Friday, 9 February 2018

10 ways to be more organised.

With life getting more and more hectic these days, you might be finding yourself wanting to get a bit more organised. Here are a few tips that may help you...

Declutter

Before you can properly start to organise your life, you need to sort through all the things you don't need, wear or use and throw them away.

Make checklists and schedules

A fantastic way to be more organised is with schedules and checklists. Write up weekly schedules for everyone in your home and keep them in one location, like a home command centre. Keeping to your own schedule also helps create a habit which eventually evolves into a routine and you'll soon find your breezing through each day. 

Checklists are handy for all sorts of things; housework to be done on certain days, what goes in your gym bag, information for babysitters and so on. Make sure to update your checklists regularly and keep them in a safe, easy to find location. Your home command centre is perfect for this.

Write a to-do list each night

We all do it, mentally compile a list of things we need to do the next day; make lunch, put bins out, wash the dog etc, but come the following morning, we've forgotten at least half the items on our lists. Write them down! Keep a pen and pad beside your bed and write everything down before your go bed each night. This way you won't forget all those little odd tasks that need doing.


Make a home command centre

A home command centre is an excellent way to keep yourself and your family organised. Simply pick a wall in your home and decorate it in a way that displays all important information. A home command centre could include things like a calendar, weekly schedules, meal plans, shopping lists, chore lists, reward charts, important contact information and so on. That's the brilliance of a home command centre, it can be tailor made by you, to suit your needs. Have them as big or as little as you want, whatever works for you. Here are a few home command centre ideas to give you some inspiration. 


Set up direct debits

Pay your bills utilities, phone bill, council tax, credit cards etc by direct debit. By setting up a direct debit, you don’t have to worry about when your bills are due as the correct payment will come out automatically on a set date. This also means won't miss any payment dates. Paying on time helps avoid being hitting by those pesky interest charges. Also many utility/phone companies offer a small discount when you pay by direct debit, so you're actually saving money by using this payment method. Win, win!

Plan your meals

Stop standing in front of your empty fridge, wondering what to have for dinner each night. Instead sit down every Sunday night and plan out your meals for the following week. Keep your weekly meal plan next to your shopping list. Buy what you need to cook each meal and you'll never struggle at meal times again.

Shop Online

Following off the last point, doing your grocery shopping online will not only save you time, but it'll also save you money. We all do it, shop when we're hungry and buy more than we need to. Or get drawn in by all the sale items at the end of the aisles and spend more money than we budgeted for. You can avoid all this by shopping online. Once you've written out your meal plan for the week, take it and your shopping list and log onto your preferred supermarkets website. You can book a slot to have your groceries delivered to your home or some places also offer click and collect so you can pick them up on your way home from work.

Eat breakfast

Age old saying; "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Low blood sugar causes you to have problems concentrating, thinking straight and remembering things. Skipping breakfast leaves you feeling more drained and lacking energy throughout the day. Eating a healthy breakfast consisting of protein like eggs or slow-release carbs like porridge, will help you feel more energised throughout the morning but also help you mentally get through all your daily tasks.

Get enough sleep

Getting at least seven hours sleep each night followed by a healthy breakfast is the best way to help you get through each day. The amount of sleep you get, impacts your mood significantly and the less you get, the less likely you'll want to complete daily tasks eg; cooking dinner, doing laundry, cleaning the house etc. Getting at least seven hours a night will not only leave you feeling more energetic during the day but it will also help you feel happier.

Organise your year

The best way to achieve this is with a neat little filing system. Get 12 manilla folders and write a different month on each one. Attach a monthly calendar to the inside and write down all important dates such as birthday, anniversaries, holidays, school trips etc. Then keep anything relevant in the folder eg. cards, brochures, tickets, permission slips. You can plan out and prepare for most your year and never have to worry about forgetting an important date again!

If you have any other ideas or tips on how to get more organised, please share them in the comments section below.

Until next time,
Alli xo
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