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Organize Your Life in One Week

With more time spent at home, many of us have considered decluttering and organizing our lives better than they are currently. Many of us have spent more time at home in the last year and a half than at any other period during the pandemic. Anyone who has spent months staring at clutter and disarray will be motivated to make aside time to become organized.

However, organization does not have to be a lengthy procedure. Furthermore, getting everything done does not necessitate the use of an organized individual or a professional organizer. It can be difficult to think about managing your entire life when you have a busy schedule.

However, most aspects of your personal life and everyday routine can be addressed in one week. And if you can set aside time every day for a week to arrange your life, you’ll be able to make long-term adjustments in the coming weeks and months.

Before You Begin Your One-Week Transformation

It might be difficult to know where to begin when trying to organize your entire life in a week. What do you concentrate on? How should you approach certain aspects of your life? Do you make time for other activities?

We have a few general recommendations for being organized in a week before we get started with our daily guide. When you make time to organize, there are some things to do and some things not to do. These suggestions will assist you regardless of how you approach your week’s worth of days.

Make sure you:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Use a journal to document your success and struggles
  • Create a routine

DO NOT:

  • Try to multitask
  • Take on so much it impacts your mental health

Separating Days 1-7

It’s a good idea to sit down and develop a task list of things you want to prioritize for each day before deciding how you’ll organize your life in a week. One strategy we offer is to think about your life in terms of the rooms in your home.

Not only will this assist you in isolating your efforts, reducing clutter, and avoiding feeling stressed, but it will also help you prevent feeling overwhelmed. But it can also be a terrific approach to tackle a variety of large chores and habits, including physical, mental, and emotional difficulties. Consider the deep work you can perform in addition to the repetitious duties of decluttering and organizing that you’ll be doing.

Day One: The Entry

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Begin by tackling the region where you enter your space on the first day. This could be a mudroom, an entryway, or the main living space. In any case, there’s a designated drop zone near your entrance. This is probably where you throw your keys, hang your purse, remove your shoes, and store your mail. In terms of physical contact, this is your first exposure with household life. And it’ll almost certainly mirror the pandemonium that comes with getting in and out of the house.

Organizing this aspect of your life is a much easier chore. However, it has the potential to significantly improve your first moments at home. When you enter your personal area, consider the vibe or mentality you wish to foster. What can be done to make it more efficient, orderly, and peaceful? This could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an entire afternoon to complete. However, it is time well spent. It’s a small step toward a better, more structured peaceful life.

Day Two: The Kitchen

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Take care of the kitchen. Whether or not you cook frequently, the kitchen is often the heart of the home. It’s a place where we keep our food and cook. It’s a venue that has an impact on our eating habits because of how accessible and well-equipped it is for cooking. We often do a lot of monotonous duties in the kitchen, such as doing dishes. And it’s a place where large messes might happen after cooking and food shopping. It’s a place in our houses that has an impact on our emotions since it makes us feel better when it’s neat and tidy.

Begin by taking stock of your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Remove any food that is expired, old, or uneaten. If possible, donate to a food bank, compost, or recycle. Cutting back on the “default foods” we keep in our kitchens that never get eaten is one step toward a better meal plan and meal prep. Make time to clear out any unused kitchen appliances, which could include anything from food processors to garlic rockers. Also, develop a list of the tools you’ll need in the long term to be able to cook more.

Day Three: The Livingroom

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You’ve arranged two essential elements of your home life at this stage. After that, proceed to the main living room. This is an area where a lot of stuff tends to gather. Whether you live alone, with a partner, dogs, or children, the main room is a space full of furniture and miscellaneous items.

This is most likely the space (together with the bedroom) where you will get rid of the most things. Begin decluttering by setting aside one bag for donations and one bag for trash. Consider how you want to revamp how you use your space as you’re taking these minor steps.

Is the living room where you wind up eating dinner while watching TV? Would you prefer it to be a location where you can relax and read after dinner? What mental and physical changes can you make to re-purpose this space for something new? Set goals for yourself as you organize to help you develop these new positive habits.

Day Four: The Bathroom

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We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, whether we like it or not. In fact, our bathrooms are perhaps the most used space in our entire house. The bathroom is where a morning routine begins. Doing these everyday duties in the bathroom is a part of personal hygiene and getting a productive day started. As a result, it’s a perfect location to concentrate on organization, decluttering, and making sure we feel better about how this space is set up at the end of the day.

Open all of the cabinets and start throwing out any outdated or unused cosmetics, appliances, or items. Also, consider what objects could be moved to different locations to create a more streamlined morning ritual. With the use of bins and containers, divide your drawers into smaller compartments. This can be a difficult task. However, staying orderly in high-traffic places such as bathrooms is a well-known tip.

Day Five: The Bedroom

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Our bedrooms are the most personal and intimate spaces in our homes. That’s why they’re often the most cluttered. They’re the places where we just throw stuff down and let stacks build up because we know no one will notice or care if we close the door. But how is this harming our mental health at the end of the day? We may not be considering it in that light.

Decluttering is essential in our bedrooms and closets. But it’s also critical to put in some serious effort here. Consider what you’d like to include to improve your emotional and mental health.

What items would you add to make this room more comfortable and unique to you? Owning and cherishing this area, as well as desiring to keep it organized, can be a huge part of it. You might read in a nice chair in the corner before going to bed. Whatever it is… inspirational decor, a house plant, new bedding… In the long run, these things can help you appreciate your bedroom more and stay motivated to keep it clean.

Day 6: The Home Office or Den

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Every home’s wildcard rooms are the home office or bonus rooms. These can be the spots where many things are put down and never picked up, depending on how much they are used on a daily and weekly basis.

Our first piece of advice for these areas is to establish a list of what should be in them. The only items that should be kept at the office are office supplies, work-related paperwork, bills to be paid or shredded, and vital documents. When you start arranging, you’ll have an instant criteria for what should stay and what should go. The same goes for a playroom, bonus room, homeschool room, craft room, sitting room, or whatever else you can think of!

Day 7: Cleaning Out Storage

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You’ve almost finished the process! The last day is reserved for storage units or additional storage spaces (such as garages, hallway closets, laundry rooms, attics, sheds, and pods). You’re finished if you don’t have any of these. You did an excellent job! Can you believe how much you got done this week?

This last category can be the enemy for the rest of us. It’s where a lot of stuff goes to die. We are not permitted to perform any daily duties in these locations. However, these are frequently where we put some of our most valuable assets, such as souvenirs from loved ones and family members, childhood mementos, hobby and extracurricular activity gear, and other assorted objects.

As a result, it’s critical to remain focused and work on organizing these areas. We organized and reflected on the relevance of these items in the same way we did throughout our lives.

Reducing Clutter Reduces Stress

Reduced stress and the dreaded feeling of being overwhelmed are just a couple of minor advantages of planning your life in one week. It can be extremely liberating to address the major tasks that have been hanging over your head.

Furthermore, conquering your master list and task list for things that need to be structured in your life frees you up to concentrate on developing healthy habits. You can now make whatever adjustments you choose in your home life.

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