That is such a scary word, don’t you think? Organization. Before I had a baby I was so organized. I lived by my diary, I got all my feelings out in a journal like a 12-year-old girl, I had lists and reminders and it worked.
Then the baby came along.
At the worst time imaginable, my organization skills went drastically downhill. I hope my tips can help you sort things out ready to take on 2016 in a stress free manner!
1. Make sure your living space is clutter free. Whether it’s a single room, an apartment or a mansion, make sure the space you live in is tidy and organized. Then you’re already half way there! Nothing fries my brain more than things not being in their place.
2. Get a journal that actually has space for you to write things, so, you need a journal with a weekly view or daily page. Daily pages are great if you have lots of things that need to be noted down everyday, such as: pay days, outgoing money, appointments, work shifts for you and other family members, day care arrangement, school commitments and after school clubs if your children are older. If everything is written down you can easily access this every morning and you know exactly where you need to be and at what time. That takes one stress off your shoulders because you won’t be as worried about time keeping.
3. Get a whiteboard. I have magnetic whiteboard, I got it from eBay and it’s a lifesaver, especially for my other half who doesn’t use a journal – or look in mine. If he needs to know when I’m working he just looks at the board! Also, if I leave him with Oscar (our son) and he needs to remember anything specific, I can stick it on the board.
4. Get a notepad/book! Lists are my life! Sometimes I will list things in order of their priority so I can go down the list and tick them off and know that I’ve got all the important things done and out the way. Then, if something stops you from continuing down your list it won’t be terrible. Those last things can wait until you’ve napped!
5. Labels! In Oscar the baby’s nursery, all of his clothes have a place, all of his clothes are also folded the same way. Labelling the inside of the drawers was a great idea, because although I know where everything goes, Daddy doesn’t! It makes mornings and evenings a little bit quicker.
6. Lastly, throw things away. I have a habit of being a bit of a hoarder and it’s not good. I had a really good clear out the other day and filled a few black bags full of clothes that I don’t wear anymore. It felt so good – even if my wardrobe is basically empty now. I have a new excuse to go shopping!
I am always interested to see how other people organize and I’m always willing to try new things. Do you guys have any tips for me?