When you begin to get sober, you’re first and perhaps only task is to stay sober. Likely all of your effort and energy is focused on getting and staying sober. You’re likely attending 12-step meetings, talking to new friends, and making new choices in your life.
But after you’ve been sober for awhile, it might be time to get your life back in order. You might have to tend to your finances and go through paperwork, including applications, invoices, bills, and bank statements. Even if you were incredibly organized before addiction took a hold of your life, the destructive quality of the disease can very easily have its affect on your life. For instance, when you begin to use, your sense of responsibility may have started to deteriorate. Whereas before you might have been conscientious about paying all your bills on time and filling away your bank statements, addiction begins to eat away at your sense of accountability. You might begin to pay bills late or ignore bills altogether. You might not be able to find an important document if you need it. Addiction might have eaten away at your organization, which might affect your finances and sense of responsibility.
But now that you’re in recovery, there may be major areas of your life that need transformation – perhaps relationships, health, career, and finances need attention. Part of restoring your life is also restoring the organization of your personal life. Now that you’re in recovery, it’s time to address those areas, one by one, as you have the time and energy to focus on it. Certainly, your main priority is your health, your psychological well being, and your sobriety. Yet, little by little, you can organize your life. In fact, you can begin to get organized with these few tips:
- To start, hire a housekeeper to get your home clean and sanitary, if you need it.
- Place items in your home in locations that work well for your routine. For instance, put your vitamins near the refrigerator where you would get out juice to take them with. Or another example is to place newspapers in a basket by your sofa so that you can read them while you’re lounging in the living room.
- Make a list of to-do tasks each night for the next day.
- Make a list of groceries to buy that are healthy and that will support your sobriety.
- On Sunday or Monday, go through your appointments for that week and gather what you need to prepare for those appointments. You might also refer back to your calendar when making your to-do lists.
- Keep a clean set of sheets to your bed between the mattress and box spring. Or you might keep it a nearby storage box. Do this for all the beds you have in your home. Whenever you clean your home, double check that there are clean sets of sheets for each bed.
- For upcoming events, such as birthdays and anniversaries, keep an accordion file with notes and dates in the appropriate sleeve. For example, place birthday cards, directions to a baby shower, or a note to check on furniture deliveries in the accordion file to review when needed.
- Put a clock in every bathroom so that you’re never late.
- Always have a backup spare of keys, a second deodorant, napkins in the car, and Kleenex in the bedrooms.
- Make a monthly hair appointment so that you don’t have to call at the last minute.
- Make appointments with friends and boy/girlfriends ahead of time so that you can prepare for them.
These are some suggestions for keeping your life organized. Certainly, your first priority is your health and sobriety. However, if you’re eager to get your life straightened out and if you want to get organized, the above tips may help.
For extra support on getting organized, you can find many ideas on how to organize your home, finances, and career on the Internet.
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