Getting organised is easier said than done, and also depends on the type of person you are. Some people are naturally tidy, and can’t deal with an untidy or unorganised life, it stresses them out. And some people are quite happy living with a ‘floordrobe’… I am not one of those people. Since I was a kid I’ve always been tidy, it sounds very sad but I remember even tidying my friends rooms, and enjoying it. I think it’s because I love transformations. I used to love watching things like ‘Changing Rooms’ (am I showing my age?), any TV programs like that, I used to just wait till the end where they showed the before and after shots. Weird aren’t I… Anyway, below I have written a few ways that I use to try and keep my own life organised.
NO. 1 // GET A DIARY
I am someone who forgets things, very easily. I have to write EVERYTHING down, the notes app on my phone is well used, to say the least. But instead of the digital diary I could use on my phone, I find it much easier and clearer to use a manual diary. I have a Filofax, it has a little pen slot, it’s small and easy to carry around, and it also has a little notes section at the back so it’s great for jotting your thoughts down. It’s much easier to plan your life, in my opinion, with a written diary.
NO.2 // USE A MONEY POT
If you’re struggling to save money, one thing I have always done is have a money pot - a ‘piggy bank’. I often use these Terramundi pots (linked below), which you can only get into if you smash them. These are great and stop you picking the odd penny out for something unnecessary. I also had a phase of collecting two-pound coins, so anytime I got one I would just set it aside in my purse, not touch it and put it straight in the pot. You’ll have a good amount of money by the time you crack that baby open too!
NO.3 // UTILIsE THE BEDTIME APP
I love sleep, probably a little too much. The recommended amount is 8 hours, and the recent update on the iPhone has introduced a new ‘bedtime’ section to the clock app. This helps you set your alarm to make sure you get your 8 hours, or it will simply show you how many hours you will get if you go to bed at ‘this’ time and get up at ‘that’ time.
NO.4 // TIDY LITTLE AND OFTEN, AND GIVE EVERYTHING A PLACE
Practice putting things away. Instead of getting to the point where your room or house is a tip and you need to spend hours tidying up, give everything a place to live and practise putting the things you use daily back in their own space. This will save you time, and when you know where everything ‘lives’ it will be so much easier to find it.
NO.5 // BE RUTHLESS WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING RID
If you haven’t worn or used it in a year, let it go. So so much easier said than done, but let’s be realistic – what year did you buy that? Do you remember the last time you wore it? Are you really ever going to wear again? Come on now.
NO.6 // DELETE THE TOXIC PEOPLE
Do a Phoebe, and CUT THEM OFF (‘Friends’ TV addict over here)! Analyse whether certain people in your life are good for you. You need to decide whether these people are worth your time and if they are adding anything to your life. Now I don’t mean cut anyone off who’s made the odd mistake, but anything negative that you might recognise as repetitive, or that isn't changing, these are the things that are taking up your valuable time, when you could be using that time on someone or something better. It is better to have a group of amazing friends that you can count on one or two hands, than a never-ending list of unreliable ones.
NO.7 // DEVELOP A ROUTINE
Becoming a routine person, if you are not one, takes practice. Usually, if you have, say, a 9-5 job you are kind of forced to have a routine, but if you are self-employed or part time this is something that you kind of need to force yourself to do. It just starts by recognising that things need to change and implementing those changes by putting them into practise daily, and eventually the routine will come, no matter if it’s a life routine or just your morning skincare routine.
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