It can be a challenge to carve out time to devote to tackling organizational projects in your apartment. These could include tidying up your closets, discarding old items you don’t want any longer, organizing your college textbooks, or packing up old coats to donate. On the weekends, the last thing most of us want to do is use our much needed downtime to do project after project. Here are some quick ways to boost your time-management skills and cross things off your to-do list.
Delegate What You Can
If you can afford to pay a home organizer to make your closet your dream come true, then go for it! Not only does it free up your time, and decrease your stress, you are passing along a job to someone who needs one. Make sure to try to find a referral before letting someone blindly into your home. It’s also important to check references. Additionally, make time to sit with the professional and share your expectations. If your closet needs a make-over, share what your goals are. If you need someone to clean out a storage closet, it’s also prudent to take the time to let them know what you want saved, and what they can donate or discard.
Set Achievable Goals
It can be disappointing and frustrating to set unachievable goals. If you do, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. A better approach is to set reasonable goals. For example, this month set a goal to organize all of your shoes, boots and athletic shoes. You may not realize how much footwear you have acquired. Some may be damaged, others may not quite be your style any longer, and others may not fit. Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you set two or three small goals a month, these goals add up to achievements.
Create a Schedule
You can make yourself more accountable if you create a schedule. Use a spreadsheet, or if you prefer, old-school methods-- use a paper calendar. Either type works fine. If you’re a morning person, devote time before work to tackle your organizational goals. For example, if you like to watch the morning news shows, open up your kitchen cabinets and begin to sift through the extra coffee cups that are chipped, or the glasses that you don’t need that are taking up your limited shelf space. If you’re not a morning person, devote time in your schedule after-work or on the weekends. The key is not being resentful of the time you carve out for home organization. So, if you like to binge Netflix on a Sunday night, don’t earmark that time to sort through your old magazines or cookbooks.
Even though you are productive in your task-mastering, don’t let yourself burn out. Take regular breaks to recharge and reboot. If you’re going to take a full inventory of your bathroom and bedroom on a weekend, then make sure to meet a friend for coffee, or recline in your favorite chair listening to an inspirational podcast to take a break. Chores are chores, but everyone needs a break. So, when you finish tossing old make-up and then move on to deciding what collectibles you don’t want any longer, be sure to rest in between the organizational efforts.
How Can You Boost Your Organizational Skills to Get More Done?
Don’t take too much on at one time, and keep your expectations manageable. Strong time-management skills require creating a plan, prioritizing goals, and creating a schedule. If you don’t have the free time to devote to your organizational projects, consider hiring someone to help. Outsourcing may seem like an indulgence, but if you don’t want to spend your downtime on projects, it can be worth the extra money. It’s important to remember to set reasonable goals. Incremental success will be very satisfying and will motivate you to do more!