Everyday Orgnaizing

Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®Upon returning home from getting my hair cut, I realized how many little things I organized. I can name 10 steps I took:

1. Hung up my keys
2. Hung up my coat
3. Put my gloves and hat away
4. Took of my boots and put them on the mat
5. Put my pocketbook away
6. Took my check book out of my pocketbook and put it back where it belongs
7. Put my book away (I brought a book to read at the hairdressers.)
8. Wrote my next hair appointment in my datebook
9. Tossed the hair appointment notice
10. Collected the mail and put it in it’s “to sort” location (I won’t go into the steps I took to process the mail. That’s a whole other blog entry.)

So, are you asking why I’m discussing the details of my return-home-routine? The small habits and routines we do on a daily basis help us keep our belongings, information, and environment organized. Without my routines, there is a greater chance of misplacing things, of appointments getting missed, and of items getting lost. Having a home for my keys, pocketbook, checkbook, etc. is the first step to creating order, but unless I take the time, each time I return home, to actually put them there, the order doesn’t last. It works the same for my next hair appointment. Having a datebook for me to write in my next appointment is the first step to creating order. The follow-up steps are to write my appointments in the datebook, and to reference it daily, so I won’t miss appointments. Therefore, I’d like to wager that if you’re willing to perform daily organizing habits and routines upon returning home, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an organizing success.

© February 2014, Janine Cavanaugh, CPO® All Rights Reserved

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