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9 AMAZINGLY EFFECTIVE WAYS TO STAY ORGANISED FOR LIFE

So – you’re sorted!. You’ve decluttered and organised things so that your home is supporting how you live, and your life is as easy as it can be.

The question that I get asked a lot from readers at this stage is – “How can you keep it that way – How can you stay organised for life?”

After all – it’s taken a long time to get to this point.

Ways to stay organised for life

Organising is not a quick fix by any means, and the last thing you want is to let it all slide back to the old way you had it and have to start again from scratch.

So – what’s the trick? 

I wanted to look today at the 9 things that you need to incorporate in your life in order to stay as organised as possible each and every day – for the long term.

Some of these are really quick fixes and habits that won’t take long to incorporate, and others are more lengthy tasks – but together they will ensure that you stay as organised as possible – whatever life throws your way.

So – let’s get going, shall we?

 

#1 – PUT THINGS AWAY – IN THE RIGHT PLACE!

The very first part of organising your home is to create a place for everything.

Creating a home plan will ensure that you use every inch of the space you have (whether small or large) to it’s maximum – and there should be nothing in your home after decluttering and moving things into their rightful places that doesn’t have a home.

{ EXTRA HELP – HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME WORK FOR YOU }

At this stage, the upkeep you need to make sure you stay organised and on top of things is quite simple – to always put things away where they belong once you have finished using them.

It may take a little effort to make this a habit, but once you have, it will be second nature and save so much time in the long run!

Getting into this habit (and making sure the rest of your family does the same) should ensure that your home stays tidy for the majority of the time – which leads me nicely onto the next tip…

 

#2 – CREATE A 10 MINUTE TIDY UP

I am a HUGE advocate of this simple trick as a way to ensure things stay as tidy as possible in your home and things don’t start to mount up (who wants piles of stuff everywhere again….?).

All you need to do pick some point in your evening and set a timer (oven timer works well!) for 10 minutes. Then, get everyone in the house to race around tidying as much as they can until the timer goes off.

This will have the effect of re-setting your home so that you can walk downstairs the next morning safe in the knowledge that you have a sort of clean slate and you can tackle the day without trying to catch up from yesterday.

 

#3 – CLEAN AS YOU GO

Another major time saver, and a way to stay on top of things is to clean as you go.

By this, I mean to always be looking for ways to make your actual cleaning jobs a part of your daily routines.

Some things I love to do are as follows: –

  • Use a squeegee in the shower** so that water marks are a thing of the past
  • Wipe down the bathroom surfaces after you use each morning and evening
  • Wipe down the kitchen surfaces each day
  • Make your bed
  • Tackle  a quick cleaning job in any pockets of time you have (waiting for the kettle to boil, you can clean the sink, for example)

Whatever you can do during your usual day will reap rewards for you week in, week out. Your home will always be pretty clean, and you will barely notice that you are doing half of these jobs because they will become ingrained habits – so you will feel like cleaning is a much easier task!

{ EXTRA HELP – SIMPLE HABITS OF PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS HAVE A CLEAN HOME}

 

#4 – PLAN YOUR DAY

Vital to staying organised, planning your day the night before will ensure that you can get as much done as you need to, and give you time to ensure you are ready to get going as soon as you wake up.

If you know what you are doing the next day with time to spare, then you have time to ensure the day will be as productive as possible, and that there won’t be any nasty surprises along the way.

For example: –

  • Checking your diary will ensure you know where you need to be and when, so you can plan the day effectively (and see if you have double booked while there’s still time to sort it out)
  • You will know what you need in terms of clothes and other items – so you can get these out and ensure they are ready for when you need them which will stop any mad rushing and stresses in the morning.
  • You can add in some of your TO DOs from your TO DO list into any time you have spare – so you will be able to progress with projects you have to do, and get more out of the day.
  • You can identify where you need to be spending more or less time – maybe you are neglecting one area – as this will become more apparent because you are being proactive rather than reactive to your time.
  • You know where you will be at any given time, so you can schedule in errands that need to be done in those areas which will save you time and extra unnecessary journeys later.

 

#5 – PLAN YOUR WEEK

Going one step further than just planning your day the night before, you can do an overview of the week ahead at the start of each week. This will ensure that: –

  • Any cards / presents are posted in plenty of time for events and Birthdays
  • Meals are planned ahead of time, and shopping can also be planned accordingly
  • You have an overview of the week ahead, and can see whether things have been planned OK, and whether you need to do anything for any of the upcoming events.

{ EXTRA HELP – 6 THINGS TO DO EVERY SUNDAY TO BE PREPARED FOR THE WEEK AHEAD }

 

 

Ways to stay organised for life - easy tricks and habits that can keep you organised once you have decluttered and organised your life and home to the way you want it.

Loads to think about – and I hope that some of these are things that you are doing already…

If they are, then pat yourself on the back to an already more organised life! – and if you’re not, then why not pick just one to try right now.

and of course – if you want even more inspiration then let’s get going to the last 4 things to do to stay organised – can you guess what any of them may be….?

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4 Responses to 9 AMAZINGLY EFFECTIVE WAYS TO STAY ORGANISED FOR LIFE

  1. Vicky Jul 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    I’m great at lists but don’t get them done! Help

    • Chrissy Halton Jul 12, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      Hi Vicky – it’s a difficult one for sure! – I would say to write your lists into how long they would take – so when you have 5 minutes you can easily tick off a couple of two minute jobs. Once you get momentum going then you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done. Hope this helps x

  2. Shirley Grant Jul 3, 2017 at 7:00 am #

    Thank you very much for your helpful comments and category organisers, they will be most helpful.

    • Chrissy Halton Jul 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

      I’m so pleased they’re helping Shirley! x

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