11 Organizing Tips For The Creative Brain

Organizing tips for the creative business owner:

It's time for your life, business and HOME to be as organized as you know it can be! 
Today, Rachel & Co is sharing 11 realistic, effective and resourceful tips and tricks to organize your life/home/and mental space. You might be thinking, "Wow! That sounds great but I just have no time". However, be inspired because Rachel is a mom of twins, highly success business owner, wife, rockstar lady-boss to her team, and seriously the list goes on and on! She knows what it's like to be busy but making organization a priority will actually give you more time, mental space, and life back everyday! After all, we all know it's hard enough to do #allthethings, so let's work on making our physical space enhance our lives.

You CAN have the clarity and confidence to build the life you want to live, on your own terms, and it starts with these great baby steps:

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1.Keep a planner or notebook in your bag to stay on top of everything that comes your way throughout the day.

Whether its a meeting request, a play date plan for your kids, or just a reminder that you need to add eggs to your grocery list, being able to clear the mental clutter will help you stay focused on your day's priorities and help you schedule out what is needed to get done. No one can keep everything they need and want to do in their head! 

2. Corral your necessities.

Dedicate a zippered document pouch or small bag for items that you need to take with you that day in addition to your handbag or work bag. Instead of remembering to grab a handful things (permission slips, receipts to make a return at the store, swim goggles, etc...you know how crazy it can get!) as you're running out the door, put it all into the zippered pouch so that it's contained and you can just grab the pouch to find what you need.

3. Organize your clothing by categories to cut down on the time it takes to get ready and out the door in the morning.

While you don't have to keep your clothes color-coded, it is helpful to categorize by type (shirts, pants, dresses, etc.) so that you can cut out the guesswork and know where to find a specific type of clothing when you are building your daily look. Keep items that you wear on a daily basis front and center in the closet and easily accessible.

4. Prepare for the "what-ifs".

Taking a chance that your day or schedule will go off without a hitch is risky, so prepare for the "what if" situations. Whether it's giving yourself a 15-minute cushion to account for traffic delays, always keeping a $20 bill in your wallet for those "cash only" situations, or keeping a small makeup bag in your purse for touch-ups when last-minute invitations are offered will make these type of situations easier to manage when they unexpectedly pop up.

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6. Carve out 15 minutes every evening to get ahead.

Before you go to bed each night give yourself a window to focus on getting ready for tomorrow. When possible, iron your clothes, pack your gym bag, put away your clothes from the day, and prepare the school lunches so that when the inevitable hiccups in the morning (missed alarms, temper tantrums) throw off your schedule you are still prepared to rush out the door in the morning.

7. Use the evening to get ahead.

Take time each evening to prepare for the next day. When possible, iron your clothes, pack your gym bag, and prepare the school lunches so that when the inevitable hiccups in the morning (missed alarms, temper tantrums) throw off your schedule you are still prepared to rush out the door in the morning.

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8. Clean up the mental clutter.

You likely have a running list of to-dos in your head, on your phone, and on post-it notes. First things first, get everything down on paper. Create categories based what works best for you to digest the information to best see and understand what needs to get done. If you like to categorize and separate home vs. work, keep those separate and prioritize from within those categories. We bet that you'll immediately feel more prepared to tackle your list now that you can actual see what needs to get done.

9. Physical clutter can create mental clutter.

When you have a messy desk, an overstuffed closet, and spend too much time searching for items that you know you have but don't know where to find them it can weigh heavy on a person. The frustration and stress that come from the physical clutter clouds other thoughts--like what you are trying to get done--because it is not only wasting your time but taking up your visual space and making it difficult to focus on the task at hand.

10. Stop multi-tasking.

Focus on finishing one task before moving on to the next. Not only will it ensure that you get the task finished, but splitting your time and attention across multiple tasks can reduce the quality of your work and be less efficient. 

11. If it takes less than 5 minutes, do it now.

When you're scanning through your to-do list and see an easy task that you know will take under 5 minutes, address it right away. Clear your bucket of these easy to-dos so that you can focus your time and energy on the tasks that require the most attention. You'll thank yourself for clearing out these quick items so that you're not adding to your already long list of what needs to get done!

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Rachel and Company is a full-service professional organizing firm specializing in home organization, closet design, and home moves in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Since 2007, founder Rachel Rosenthal and her team have worked with over 1,500+ busy families to make their homes organized and beautiful. Over the years, Rachel's work and organizing tips have been featured in several publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Garden, Washingtonian, Teen Vogue, House Beautiful, the Washington Post, Women's Health, and Reader's Digest. Rachel has collaborated with and hosted events with national brands and companies including West Elm, Wayfair, Kit + Ace, and The Container Store.

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Elise Crawford