5 Resources That Can Help You Get Organized

Getting organized can seem like a daunting task, especially if you haven't taken the time to clear out clutter in a while. But with the right tools, you can turn even the most chaotic home, office, or computer into a well-organized space that works for you. The five companies, apps, and services listed here can help you find a system that keeps your life organized in the long term. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

Resources For Getting Your Life In Order

Name Description
Organized for Life Organizing service that provides custom home solutions, genealogy, & online resources
dClutterfly Company that shows clients how to streamline, simplify, and address the underlying causes of clutter
FYI Chrome browser extension that allows users to access documents from multiple accounts & apps in one place
The Joyful Organizer Company that helps clients develop & implement organizational systems at home and at work
Listography App and series of journals that show people how to put together creative & helpful lists

Tips & Tricks For Organizing

  • Organize your time by keeping a day planner
  • Put things away as soon as you're done with them, instead of waiting and letting them pile up
  • Make sure all papers & office supplies have a proper place in your desk, whether it's in a drawer or an organizer
  • Get chores done on a regular schedule instead of waiting until the last second
  • Keep everything in your cabinets easy to see and easy to access
  • Collaborate with other members of your household to find a system that works for everyone
  • Break large cabinets or shelves into more manageable spaces with boxes or baskets
  • Use annual excuses like spring cleaning or New Years' Resolutions as motivations to get things in order
  • Have a designated place for mail so it doesn't end up getting lost or becoming clutter
  • Give yourself time to do things right for the long term, instead of settling for "good enough"
  • When you put things in opaque containers, label them so you don't forget what's inside

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In Depth

If your home, office, or mind is in disarray, it can feel overwhelming and frustrating. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources to help you clear out the chaos. Whether you're looking for a major overhaul of your current system or you're just hoping to add a couple new tools to your organizational arsenal, here, in no particular order, are five resources you'll want to check out.

Up first, in the #1 spot, is Organized for Life, the professional alias of Hazel Thornton, an organizer in New Mexico. Thornton has a background in both engineering and fine arts, giving her a unique blend of skills that allows her to create an organizing system that works for her clients while giving their space a whole new look and feel. She strives to be straight-forward, non-judgemental, and flexible, since no single organizing system works for everybody.

Thornton also provides genealogy services to help her clients tell their family histories and create their own legacies. For those not located in New Mexico, she has created handy flow charts to help you get clutter out of your home, office, and life. These charts cover a variety of topics such as home office, paperwork, and overwhelming closet clutter.

Thornton also provides genealogy services to help her clients tell their family histories and create their own legacies.

#2 on our list is dClutterfly, a professional home organization company offering services in Los Angeles, New York, and across the US. It also offers virtual sessions which show clients how to streamline and simplify the process in a way that helps them keep clutter at bay. This company focuses on the emotional underpinning of organizational issues, helping people to address the real reasons why their space is in disarray.

Its website offers a quiz to help you identify and resolve your own emotional attachment to clutter, as well as helpful guides on recycling, senior downsizing, and more. The company's founder, Tracy McCubbin, wrote a book based off of what she has learned working with her clients that aims to help readers envision a clutter-free space in their own homes. Those interested can also purchase organizing tools that the dClutterfly team uses on the job.

At #3 on our list is FYI, a Chrome browser extension, created by Hiten Shah and Marie Prokopets. This tool allows you to access documents from different accounts and apps in one place when you open a new tab. Users can connect from G Suite, Dropbox, Slack, Evernote, and more, allowing you to efficiently search for any document that you've created or that's been shared with you.

Users can connect from G Suite, Dropbox, Slack, Evernote, and more, allowing you to efficiently search for any document that you've created or that's been shared with you.

The extension provides you with an activity feed with all your recent documents, and you can also browse documents by the apps you use. Users can add as many accounts as they'd like, making it easy to find any document, whether personal or professional. Companies can create a workspace for the entire team to access so they can save time searching for each other's documents.

Next up, #4 on our list is The Joyful Organizer, a professional organizing company serving customers located throughout the Northeastern US, including Connecticut, New York, and Maine. Since 2006, this company has worked with clients to develop and implement organizational systems that create a sense of calm out of the daily chaos at home and at work.

They assist clients with everything from the unique needs of organizing children's rooms, to the challenges of moving an entire family across the country. The company is led by author and motivational speaker Bonnie Joy Dewkett, who has published books on how to have an orderly move and how to get organized in less than ten minutes.

They assist clients with everything from the unique needs of organizing children's rooms, to the challenges of moving an entire family across the country.

And finally, in the #5 spot, we have Listography, an easy-to-use tool for creative list writing and sharing. Whether your lists are autobiographical, practical, referential, wishlists, or anything else, Listography can be a helpful reference tool and catalogue. It allows users to shape an autobiography, and to create records of memories, encouragement, goals, and more.

Listography users can utilize the website or an iPhone app, as well as guided journals with focuses on music, food, parenthood and many more. These journals provide people of all ages with a fun way to meditate on life: past, present and future. There is even a Listography board game that invites players to create and share lists based on fun and thought-provoking topics.