Life can be hectic sometimes which can make being organized incredibly difficult, leaving it hard to stay focused on the matter at hand. Unfortunately, many people simply don’t have the time to organize their lives properly and therefore miss important events or forget things they should have done.

It is important to lead an organized life. By doing so, you can be happier, healthier and much more content. What’s more, you can excel in your career and personal life. Here’s a guide on how to be more organized so that you can flourish.

Write Everything Down

Many people will claim that they have a good memory, that they can remember everything without having to rely on notes. However, it is often the case that people’s memory isn’t as good as they think it is. If you have trouble remembering, then one of the first things you need to do is to ensure you write everything down. That way, you will be able to take more control over your life and be able to manage your time more productively.

However, this doesn’t mean that you need to have a dozen Post-It notes all over your fridge door. There are now many apps that you can keep on your mobile phone that can help you stay organized. For example, having a To Do List each day is an excellent way of remembering everything you need to do. Each night make sure you update it with the next day’s tasks and tick them off as you complete them.

Recycle Clothing

Most people will have a wardrobe full of clothing, but in many cases, most of this would have hardly been worn. Stop this from happening by regularly checking on your clothes. One way to do this is to hang everything backward on the hanger. After one-month, check to see which things have been put back the right way and which things have not. You will then be able to see the clothes you regularly wear and those you do not need anymore. This is a good opportunity to recycle these clothes or to give them to charity.

Practice Putting Items Away Immediately

There is a saying ‘a place for everything and everything in his place;’ this is a good principle to live by, and one that you should try to incorporate into your daily routine. You need to start practicing putting things back where they were as soon as you have finished using them. For example, you may need to get some sticky tape from the draw to wrap a package. When you have finished, think about placing the sticky tape in the drawer instead of leaving it on the table. If you don’t, then you will soon find many other things join it until it becomes a pile of junk that needs to be sorted through.

These are just some of the ways that you can add more organization into your life. Try to take things one step at a time, so that eventually you have everything organized the way it needs to be.

Have Paperwork in One Place

For the unorganized, trying to find an important piece of paperwork can often lead to you turning the house upside down. Perhaps this is because you tend to keep your paperwork in the last place that you looked at it. It may well be stuffed into a drawer or under a pile of books somewhere. Try to gather all of your paperwork together in one place and keep it in one organized folder. While you have all your paperwork there, go through it and throw out anything you no longer need. This will give you more space to keep important paperwork and less to go through when you need to find something.

Sort Out Your Finances

As well as your physical belongings, you also need to ensure that your digital and virtual self is organized. This means ensuring that all of your bills are set up correctly, and that any debits from your account that are no longer needed are canceled. It also means checking your credit file to ensure there is nothing on there which should not be. If you find any inconsistencies on your credit file, then you need to contact one of the credit bureaus so they can look into it for you. This is also a good time to start looking at your budget to see if there is anything you can tidy up. For example, are you still paying for a magazine subscription you no longer need? Or perhaps you don’t go to the gym as often as you should, and could run outside instead?