Learning how to stay organized is one thing, but remaining organized is a completely different matter.

It took so long to organize your room and each closet, but it only takes a few days for you to return to your old bad habits.

Here are a few tips and tricks on how to stay organized.

Staying on Track

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Put everything away as soon as you can.

This is one of the easiest ways to stay organized. Sure, it’s great that you organized your home or anything else in your life that needed to be put in its place.

But that won’t mean much if every time you come home, you throw your keys, the mail or other countless items wherever you feel like it because you’re tired and you’ll get to it later.

If you just say. “I’m going to spend five quick minutes organizing this stuff,” you’ll see that the task is manageable. And the longer you let things pile up, the less manageable everything will feel.

Make a to-do list for the day.

You should make a goal of creating a to-do list toward the beginning of every day. This will set your priorities for you, keep you focused, and will make you feel accomplished for doing the things you set out to do.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you make your lists.

• Consider making a weekly to-do list.

• Make a “top 3” list for the day.

• Don’t feel compelled to write down every little thing you have to do.

Keep your planner up-to-date.

Having everything written down can help you plan future events and will give you a sense of what the week ahead has in store for you.

You may not realize that you’re going to have a busy week and that you’ll need to budget your time accordingly.

Until you notice that you’ve written “dentist appointment,” “work project due” and “baby shower” down for the same week. Make a habit of checking your planner every morning.

Keeping Your Life Simple

Dispose of the stuff you don’t need.

Make a monthly habit of going through your stuff and making piles of things you no longer need and clothes and other items that need to be given away.

If you look at something and know it’s taking up way too much space, then it may be time for it to go.

If your items are worth donating, then donate them.

Plan your meals in advance.

If you spend a lot of time buying groceries and preparing meals, then it can help to make a meal schedule for the week.

You can leave one or two nights open for picking up food or going out to eat.

Making a weekly meal calendar on your fridge, or in a separate planner, can help you be more on top of your cooking schedule.

Do your errands sensibly.

This is another way to help you stay organized. You may feel that you’re rushing around from place to place to get everything done without time to come up for air.

Delegate when you can. If you know your husband is going to the pharmacy in the afternoon anyway, ask him to pick up your favorite shampoo. You can help him get something he needs later in return.

This can save you time and will help you stay organized in the process.

Following Through

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Set deadlines for yourself.

This is similar to telling the people close to you that you’ll get something done in order to make yourself stick to your plan.

For example, if you’ve been talking about donating your clothes to Goodwill for weeks, call them and make an appointment.

Set as many deadlines as you can for yourself, making sure that they will help you stick to your plan instead of stress you out.

Avoid perfection.

One of the reasons that you may be struggling to stay organized is because you spend way too much time on one task and then leave no time for the other five things you had to do that day.

One way to do this is to say. “I’m going to spend another 45 minutes on this project, and then I’ll turn it in.

Giving yourself time deadlines will help you manage your time.

Reward yourself for tasks you’ve accomplished.

If you want to continue to follow through on staying organized. Then you should reward yourself for a job well done.

Life isn’t all about doing work and getting stuff done. If you never stop to let yourself know what a great job you’re doing then you’re likely to feel overwhelmed.

If you want to stay on top of things, then you have to know when to take a break.