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I think most of us know someone who seems naturally organised. They go about life with everything falling into place, effortlessly moving from one day to another without ever looking overwhelmed or flustered. They're always on time and they never forget anything.
I'm not one of those people.
I need to be organised because without it, I forget everything. I over commit, I feel overwhelmed, I get lazy, I get frustrated and I have a tendency to think things will take a lot less time than they actually do, which often leaves me running a few minutes late if I don't stay on track with my 'organised habits'.
So for me organising (especially as a parent) doesn't really come naturally. I thought I was naturally organised, before I had children. Now, looking back, I realise I only felt organised because I had a lot less to juggle!
Getting my life and home organised has really been a journey, one that I think will continue forever, one step at a time, and my biggest goal is to use it to simply make my life easier.
So if that's you too, don't stress about it. Just pick one thing at a time, get organised with that, and then move onto the next. Over time, these things add up and you'll find your days are a lot more organised, and easier :)
Here are 3 things I focused on first that really made a difference in my life and got me more organised pretty quickly. Looking around, I think a lot of 'naturally organised' people do them too.
1. They tidy as they go. At first glance this looks way too time consuming - who wants to tidy all day when you can just do it all at night after the kids go to bed? But realistically, moving through an untidy house all day can leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated (especially when it's not your mess).
Get into the habit of picking up a couple of things whenever you walk through a room and putting them where they belong as you move throughout your home. It might be dirty clothes the kids have left on the floor going into your laundry basket. You might pick up stray toys and put them in a put away box. You could bring dishes with you into the kitchen or put a hairbrush away as you walk past your bathroom.
Now I know in a perfect world you'll be teaching your kids to put these things away after they use them so the mess isn't there in the first place. But let's be real - if it was that easy, you wouldn't need to read this article, and I wouldn't have to write it. My kids are lovely, well mannered and normal children who get caught up in the excitement of getting things out and playing with them, but completely forget about about putting them away they just move onto the next exciting thing if I'm not there reminding them to pack up the first. So we're working on that. But in the meantime, I want to be able to enjoy a tidy home after I get back from a busy morning at school drop off - so this tip helps a LOT. Plus the more the kids see me do it and do it with me, the more natural it will be for them to do it as they grow up.
2. They put on a load of washing. At least one load, every day means you'll never have to do a full day of laundry ever again. You'd be surprised at how easy this becomes when you get into a rhythm. You can wash different items all together on a cold cycle or you can sort everything into daily categories like I like to do - kids clothes, dark clothes, light clothes, sheets, towels, tea towels, etc. However you do it, do one load each day. I've got some more easy laundry tips in my free online class if you want to take a look!
3. They plan for tomorrow. This is a five minute task that will save you SO much time the next day. I like to take a few minutes after the kids have gone to bed, sit down, look at my calendar and get myself familiar with what I have on the following day. It gives me a sense of calm, no matter how busy the day is, and when I'm writing my To Do list for the next day I know I haven't forgotten anything important. Then I gather up anything I need to take out and about with me, put it into my go bag and half of my work for the next morning is already done. Bonus: My head is clearer and I sleep SO much better :)
That's it! Those are the 3 things that I believe organised people do every day.
Your turn! I'd love to hear what YOU do to keep yourself organised and make your own life easier. Comment below or come chat on Facebook and share your tips.
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