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13 Brilliant Organization Hacks

13 Brilliant Organization Hacks
  1. Do your necklaces keep getting tangled? String one side of your necklace through a straw and link the necklace. It won’t get tangled this way.
  2. Save your old prescription bottles and use them for storing small items, like bobby pins, vitamins for traveling, Q-Tips, etc.
  3. Have extra mason jars laying around? Use them for storing items.
  4. Cut up a plastic shoe holder for under the sink storage. Check out the picture to get a better visual idea. 
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    • You can use extra round shower rings to hold your scarves or baseball hats for storage.
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      • Or you can use shower curtain hooks to hang things, like belts.
      • If you have thin metal hangers, use a soda can tab to hang another hanger off of the first one.
        • Have long boots that keep drooping down? Stuff them with mismatched socks.
        • Label boxes when you put them in storage. I get really specific on the labels- trust me you’ll thank yourself later when you’re trying to find specific items in the storage room.
        • Use a shower ring or a carabiner to organize all of your hair ties.
        • Use a plastic tackle box to keep batteries, jewelry, small things that need organizing.
        • Hidden Storage Books where you can hide things, tutorial found
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          •  Use a binder clip to keep your beers from rolling in your fridge. 

            Featured photo credit: Twanna A. Hines/Organizing My Bathroom Shelves via flic.kr

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            Last Updated on September 11, 2019

            Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

            Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

            How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

            Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

            To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

            Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

            Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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            • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
            • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
            • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
            • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

            Benefits of Using a To-Do List

            However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

            • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
            • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
            • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
            • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
            • You feel more organized.
            • It helps you with planning.

            4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

            Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

            1. Categorize

            Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

            It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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            2. Add Estimations

            You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

            Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

            Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

            3. Prioritize

            To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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            • Important and urgent
            • Not urgent but important
            • Not important but urgent
            • Not important or urgent

            You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

            Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

            4.  Review

            To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

            For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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            Bottom Line

            So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

            To your success!

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