Unless you’re the kind of person who gets excited about organization–in which case you may already have all these parts of your life organized–you probably have some loose ends in your life. These are all the things that you want to get around to someday that nag at you from time to time. They’re not urgent enough to stir you to action yet they need to be done, and the best way to deal with them is simply to do them. If you still feel overwhelmed at the thought, the tips for Organization Hacks below can help you break them down into more manageable tasks.
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Declutter- Organization Hacks
Decluttering can be a big challenge for many people, as evidenced by the many books and articles on how to live in a more minimal fashion every day. You’ll struggle even more to get started if you feel like you have to read a book or put an entire system into place before you can even begin. Instead, start small, with a limited amount of time, such as 15 minutes, or a limited area, such as the top of a table or a single drawer. Separate your belongings into three categories: keep, discard (which can also mean giving something away or selling it) and think about it. The third category takes some of the pressure off, but if you find you’re thinking about it with the majority of your possessions, you’ll need to be more decisive.
Estate and End of Life Planning
This is something too few people address because they do not want to think about it, but it is important for you and your loved ones. You can break this down into a few different categories to make it more manageable. One of those categories is estate planning, one is end-of-life planning, and one is communication with your loved ones about both of these issues. While it’s true that the documents that you draw up will communicate your wishes, talking to your family about them helps ensure that they understand your intentions and know what to expect.
For estate planning, you may want to consult an attorney. At minimum, you probably need a will. That largely deals with assets while end-of-life planning is about putting mechanisms in place in case you can’t communicate your wishes. You can review a printable planning checklist to help you decide what you need to include as part of this planning. You may want to appoint someone to make healthcare decisions for you or manage your finances. Completing this planning can give you and your family peace of mind.
The other area where many people could be better organized is with their finances. Any major money related event is one of the life changes that might cause stress so practicing organization from the start can help lessen that stress during times of trouble or transition. Your first step here can be downloading an app that helps you track your spending so that you can make a budget. Later, you can create a plan for savings and paying off debt, but to start with, just spend a few months recording what you spend your money on, and use that as a baseline to improve.