There are two kinds of people in the world; those who pack for a holiday a week in advance and those who are throwing clothes in a case just before their flight. Organisation isn’t for everyone, but what if it could be? According to our experts it’s easier than we think to keep things on track. Here’s 5 ways you can make organisation a habit in your life.
1- Prioritise your to-do list properly
Melanie Wheatley is a business and lifestyle coach who frequently helps women entrepreneurs get organised so they can do more living and less hustling. Her biggest tip is to make a proper to-do list rather than a never-ending tasklist.
“Brain dump every single thing that you know needs to be done into one list, then, ask yourself of the items on the list - do I really need to do it and eliminate where possible. Then batch likeminded tasks together so if you know for example you need to write 4 blogs - batch them together. Once this is complete go to a project management system like ASANA and enter the to do's and assign dates - then every single day you know what needs to be done and you are on top of it!”
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2- Start with your home turf
The experts at Service.com.au believe the number one tip for staying organised is to start with your home space. Decluttering the home where you wake up each morning will have you starting your days feeling more together and focused. When you decrease clutter in your home, it allows for more mental space to be left open for ideas, inspiration and improvement in your life. As Kaylyn Jeffrey from Service.com.au explains:
"Your home environment is indicative of the state of your mind and the state of your mind is indicative of the state of your life. There is a lot of power in maintaining a clean home environment, preparing meals in advance at home and feeling prepared to take on the world. Your home should be an oasis, not a demand of your energy. You can accomplish this by keeping it clean and well-maintained."
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3- Give every item a home
Mess is a side effect of random items of your home not having a designated home of their own. How would your kitchen look if it didn’t have a cupboard for pots and pans? How about your bathroom without storage for beauty, bathing and cleaning products? Treat every area of your home just like your kitchen or bathroom. If you love to garden then invest in a quality shed to store all your tools. Have a penchant for cooking? Pop a spice rack in your pantry to keep them from overcrowding your other shelves. No matter what you love to do there’s a storage solution to keep your accessories neat and tidy.
4- Get that wardrobe under control
Kristina Duke, from Decluttering Diva, is a professional organiser with a simple tip to cut out the clutter in your wardrobe.
“My favourite tip to keep your wardrobe decluttered and organised is to do smaller, maybe quarterly culls of your clothes. Now you may have heard the rule to get rid of items that you haven't worn for a year but how do you remember? If you have an item that you think you still like, stick some masking tape on its hanger or on the item itself with a set date eg in 3 months. This is like a contract with yourself to use or lose it by that date.”
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Find yourself a multi-tasking bed frame with gas lift and free up even more space in your wardrobe. You could use it to store shoes or keep bed linens close at hand and get yourself a spare cupboard in the house all at once. Don’t love the idea of using your bed for storage? Check out bedroom furniture from MyDeal for a blanket trunk or shoe cabinet that will do the trick.
5- Knock out those smaller tasks
Susanne Thiebe from Less Mess is a founding member of the Institute of Professional Organisers who believes that organisation is a skill anyone can learn. She recommends starting with small tasks to build up your confidence and make organisation a habit you can stick with.
If it all looks like too much, start with a small project you can definitely finish. Did you know it takes just 8 minutes to organise and clean one drawer in the kitchen?
Always unpack the dishwasher
So nobody has an excuse not to put the dirty dishes into the dishwasher. See it as a cupboard for dirty dishes – not for clean ones!!
Filing is about retrieving
If you just want to get rid of it, throw it in the bin.
Flip your wardrobe
Even though Australia doesn’t have real difference in winter and summer clothing, you wardrobe needs a sort and a good clean every 6 months. So put the warm winter clothes up high or in boxes in the garage and bring the summer stuff out.
Make the most of everyday by organising your life so you can keep it that way. By setting up sustainable habits you can move from cluttered to clean and stay there.