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5 Lazy Ways To Get Organized

5 Lazy Ways To Get Organized

Have you heard the expression: Organized People Are Just Too Lazy To Look For Things? I have, and to be honest. I believe this to be true.

 

Let's be real, trying to make changes, like being more organized, is difficult because you're essentially going against the grain of your well-formed habit patterns of disorganization that have been imprinted on your brain for weeks, months, even years... sometimes decades, yikes!

 

Change is hard for nearly all of us. We just don't like to change and let's face it, we're lazy. In today's world, everything is about convenience and indulgence. It's almost like accepting change willingly is a major flaw in our wiring because we know it'll take effort and work.

 

My suggestion for all of this is to flip the script. Make it hard to do the things you want to stop doing and easy to do the things you want to start doing. In essence, make the bad habits difficult to keep up and the good habits easy to implement. 

 

Here are 5 ways to leverage your laziness:

 

1. Set up a mail station.

Many people let their mail pile up to the point that it takes over their kitchen table and countertops. Make it so that it's easy to sort through by having a recycling can and the shredder where you do your mail sort.

 

2. Utilize TV commercial breaks.

A colleague of mine just wrote a post talking about couch potato organizing. When you settle in to watch your favorite show, get comfy and bring a task with you to the sofa. Use the time during commercial breaks to do a mini task like deleting photos off your phone, weeding through your recipe box or folding laundry.

 

3. Label all the things.

If you're struggling with your family members putting things away after they use them, quit nagging them and just make some labels (or have them make the labels!). It'll become glaringly obvious where things go in the pantry, linen closet, utility room, etc when there are big colorful signs staring folks in the face. This is a great one-and-done project that'll pay dividends. 

 

4. Plan your outfit the night before.

We all like an extra 10 minutes of sleep in the morning and by planning out what you will wear the night before, you can hit the snooze button one more time!

 

5. Menu plan.

Set up a weekly schedule of meals ie; Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky (use up what we have in the fridge) Wednesday, etc. Putting in a little effort up front will allow you to go on auto-pilot each evening instead of rushing around trying to figure out what's for dinner. And if you want to be even more lazy, prepare dinner in the mornings. I'm lucky that I don't have to rush out the door in the morning so that's when I prepare meals. By 5 o'clock I can be in my pajamas rather than aimlessly staring at the pantry trying to figure out what to make for supper.  

 

Do you see how putting in a little planning and work on the front end can support your laziness on the back end? It's the back door approach to changing those behaviors!

 

How do you see yourself leveraging your laziness to break out of those disorganized habits?

 

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Categories: Motivation

Comments

  • I do #2-5 but #1 is still alluding me. Even Professional Organizers have trouble dealing with their own mail! You've given your readers lots of 'lazy' options to help them reach their organizing goals--hopefully, they won't be too lazy to read this post!
    3/6/2017 3:57:59 PM Reply
    • @Stacey Agin Murray: I don't think you're alone in you mail struggle, Stacey! And I'll let you in on a secret, I'm not too good staying on top of my e-mail! Shh!
      3/9/2017 1:55:12 PM Reply
  • So many great ideas you shared to help us to maintain organization. It's so true that it's all about the habits we have...and trading some not so healthy ones for ones that make life less stressful. I love your take on menu planning. I've never been good at that. When our daughters were growing up, I'd make sure to have enough food in the fridge and pantry and then "wing it" when it came time for dinner. The girls would ask me, "Mom, what's for dinner?" I'd reply, "I don't know yet because I'm not in the kitchen." But somehow they got fed and now they are both much better cooks and meal planners than I ever was.
    3/6/2017 3:54:20 PM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: Thanks for chiming in, Linda. Cooking is not one of my favorite activities so I find the meal planning habit helps me stay on track. It's good to know your girls on track with it too!
      3/9/2017 1:54:24 PM Reply
  • I have found labeling to be so important in my efforts to have an organized home. Not only does it help me but it helps the other people in my house know where to find things and where to put them back. Without the labels they would just throw things around and place them anywhere! Great post :)
    3/6/2017 2:11:23 PM Reply
    • @Liana George: I couldn't agree more on the label issue. I labeled our pantry years ago and even my husband can find what he's looking for! lol...
      3/9/2017 1:51:52 PM Reply
  • I have a magnet with that saying on it on my filing cabinet! A friend who has since passed away gave it to me when I was a professional organizer. I do think the reason I'm as organized as I am is that I'm too lazy to do things any other way! Some people think it's crazy that I plan all my meals a week in advance, but it does take a lot less time and energy that way, the same with a lot of the other things I do.
    3/6/2017 12:44:56 PM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: I love that you have a magnet with that quote, Janet! What a great visual reminder. And I must say, I plan my dinner menu out a month at a time. Yep, I'm THAT lazy!!
      3/9/2017 1:51:04 PM Reply
  • Love this post. I go through all the mail. Having an area that I can shred and recycle works nicely. If I don't have time to shred right away, I place the papers to be shredded on top of the shredder. On Wednesday I shred all the papers before trash day. Processes that are a no-brainer works best for me.
    3/6/2017 11:54:50 AM Reply
    • @Sabrina Quairoli: Thanks for sharing your no-brainer mail system. We have something similar in our household and I even got my husband on board! #win
      3/9/2017 1:49:45 PM Reply
  • These are great tips Sarah! I love that quote because it keeps me motivated to keep things organized. I hate looking for things and really it comes down to being lazy. If I can take a bit of time to set up a system that will save me time and energy later then I'm all for it! Like keys... I set up some hooks in our entry and my husband and I ALWAYS put our keys there when we walk in the door. No time ever wasted looking for keys.
    3/6/2017 11:01:06 AM Reply
    • @Hilda Rodgers: Yes! We're on the same wave-length, Hilda! And we have a key hook too.
      3/9/2017 1:48:45 PM Reply
  • I love that quote... because there is actually a bit of truth in it! I hate wasting time looking for things! My little habit is to walk around and put things away at night before I go to bed. I like to "set the stage" for the morning. You never know what craziness you might wake up to!
    3/3/2017 9:17:24 AM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: I know what you mean about that quote and I do the same nightly pick-up routine myself! My son always hits the ground running in the a.m. so to have a clean slate, so to speak, makes a world of difference!
      3/9/2017 1:47:53 PM Reply

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