Clear the clutter

Some of the most popular shows on TV are cooking shows. Have you ever watched a real chef prepare a meal?

A big part of a chef’s success is because they’re extremely organized. In the kitchen—and even out of the kitchen—chefs have a place for everything.

In fact, they’re trained to organize their work space well so that their every move is conserved and they know exactly where all the ingredients are. This organization allows them to prepare complicated dishes in record time.

You can also accomplish more in less time by organizing your life.

Keeping your life organized means keeping your things in their proper places—giving them a home. This may take time, but after a while you’ll see how easy it is to find what you need when everything in your place has a home.

As an experiment, choose one place in your home that you can organize. If there are scattered items, then group them together.

Once you’ve sorted everything, find or make a home for similar items—in fact, label the “homes” and put them in the proper places. Things you use often should go in an easily accessible place, but things you rarely use can be stored out of sight.

Find time to organize your things. Stuff doesn’t stay organized on its own. Try organizing for just 15 minutes each day. This could mean anything from sorting mail to throwing out mystery foods in the refrigerator. Just 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference over time.

Organizing your “stuff” is a skill that anyone can learn. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to tackle an entire house in one weekend—take time to plan and visualize what you want your organized life to look like.

Commit today to start. Start small, maybe with one drawer—but find a place for everything you have. Even being slightly more organized can save you lots of time.