I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I’m not a productivity guru. Well, I’m not an organizational one either, but I am the type of person to organize receipts by year and month and I have an organizer in my bag, so I like to think I’m a little more predisposed to living an organized life than most.
And this has only grown as I’ve grown older and accumulated more stuff. I have a lot going on right now and I like to keep my life as simple and organized as possible, and I have a few tips here to help you do the same.
1. Go Paperless
Nothing adds to clutter like receipts, bank statements and bills. Go paperless for as many services as you can to get rid of that clutter. If you’re worried about missing dates or forgetting bills and things of that nature, get a calendar and mark it off or try using notifications on your phone. It’s good for the trees, and it’s good for your peace of mind. There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting at a desk full of papers.
2. Organize your closet
This saves so much time in the morning it is actually crazy. I did this last year when I did as massive gut of my closet and switched to a smaller dresser and it has made the whole process of getting ready in the morning so much simpler. Simply organize your closet by type. Pants, sweaters, shirts, dresses, jeans, t-shirts – all of these should have their own ‘section’, which makes it easy to so much easier to see everything at a glance and makes finding a certain garment SO MUCH QUICKER. I don’t know why it took me so long to do this, but it is absolutely worth it.
And if you have a big wardrobe and can’t do it all in one go, try doing it piece by piece. It’s also a good opportunity to retire pieces that have seen too much use or will no longer be worn. Once it’s done, as long as you maintain it, you’ll never have to do it again.
3. Get rid of expired food items
We live in a world of excess, and it is unfortunate that sometimes we forget about certain foodstuffs and they expire. The waste of food is one thing, but don’t let it clutter up your kitchen. Go through your pantry and fridge and clean out food that is past its due date, and donate cans and dry foods that you know you won’t use. Decluttering has this wonderful side effect of making organization so much easier and more painless. It’ll be a lot easier to see what you have and what you need when your kitchen is no longer full of food you can’t or won’t eat.
4. Clean out your purse
I do this fairly regularly anyway because I’m a big fan of purses and I like to switch mine around from time to time. But purses can definitely become hoarding spots. I’ve seen friends and family members whose purses end up looking like a pile of garbage they carry around with them – just a slew of plastic and papers amongst the actual essential items. So take a moment to clean it out. I recommend at least once a week. Organize your receipts if that’s what you do. Empty your wallet. Get rid of any gum wrappers and used tissues. Not having to root around in your bag to find your wallet or keys can go a long way in having you feel more put together.
5. Start a Planner
Even if it’s just a notebook you carry around that you use to collect lists or a list of tasks on an app. You can’t keep everything in your brain. It just isn’t possible. And I know some people that are resistant – they just think they aren’t organized enough to start one. I never saw myself as a planner-user, but now I use calendars and my bullet journal pretty much every day. And we have so many tools at our disposal, it’s a shame not to use them. Some planner systems can be really intimidating and it doesn’t have to be. Carry around a notebook for a while and see what evolves. With a bit of trial and error you’ll find what works best for you and you’ll be more organized for it, trust me.
I think trying to get organized can be pretty intimidating, but no one expects you to be the next Marie Kondo. You don’t have to have everything in your pantry sorted alphabetically as well as by expiration date. Nor do you have to have your closet colour coded. But you have to be willing to try things to see what works for you, and actually, stick with it for a while. Some things will feel tedious and pointless and others might actually change your life for the better. So don’t be afraid to even start small.
You just might surprise yourself.
I want to hear from you!
These are just some of the things that I’ve done in the last couple of years to help get myself more organized, but I’d love to grow the list! Do you have any easy tips to help get you more organized? What small things have you done that have drastically improved your life? Let me know down below!