We all want to be more organised but when life is so hectic, it can be difficult knowing where to start. Making small changes each day is the key to becoming more organised and so the following 8 ways can help you to start being more productive.
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1. UNSUBSCRIBE FROM UNWANTED EMAILS
Being organised isn’t just about having neatly labelled boxes. As modern life is massively technology-based, it’s also important to be digitally organised too! One thing that used to drive me mad was receiving emails from websites that I signed up to years ago. Rather than instantly deleting the email, I decided to unsubscribe from any emails that I received that I longer wanted. The great thing about this step is that you don’t have to spend hours scrolling through your emails, you can literally just do it every now and then when you receive the email. 30 seconds and your done!
2. ORGANISE THE KITCHEN CUPBOARDS
Nothing makes me happier than a kitchen where everything has a place. I used to throw everything into the cupboards, making it an absolute nightmare when I actually needed something. However, since moving house, I bought some plastic storage boxes and personalized pantry labels and I cannot tell you the difference has made!
3. USE A PLANNER
Writing things down serves as a reminder and holds you accountable for things that need to be done. I love using my weekly digital planner to write down all of the tasks that I need to complete throughout the week: there is nothing more satisfying that ticking off a task once it’s complete! If you’re a busy mum like me, planners are also great for writing down appointments and reminders.
I used to be a huge fan of printable planners but I’ve since fell in love with hyperlinked digital planners which are super easy to use and can sync from your tablet/iPad to your phone to plan on the go!
4. ORGANISE YOUR FINANCES
Being organised can have tons of benefits, including for your pocket! Each month I look at my bills and how much is needed to cover them. I then set aside the remaining amount and work out how much spending money I have each week to last me the month. In particular, I absolutely love this personalized money wallet organiser which comes with handy clear pockets to budget for certain occasions such as holidays or birthdays.
5. CLEAR OUT YOUR WARDROBE
I’m a hoarder for clothes, but I am getting better (slowly!) I try to make an effort to clear out my wardrobe at least twice a year to make up space in my wardrobe. It’s also a perfect opportunity to make a little spare cash by selling the clothes on eBay. I’ve recently started using wardrobe organisers which are amazing! How did I not come across them sooner!? I’ve never seen my underwear so organised!
I also recently gave birth so purchasing these wooden baby wardrobe dividers have been a life savior for finding the right size clothes for the little one quickly and easily.
6. FIND A PLACE FOR YOUR PAPERWORK
It’s super important to keep your paperwork organised as you never know when you’ll need it! Placing it in the ‘junk drawer’ will only make locating any paperwork more difficult and time-consuming. Instead, use a home folder for the sole purpose of storing old bills and paperwork. You’ll thank me later!
Try to make a habit of going through the folder once a year to get rid of any old paperwork you no longer need!
6. ORGANISE YOUR DRESSING TABLE
There is nothing more irritating than trying to get ready when surrounded by clutter, especially when your in a rush and you can’t find the make-up brush you literally just put down! Using make-up storage boxes means that I no longer lose items and I know exactly where a certain brush is as I store them according to their purpose (eyes, face, lips, etc).
Jewelry boxes are also an oldie but a goldie in terms of organisation. No more tangled chains or missing earrings!
6. IT’S THE SMALL THINGS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I often find that it’s the smallest efforts that have the biggest impact. Making the tiniest changes can make a huge difference in your effort to be more organised. I always used to misplace my keys in the house, meaning I wasted so much time routing through coat pockets and drawers to try and find them. Simply using a key holder or even a small bowl to store keys means I’m no longer late to appointment and plans!
Wicker baskets are also a simple way to keep your living room/bedroom organised. I use mine to store the sofa throws and pillows when they’re not being used.