Life is busy, at times it is frantic and sometimes it is overwhelming. It is often the combination of these things that can lead to feeling stressed and anxious, and in turn missing out on the JOY in life as it all becomes a bit of a blur. If you can create some foundations that underpin the inevitable fact that life will get busy, and be as organised as possible, then this can help to prevent the sense of overwhelm.
Being organised does not come naturally to everyone, I understand and appreciate that you may not consider yourself an organised person. I must disclose that being organised does come naturally to me, it has been this way for as long as I can remember. In childhood I had my bedroom organised and everything labelled, in my teens I kept immaculate journals that documented the details of every day.
My career has also been built on this natural sense of being able to organise myself, others and projects. I am often asked about how to be more organised so it is my hope that I can share some helpful tips. If you are not a naturally organised person that is perfectly OK too. I believe that it is a skill you can nurture gently and even if you do not end up labelling everything like me or feeling powerfully organised, you can still add a little more of the benefits to your life.
In principle I like to approach being organised from the perspective that it is well worth the small investment of time in certain activities to create a less stressful day, week and life. If you can think about it in this way then this can make things seem a lot more achievable and it will feel less like a burden! Consider it a preventative measure to avoid future stress, and create the space for more joy.
Hopefully some of these ideas and tips will inspire you to be a little more organised and make some space to find more joy:
♡ Start each day with some zen, to set the tone and create the space for your organised self to emerge and flow! It may just be a 5 minute mindful stretch, a cup of tea in silence or 15 minutes of yoga on your mat. If you can build this important practice into each morning religiously it will set you up for the smoothest day possible.
♡ Try not to leave things until the last minute, as a general rule. It will come as no surprise to hear that this often creates chaos! If you can plan at least a little in advance for any major events so that preparation is done before the prior day/evening this will make a huge difference. For example if you have a work trip or a school excursion coming up, allow a week of packing time so that you can slowly add items to the suitcase or bag in small slots of time rather than rushing around for hours the night before in a panic.
♡ Keep your wardrobe organised and your washing up to date! A simple yet hugely effective little strategy that will save you a lot of time and stress in the mornings. If you can invest a small amount of time into each evening to ensure that you have most of your washing done, all essential wardrobe items fresh and that your wardrobe itself is tidy and organised this will allow for a smooth morning when deciding what to wear!
♡ Organise the apps on your phone and the icons on your desktop into folders. It will only take you a small amount of time and it will make you feel super organised, and a little nerdy! A chaotic looking screen is fuel for a chaotic mind!
♡ Use a paper diary as a daily scheduling tool and also a notebook to remember details from the day. I have an A5 size diary with a whole page per day, and most of the page is used for my daily list of priorities and then any notes that need to be taken during the day. If you add your important birthdays in here too then you will never miss one, although Facebook does a great job of keeping you organised with birthday reminders!
♡ Rid yourself of the hoarder disorder! I gave up my hoarding habit years ago and I have never looked back, or felt lighter in life. Buy less things, give more of what you already have to charity, and only hold onto the essentials. Seriously this will change your life, it will make you feel instantly more organised and if you can stick to the mantra of ‘less is more’ you will be more organised for life!
♡ Store efficiently and ensure that everything has a place! Of course you will always have ‘stuff’ and the more organised this ‘stuff’ can be, the less stress you will encounter. I do have one secret ‘mess’ spot in the house to allow for just putting anything and everything, nobody is perfect! It is a big draw in my kitchen by the way!
♡ Scale back on the activities and events that you commit to, and you will have less stress from constantly being busy. It is so much easier to be more organised if your life is less scheduled. Learn how to politely say no to the events and invitations that you are not 100% passionate about. Create more time for free play for your children, and less scheduled activities. More space and time = more opportunity to find the simple joys in life.
♡ Outsource as much as possible. If you have a business or income generating blog, look into a virtual assistant for the small and admin based tasks. Think about hiring a cleaner at home for 3 hours a week, it really does change things if you can remove ironing, cleaning bathrooms, mopping, cleaning windows and other weekly household chores from your calendar. It is well worth the small investment!
♡ Implement a smooth and organised email management system so that this does not cause you any stress. I only subscribe to a small amount of newsletters, I am ruthless with my email filing and my inbox is always empty. I have a folder called TO-DO and this is my daily list of emails that need action and then they are cleared at the end of each day.
Do you have any other tips for being more organised?