Feeling organized can be an important aspect of maintaining a sense of control and independence as we age. With that in mind, we’d like to share some helpful ideas for getting (and staying) organized so you can advance confidently into this fresh new year!
Plan Ahead: One of the most important things you can do to stay organized is to plan ahead. Whether it's a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule, having a plan will help you stay on top of things and ensure that you don't miss important events. And, intentionally planning fun activities like a weekend getaway or a movie night with friends can help you experience the fullness and joy of life.
Bonus Tip: Planning ahead can also include where and how you want to live one day. If you’ve ever considered a retirement community, the sooner you begin to research, visit locations, and talk through finances, the more you can enjoy the process and feel in control of your decision.
Many of our residents tell us they wish they would have moved into an RLC community sooner because the amenities are so incredible, and the lifestyle is truly worry-free. You can begin dabbling in a search right now. Select a community near you, and schedule a visit. We’d love to show you around and treat you to a complimentary meal. (We’re known for great food!)
Use a Day Planner: Getting more tactical here, having a day planner is a great tool for keeping track of appointments, events, and to-do lists. Look for one that has ample space for notes, and that’s easy to carry. There are also many digital planners available that can be accessed on your phone or tablet.
Consider a Perpetual Calendar: A perpetual calendar is a great way to keep track of important dates and events. Unlike a traditional calendar, a perpetual calendar can be used year after year and does not need to be replaced. It’s incredibly helpful for tracking birthdays and anniversaries - and shopping for a month’s worth of cards or gifts at one time!
Create a Clutter Plan: As we age, it can be easy for our living spaces to collect items we cherish or think we’ll need one day. To keep things more manageable, it helps to create a plan for decluttering your home. Set aside time each week or month to go through your belongings and decide what can be donated, gifted to someone, or simply tossed. For more tips on this topic, check out this article on how to “rightsize” your home.
Set Goals: Setting goals is an important part of staying organized. Whether it's a physical goal, such as losing weight or starting an exercise program, or a mental goal, such as learning a new skill or starting a new hobby, setting goals will give you something to work towards and help you stay focused and motivated!
Keep Organized in Your Finances: Review your budget regularly, ensuring you are keeping track of expenses, paying bills on time, and setting aside money for savings or investments. You can also use financial management tools to help you stay on top of your finances. And, as you’re looking for ways to keep your costs more stabilized, you may want to consider an all-inclusive living situation for your retirement.
Create a Support System: Finally, it's important to have a support system in place to help you stay organized. Whether it's a family member, friend, or professional organizer, having someone to help you stay on track can be invaluable.
Integrating all or even a few of these ideas into your life allows you to plan and make the most of your golden years. Remember to take things one step at a time, and don't be afraid to ask for help if needed. We’re always here to answer questions and cheer you on in this new year and beyond!