Life can be so crazy these days, so crazy that every aspect of it seems messy. But I think we all deserve one hell of a high five because although we may be juggling 102 things at once, we manage to keep ourselves together and keep moving forward. Feeling like your life is disorganized can induce stress and cause fatigue, however there are some simple tips and tricks you can incorporate into your everyday life to boost your organizational skills.
Grab a Diary
It is incredibly challenging to try and remember everything in your head; I mean we have appointments, birthdays, grocery lists, holiday gifts, and meetings, social activities the list goes on and on. The best way to feel more at ease and organized is to put everything into a diary. This way you know where you need to be, when you need to be there or what you need to get. The physical act of writing it down rather than typing it into your phone will also help you to remember things more effectively. Does anyone remember writing lines when they got into trouble? Well I do and they are burned into my brain.
The longer you wait to complete something the more difficult it will be to get it done. If you want to remove some stress from your life then organize your necessary activities as soon as you can. Put in the effort now to get those activities done and it will lift a weight off your shoulders. The best way to do so is by writing your activities into your diary; you can then see when things are due and prioritize them by date.
Where’s the Mop?
Having a tidy home means a clear mind, it sounds crazy but it’s true. If your home is filled with dirty dishes, laundry on the floor or dirty floors then it is causing you internal stress without you even knowing. By the way, there is absolutely no judgment here… we have all been there! Once (maybe more) I have thrown out a pot to avoid cleaning it, that’s our little secret though all right? You don’t need to frantically clean your house every single day but we recommend spending 15 to 30 minutes a day tidying up and one day a week to give the house a good ole’ scrub.
Keep Only What You Really Need
Does anyone else have that draw in their house? That draw where a bunch of random stuff is thrown? Well I have about 5 of those draws and ladies; it’s time to clear them out! Having less clutter in your home can make you feel more organized and at ease, we know it can be difficult to part way with those 8 different chargers that don’t even fit your phone but it’s time.
An activity to try is to write down the number of things you think you actually need, and then write a list of what you own. If the number of things you own exceeds your ideal list, you need to organize.
If you don’t live alone then it is time to delegate, you don’t have to do everything on your own. If it is cleaning day for example, divide the chores and distribute evenly among the household. This means the jobs get done more efficiently, you are more organized but you didn’t have to completely stress yourself out in the process.
Buy a Labeller
Do you often go through your pantry and/or fridge and not know what you’re looking at? Well my friend, you need to invest in a labeller. The next time you have some free time, go through your pantry and fridge and separate everything into jars and containers and label them. This isn’t just with cooked food, do this with your herbs, spices, flour, pastas etc. to minimize food wastage and also write the expiry date!
Invest in a Key Bowl
How many times have you been late for work or an appointment and you can’t find your keys or mobile phone? We hope you said a minimum of 5 times because this happens to us weekly! Next time you’re at the store, pop into your local Kmart and purchase a nice medium sized bowl that you can put near your front door. Each night before you go to sleep put your keys and phone charging in this bowl. This way you won’t have the mad rush when you’re on your way out.
Have a Checklist
Sometimes it can be easy to forget all the things we have to do when there are so many of them. Therefore write down a checklist and place it on your fridge. We recommend writing the checklist in order of what is most important. As you complete a task you can check it off or if you remember one later you can quickly jot it down.
Now this time we don’t necessarily mean cooking all of your meals ahead of time, unless you want to. A different way of meal planning to boost your organizational skills is to write down what you are having for each day in the week ahead of time and stick it on the fridge. This way each morning you can check if you need to pop into the store plus it eliminates all that time thinking about what you’re going to cook.
Lay Out Your Clothes for the Next Day
Have you ever felt stuck on what to wear? Well we recommend laying out your clothes the night before to take away some of that stress in the morning. Extra sleeping time woo!