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How Can I Organize My Life?

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We all have different lifestyles and lives full of unique relationships and specific responsibilities, but feeling disorganized in terms of life balance is common to many of us. Family and work are usually the two most conflicting aspects of trying to live a balanced life style. We know we need to spend quality time with family, yet we also need to work to support our family and some of us need to work fairly long hours. Besides work and family, we also need to attend to areas of our life that relate to our health, household chores, friends and social activities and hobbies. It is possible to better organize the different parts of life by creating a time budget and simple system.

First, think about all of the "whos" and "whats" of your life such as the people you need and want to spend time with and what your work obligations are in terms of time commitments. Next, divide your remaining waking hours for everything else. Of course, your not going to be able to follow the time amounts you've set for each part of your life exactly, but doing this can help you better organize your time based on how you need and want to spend it. Be sure to allow some personal unscheduled time for you to pursue your personal interests, hobbies and goals and also time just to relax!

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Once you’ve decided on the basic amount of time you want to spend on each part of your life, you can make a handy schedule for yourself to carry with you to remind yourself of how you've decided to organize your life. This can really come in handy when you’re feeling disorganized and stressed out. You can change the time amounts and schedule any time you need to or want to.

Paper clutter can still be a problem for many people even in this digital age. Any information that you need to keep in paper form, you can use file folders to organize. The folders can be color-coded as to colors you've assigned to each part of your life such as blue for work and green for finances. Then you can just file any receipts, coupons or other paper information in the appropriate folder for easy retrieval when you need it.

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BoatHugger
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@cellmania: I don’t mind you asking how much it cost. I called around and checked prices. I was amazed in the difference in their charges. Some professional organizers charge by the hour. Others may charge by the day or by the project. Depending on their level of experience, the prices will vary.

I hired an organizer that charged by the hour. The one that I hired charged $45 an hour. However, there were others that charged up to $150 per hour. I think that the average hourly rate is between $45 and $65 per hour. It could also vary depending on where you live. It's worth the money.

CellMania
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@boathugger: I'm not trying to be nosy, but approximately how much does it cost to hire a professional organizer? I would love to hire one, but I don't know if I can afford it. Thanks.

BoatHugger
Post 1

After I watched the show “Hoarders”, I felt a little bit better about my own house. However, I was still pretty cluttered. I hired a professional organizer to come in and get me started. My biggest problem was holding on to papers, such as bills or letters, for years. After a while, I had nowhere to put them.

Hiring a professional was the best money I have ever spent!

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