Category: Organising Tips
BE Design Lume Coat Rack
Make room in your overstuffed wardrobe for your lovely new gifts by sorting through all your clothes and putting aside those that no longer flatter or fit to donate to charity.
Linea 1 Paperback Shelf
If you are a book lover who received lots of new reads then take the books you won’t read again to the charity shop and invest in a cool bookcase to keep all your books on display in one place.
Pottinger & Cole Magi Magazine Holder
Chuck out all the Christmas catalogues and invest in a gorgeous magazine rack to keep your coffee table and living room clear of clutter.
Mifuko Kiondo Baskets
To accommodate all those toys and books your children received for Christmas, weed out the toys and games they have outgrown and offer to friends or relatives with younger kids.
Knock Knock Note to Self Jumbo Sticky Pad
Get a “To Do” Notepad and get writing. It’s very satisfying ticking items off your list. Update this properly once a week.
Design Ideas Simple Structure Letter Tray
Start as you mean to go on in your home office and instigate a filing system with a two tier in tray – one for household paperwork and the other for work documents.
Design Ideas Frisco Document Box
The new school term will mean lots of paperwork coming your way! Use a different magazine file for each child to store school forms and information. Get a matching document box to store away the hundreds of pieces of artwork that come home with them.
Put all your Christmas decorations in a couple of plastic lidded boxes that are dust proof and waterproof and store away in the garage, attic or basement, freeing up valuable cupboard space. Group the tree decorations together in one box and remaining decorations in the other.
Kann Design Fidar Sideboard
You can sell off your old DVD’s and make some cash – stop buying them in future by signing up to Netflix or similar, thus creating drawer space in your living room. Find a cool sideboard to house away all your media stuff.
Trust me, you don’t need to bring nearly as much as you think. Lay everything out on your bed a day or two before travel and then gradually take half away – you don’t need all that stuff! Use a packing list and stick to it, this will also stop you stressing that you have forgotten something.
Knock Knock Pack This Pad
If you travel regularly, keep a set of basics in your travel bag. Include ear plugs, medicines, sleep mask, hand sanitiser, essential lavender oil and travel size toiletries. Keep a ’round the world’ adaptor rather than one suited for the country you are going to.
Pick clothes in two to three colours only, then a small number of clothes can be mixed and matched to create a different look every day. I always pack indigo, white and cerise. You can add extra colour with scarves and accessories.
Lots of layering options reduces the need to pack lots of warm clothes. Camisoles, short and long sleeved t shirts will take up little space and a cashmere jumper or cardigan is the perfect final layer and you can wear it travelling along with a jacket and your heaviest shoes
Roll stuff, don’t fold it-rolled clothes are less likely to wrinkle and take up less space. Fold all clothes in half, then roll and pack in layers. The exceptions to this are jackets and dresses that can just be folded in half. Pack shoes round the side of the case and fill with underwear and socks.
It will be incredibly easy to find things in your case if you use travel pouches for specialist items like electrical chargers, lingerie, swimsuits. We like Flight 001 travel organisers as they are waterproof and machine washable and come in their own pouch that can also be used to store small essentials.
Flight 001 Beachwear Bag
Pure cotton Hamman towels are fantastically versatile and lightweight and can be used as a sarong, wrap, towel or picnic blanket. They also dry really quickly.
A little white dress will go with everything and can be dressed up or down with a scarf, jewellery and metallic sandals or heels.
A small clutch bag can be used to transport jewellery and then as a bag at your destination. It needs to be just big enough for a phone, currency, cards and your passport.
Lacambra Wristlet Wallet
Ziplock bags and clear travel cosmetic bags are perfect for separating liquids from the rest of your luggage to avoid spills ruing your clothing.
Flight 001 Quart Bag
Downsize everything-decant all your favourite toiletries into small containers and use mini versions you have picked up at hotels on other trips. Airport pharmacies always have a great selection of travel minis too.
Bring only one pair of high heeled shoes in a neutral colour like tan or metallic that will go with everything. One pair of flip flops, one pair of sandals and a really comfortable pair like converse for walking and travelling.
Download guidebooks and general reading onto your ipad or a kindle to save space and weight.
Always pack at least one scarf and travel wearing one. They can dress up an outfit, add warmth at night, help cover up in more conservative destinations and serve as a pillow on the plane.
If like me you need a room to be very dark to sleep well, pack a few wooden clothes pegs to hold curtains together and also to hang small thing to dry off a hanger.
Make your luggage noticeable with a bright luggage strap or tag so that you can find it easily at the airport. Keep your passport and ticket and travel documents to hand in a travel organiser that is easy to find in your bag.
Marks Tokyo Travel Organiser
Nearly everywhere you go will have most things you really need so you can buy something if you are stuck, enabling you to make sure your trip is filled with experiences rather than clutter! Happy Travelling
A: Act now to get organised –don’t procrastinate
B: Buy less buy better
C: Containerise – store like with like in matching containers
D: Declutter – you can’t organise properly until you get rid of stuff
E: Eliminate the unloved things and display the treasured
F: File don’t pile – keep on top of paperwork as it comes in.
G: Give the things you no longer use or love to charity or friends
H: Home – organise and love the home you are in
I: Identify – wherever possible label the contents of boxes, containers and folders
J: Judgement – use your judgement to prioritise your possessions
K: Knowledge – know what methods of organising will fit your lifestyle
L: Lists – never underestimate the power of a to do list
M: Motivation – once you get started the results will motivate you to continue
N: Negativity – clutter has a negative effect on your health and wellbeing
O: Organisation – reduces stress and will save you time and money
P: Plan in the time to get organised and a reward on completion
Q: Quality not quantity will simplify your life
R: Room by room-is the best way to break tasks down
S: Storage products will help you stay organised
T: Turn your clutter into cash on ebay or Gumtree
U: Utilise neglected wall space with beautiful shelves or storage cabinets
V: Visualise yourself in an organised home
W: Write a plan and act on it
X: X marks the spot-pick a room and begin
Y: You deserve an organised living space to relax in
Z: Zone the areas of your home and store things near where you use them
Getting organised allows you to breathe better
If your home is cluttered this generally means that it also needs cleaning. It is very difficult to clean around clutter. Allergies can also be triggered by dust and this can affect overall health. When you reduce clutter you can clean your home quickly and easily and maintain a healthy environment for the whole family.
Getting organised reduces stress
If you regularly waste time trying to find things you have mislaid, catching up on tasks you have fallen behind on or searching for clothes in the morning, then your stress levels and blood pressure will be high. When you are organised you give your mind and body the chance to relax and de-stress.
Getting organised creates time to exercise
We all would love to achieve optimum health and this includes time to exercise. When you are organised you can easily build exercise into your daily routine. In addition to this, decluttering and organising uses up energy and adds to your overall wellbeing.
Getting organised creates time to eat healthily
You may feel that you are time poor and so rely on ready meals and convenience food and longterm this is a big risk to your health. When you are organised you will have created more time to eat well balanced homemade healthy food.
Getting organised reduces accidents
When your home is disorganised you are at much higher risk of a fire (papers and magazines), spills (there is nowhere to set a cup down) an unexpected fall (tripping over stuff on the floor). When you are organised your home will be a safer and more welcoming place to be in.
Getting organised can make you and other happier
Being disorganised can adversely affect those around you – like family and friends. Perhaps your children are regularly late for school because your schedule is chaotic and you are always running behind time. Your partner may find it increasingly stressful to live with someone disorganised. These types of problems are a constant source of tension. Very serious relationship problems can evolve from being disorganised. When you are organised you and the people around you will spend less time stressed and arguing and more time feeling relaxed and happy.
Have you ever wondered why some people’s homes appear to be so well organised when you struggle on a daily basis to find your possessions or tick things off your To Do List? Read the top habits of highly organised people so that you too can lead a simpler, less stressful life!
1. They have a place for everything. Every item they own has an assigned home. Light bulbs live in the utility room, toys in the playroom, paperwork in the home office.
2. They store like with like. Grouping and storing objects together makes it easy for anyone in the house to find things. Wherever possible they also logically store items in the rooms in which they are used.
3. They put things back. Whenever they have finished with a belonging they immediately return it to it’s assigned home. There are no temporary storing areas – it is simply put back right away where it belongs. This way clutter never builds up.
4. They don’t procrastinate. When something has to be done, organised people schedule in time to do it. They know that the more they delay, the more likely deadlines with be missed and opportunities will pass them by.
5. They write things down. Organised people don’t try to remember everything they have to do in their heads. They make lists and notes and keep these in one place such as a notebook or planner or on their computer. More importantly they reference their notes and lists on a daily basis and tick off tasks as they are completed.
6. They don’t allow papers to pile up. Papers are filed every day and mail is opened over the waste paper basket so that unnecessary papers don’t have a chance to multiply. Magazines and newspapers are read and recycled.
7. They set goals and assign deadlines. To get tasks finished on time they devise a realistic date and timeline for completion. They set goals and dedicate time each day to work on achieving them. Then they can review what they have accomplished and feel the psychological reward.
8. They only keep items they use or love. Organised people don’t want anything that doesn’t have a useful or pleasurable purpose in their lives taking up space. By editing their possessions and simplifying their environment they benefit from a lighter feeling and can enjoy the calm organised space that is their home.