When you’re a kid, life seems so simple. You drop your shoes wherever you please, you get all your toys out and someone else clears them up, mom packs your suitcase whenever you went anywhere and life was just taken care of. But then you hit full-on adulthood and everything becomes so hectic. It becomes one giant, disorganized mess where everything happens all at once and you get left feeling totally disorientated.
The point is: we could all do with a little help when it comes to organizing our lives. There’s no ifs or buts on that one. Yes, it might be a bit of a chore up front, but taking that hit and staying organized will make your life so much easier in the long run. That’s a promise.
So, without further ado, here are some amazing ways to stay a little more organized moving forward:
- Start Writing Things Down
Whether you carry a physical notepad in your bag or you just start using the notes app on your phone, there is no excuse for not writing stuff down anymore. Trust us, it will take the headache out of trying to remember things. It could be your to-do lists, birthdays, appointments or any number of things. Put them all somewhere you can look back at them anytime.
- Always Do A Back-Up
Technology is the greatest invention of all time until it isn’t. That’s why you need to get into the habit of backing up your computer files, making duplicates of your important documents, getting another set of keys cut, scanning your IDs, passports, bank details, and payslips from your paystub generator, and then putting all of these in one safe place. Life will be a lot less stressful if you do this. If you’re not sure how to go about scanning certain documents, have a look at something like FileCenter’s tutorial on scanning documents into word so you’re able to digitally back-up your most important paper documents.
- Everything Has A Place
Put everything in its place. That’s what my dear old grandma used to always tell me, and it’s been a lifesaver. It’s about having a place for everything and remembering to put it all back (instead of being lazy). Your clothes, wrapping paper, kids toys, cleaning products, spices, everything. Organise your life by putting everything in its place and, who knows, maybe even labeling things a little bit better too.
- Leave Each Room Ready
This may sound like a lot of hard work, but it only takes a couple of minutes maximum. All you need to do is spend 120 seconds quickly organizing and tidying whatever room you have been in when you leave it. It could be straightening the cushions, folding the blankets and popping the remotes back on the coffee table in the living room, or making the bed and going through your mess-pile-chair when you leave the bedroom. Whatever room is in question, it’s a great habit to get into.
- Donate And Then Buy
Clutter comes from hoarding stuff we don’t need or use anymore. So the next time you see something you want to buy, make sure you donate something old or something you don’t use to make space for it. It will transform your life.