Decluttering and getting organized can be one of the most beneficial things for productivity, and it can also give you more peace of mind. Here are some tips for getting and staying organized.


If you feel overwhelmed by a big project, get the simplest parts out of the way first and then decide you’re done.

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When organizing your desk, start by sorting things into piles of blue things and not-blue things.


Make sure to write down important appointments in one easy-to-access place, like the back of your hand.

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Condense all your lists of people to get revenge on into one well-maintained enemies list.


Designate a special spot near the front door for keys, purses, backpacks, shoes, coats, unread mail, lunch boxes, musical instruments, sports equipment, loose papers, and yard games.

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If you have too many children, swallow your pride, admit it, and cull the ones who aren’t working out.


Spend all your disposable income on Post-it notes.


When decluttering, examine each item you own that was purchased with money you will never get back that was earned at a job you hate and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”

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A personal planner is a great place to pile unpaid bills.


If you’ve tried the other tips above and you’re still having trouble, just put your cereal boxes in alphabetical order and call it a day.

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