Toggl is a time tracking app that allows you to track your daily activities and provides detailed insights about how you spend your time.
This offers you an opportunity to find areas of your life you can improve.
Using Toggl religiously for around two months was enough to understand a lot about me, my life, and my daily routines and find areas to improve.
When I started using it, I realized I was spending around two hours a day checking Instagram!
This was a massive eye-opener because even though I already knew I was checking Instagram constantly, I didn’t realize I was spending that much time there.
So, I highly recommend you use Toggle to understand yourself better.
5. Use Google Calendar to create time blocks
After making a list of everything you need to get done, make time blocks on Google Calendar every night before bed.
It’s nothing fancy, but it’ll help you organize your life like no other tool.
To do so, you’ll need to know how much time it takes you to complete several tasks, and that’s where what you learn from Toggl comes into play.
You don’t need to stick to it like a perfect machine, but it’ll give you structure and help you get things done.
6. Use Asana, Trello, or notion to organize big or complicated projects
These tools may seem intimidating and complicated at first, but when you master them, they can make your life so much easier.
I used to use Asana to manage the content creation process for my blog.
It made a massive difference in my results and the way I was approaching my content creation process.
Then, I started using Trello to record and track personal goals. It makes me feel inspired and helps me work smarter towards my goals.
And I fell so hard for Trello and how easy it is to use it that I decided to switch to Trello completely.
But then I decided to ride the Notion wave, and now I LOVE it.
Nowadays, I use Notion to manage my life goals, yearly goals, business, and marketing strategy.
My whole life’s in Notion; I take notes there, I create checklists there. All of my ideas, my writing, and even articles I’ve read and loved are stores there.
I highly recommend you try them all to see which one is best for you, but my current favorite’s Notion, no doubt.
More posts you’ll love:
- How to Organize Your Life with Notion (+Video +Template)
- How to Easily Turn Your Phone Into a Fantastic Productivity Tool
- Routines & Habits Workbook
7. Make lists of everything
- Shopping lists
- To-do lists
- Things I’m grateful for lists
- Birthday gift ideas lists
You name it.
Keep lists of everything and let your brain do heavy work instead of using it to remember mundane stuff.
This simple yet effective technique will help you organize your life AND your thoughts as well.
8. Wake up early
Whatever early means to you!
For me, waking up early, between 5-6 a.m., is a life-changer.
When I wake up before the sun rises, I’m able to enjoy some quiet time to journal, reflect, read, or meditate and set the tone for an organized, great day.
However, the truth is, not all people are wired to wake up that early, and doing so can cause terrible and permanent damages to their physical and mental health.
If you want to know more about sleep, I highly recommend you read Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker :)This book is one of the best I’ve ever read.
I was so fascinated by the topic and how the author presents it that I read the whole thing in like six days.
It had such a significant impact on me that now sleep is one of my top priorities.
If doing something implies I have to wake up earlier or go to bed later than I should, I probably won’t do it or find a way to reschedule it.
And ever since I started making sleep a priority, I feel rested and full of energy.
I no longer feel the urge to go lay down all day long!
Seriously, go read it and start waking up early (again, whatever “early” means to you.)
9. Set a sleeping schedule
Some people believe that skipping sleep to work or study is a badass move.
However, there’s nothing further from the truth.
And it can damage your brain, body, and even your mental health.
So, if you want to get the most out of your day, make enough room for good-quality sleep.
Again, if you want to know more about sleep, I highly recommend reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.
10. Plan your day the night before
Don’t let the sun come up without knowing your top 3 priorities for the day.
Facing a new day without being clear about what you need to get done and what you’d like to do can only make you feel lost and hurt your growth.
11. Mind how much time it takes you to complete different tasks
Being aware of:
- how long you like your showers to be,
- how many pages a day you need to read to finish a book in a week,
- or how long it takes you to style your hair will change your life.
Knowing this about you and your routines will help you become better at planning your time and, of course, avoid getting stressed out all the time.
12. Keep a record of what’s working and what’s not
Once you’ve started using different apps like the ones I recommended above or any other system you like, be conscious of how much it’s actually helping you (or not.)
This will help you keep the things you like and find helpful and get rid of those that stress you out and slow you down.
That way, you’ll be able to build a custom system that works for you.
13. Build a routine that works for you
You are what you repeatedly do.
If you want to organize your life, you need to live an organized daily routine. That doesn’t mean it has to be perfect every single time.
It means that you need to build a routine that adapts to your lifestyle AND what you want to achieve.
There’s no one-fits-all solution here. You have to find what works FOR YOU.
The Routines & Habits Workbook will help you clarify what you want to do and how to turn those goals into tiny steps.
It’ll also help you ditch bad habits and build a routine that helps you build your dream life one day at a time.
Organize your workspace
14. Have a trash can near your desk
Don’t let your desk become a mess. Remember: mess = stress.
Keep a trash can near you so you can throw away the trash immediately instead of keeping it around you.
15. Use a binder to manage big projects
If you prefer to take noted using pen and paper instead of digital tools like Notion, don’t make the mistake of writing on whatever piece of paper you have lying around.
Keep your notes and projects organized in a single place.
This applies especially to learning, and particularly if you’re learning on your own with free resources you find on the Internet.
When I realized I wanted to start a blog and started soaking in all the information available, I almost quit.
It was so, so much to handle, but I was so sure I wanted to give it a go that I decided to keep going.
I knew that if I wanted to make progress, I needed structure to organize my notes and classes.
And that’s how I decided to use something I’d never used before: a binder.
I started pouching my notes and organizing them into categories, and that made a world of difference.
(That binder weights around 10 pounds now.)
16. Keep a pen holder stocked with good pens
You don’t need a thousand pens. You only need 2 or 3 good ones.
Get rid of those pens that don’t work. You know the ones.
There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to catch an idea on paper and losing it because you didn’t have a functioning pen at hand.
Keep a nice tall mug or a pen holder close to you while you’re working, studying, or reading.
17. Have an updated weekly planner
Keep a weekly spread with a simple layout next to you to schedule tasks on the fly.
I designed a simple weekly planner and kept it taped to my table’s surface, where I work every day.
Whenever something I need to do pops into my head, I simply schedule it on my paper planner.
Then, before bed, I check all my notes and organize my Notion, bullet journal, or Google Calendar tasks.
18. Keep a journal near you
A journal is necessary to practice journaling (duh!), but it’s also crucial to keep one around at all times to take notes of everything.
I keep a single one that lasts around 5-6 months, where I write recipes, ideas, movies I want to watch, little reminders, and even manage my freelance work.
The key to using your journal correctly without making it become a mess is to check it regularly (preferably daily or weekly) to transfer important tasks and lists to the places they belong to.
Organize your digital spaces
19. Unsubscribe from lists you don’t care about
We’ve all been guilty of making it a habit to delete mail before even reading it because we already know we’re not at all interested.
Instead of doing that or leaving it unread on your inbox (which is worse!), unsubscribe from lists you don’t care about.
It’s ok to do it, and companies should make it easy for you to do so.
Simply go to the bottom of the email sent by the company you’re not interested in, and you’ll find a link that says “Unsubscribe.”
Click that link and follow the instructions. It shouldn’t take you more than 5 seconds.
I promise you’ll feel a lot better knowing that the messages you do get are important to you 🙂
20. Delete unimportant emails
Your inbox should be a sacred place for you to receive important messages, not a place to store trash.
Take an hour of your time to tidy up your inbox. This is one of the most satisfying things ever!
Delete emails you know you’re not going to read again as well as those you’ve read but don’t need to archive.
Keeping your inbox organized and clean is a form of decluttering and will help you feel much more at ease.
I recommend you use the Jason Savard Gmail extension for Chrome!
This Chrome extension allows you to read, delete, and even reply to emails without having the Gmail tab on your browser.
I also recommend you organize your Gmail inbox into Read and Unread messages.
This setting leaves unread messages at the top of your inbox, so you’ll never miss another important email ever.
21. Unfollow people on Instagram that don’t add value to your life
I’m guilty of following people I don’t know and don’t care about just because their feed looks nice.
However, doing that has never brought anything useful, helpful, interesting to my life.
On the contrary, it just made me spend more time on Instagram trying to keep up with all those posts that, in the end, were just making me waste my precious time.
Last year I decided to do an Instagram purge. I asked myself:
- Do I know this person in real life?
- Does this person’s content add something of value to my life?
- Can I live without knowing what these people are up to?
- Do I care about this person?
And, little by little, I reduced the number of accounts I was following to the maximum, and it made me feel so much better.
Plus, it significantly reduced the time I was spending on the app.
Don’t go around giving everybody and anybody your time and attention.
22. Clean the folders on your computer regularly
This is another one I’ve had to learn the hard way.
Every laptop I buy ends up getting super slow within a year or so, and it’s because I’m not mindful of all the things I save and install.
This year I’m learning to clean my Downloads folder regularly, and it’s made a huge difference.
Doing so helps me keep my devices healthy, and it’s also so much easier to find files when I need to.
23. Use Google Drive
Or Dropbox, if you prefer that one.
But I prefer Google Drive.
The interface is way friendlier, in my opinion 🙂
Forget about losing work or important documents: Store your files, pictures, and even work on the cloud.
What’s great about this is that your files will be safe, no matter what happens to your computer, and that you can access all your files from any device just by login into your Google account.
Create folders to keep them organized and access them wherever you go.
Storing files on Google Drive is free up to a certain amount of storage, and if you want more, you can upgrade your plan for only a couple of dollars a month.
It’s a total game-changer.
24. Use Gmail tags
As a freelancer and someone who works online, my email is vital to me.
I receive important emails for clients daily, and that’s why it’s so important to keep my inbox clean, uncluttered, and organized.
Use Gmail tags to organize your emails and help you find them easily in the future.
25. Keep useful apps at sight
Organize your phone home screen and keep only those apps that help you stay organized.
Organize your home
Remember that a messy environment equals a messy state of mind.
26. Make your bed as soon as you wake up
Making your bed:
- helps you feel accomplished (you completed your first task of the day, yay!),
- makes your home look more organized,
- and, if you work from home, it’ll decrease your desire to lay in bed.
Make it as soon as you wake up.
If you leave it for later, that increases the chances of leaving it unmade.
27. Use glass or transparent containers to store food in your fridge
Keeping a kitchen or fridge organize can be a titanic task.
However, if you use glass or transparent containers, you’ll be able to see what’s inside and won’t forget about stored food so quickly.
28. Put labels WHERE IT MAKES SENSE
Doing this will help you keep containers and boxes organized, and it’ll give your house a nice touch.
29. Wash your dishes as soon as you use them
Stop letting your dishes “soak.” It won’t help you do them faster later.
On the contrary, it just makes them pile up.
Do your dishes as you cook and wash your plates as soon as you finish eating.
30. Forget about “laundry day”
Instead of designating a single day of the week to do your laundry, try doing it as soon as you have enough dirty clothes to wash.
This will prevent it from piling up, and if you don’t feel like doing laundry on a given Sunday, that’ll be no problem!
31. Get storage containers only when you need them
Sometimes, people end up buying a bunch of boxes, thinking they’ll help them solve their mess instantly.
Don’t create more clutter by buying more stuff you don’t need.
Declutter first, get storage containers (if needed) second.
32. Plan decluttering sessions regularly
Plan decluttering sessions every 3, 6, or 12 months.
For it to be effective, plan these sessions according to your home’s size and the number (and age) of people who live there.
33. Use the Pomodoro technique
Use the Pomodoro technique (focusing on a single task for 25 minutes straight) to finish specific house chores like:
- organizing the mess,
- doing the dishes,
- or doing some express cleaning on your bathroom.
Of course, this technique works for other tasks like studying, writing, or finishing any project 🙂
Organize your meals
Organize your meals and take the hassle out of cooking healthy and tasty dishes.
34. Keep an updated grocery shopping list of what you need to buy
And don’t go grocery shopping without it.
This will help you bring home everything you need without forgetting anything or getting things you don’t need.
Keep a list and stick to it.
Plus, if there’s a new recipe you want to try, for instance, you can list all the ingredients beforehand.
35. Designate a single day of the week to go grocery shopping
Running to the grocery store every two days to get silly things is everything but time-effective.
36. Keep track of how much food you eat
We’ve all been guilty of getting more vegetables than we actually eat (with the best of intentions), only to end up finding them rotten in the back of the fridge.
If you want to increase your vegetables or fruit intake, do so little by little.
In the meantime, be mindful of how much food you eat in a specific time frame, so you can buy exactly what you need and nothing more.
37. Plan your meals in advance
I love checking recipes on Pinterest and planning them for the week.
By doing so, I know exactly what I need to get from the store, and I’ve also managed to widen the range of dishes I can cook 🙂
Meal prepping consists of preparing a considerable amount of food to refrigerate.
This method helps you cook in advance, so you don’t have to worry about those full-on cooking sessions three times a day.
Of course, meal prepping can take a bunch of hours.
But look it at a time investment, and you’ll see it’s worth it.
Organize your finances
39. Keep track of your income and expenses
Toshl is an incredible personal finances app to keep track of your income and expenses.
I love Toshl because it shows you how much you’ve spent and earned in a set time frame.
Plus, it creates beautiful and easy-to-understand graphics.
40. Design a savings plan and stick to it
I know it’s easier said than done.
But if you want to save real money, you need a plan.
41. Check your balance regularly
If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you want to reach financial freedom and forget about checking your balance for a whole year (feel me?)
And that’s awesome!
But while we get there, let’s check our balance regularly, at least once a week.
Avoid surprises and inconveniences 🙂
42. Get real about how much you need to live your dream life
Some people think they have to become billionaires to have the life they want.
But, when you think about the things you want to have and the places you want to go to, you may realize you don’t need thousands of millions of dollars.
So, get real about your dream:
And then calculate how much money you need to get there.
Chances are, it’s easier (and cheaper!) to get there than you think 🙂
Organize your entertainment and free time
Don’t waste your precious free time wondering what to do in your free time.
43. Keep a list of movies you want to watch
Ever spent valuable minutes of your free time searching Netflix for something good to watch?
Well, forget about that.
Keep a current list of movies and series to watch, and you won’t have to spend hours on end scrolling Netflix on your day off.
44. Take notes of new restaurants you want to try
Don’t stick to the same restaurant every time.
Try new things once in a while.
By keeping an updated list of restaurants to try, you won’t end up getting Chinese at the same place over and over again just because you can’t decide where to go.
45. Keep a list of books you want to read
Use Goodreads to make it and also to get recommendations based on books you’ve read and loved.
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- How to Read More Books: 18 Honest Tips to Boost Your Reading
- 5 Nonfiction Books That Changed My Life (And Why You Should Read Them Too)
46. Keep a log of new hobbies you’d like to explore
Don’t waste time wondering what you’d like to learn or explore next.
Keep an updated list or Pinterest board full of new hobbies to try 🙂
For me, it’s hard to believe there are people out there who aren’t interested in organizing their lives.
An organized life has so many benefits:
- it gives you time to devote to people and projects you care about,
- to rest more,
- and to enjoy what you do more because you don’t need to be in a rush 24/7.
Organize your life today, and you’ll start seeing results TOMORROW.
I hope you found this post helpful! If so, please help me share it with others 🙂
Plus, I’d love to know how you organize your life (if you do) or what are the challenges you face when trying to fix the mess!