By now you have seen every video of "How to Fold a Fitted Sheet", How to Organize Your Pantry, How to Organize Your Closet, How to, How to, How to....


From Marie Kondo's, KonMarie Method, to the color flaring ladies at the Home Edit, we have just about seen every tip, trick, method and way about it all. So why is it still difficult for people to wrap their heads around how to tackle this simple task of organizing? Time, confidence, and patience.



The COVID pandemic has brought to light that we all have way too much time on our hands, but most people use their time unwisely because they haven't been taught how to manage their time. Before COVID think about what you would do with your spare time, IF you even had much of it? Now you can't cross off things from your lists faster. as we all have a lot of "spare" time.


Could you be doing more to create organizational discipline and systems in your life without feeling overwhelmed?

ONE: just start with something you enjoy in your life that you would want more organized. This doesn't say, start with something that would benefit you if you were more organized, it clearly says, start with something you enjoy in your life that you would want more organized. Figure out for yourself what that would be. Could be your cookbooks, could be your linens, could be your office supplies now that you're working from home and it even could be your vitamins. Whatever it is it is most likely covered in Organize & Create Discipline: An A-to-Z Guide to an Organized Existence so know whatever you try and tackle, we have your back.


TWO: purge! Yep... you've heard it again and again, the best way to start organizing is by knowing what you have and what a better way to do this, than going through your stuff. This doesn't mean you HAVE TO purge anything and get rid of anything, it just means it would be wise to sort through everything you're working on and decide if it's necessary to have. Once this is done, you can move to step three.



THREE: once you are familiar with your stuff and know what you're working with now it's time to decide where things should live and what kind of organizational devices you might need to contain and keep order down the line. A measuring tape can be your best friend if the space is going to need bins, storage, dividers, canisters, plastic drawers, totes, drawer organizers....you get the idea. Know what you are buying and size it up prior to organizing.



FOUR: now that you have your supplies and your personal items you want to organize it's as easy as clean up, 1, 2, 3, BUT the real trick, and why people like Kondo, Home Edit, and us at the O.C.D. Experience get to work constantly with new clients is because we see space differently. We envision what the space should look like, should function as, and most importantly how simple it should be to keep up the work you put into organizing it. We say clean up 1, 2, 3 because think about how easy it should be for a child to put things back where they go. Make organizing your stuff easy enough for a child to keep up. If you need to label things, label them. If you need to pull things out and put them back a couple of times to see if it works, do it. No one is judging you but yourself. As Tony Robbins says, it is the invisible forces that are influencing you and affecting the results you get. Don't let anyone, let alone the invisible forces keep you from finding organizational bliss.



So what is stopping you?! Pick something right now that has been bothering you to "tidy up" or needs a little cleaning out. It will be worth your time just to know what you have let alone know how to keep it organized after you leave it.


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PHOTOS - Where are ALL of your photos going?



Are they backed up on a cloud somewhere? Saved onto your computer? Stored on your device? How often are you deleting photos from your devices? Are you renaming photo files and adding additional information to help with finding your photos for the future?


Schedule a time once a month to sit down and review your photos. Use this time to delete the photos you don’t need and back up the photos you want. We at the O.C.D. Experience pay homage to this task every 2 weeks to not feel so overwhelmed every month.


Add information (META DATA) to each photo that will make it easier to find in the future. For example:

When the photo was taken

Where the photo was taken

Who is in the photo

What is the subject of the photo?


MOST current phones will actually handle all of the above data for you, now it is up to you to use KEYWORDS to distinguish the holidays in 2019 from 2020.


What about physical photos? Scan them and then think about how you would like to name and categorize the newly scanned photos.



EMAIL - Tidy up your inbox



Treat your email inbox the same way you would treat mail in your mailbox.


Open the mail you receive, respond if you need to, file it or recycle/trash it. Just like you wouldn’t leave all your mail in your mailbox, emails shouldn’t LIVE in your inbox.


Review each email in your inbox and create labels/folders as you go. This will help you clear out your inbox and find emails later. If an email isn’t being deleted it should be labeled and archived. If you come across an email that doesn’t match any of your existing labels, make a new one! Here’s a few ideas to get the ball rolling

Events

Finances/Taxes

Personal

Receipts

Travel



DOCUMENTS - Scan it, Save it, Shred it




The world is becoming paperless and digital, but there are still times you receive an actual physical piece of paper that is important.


When that happens:

Scan it - Scan the paper document into your computer

Save it - Save and rename your new digital document into the appropriate folder

Shred it - Shred that paper document like parmesan cheese


Consistency is key. Adopt a structure for naming your files that you apply to every file you name. A good rule of thumb is to name files with the title or description of the document and the date you last edited. Feel free to create your own system for naming files but whatever you do, stay consistent.


Take time to review your digital documents. While you’re reviewing, delete unnecessary files and create folders for the files you need. Back your data up. Whether it’s an external hard drive or the cloud, make sure your files are backed up somewhere to protect you from worst case scenario file loss situations like theft or hard-drive failure.


If you have a folder labeled “Miscellaneous” get rid of it! Review those files and put them in a folder that matches their contents. Nothing in your life is miscellaneous.



DESKTOP





Computer organization is often overlooked because files and programs don’t take up physical space. Neither does time but you’re still careful with how you fill it.


Icons, Folders, Files and Programs on your desktop should be few to none. A cluttered desktop can distract and overwhelm you, slowing down your progress when working on the computer as well as slowing down your computer.


Review the items on your desktop, give them a nice cozy folder with a neat file name that tells you exactly what each item is. Delete what you don’t need.



PASSWORDS



We know passwords can be painstakingly exhausting, especially if you don't have a system for them or better yet, write them down in a handwritten notebook. Yes, I still have dear friends who do this...


Pick a password program to keep all your passwords safe, easily accessible for YOU, and easily changed without duplicates confusing you down the line. All of the good ones have mobile based solutions as well as desktop solutions for easy fill and capturing of new passwords.


We recommend LastPass but there are MANY password programs on the market that are reliable, secure and easy to use. Let go of the idea that someone will “hack” you and steal all of your information, as we are in a world where that can and will happen regardless of how secure you think something is. Change your passwords as frequently as you see fit and don’t make them easy for someone to get into.


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Justin Klosky is the Founder of the O.C.D. Experience, a lifestyle company providing organizational solutions for every aspect of your life. Published author of Organize & Create Discipline, TV host & expert on CBS’s The Talk! and has been seen on Anderson, Good Morning America, Huffington Post Live, Dr. Oz and more.

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Updated: Jan 24, 2020



Yes, it’s a new year, which means we all should be wiser and more prepared from the mistakes we made last year, but CHILL OUT! You can resolve to make change ANYTIME during the year. Stop pressuring yourself to make all of your changes the first week of the year. For a solid way to commit to your resolutions and better yourself in 2020 just keep reading…


START WITH THREE & THEN Have a list of other things you want to accomplish and resolve through the rest of the year in addition to your top three. You should keep this list on the NOTEPAD app of your phone and look at it at least once a day. The top three things you should be consistently working on and better yourself by. The others start to get attention when you don’t have to think about your top three anymore, because you are just doing them.


KEEP IT SIMPLE This has always been motto of mine since my middle school science teacher Mr. Albert explained to me… K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid) The simpler you keep things the easier it will be to accomplish them. Why make things harder for yourself then they need to be. You are in control of your resolutions, your week, your life and if you aren’t maybe that should be a resolution to look at moving forward in 2015. When things start to get overly complicated slow back off of them until you gain a wider perspective and then act. K.I.S.S. the sky and be thankful you aren’t overcomplicating things anymore than they need to be.


DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE Three times….! Come on people…if you have gotten this far in this dialogue you should be able to be honest with yourself on what works, what doesn’t, why it’s not working and most importantly STOP yourself from going down the same path that feels comfortable. In 2015 do some things that make you a bit uncomfortable and breaks old habits. Fear is sometimes disguising itself inside comfort so recognize what is preventing you from that change and get a bit uncomfortable making the change happen.


COCO (not CHANEL) Clear Out Clutter Okaaaay! I don’t think this one needs anymore discussion, but I wanted to make it a bit humorous. Start clearing out ALL of the clutter in your life TODAY people. Not just tangible clutter, but emotional clutter, mental clutter and body clutter. A little bit at a time goes a long way when you are letting go. Everything in life doesn’t have to be so serious…I have learned this, but one thing I take VERY seriously is anything cluttering our place in life. Clear it all out now, and then take a bow, cause you got clarity, no more disparity. Am I making myself clear, have no fear, take a drawer at a time and then come up with your own rhyme. Boooya.


CREATE LASTING CHANGE With everything I do in Organize & Create Discipline it’s about lasting change and simple systems that will make your life seamless and functional. Whatever you are doing in your life build it so it lasts. Create a foundation for yourself that won’t be crippled by a few punches and storms, rather will show you where some fixable faults may be growing while protecting you. Simplicity can be be displayed in organization, but it starts from the mindset. Remember that the more you do something the more simple that something will become. Do it “right” and you become a master…do it “your way” and you still become efficient at the practice, but might be able to rewrite the book. Slow and steady in 2015 folks…let’s all win the race.


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Justin Klosky is the Founder of the O.C.D. Experience, a lifestyle company providing organizational solutions for every aspect of your life. Published author of Organize & Create Discipline, TV host & expert on CBS’s The Talk! and has been seen on Anderson, Good Morning America, Huffington Post Live, Dr. Oz and more.

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