How To | Be More Organised

Being an adult is difficult - I can vouch for that! Having moved out of my family home in September and into a house of my own, I soon realised that being independent is super difficult and in particular organisation is not my strong point! (It doesn't help that the storage space in this flat is practically non-existent.. ) But clutter isn't the only problem, being in my second year of University I've also had to figure out how to organise my time better! So I thought I would do a quick 'How To' and give you a few tips for getting organised, hopefully I might learn a thing or two as well!

ORGANISING CLUTTER 


GET RID OF THE OLD

Yes, I'm talking about that top that doesn't fit you anymore, but for some reason you are holding on to..! And that mascara that is so dry you should really have thrown it away months ago! I'm a culprit of this too, but it's a great start for turning your organisation life around! Grab some bin bags and throw anything away that you can no longer use, or you haven't touched in months.. be ruthless - the more you throw out, the more tidy is will be! I great tip for cleaning out your closet in this way is by turning all of your clothes hangers the same way and every time you put back an item of clothing you turn the hanger to face the opposite way - anything that is still facing the original way after around 6 months should really be thrown away, because you haven't worn it!


DRAWERS AREN'T MAGIC PORTALS...

 I think we're all culprits of this at some point in our lives - shoving things in drawers because we know no one will look in there! We can never find anything that we shove in there ever again, yet we never learn from our mistakes..! A good way of organising drawers is to commit each drawer to a certain type of storage, you can also use partitions (such as baskets or utensil holders) to add even more storage space and to create clear sections of where things should be kept!


STORAGE STORAGE STORAGE

 If you have limited storage (like me!) have a look under your bed..! There's so much extra storage space under there that you never even knew you had! However, it easy to fall into the trap of shoving things under there and never seeing it again, I mean, no ones ever going to look under there right..?! To avoid this mentality I recommend using plastic box storage (with wheels on, if you're feeling fancy!) this way you can store things like towels and bed sheets in a neat and easily accessible way!

FOOD CUPBOARDS

If you love baking as much as me, I bet you're cupboards are suffering from your extensive ingredient selection right?! Baking ingredients comes in all shapes and sizes and things never seem to slot together well.. but my favourite way to fix this problem is to keep all your ingredients in jars! I bought loads of cheap jars from amazon to store all my ingredients such as icing sugar and flour, you can easily label them with some chalk board stickers and some chalk. (so you can rub it off if you ever need to re-purpose the jars) Now not only is your cupboard de-cluttered but these jars look so cute!

ORGANISING YOUR LIFE


WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN

We've all done this, thought of something, not written it down and then forgotten what it was shortly after! To get yourself really organised I suggest writing everything down! Get yourself a pen and paper and write it all down - to do lists, shopping lists, dates etc! If you're high tech you could even store things on your phone (haha!) use a simple app like 'notes' to write down all of your thoughts (but remember to delete them once you're done.. or you'll end up like my boyfriend with about a million notes that mean nothing to him!)

BUY A DIARY

Getting a diary for this year might've been the best decision I've made in a long time. On each day I write myself a to-do list which I tick off throughout the day to make sure I get stuff done and it has helped me so so much! If I know I have a deadline or something scheduled, I write it down in my diary so I don't forget (this is also brilliant help for keeping a blog! - I'm planning on writing a post on this in the future) This method is also brilliant for seeing how much you've achieved, I can look back on the past month and see how much I have actually done and how much I've achieved!

STOP PROCRASTINATING 

I know its difficult, but it's a huge step towards getting your life organised! By getting stuff done straight away you won't end up with a huge to-do list or deadlines that are getting scarily close - this is something I'm a huge culprit of, and it makes me so stressed out when I realise how much I actually have to get done because I was too busy scrolling through twitter or watching cat videos on YouTube... A great way of changing this habit is to give yourself a set time that you have to get something done before you are allowed to do what you want to do. (For example, you need to spend 2 hours writing an essay before you are allowed 1 hour on YouTube) This way you get a break from the tasks but you also get them done in time!

There you have it - I hope this tips will help you to become more organised! If you have any more tips let me know in the comments I would love to know! Thanks for reading!


14 comments :

  1. Such a good post, I'm usually quite good at being organized but I've become so lazy recently! I do find once you get into it though you can become pretty productive, just need to break that cycle :) xx

    Charlotte | Just Charlotte

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more! I'm either on one end of the scale and really lazy or on the other side and super productive! xx

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  2. I suck at organizing, but I have to admit that even I get my moments, haha. Great posts and I could really use few of your tips like right now :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Haha! Don't worry, me too! I hope these tips work out for you! :) x

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  3. These are some really helpful tips! Ever since I've got more organised my life's been much less stressful - it's a great feeling.
    Shona x

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  4. 100% agree with you! When you're organised everything else just seems to fall into place nicely! Tidy house, tidy mind after all! x

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  5. Every time I try to get rid of the old, I get a strong wave of nostalgia that kicks in and I can't throw anything out. Gah! I find just having a tidy working environment is so helpful and really helps stop the procrastination when it comes to assignments and such.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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    1. I'm the exact same - I always have a reason to keep something, even if it's junk! I suppose we just have to be ruthless sometimes! I agree with you there too, I always seem to tidy up when I have something important to do, so if there's nothing to tidy I can just get on with the important thing instead! haha x

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  6. I like to keep my life perfectly organized, and I'm always looking for new ways to do that. I totally share your "how the hell do I store all my baking suplies?" problem. And I definitely need to write everything down. I'm so forgetful!

    Be | lovefrombe

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    1. That's such a good way to live! I wish I could be like that - but I tend to have phases where I'm organised but also phases when I'm not! x

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  7. I'm very disorganised, although I do know where everything is so it's more like organised chaos lol.
    Definitely going to be taking these tips on board!

    Damzel In This Dress

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    1. Organised chaos isn't so bad.. ;) I'm glad you enjoyed my tips! x

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  8. Love storage but never stay organised for that long!
    Totally agree with organised chaos comment!

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    1. Me either! Haha - I tend to have phases where I am x

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