Lesson 9: Get Organized

You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.
–Mike Litman

Lesson 9 Get Organized

Welcome to lesson 9, time to work on your outside world. So far we have been working on you, but the next two lessons we are going to work on your outside world. Today we are going to look at organization. I think I heard some sighs when I said organization, but this is a very important thing to do, trust me. First of all if you are organized it will be safer for you and second it will be so much easier for you to function, and that is what this whole course has aimed to help you accomplish.

“A place for everything, and everything in its place.”
`Isabella Mary Beeton

First let’s talk about the safety reasons. If your home is cluttered you have a greater chance of tripping and falling. If you live with people you want to let them know the dangers of having things left on the floor. Leaving cabinet doors and drawers open is another hazard that you will need to be aware of, as well as outside doors. Moving furniture can block your pathway, or just cause a fall hazard if you do not know or realize it has been moved.
How organized are you? This quiz is just a yes or no, remember be honest.
1. All my bills are in the same place.
2. When the mail comes it has a designated area to be put.
3. I read my mail daily.
4. My paperwork is put away in its proper place
5. It is easy to find something in my kitchen cabinets.
6. I can find things easily in my bedroom closet.
7. I can find things easily in my bathroom.
8. My clothes are put away.
9. I hang up my coat when I come home.
10. When I take off my shoes I put them where they are suppose to go.
So how did you do? More yes’s than no’s? Okay, so let’s get started with the easy ones on the list. When you come home, it is very easy to put your coat away, that way you know where to find it the next time. The same goes for your shoes, if you are like me and take them off as soon as you walk in the door. Many of the other things listed are not quite as easy, but are well worth getting organized.

“I could open my mail, but isn’t the mystery more fun? So you see, I’m not disorganized after all. I’m a romantic.”
― Jarod Kintz, Whenever You’re Gone, I’m Here For You

Let’s start with your desk or where you keep your paperwork. Is all your paperwork in one place? If not why not? To get organized you need to have all of your paperwork in one place. This will help to ensure that nothing gets lost or overlooked. Now before we go any further, stop. Go and get all your paperwork so it is in one place. Okay, now you need to find a system to keep track. Some ideas could be: folders, baskets, or accordion file folder. You can be creative with how you organize, just do not make it to complicated. A good rule of thumb is the KISS principal, keep it simple stupid or I prefer silly. Remember to shred papers that you do not need any longer but that have your information on them.

“The 3 C’s of life: choices, chances, and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change. – Unknown

Now onto the other rooms in your home. Remember that before you can organize you need to clean out the clutter. Yes, I know this sounds like a big pain, but it is well worth it in the end. Your life will be much easier. Take the tips from above with putting things in baskets, etc. You may also want to put things in zip lock baggies; they keep things together and are cheap. If you have drawers you may want to invest or create dividers. When you are putting things away ask yourself is this close to where I will use it? Are the pots and pans close to the stove? Is the bleach by the washer? Have you cleaned and organized your closets?

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
While you are cleaning and uncluttering instead of just throwing your old stuff away, you can do a couple of things; have a yard sale, sell your stuff on the internet or donate it to charity. Several charities will come and pick up your donations.

After you are all organized be sure that you put things back! This is very important since you just did all this work to make your life easier you want it to stay that way. Once you get in the habit of putting things where they go right after you use it, you will build the habit and it will become routine.

Last but certainly not least, do not forget to organize your schedule. You can do this several different ways. How you do this will more than likely depend on your disability, but generally if you have a smart phone that would be you’re easiest. As above though you need to remember to use it, put your appointments in the calendar. You may also want to sync your calendar with your computer’s calendar. Make a to do list and stick to it.

Be creative with how you are going to get organized. Come on over to our private Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/10lessonempowerment/
and exchange ideas on organization. I look forward to hearing your ideas! Until then,

Take care,


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