52 Ways to be more organised

by Jennifer Venter November. 08, 2019 370 views
Organised apartment living in Foshan, China | Photo Credit: Jennifer Venter of Fleetingtime Photography

Organised apartment living in Foshan, China | Photo Credit: Jennifer Venter of Fleetingtime Photography

As a child, I was so disorganised and untidy which would drive my poor sister mad since we shared a room. I watched how she would organise her cupboard, her studying and her thinking. At the time, I thought she was mad but when I got older, I soon realised that there was a method to her madness. This post is dedicated to my Sister.

Here are some simple ways to get more organised:

  1. Write a list every time you buy groceries. Saves time and money.
  2. Use your diary to track your To-Do list and appointments.
  3. Break down big tasks into smaller ones.
  4. Keep up to date with emails: read, action, archive or delete.
  5. Deal with paperwork immediately: read, action and file/shred.
  6. Keep documents in labelled folders whether electronically or in hard copy.
  7. Back up e-files every month in case of computer crashes.
  8. Close any accounts which are not needed.
  9. Hang a large clock in your kitchen to be mindful of time.
  10. Cancel subscriptions (email or snail mail) which are not needed.
  11. Declutter and clean out your bag weekly.
  12. Keep a notebook and pen at hand for reminders and tasks.
  13. Sort laundry and plan when to do the washing to use best use of time.
  14. Create a vision board with your hopes and dreams. Keep this updated.
  15. Keep photos organised: download, cull and store in labelled folders.
  16. Make sure closets are kept clean and tidy.
  17. Use baskets to place together things with similar functions.
  18. Find a home for everything and return things to their home after use.
  19. Choose a dedicated space for a home office with all your files and stationery.
  20. Change your linen on a set day each week.
  21. Wash dishes and put them away after each meal.
  22. Take the trash out every day.
  23. Budget for monthly spending and savings.
  24. Diarise to pay bills on a set date.
  25. Make exercise a daily/weekly routine.
  26. Plan meals ahead of time which saves money in the long run.
  27. Tidy your home before leaving each day.
  28. Practice a clean desk policy when leaving work each day.
  29. Diarise to clean your home on a specific day each week.
  30. Make sure you have spares of vital items so you are never left in the lurch.
  31. Diarise for self-care: weekly, monthly and annual.
  32. Make your bed as soon as you rise each day.
  33. Donate whatever you no longer want/need.
  34. Plan outfits the day before.
  35. Make sure your insurance policies are valid and up to date.
  36. Hang your keys on a hook in your entrance hall.
  37. Pack a small first aid kit and have it handy in the home. Keep it stocked.
  38. List emergency numbers on the fridge.
  39. Carry the contact details of your next of kin in your wallet.
  40. Throw out expired food, makeup and medicine.
  41. Note all important birthdays and anniversaries in your diary.
  42. Use different bins for recyclables.
  43. Take stock/reduce any unhealthy or toxic relationships.
  44. Plan birthday and Christmas shopping well ahead of time.
  45. Automate as much as can be automated.
  46. Diarise to wash curtains and carpets.
  47. Diarise to clean out the fridge.
  48. Prioritise your tasks and chores.
  49. Value your time. Learn to say No more often.
  50. Delegate tasks/chores if possible.
  51. Declutter your wallet every week.
  52. Keep your car tidy and well maintained.
Find some calm in your day.  Photo Credit: Jennifer Venter of Fleetingtime Photography

Find some calm in your day. Photo Credit: Jennifer Venter of Fleetingtime Photography

I hope this post gives you some ideas and inspiration especially as we head towards the end of another year.

Stay Fabulous!

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” - Anon.

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