Can you offer some nitty-gritty advice for people who are naturally disorganized?
Anyone can learn to be organized – but it takes practice, just like playing an instrument. The best way to be organized is to cultivate good habits. Ritualize what you do so that you’re not constantly reinventing the wheel when it comes to things that you do all the time, whether it’s changing dirty diapers or putting away the baby’s clothes or making your bed. To make something a habit, you have to do it every day for 21 days.
- One great place to start is making your bed every day. That changes the environment of the room. Otherwise, it’s as if you’re living one continuous day instead of putting one day to rest and starting another.
- Pay attention to your clothes and change them every day. Sounds basic, but it’s especially important with a newborn or infant, when you may not be able to take a shower every day. Don’t live in your sweats. As soon as you can, get into clothes that make you aware of your body.
Don’t let dishes pile up in the sink: That just creates another demoralizing, depressing situation. And when they’re dry, put them away, don’t just leave them in the dish rack.
Pay attention to your waste baskets. Don’t let them over flow. Every day, look at all the garbage containers in the house. Do any of them need to be emptied?
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