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10 Organising tips you need to know!

Here’s a quick and handy list of the top organising tips I use constantly with any job or task I am doing around the house.

10 organising tips you need to know

#1 – Start where it hurts

If you are constantly losing your keys and taking time each day to find them, organising the space so that you have a key hook or drawer will pay dividends immediately – and you will therefore be spurred on to continue the good work!

Start in the place that makes the most immediate difference in your life, something very visible and tangible.

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#2 – Don’t let yourself get sidetracked

Organise when you have time to do so, and make sure your family know what you are doing.

If you get everyone on board with what you are doing then you are much more likely to be able to get things done. Think of getting organised in the same way you would do work at home, you wouldn’t let anyone interrupt a work call for instance.

Also, if you plan the time into your diary you are much more likely to stick to it. Don’t let yourself break an appointment!

Once you are organised you will find you have much more time on your hands to do other things!

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#3 – Get the whole family involved

If you have everyone knowing whats going on, and why, you are more likely to have systems that are used by everyone – so they are much more likely to be successful.

Getting the family involved may take some time, but once they see the benefits of a more organised life, then they will want more!

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#4 – Fail to plan, plan to fail

Planning is crucial in an organised home.

Work out what you want and need from every space you organise, and then go for it!

Also – NEVER go out and buy items that you think you may need to get organised before you organise a space – truth is that you don’t need much to get organised and you will undoubtedly have wasted your money on items that don’t fit their intended purpose.

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#5 – Is it really necessary?

Only keep in your home what is absolutely necessary – otherwise you are wasting space, time and effort as you have to go through everything to find what you need – and work on a ONE IN, ONE OUT policy when you bring anything new into the space.

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#6 – “A place for everything, and everything in its place”

Taking a little time to put things back after you have used them will save so much time in the long run – and keep your home tidy!

If you allocate a place for every different thing in your home then you are much more likely to be able to find it when you need it, and the home will run more smoothly as a result.

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#7 – Keep like with like

….. and keep them where they are most needed

For example  – house all your DVDs in a cupboard next to the TV – then they are in the place where they are required, and are all together which makes finding them and tidying them away much easier.

If everyone in the house knows where to go to find a specific item, then they can get things done more quickly.

If however, all the DVDs for example, are dotted around the house – how frustrating will it be each and every time you want to watch one?!

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#8 – Creating new habits is key

21 is roughly how many times you need to do something to make it a habit (going by this, I always suggest trying something for a full month before deciding if it works for you or not.

However do what works for you – some people take almost twice as long to pick up new habits. You need to know yourself!

Habits are what run our lives – from the moment we wake to the moment we fall asleep. We do things in certain orders each day, whether we are aware of it or not, and simply working out these habits and altering them slightly can make a world of difference.

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#9 – Use systems that work for you

If you like to see things around you, don’t go for a system that tells you to have everything hidden away in drawers – you simply won’t keep to it.

If you like things hidden away, then a large noticeboard in the kitchen for your stray paperwork will annoy you more than help.

Know your organising personality and work with that to create an organised home specific for you and your needs.

This site will give you many ideas for organising systems and methods that are based on lots of research and application, but it is completely up to you in the end how you do things.

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10 organising tips you need to know - which do you use?#10 – Organising is a journey

Don’t try to implement dozens of ideas at once or you’re bound to fail. Its like a diet where if you take away everything you love you won’t be able to stick to it.

If you remember that organising is a journey to continue on over the years then you will be able to make small changes as time goes on that will make all the difference to how to get yourself organised.

Start small, build your confidence and you will be bitten by the organising bug before you know it!

 

Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear them so please leave a comment below….

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