Friday, 2 June 2017

*From Organised MESS to organised GODDESS!



Being a libra, I love effortless organisation. Pretty notebooks, funky storage, to-do lists, planners, you name it, I’ll organise my ass off with it. I honestly find so much peace of mind out of being organised, it saves me time and it stops me turning into a big crazy stress ball. If you’re looking to get yourself organised then here’s a couple of jumping off points that I’ve found really helpful!

Start small

I am the worst in the world for saying I will do all the things today. I will tackle the 100 things on my to-do list! I tackle the first, it takes longer than expected, I get a call off my mum, I pop the kettle on, I grab some lunch, I look over my list, oh look, Netflix….then before I know it I’m going to bed and I’m fretting over the 99 other things I didn’t get done.

Sound familiar?

So instead of putting 100 things on my list, I put 3. I can easily tick 3 things off my list and if that’s the whole list? HELLO accomplishment! This box ticking euphoria usually leads to me adding a couple more things to my list, which get done seen as though I’m on this roll.

Do it DAILY

I try to make a to-do list everyday. It can be mundane things like getting the washing done to answering a certain e-mail or making holiday arrangements. Get into the habit of tackling your to-do’s everyday. Not only will you put a dent in your overall to-do’s, but you will get into the habit of doing things on certain days which leads to…

Make a plan and STICK to it

I always loved timetables when I was in school, I loved knowing what was coming next and where I was suppose to be. I’ve always done something similar in my adult life, be it blogging on certain days or having designated gym days. The same goes for everything else. For example, I know on the 1st of every month I sit down and sort out my finances. I try to do the washing on a Tue, Thur and Sun, and Sunday morning before the shopping comes, I clear out the fridge. I’ve been doing these things for so long that I don’t even need to put them on my to-do list anymore, they’re just ingrained into my regular routine!

Find a system that works for YOU

Bullet Journalling, daily planning, paper planning, using your phone, setting reminders, find a system that you click with! For me it’s daily planning using both paper and my phone. I do want to try bullet journalling though, I can’t stop looking at the pretty spreads people have created, and those daily habit trackers? They make my little organised heart sing!

Perpetual Organisation

This is a new thing for me and something that I’m really excited to get into! A single calendar that stays with you year after year. No more copying birthdays into your new diary every January, no excuse to forget an upcoming birthday or anniversary. One notebook (or wall calendar) and that’s it, simply updated as and when a new special date comes up! Hands down, this idea is totally inspired by too many Life Planner un-boxings that’s I’ve seen of late!

Try to organise projects by ROOM

I try to pick one particular room or area in the house each week and add a little something that needs sorting there to my to-do list a couple of times a week. For example, my wardrobe is in dire need of organising, from switching out my winter layers for summer pieces, to sorting my shoes and dealing with the accumulated junk on the top. So, one day I might just add remove winter clothes from wardrobe. Then the next day, add summer clothes to wardrobe. This breaks a big job up until several, manageable, mini-jobs, which is doable after a day in work and still leaves time for a Netflix and chill before bed!

DONT beat yourself up

Remember I talked about going to bed fretting about the 99 things I didn’t get done? That’s a huge no-no! So what if you didn’t get everything ticked off your to-do list? There’s always tomorrow. It is not worth beating yourself up over! I should know, I’m more guilty of this than I really want to admit! You’ve got to take organisation one day at a time, one project at a time. And what works for one person, might not work for you, and that’s OK too!

Have you ever thought about how your star sign affects your organisation habits? This inforgraphic from Furniture@Work has got some keen insights into that!




Are you an organised mess or an organised goddess?

Until next time, 




*This is a collaborative post. 

5 comments:

  1. I am a Libra like you and love to be organised but hate the actual organisation side of it. You've inspired me to buy (another) pretty notebook and leave it by my bed for a daily to-do list broken down into small steps. I loved this post!
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    1. You can NEVER have too many pretty notebooks if you ask me! And the prettier it is, the more likely I am to use it too! Glad you enjoyed the post! Happy organising!

      Sarah :)

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  2. I Love notebooks!! haha I had never considered what your organisational habits are in relation to your star sign! I'm Sagittarius and probably a bit of a hoarder!
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  3. Hi there Sarah!! My name is Kate, I'm currently twenty-two years old and I currently live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I've been a subscriber and reader of your blog for the past year-and-a-half and I've really enjoyed reading your content and I would like to mention that you're a really awesome writer. I was actually inspired by you and other successful bloggers to start my very-own blog, called Daily Kate, in March 2015; in the beginning, I really enjoyed writing on it because it served as my escape from the struggles and hardships that I was facing (and still continue to face, to this day), although I've been blogging for nearly two-and-a-half years, it still doesn't feel like I've been doing this for A WHOLE year because I felt very uninspired to write content for most of 2016 and within the last five months of 2017 because I've been SUFFERING HUGELY from writers' block, on top of dealing with all of the negativity that surrounded across my own social media platforms, and so, as a result of that, I temporarily disconnected myself from the Internet, in general except for FaceTime, Messenger and Skype because I use those for keeping in touch with my friends and family that I'm still in contact with...Your blog post, Sarah, couldn't have come at a better time for me and I wanted to thank you for the advice that you gave us, I'm excited to put ALL of your tips into practice as I slowly start to turn my life around because I've been dealing with A LOT OF HARDSHIPS over the past year, really. 2016 was a TERRIBLE year for me because I was dealing with not only negativity all across my own social media platforms, but I was also dealing with my mental health battle that had, unfortunately, spiralled out of control and it left me in a very rough state; as for the first five months (I can't even believe it!) of this year have been a rough start, too. I lost one of my older maternal second-cousins to cancer in February 2017, then of my best friends betrayed me by lying to me regarding a move that she's pursuing later on this year, and never told me about it, until March 2017 (she found out about her move in January 2017, and I haven't been able to trust her since) I then lost one of my godfathers also to cancer in April 2017, and last but not least, my paternal grandmother just two weeks ago, in May 2017. I've very slowly started to feel better over the past few days and after talking with some of my family members that know about my blog, I've been feeling that itch to start writing on it again, but I have absolutely NO IDEA where on earth to begin!!! What's your best advice that you would give newbie bloggers, like myself, who've taken an immense time off of their own blogs on where to start, what to talk about, etc... I personally enjoy writing about my own opinions and perspectives that I have on whichever topics that I find interesting, like stories on the news, for example. I have absolutely no idea what to do and I'm in a desperate need for some of your advice, please! �� I apologise for writing a novella comment, but I've never commented on your blog before and I wanted to share a condensed version of my current situation, to help explain to you, whenever you read and *hopefully* respond to this comment. I hope that you have a great weekend! ❤Kate

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  4. This is so helpful! I love writing lists and timetables too! Just helps me to give me the kick up the butt that I truly need. X

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