If you’ve put in the effort to organize your life and home, it’s worth knowing how to keep it that way. Knowing how to stay organized keeps the clutter from coming back. Instead of doing a total overhaul of your house once it gets unmanageable, you can use the power of habits to do small bits of work on a routine basis. That’s much less stressful!

Use these techniques to build and maintain habits, and create an organized life!

Non-negotiable Habits

First, you must decide which habits you’d like to incorporate into your life. What daily or weekly tasks are necessary to keep your home organized? These are your non-negotiable habits.

In addition to keeping your home organized, it’s important to take care of you, too! If you’re run down and not feeling your best, it makes it that much harder to take care of anything or anyone else. I’ve come up with 8 non-negotiable habits to build a healthy life.

  1. Get up at the same time each morning to start the day off right.
  2. Practice self care, like meditation and exercise.
  3. Make your bed. It matters!
  4. Eat well, incorporating healthy foods into your diet.
  5. Express love to the people in your life. That helps everyone!
  6. Clear the decks before the end of the day so you’re ready for tomorrow.
  7. Relax into a bedtime ritual, like reading a book or listening to guided meditation.
  8. Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night! Lack of sleep affects all areas of life.

Starting a New Habit

Know your “why”: Wanting to make your bed every morning is good, but if you don’t know why you’re doing it, the habit’s not likely to stick. Does making the bed give you a sense of pride? Does it start the day off on a productive note? Discover your personal reason for starting a habit to make it permanent.

Schedule it: Put it on your calendar, in your phone, on a sticky note on the fridge–whatever helps you remember your new habit. Eventually it’ll become second nature.

Reward yourself: Tell yourself you’re doing a great job, because you are! When you stick to your habits, take yourself out for a coffee or just pat yourself on the back. 

Maintaining Habits

There are a lot of ways to help yourself stick to a new habit. Habit trackers like the one to the left (click to download!) are super useful, because they help keep you accountable and act as a record of all the work you’re putting in. Discussing your new habits with friends helps, too. Having people to talk to can help keep you on track.

Lost Habits

If you fall off the organizational wagon, it’s okay. Everyone makes mistakes and falls short sometimes! One of the best things you can do is consciously re-commit. Draw a line in the and, burn your bridges backwards, and cross the Rubicon!

Keep a beginner’s mind, too–especially if it’s been a while. If you used to meditate for an hour a a day but lost the habit a year ago, restart the habit as if it were new. If you go too big too fast, you run the risk of burning out and becoming discouraged.

Finally, be compassionate towards yourself! A good attitude paves the way for living a truly organized life!

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