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They do it, and you can too.

Organized people always seem to have it all together, don’t they? They’re the ones with perfectly packed lunches, color-coded calendars, and an air of calm. The calm comes from the seeming order they have imposed on their lives. They look like they’ve figured it all out. But how do they do it?

It’s not impossible, if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s just that the organized among us have discovered the secret of Sunday admin. They know that an hour or two of extra prep on Sunday makes the rest of the week go by ever more smoothly. They know it, and they put it into practice. (That’s key.)

If you’re not ready to devote your Sunday routine to planning and preparation for the week, then start small with our tips below. These three small steps toward organization will be a big win for your week.

1. Write down the week’s chores.

If you only adopt one tip, let it be this one. Get a dry-erase board, divide it into seven sections, and plan your cleaning strategy for the week. (For example: Deep-clean the kitchen on Monday, bedrooms on Tuesday, baths on Wednesday, floors on Thursday, etc.) Dividing the cleaning chores among the days of the week makes things infinitely more manageable. When it comes to cleaning, a few minutes every day always beats an entire Saturday spent scrubbing.

2. Get a head start on meal planning.

This tip has been proven to save money and time, every time. When you do the week’s grocery shopping, start cooking. Make a few freezable meals on Sunday for the upcoming weeks, portion out the non-perishable snacks, and you’ll be ready to conquer the a.m. lunch packing. Bonus: Planning the week’s dinner menus on Sunday will also help you avoid the dreaded weeknight supper scramble.

3. Do a load of laundry.

There’s no time like the present. If you’re really ambitious, plan the week’s outfits too—and dive into the ironing while you’re at it. You’ll be one of those incredibly organized people before you know it. 

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What organization tricks do you swear by? Just a few minutes of planning and preparation (coupled with follow-through during the week) can help get your home in its most organized shape ever.