So - first step, to get rid of the broken stuff and donate the unwanted stuff. It is simple in theory - but overwhelming in reality. I think that a yard sale is in my near future. I did a little bit of research and came across some great articles and products.
To organize my time, one of the things that I need to do, is to use my planner more effectively.
After reading a little on how to do this, it seems like the key to using a planner really is super simple - write everything in one planner, carry it with you everywhere and look in it every morning to see what is planned that day. I have started getting into the habit of writing my to-do list before bed for the following day. I make sure that I put a star next to the most important things and I get them done first. If I didn't have my planner - my life would fall apart pretty quickly. I heard somewhere that another great way to really be productive is to do the worst first. Picking that thing that you dread and getting it done ASAP - before anything else. This way it is finished - you don't have to dread it your entire day.
Another reason why a planner helps me is because when I write it down, for some reason I just feel better about it. I don't worry as much about it, and I can relax a little now that I know that it is in my planner. I don't have to try to remember it.
I also have a tendency to not know where to start, or what to do next. My to-do list is in my planner and I follow it and I never have to think of what to do next. I also like the feeling of crossing off the things I wrote - makes me feel like I am accomplishing something.
Some great planners are sold through Franklin Covey.
I also just finished a book called Organizing from the Inside Out (highly reccommend) by Julie Morgenstern about organizing your space. I got a lot of great tips from her book, but what I think will help me the most is finding a place for everything and keeping everything in it's place. She says that if it is difficult to access your stuff with your organizational system, you will not maintain it, so I think that everything in it's place - but think simple and easy.
Another book by her that I really want to read is Shed Your Stuff Change Your Life. It looks like it can help you to do this in four steps, sounds like something I need right now.
A big clue for me that I needed to get organized is that I loose everything. If everything has a place - it won't be lost - it will be in it's place, and after it is used - it will be returned to it's place.