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The extremely organized seem to glide through life: never late for a meeting, home always ready for visitors, keys always where they left them.
How do they do it? They use these tricks to reduce life’s chaos:
Invest time wisely.
"Time spent organizing is not time wasted," says Regina Leeds, author of The 8-Minute Organizer. She encourages the chaos-prone to spend short bursts organizing just one thing or one room. A small investment up front pays dividends down the road, not just in physical organization, but in less stress.
"An organized person is a person who makes decisions. Piles [of stuff] are just unmade decisions."
Eliminate things decisively.
Less stuff in our lives means less to worry about, says Erin Rooney Doland, editor in chief of Unclutterer.com, a site dedicated to simplified living. An overabundance of clutter turns our homes into cauldrons of stress instead of peaceful retreats. Decluttering isn’t about deprivation, but prioritization.
"My house [is] an exclusive club," she says, "with a bouncer at the door who only lets the really important things pass the red velvet rope."
That prioritization extends to mental clutter, too. The solution: Always make lists.When all of your chores and to-dos are bouncing around your head, "you feel anxious and you don’t need to," reports Doland. "Just write it down and let it go."
Leeds teaches her clients that a neat home is not necessarily an organized home. Instead, have a place for everything. When you categorize and truly organize your belongings, you begin to see the amount of time that you have wasted looking for things or constantly tidying up.