Life Lessons, Wellbeing

How to be More Organised and Create Space for More Joy

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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?

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17 Comments

  • Reply Gael - The Vinyl Edition June 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I love your list, Lisa. One thing that stood out to me, though, was the paper diary. I thought it was only me! Most things I find so much easier online or on the iphone, but I can not stand a digital diary. It’s just invisible to me, and that’s a bit stressful. Go the paper diary.

    • Reply admin June 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Gael,
      So nice to find someone who shares my love of the paper diary xx
      Thank you for the lovely message 🙂

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid May 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I love this! I’m a hoarder by nature, but I try to work on the premise, if you don’t need it and you don’t love it, don’t keep it. I believe that your mind reflects your environment – a messy work/living space = a messy mind! I also am a big fan of getting organised the night before, I prepare my lunch, think about my outfit and if I’m going to the gym, I lay out everything I need. Top tips!

    • Reply admin June 4, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Absolutely agree that a messy space = a messy mind.
      There is enough going on in my head as it is xx

  • Reply Maxabella May 31, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I learned long ago that the only way I could free up time for creativity was to set some solid boundaries around it. So I’m a highly disorganised person who is highly organised by habit alone. With things in order, my mind is less cluttered. x

    • Reply admin May 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      I love the way you have articulated this Bron xx
      I think that it is a great lesson for those like yourself who don’t consider themselves naturally organised 🙂

  • Reply Charlene Morunga May 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I live and breathe the saying ‘cluttered house – cluttered mind’…I am a sentimental hoarder and struggle with letting things go…I am really good at hiding my clutter so it becomes ‘out of sight – out of mind’…I am on the road to nipping this in the butt and clearing out the clutter once and for all! Thanks for the tips! Pinning and Bookmarking as a reminder! 🙂

    • Reply admin May 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      So glad that you found this help Charlene xx
      Sending you my positive vibes for cleaning the clutter and opening up space for less tangible happiness!!

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  • Reply Malinda (@MBPaperPackages) May 28, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I really need to implement a few more of these. Thanks for the advice.

    • Reply admin May 31, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      You’re so welcome Malinda xx
      Thank you for letting me know that this was helpful 🙂

  • Reply Jenni from Styling Curvy May 27, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Love this, I might add…have support networks and ask for help if needed. I think the best one was not overcommitting.

  • Reply Fleur | Our Urban Box May 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Excellent advice Lisa! I am flat out at the moment with 2 new jobs and trying to blog and after school activities. Its crazy around here. My biggest tip is to be organised for the next morning the night before. I find that

  • Reply Sonia Life Love Hiccups May 26, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Brilliant suggestions Lisa and I love the idea of starting each day with some zen xx

    • Reply admin May 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks lovely Sonia, those few moments in the morning can really set you up for a less stressful day with more flow xx

  • Reply Helga May 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Some great ideas Lisa! I have always been quite organised too but am always looking to improve on this. Also I constantly free up clutter around my house, it makes my head less cluttered too! xx

    • Reply admin May 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      So true Helen, that less clutter in the home = less clutter in your head too!! xx

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