Has it been one of those weeks?
You know, the ones where you barely have time to go to the bathroom let alone work out how to get your life together?!
Yep? I know how you feel! I seem to be constantly chasing my tail and wishing I had more time to sort my home, get myself organised and get on top of life in general. This being a grown up thing is hard work!
Here are my top 10 organising tips for getting organised and staying organised when life gets busy.
Prepare and plan ahead to stay organised
The best trick to staying organised when life gets busy is to be ahead of the game.
Sit down before the week starts and plan out your schedule. Note what your busiest days are likely to be and plan ahead for them. Consider cooking and freezing some meals. Or pre-making lunches, even just freezing some sandwiches ahead of time can make a difference on those busy mornings.
Don’t leave it to the morning to get organised
Mornings are busy and crazy, and if you have kids then getting out the door is near impossible some days!
Try to minimise what needs to be done in the morning by getting things organised the night before. Choose clothes and have them out and ready to go, pack bags and lunches so that all you need to do in the morning is grab and go. I’ve even been known to get the cereal and bowls out the night before!
I sing the praises of meal planning on a pretty regular basis. It really is such an easy way to get organised, save time and save money. Meal planning really doesn’t take long but it means you have one less thing to worry about at the end of a busy day. You can check our lots of meal planning ideas here.
Be realistic & prioritise
Pick your battles. Take shortcuts. You just can’t do it all! Choose what really matters and do that. Don’t beat yourself up over the things you can’t keep on top of.
I’m yet to hear of a child that died from eating breakfast for dinner every now and again, and the world isn’t likely to end if the floor isn’t mopped this week.
Cut yourself some slack and be realistic about what can be achieved in the time you have available.
Keep on top of clutter
It’s no secret that I am a fan of decluttering. I’ve even written a book on how clutter creates chaos and tidy transforms! Try to reduce the amount of “stuff” that makes its way into your home. The less clutter you have the easier it is to stay organised and keep your house under control. Declutter daily rather than letting it build up.
Get the kids on board
Don’t do it all! I know it can sometimes be quicker to just jump in and get it done yourself but you are setting yourself up for disaster. Get the kids on board, set them tasks to complete, make sure they know this is a busy time and you really need their help. Bribe them if you have to, just get them to help 😉
Get up earlier
I am so reluctant to write this one down as I am NOT a morning person. For me, this would be my very last option for getting organised, but I know for many people getting up earlier in the morning is a great way to stay organised and get a head start on the day. Give it a try and see if it works for you. Make sure you get an early night to ensure you get enough sleep.
Don’t overthink it… Just do it!
When your to do list is so long you don’t know where to start it can be easy to get in a rut and give up. Don’t let overwhelm prevent you from starting or getting things done. Don’t overthink what needs to be done or look at the huge total and give up. Just jump in, start somewhere and do it!
Turn off technology
It never ceases to amaze me how much more time is available when we turn technology off. It’s not just the distractions but also the constant noise. It bombards our minds and adds to our overwhelm. Make it a habit not to turn the TV on in the morning and avoid checking your phone as soon as you wake up. Turn off technology and you might just find you aren’t as busy as you first thought!
Look after yourself
It’s easy to neglect your own needs when life gets busy. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating well and looking after yourself. If you don’t look after yourself, you won’t be as productive and it will be harder to stay organised and keep on top of things.
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