Staying healthy, keeping your house tidy and fitting in coffee catch-ups and family dinners in between working full-time? I’m exhausted just thinking about it! For a lot of us, being organised in our day to day lives can seem pretty overwhelming, but don’t stress! Practice fitting in these really simple habits and get your life – and your mindset – back on track!
Stock up on cheap clearance items & stash them away for emergency presents
Whenever I see anything under $10 that I think someone would like, I’ll buy it and pop it away in a box stashed away at the back of my wardrobe. Having “emergency presents” on hand can be a lifesaver. You never know when a birthday/baby shower/engagement party/housewarming will pop up by surprise last minute, and a stash of pretty stationary, soaps, socks and gift packs make great last minute pressies (and Christmas stocking stuffers), and buying them on clearance at the end of sale seasons can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Every time you buy another item of clothing, get rid of an old piece to make room for it
The key to not having your wardrobe look like one straight out of Hoarders is always having the same amount of stuff. It’s quite simple. Brought home a new dress that was on sale? Great! Time to finally get rid of that pair of jeans that you’ve worn to every concert for the last 5 years. Take a note (or read the whole thing because it’s amazing) out of Marie Kondō’s bestseller:
“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it… I recommend you dispose of anything that does not fall into one of three categories: currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely.”
― Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Put things away as soon as you’re done using them
Empty your bag as soon as you get home, wash your dishes as soon as you’ve finished eating, fold and put away your clothes as soon as you get them of the washing line – it sounds simple, but we all tend to get lazy with everyday tasks like these. Practice taking an extra minute or so to put things back in their designated spot and you’ll save yourself a lot of potential tidying time.
Hang a large calendar next to your bedroom or front door and use it every day
It baffles me how anyone gets anything down without writing it down, especially if you work on an ever-changing roster. Avoid double-booking yourself and having to cancel or change plans by simply keeping track of all of your (and your family’s) appointments, rosters, classes, due assignments and personal goals on the SAME calendar. This is the one thing you need to keep as updated as the Instagram posts of your lunch – look at it every morning so you know exactly what you’re doing that day and plan ahead.
Pack your bag, make your lunch and lay out your clothes the night before
Plan ahead your #OOTD and get meal preppin’ because it’ll save you rushing around in the morning. Making the time to put aside a healthy lunch will not only improve your overall well-being, setting aside 5 minutes before bedtime to get ready for the next day can save you 10 minutes of explaining to your boss why you were late.
Schedule your social media posts ahead of time
If you run a blog (like this one you’re reading) or a Facebook page, take advantage of the ability to schedule your posts. Plan ahead and write as much as you can in advance, and set the time and date of posts to ensure your media has a consistent online presence. And even if you’re just an avid Instagrammer eager for that perfect profile aesthetic, I’d suggest editing and filtering your photos in advance, or all in one go, so they match.
Keep a pen and notepad on the fridge, and whenever something runs out, write it on there straight away
Rather than spending half an hour looking in every cupboard for what’s missing before you head to the grocery store, every time you throw out an empty box of chicken nuggets or use the last bit of toilet paper, write it down! It sounds obvious, but we all forget about what we’ve used up and then we’re at the shops looking up and down the isles, trying to remember if there’s any spaghetti in the pantry.