Friday, 17 April 2015

Top tips to help lead an organised life

There's nothing more I love than setting a day aside to be by myself and organise my life. I don't know what it is but sometimes I just feel all over the place, so a good old sort out always puts my mind at ease and everything feels a little more manageable. There are various little things I do that help towards feeling back in control. Here are my top tips that will hopefully help you too. 



1. Buy a notebook and make lists...
Give me a nice notepad and pen over a new mobile phone any day. I am the stationery queen. There really is nothing more rewarding than a visual aid which you can use ongoing and tick off once tasks are completed, a clear way to see you are making progress.
2. Clear out your wardrobe/drawers...
I am forever in the mindset that I need to have less stuff! Every day I see another item of clothing/shoes/jewellery I know I will never wear again. My mind questions 'what if I need it for...' and I never get rid of anything. It has to be a brutal kind of day where I just think sod this, if I clear out and send plenty of things to the charity shop I can reward myself with new things. Not only do I feel good about doing my bit for charity but a wardrobe cleanse sends me into a state of serenity. Try to adopt the 'if you haven't worn or used it in 6 months, get rid of it' rule.
  
3. Match your underwear...
In theory this doesn't always work, you want to wear your nice frilly pants but your fitted top just isn't going to accommodate a frilly bra underneath. A good tip is to buy generic coloured underwear (black, cream, white) so you can match the colours and it doesn't matter so much if the styles differ slightly. It's no different for the boys, get your socks and undies coordinated! When my undergarments match, those are the days I really feel like I've got it together.
4. Revise your diary...
Sometimes it's good to take 5 minutes and look at what you've got going on over the next couple of weeks. It will not only jog your memory and therefore you won't miss anything important but also ensure you don't commit to too much at once. Colour coding is a brilliant tip, I have certain colours for different things, gold is birthdays, purple is information, green is events.
5. Get your car washed...
Clean car, clean mind. Getting into a lovely shiny, tidy car in a morning is bliss and sets me up just right for the day. However let's face it, washing and hoovering out a car is no fun (although very satisfying if you're into that kind of thing), so I hold my hands up to admitting I take it to be cleaned. There are lots of inexpensive places that do great deals, then whilst you wait, there's plenty of time to sort out steps 4 and 6... Bonus!
  
6. Clean up your inbox...
Spam is the bane of my life, in fact I can't think of a single person who enjoys receiving 34 useless emails each day. The way I usually solve this problem is by not solving it at all and just ignoring them, only to go back to my inbox a few days later and find 160 unread emails. Taking time out to delete these (blocking them where possible) and sort your inbox into manageable folders is another really useful step. It allows you to locate important emails in a flash and just looks more... Organised!
7. Make your bed...
Sounds so simple doesn't it? I can't tell you the amount of mornings my alarm goes off and 5 minutes more snoozing seems like a better idea than fluffing the pillows, straightening the duvet and replacing the trillion cushions I have on the bed. Is 5 minutes longer in bed really going to make much difference to how alert you will be throughout the day? No. Whereas a well made bed is going to satisfy you there and then as well as at the end of the day when you return home.
8. Tidy out your bag...
Whether it's your handbag, work bag or gym bag. Chances are there is going to be things in there you didn't even know you owned! I always have a smaller pouch inside to keep some essentials (pen, hand sanitiser, moisturiser, chewing gum, paracetamol) so they aren't just floating around. A bag with a separate side compartment for your phone is always handy. Make sure your purse is the place you keep spare change and receipts and not just throw them in only to find a small fortune at the bottom of your bag one day.  
 
  

9. Pamper yourself...
This can be something as simple as a quick trip to Lush to buy a bath bomb and a face mask for that evening, digging out my gel nail kit for a mani/pedi or even just applying some fake tan. For some reason, taking a bit more time for myself with some pampering just makes the days flow better and all in all I feel more put together.

10. Delegate...
I am forever trying to complete every task by myself. I'll be the first to admit it's a control thing. I'm no good when I'm not in control of a situation and am a firm believer in 'if you want a task doing, then do it yourself'. Having said that, when you're super busy and stressing because you can't get everything done, it's good to be able to take people up on their offer of a little help. This could be something simple like taking a parcel to the post office or picking up your dry cleaning.
Hopefully these tips will help you in the quest for a life of controlled OCD :-)


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