Organizing can be an exciting time for many people. For others, organizing can feel more like a curse. Yet you might not be organizing your personal items the right way. This can lead to your imminent failure. Make sure you have a few hidden tools that will help you in your quest for a more organized life. The most important personal organization tool is to create the tools that fit your life best. Other people will always give you tricks and tips; just make sure they fit your life before adopting them.

1. Ability To Get Rid Of Stuff
In order to keep your stuff organized, you need to get rid of things you do not use. Getting rid of stuff is the hardest part of personal organization, yet this is the most important part. Keeping the things you no longer use nor want can make your organization much more difficult. It can also cause it to take the job of organizing to take at least twice as long. This is why you must throw things away before you even begin organizing. Once you have gotten rid of the stuff you no longer need, you can move on to organizing the things you do need. Spring cleaning is a good time to go through your things and give the whole are a good cleaning. If you are a bit overwhelmed or need help cleaning up, consider hiring professionals like those at Affordable Maids House Cleaning Services.

2. Ability To Tackle Papers And Mementos Last
It’s easy to get sucked into the black hole of stuff. Papers are extremely boring to sift through, and they take forever to trash. Make sure this is one of the last steps in your organization process. If you tackle the boring papers at the beginning, you could get discouraged and end up quitting before you really get started. On the other hand, mementos are so much fun to go through that you could end up spending hours looking at old photos and reading old letters. Make sure to leave these for last too; this way, you’ll have already gone through the majority of the work by the time you get to the fun stuff.

3. Ability To Go With The Pile Method
Creating piles can make your work go faster. You won’t spend 15 minutes trying to decide what to do with one thing. Your piles could be super simple. For example, use keep, discard and maybe piles. Once you’ve decided what to keep, you could go through the pile and sort everything into closet, store and drawers. Your throw away pile could be sorted into donate, give away and garbage piles. Your maybe piles could also be divvyed into keep and throw away piles. Be careful of maybe piles. The items you end up keeping from this pile could be the items you should be throwing away or donating. These items generally end up tossed in the back of a closet or underneath a bed anyway.

4. Ability To Make Your Own Rules
Many people give up on personal organization because the rules or ideas they’ve followed don’t fit with their lifestyles. Many people are advised to discard clothing items that don’t fit and clothing items they haven’t worn in over a year. Yet these rules don’t always apply to everyone. Make sure you set rules and boundaries for your organization that fit your lifestyle. Maybe you decide to throw away anything you forgot you owned. Maybe you get rid of gifts that you never used. Whatever your rules, just make sure you follow them. If you don’t, the entire process becomes worthless.

Make sure you know why you create a rule too. If your rule is to get rid of hair products older than three months, the reasoning could be because they’re not good for your hair. Knowing why you’ve created a rule helps you to stick to that rule.

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Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2