A-Z of Organisation Tips

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A. Alphabetise. This applies mostly to things such as files, schoolwork or piles of paper you have which are grouped together (such as recipes etc.)

B. Baskets. Even though I try to be organised (most of the time haha) there are times when I’m just not, or I just can’t be bothered to. Buying pretty baskets is a good way to be able to just chuck a load of things into one place without it looking messy or out of place. Think Monica in friends with her messy closet. I just have messy baskets.

C. Coordinate. This again applies mostly to things such as files and school work. Coordination is something I did with all of my notes when I was at school. You can coordinate things with colour or patterns.

D. Dispose. If you don’t want something or you’re not going to use it, either upcycle it, sell it, give it away or throw it away.

E. Evaluate. When you’re looking at the things you have and the things you’re organising, really evaluate whether you need them and whether you’re going to use it. If you haven’t made use of it in the last year, are you ever really going to?

F. Folders. I have a bit of an obsession with stationary, and definitely with folders.

G. Groups. Organised Groups of things of course. Sometimes, for example when you’re revising or doing taxes (not that that’s something I have too much experience in haha), it just isn’t too practical to keep taking things out of files and folders and putting them back in. At this point I think it’s a good idea to keep organised groups and piles to stop papers from haphazardly covering surfaces.

H. Hooks. This is a great storage solution for coats, jackets, scarves and bags to keep them off of the floor, and out of draws which can be use to hold other things.

I. Invent. In a few of these points I’ve mentioned going onto Pinterest or Youtube, but inventing your own new ways of organising is great too, and in some cases better because they’ll fit your specific needs more.

J. Jiffy. I’ll admit there aren’t too many organising terms I could think of beginning with the letter J. Jiffy works though. Jiffy meaning ‘in a jiffy’; to do something quickly.’ Putting off organising things only makes the whole thing seem like a bigger job than it needs to be.

K. Keep. I’ve talked a lot about throwing things away, but there are obviously times when keeping things is best, and beneficial. Make sure, especially when it comes to important files or schoolwork, to keep everything that you need, and keep it in order.

L. Label. This is an important one. Whether it be papers in a folder or storage boxes filled with possessions, labelling means you know where your things are, and you don’t have to unearth all of your careful organising in order to find things. Wherever possible I group things into categories and label them so I know what’s where.

M. Magazines. I’m a bit of a magazine hoarder. In order to organise though really evaluate whether you’re going to need them or read them again. Rip out pages you might want to keep for future reference. For those which you can’t part with, keeping them in a chest or draw is a good way to stop them seeming untidy.

N. Notes. This is more of a general life organisation one. Notes and lists are probably the only way I remember everything (or anything if we’re being honest.)

O. Optimise. Always be thinking about how you can optimise the space around you to make it more organised. Is there space for shelving? Could you order those papers more efficiently? Could you fit storage boxes under your bed?

P. Pinterest. If you ever feel particularly in the mood for some organisation DIY Pinterest is definitely the place to go. There are hundreds, probably thousands of specific organisation solutions there.

Q. Quickly. I always try to organise things quickly. If I take too long the motivation completely leaves me.

R. Regularly. The best way in my opinion to be properly organised is to do it regularly. As soon as I get a note, or a piece of paper, or even buy something new, I put it in a specific place instead of leaving it on a table of the floor. It seems nonchalant to just leave one thing for a bit until you get round to deal with it but eventually things build up until it gets a bit overwhelming.

S. Space. Making the most of your space is really handy. Whether it be draws, shelves or under bed storage, finding a way to organise your things and keep them specific places which don’t take up too much space and don’t turn into clutter is great.

T. Throw away. I’m a bit of a hoarder. I can find a reason to keep most things, but clutter is the most difficult thing to deal with when organising. If you get rid of the things you don’t need organising becomes so much easier and less overwhelming. Clear space, clear mind.

U. Upcycle. To “reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.” This is like killing two birds with one stone because you can often turn things you don’t use which are becoming clutter into objects which will help you organise, such as boxes, baskets or jars. There are lots of tutorials for these types of DIYs on Pinterest and YouTube.

V. Very fun. Organising is very fun. The alphabet is difficult and not very many organisation related words begin with V okay.

W. Wastebaskets. As they say, prevention is better than cure. Having bins in most rooms stops rubbish from being forgotten on sides and floors.

X. Wow I didn’t really think this alphabet thing through did I?

Y. Youtube. Similarly to Pinterest, YouTube is a really great place to go for DIYs to help with organisation.

Z. Zeal. Having a zeal for organisation definitely makes it easier. Things are always easier and more enjoyable when they’re things you want to do. Just think about how good you’ll feel when everything’s in order and organised.

Nicole x

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