I have complete and total faith that you can learn to be more organized. I’m guessing if you are struggling to keep your home and your life straight, you may not have mastered one of these characteristics. But don’t fret! By focusing on a few simple changes and creating some good habits, you too can be super organized!

So here they are, the five Characteristics of Highly Organized People.

What do Organized People have in Common?

  1. A calendar tool for time tracking and management
  2. A system for managing tasks and getting things done
  3. Everything they own has a place
  4. After they use something, they put it away
  5. They let go of things with ease

#1 Organized people have some kind of calendar tool for time tracking and management.

It matters less if you use a paper planner, the calendar on your phone, or a custom app. The important thing is that you have a single tool for tracking what you are doing with your time. Calendars are not just for writing down doctors appointments. You can block off time to work towards larger goals like personal development or household organizing. Have one calendar that you keep with you at all times. I use Google Calendar on my phone because I can share events with my spouse and work colleagues and I always have my phone, tablet, or laptop handy to see my schedule.

Still like Pen and Paper? Pick a Paper Planner:

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2021-2022 Monthly Planner/Calendar - 18-Month Planner with Tabs & Pocket & Label, Contacts and Passwords, 8.5" x 11", Thick Paper, Jul. 2021 - Dec. 2022, Twin-Wire Binding - Black by Artfan
  • ★ MONTHLY OVERVIEW – 18 MONTHLY PLANNER July 2021 -December 2022, featuring 18 months of monthly pages with Julian Dates and holidays marked. Various colors are available
  • ★ TABS & POCKET - Each month is separated with tabs. Two sides inner pocket for stashing loose items.
  • ★ PROFESSIONAL DESIGN - Twin-Wire binding allows for 360 degree folding over. 2021 - 2023 yearly overview/Important contacts/8 contact pages/4 password pages/12 notes pages/Holidays/Western United States map and States, Capitals & Time zones page.
  • ★FUNCTIONAL & STYLISH - Ruled daily blocks for open scheduling and notes columns for your spontaneous and important items. Past, present and 4 future monthly referencing in the monthly planning pages.
  • ★PREMIUM QUALITY & LUXURIOUS - Thicker and pure white paper, the planner is resistant to the most passionate artist giving reduced ink leakage, erasing fraying and shading issues, acid-free, environmentally friendly production with completely vegan raw materials.
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2021-2022 Monthly Planner - 18-Month Planner with Tabs, Pocket, Label, Contacts and Passwords, 8.5" x 11", Jul. 2021 - Dec. 2022, Twin-Wire Binding - Teal by Artfan
  • ★ MONTHLY OVERVIEW – 18 MONTHLY PLANNER Jul 2021 - Dec 2022, featuring 18 months of monthly pages with Julian Dates and holidays marked. Various colors are available.
  • ★ TABS, POCKET, LABEL - Each month is separated with tabs. Two sided inner pocket for stashing loose items. The 2021-2022 monthly planner comes with a label for the cover that allows for clear labeling and archiving.
  • ★ PROFESSIONAL DESIGN - Twin-Wire binding allows 360 degree folding over. 2021 - 2023 yearly overview/Important contacts/8 contact pages/4 password pages/12 notes pages/Holidays.
  • ★ FUNCTIONAL, STYLISH - Ruled daily blocks for open scheduling and notes columns for your spontaneous and important events. Past, present and 4 future monthly referencing in the monthly planning pages.
  • ★ QUALITY - Thicker and white paper, the planner is resistant to the most passionate artist.
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2021-2023 Pocket Planner/Calendar - Monthly Pocket Planner/Calendar with Pen Hold, Inner Pocket and 63 Notes Pages, 6.6" x 3.7"
  • THREE YEAR-ROUND PLANNING - Pocket planner covers 36 months from Jan 2021 to Dec 2023 which is perfect for long-term planning. Small, mini and compact, which measures at approximately 3.7" x 6.6", keep track of important dates, deadlines, special events and more.
  • MONTHLY OVERVIEW - Each month covers two full pages which is great for long-term planning. And the size of unruled daily blocks is 0.8"x 1", which offers ample space for open scheduling. Besides, the previous and next monthly reference calendar offers an easier year-round planning and tracking. Moreover the notes section can jot down your to do list, ideas, thoughts and more.
  • THICK PAPER - Our thick papers offer smooth writing experiences and it can plan your schedule without any fear of ink feathering. Our improved high-quality paper is designed for seepage proofing, which keeps your three years plans neat and legible.
  • EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION - There are 6.6" x 3.7" Planning Pages | Floral Hardcover | Pen Hold | Inner pocket | Yearly Overview | Holidays | 63 Note Pages | Contacts | Elastic Closure | Highlighted Federal Holidays | Lay Flat | Page Divider, those all in one planner helps for your 2021-2021 three year planning.
  • ENHANCED PLANNING - Start planning your next 3 years in advance! You will never know what a different and better person you could become just in three years! This 3 year calendar can help achieve your long-term goal, improve your organizing skill and become a better version of yourself!

#2 Organized people have a system for managing tasks and getting things done

This can be as simple as a list you make every day of things you want to get done or writing each task on a post-it note or index card. I use  Trello because I can easily shift incompleted tasks to the next day or break projects down into a checklist and track my progress.

#3 Being organized means creating a place for everything you own

A place for everything and everything in its place is the organized person’s mantra. Think of the utensil drawer in your kitchen with the little slots for folks, knives, and spoons, now expand this concept to all the items you own. All your paperwork should live in a file cabinet or digital files in the cloud. Clothes, office supplies, crafts, and tools each have their own containers and are neatly tucked away into closets and drawers. A good test that this is working well in your home is that you never lose things.

#4 If they take it out, they put it away

This is how you maintain organization once you create it in your home or office. If you never put anything away it’s only a matter of time before things are in disarray. To keep clutter to a minimum, make it a habit to spend 15 minutes at the end of each day and an hour at the end of each week to put things back in their designated homes.

#5 Organized people let go of things with ease

There is an abundance of useless objects that I find in my clients’ home and they often fall under the category of sentimental items. Things from their childhood or things their kids have outgrown or don’t play with anymore. Clothes that don’t fit, greeting cards, scraps of paper, and other mementos. It’s no big deal to keep a few things, but if you are struggling to get organized and have a house full of clutter, do a little assessment to determine how many of these things are from the past and are not serving any purpose TODAY.

What new habits can you adopt this week to start living a more organized life?


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