I've been interested in organising for about 14 years - ever since I first moved out of home. There's something about having your own space (even if it's a tiny rented studio apartment) and the independence that goes with it - I found myself excited about keeping house, organising my wardrobe, and staying on top of paying bills. I think it was the "I'm a grown up" feeling it gave me that first attracted me to organised living.
This passion really kicked into high gear when I married and had kids - My husband and I have 2 beautiful girls. I found that even though I had taken time off from my corporate life to focus on the little ones at home, life didn't slow down. In fact, it seemed to speed up - suddenly I was running on no sleep, with barely any time to myself to handle every day tasks, let alone find time to relax!
That's when I realised being organised isn't just about paying bills and keeping cupboards tidy - it's about finding ways to free yourself up to enjoy life.
I didn't want to waste anymore time looking for my keys.
I didn't want to put up with a "witching hour" with my kids.
I didn't want to feel like I just barely made it through the day, flopping into bed exhausted every night.
I wanted to be a calm, relaxed, person. To run a smooth, well ordered household. To have exactly what I want for my life and my family in the long term. And to have a really nice time doing it.
So over the past couple of years I've immersed myself in how to's, self help, books, blogs, shows and just about everything else I can think of related to personal organising. I've taken it all in and added my own little personal touches, little tips and tricks that have worked wonders for me.
I love organising. I could talk about it for hours. And if you are into to it too, or you'd like to become good at it, I'd love to share what I know with you.
You can see a few posts I've written on my personal blog Marissa writes a blog, to give you an idea of how I tackle personal organisation. There's a focus on busy mums - because I am one. But anyone can make my methods work for them.
Here are some of my most popular posts from Marissa writes a blog:
5 things to do when you are on hold
A Busy Mum's guide to online grocery shopping
5 easy ways to avoid toddler tantrums
A Busy Mum's guide to dishwashing - by hand
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I hope this blog inspires you and helps you to live a more organised life. If you have a particular topic you would like covered, or have any tips of your own you'd like to share, feel free to comment or email me, I'd love to hear from you.
You'll be amazed at how little changes here and there can make a big difference to how you handle everyday challenges. But be warned - you may just find it as exciting and addictive as I do!