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5 Secrets For Waking Up Organized

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carmen Coker

Scarlet O’Hara famously said in Gone With the Wind, “Fiddly dee, I’ll worry about that tomorrow!” And if you want to have a hectic morning, then you should definitely try to emulate her. But if you want to have a smooth morning routine, a little planning and prep the night before will help you get organized and ready to be on your way…

1) Select your clothes.
Pick out your clothes for the next day. Iron anything that needs it. Don’t forget accessories: jewelry, cuff links, hose, socks, shoes, panties, boxers, scarf, tie, or purse. If you have kids, the same should be done with their outfits.

2) Pack your bags.
Fix your lunch, get your gym bag ready, and make sure all necessary items for the next day are tucked into your briefcase, backpack, or purse. Again, if children are in the picture, then their bags should be prepared as well.

3) Check your planner.
Look over tomorrow’s activities. This will refresh your memory about must-do items or things you need to take with you the next day.

4) Collect your stuff.
Place your keys, cell, wallet, purse, laptop, briefcase, etc. in one spot, preferably close by your door. It’s a good idea to make this staging ground near an electrical outlet, so battery-powered items can recharge overnight.

5) Get your sleep.
Go to bed in time to sleep 8 hours (or whatever your body requires to be rested). Otherwise, you are guaranteed to hit the snooze and sleep later than you should!

What do you do to ensure you wake up organized and ready for the day? I’d love to find out! Please share your thoughts, experiences, ideas, and other comments below.


Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. Thousands of busy people have benefited from her expertise featured by CBS, NBC, and Real Simple magazine – now it’s your turn! If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to for her free video how-to called the “Secrets of the Super Organized™.”

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