When you walk into a room, there is a mental and physical connection that can be either pleasant or create angst. Precious time can be wasted trying to find things, and it’s frustrating. On the other hand, if you’ve organized your drawers and can find your favorite sweater without rummaging through, it’s a time saver, and you can get along with your day with ease. No angst, no wasting time.
It is so easy to get scattered through your days as a family caregiver and having things in place where you can find them, notes in a day planner, files in order, cupboards and closets sorted can make a significant difference. We’ve spoken about mindfulness, and it’s benefits to you physically and emotionally, and the act of organizing creates it because you can place your attention on what is right in front of you. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Here are a few basic ideas that can make a difference:
Set up an outbox near your door for items to mail, drop off or paperwork for upcoming meetings. It’s a place where you can check before you leave to avoid forgetting something.
Create a key hook or a basket by your front door for your keys to avoid scrambling at the last minute.
Keep a running shopping list either in the kitchen or on your phone. I have a list on my phone of essentials (fruits, veggies, toilet paper, toothpaste…..) so that I can double check before I run out to the store.
Create a recipe binder or a folder on your computer with dinner ideas so that you are not scrambling at the last minute. Make a list out in advance of what you’d like so that you get everything that you need.
Keep a bag with clothes that don’t fit that can be donated. Don’t keep piling them back in your closet or drawers for ‘later.’
Create a list of to-do’s and at the end of the day move the things that don’t get done to the following day to keep track of them with ease. I do this with my business and personal life; it’s a lifesaver.
Organizing is a concept that some cringe at, but it can be a cathartic relief that once you’ve put into motion will make a significant change in your life. Remember, it is mindfulness in action; both in the process of doing so and in the aftermath.
Don’t forget, to B-R-E-A-T-H-E.