In this post I’ll talk about organising your life and will share tips that will make it easier to organise your life.
Does you life feel all over the place? Do you ever wonder what it’d take to get it together and keep it that way? I mean, Raise your hand if you can’t find your keys every time before you have to step out of the house? Or if every time you need something, you have to look through drawers full of “stuff”.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you knew EXACTLY where things were. Imagine how much mental space it’d free up and how much time and energy you’d end up saving. Imagine your baby asking you for something and you peacefully walking up to a drawer and taking it out and handing it to them, because you KNEW. Sounds like a dream right?
Having an organised home is half the battle won. The other half is of course simplifying your home and setting up systems.
And if you feel like you’ve simplified as much as possible, the you need some organisation in your life. And we’ll go over all the areas that you need to organise to begin with:
#1: Your Fridge:
I had to start with your refrigerator, because we all use it multiple times a day and I absolutely hate food going to waste. Not having an organised fridge simply means you have no idea what fruits and vegetables you have at hand, no idea of what leftovers are there.
And that means you end up wasting food. The veggies go bad before you’ve had a chance to cook them, or you buy more simply because you didn’t know you already have it.
It goes hand in hand with meal planning and meal prepping as well. When you plan in advance and buy groceries accordingly, there is less chance of things going to waste. And that’s where having an organised fridge works beautifully. And by organising, I simply mean knowing where fruits go, where veggies go. And in one look you can make a list of things you have and things you need.
You don’t need any fancy organisers, simply make a place for things in your fridge. I have designated containers for curd, dough, cream, chillies, salad things and so on. Making a grocery list is such a breeze and I swear ever since I implemented these systems, not a single vegetable has gone bad.
#2: Your pantry:
How many times have you thought about making a recipe to find out that you have run out of one of the pantry ingredients. Or how many times have you thrown away things because they passed their expiry dates?
If you have faced either of the issues then you need to organise your pantry. And if you do not have one designated place for your excess groceries, then you need to organise even more so. Every month, make a list of things that you have in excess. I usually try to plan some meals around what we have in excess. This makes sure that nothing goes bad.
We don’t have a designated pantry space in our small apartment, but rather have 3 different containers that hold our excess groceries. But I no longer have to check all of them every week because I have organised them in such a way. One is for pulses and legumes. The second one if for things like besan, suji, oats, daliya, poha etc. And the third one is for spices and whole spices. And that’s it.
This system works for me. you need to find out what works for you. You may need to test a few to know what works best.
Do you get overwhelmed by the amount of content there is on your phone and you have no idea how to deal with all the digital clutter? Then you need to organise your phone. Make it a rule to go through your gallery every week and delete the things that you don’t need.
I go on and delete apps that I no longer use. I also delete a lot of photos and videos that I take through the week for reels but have no use for. This frees up the space in my phone storage but also makes it less overwhelming to look at.
#4: Your laptop/ I-pad:
If you use your laptop or I-pad for work, then you need to get it organised as well. Just like your phone, delete extra apps that you have or photos/videos or other data you no longer need.
I delete all the Pinterest pins that I have already pinned, every Sunday. I also check the downloads folder and delete everything that I no longer need. This takes a small time because I do it every week. this way it is not overwhelming to declutter as well.
#5: Your entry way:
If you are someone who can never find their keys and/or wallet while rushing out the door, the you definitely need to organise your entry way. Even if you don’t have a proper entryway, just a small little shelf will do.
We keep all our keys(that we use almost daily) in a small little box on a cabinet that’s near the main door. And in the top drawers we have our wallets and sun glasses and a few cloth bags in case we are going to get groceries.
This small little organisational set up was so easy to do and saves so much time and the mental load. Every time we have to head out, we’re no longer have to search the entire house for keys etc.
You could also do a couple of hooks for your bags and purses. Super easy to set up and just with a little effort looks good as well and does the job.
#6: Files and paper work:
This is probably the only thing that I hate the most when it comes to organising. That’s why Mr. Husband does it lol. But having your files and all the documents organised is so worth it.
You could do a binder system and have different categories like : Bank & financial, Bills of purchases, receipts, house related documents (like rent agreements or property tax etc) , your academic documents and then all the photocopies of the documents, passport size photos etc.
Having it all in one place is again such a time saver. No longer looking through different drawers to find a document when you need it.
Also, goes without saying, as important as it is to keep everything organised, it’s also important to declutter every now and then, otherwise they keep accumulating and turn into a big mess.
#7: Work Desk:
Having a clutter free and organised work desk will double your productivity. I am not kidding. Having all the things you need in one place and in reach makes you so much more productive. Especially when you work from home full time.
My work desk includes my laptop, charger, my journals etc and other stationery bits, my blue light glasses, a water bottle, a notepad, some healthy snacks and anything else I could probably need.
Having an organised space means you can focus on your work and not get up every 10 minutes when you need something.
#8: Your Counters:
If you dump everything on your kitchen counters the minute you come home and then they stay there for days, that needs to change. Having clean and organised counters is a game changer. I love doing a declutter and a tidy every night after putting the kids to bed.
It is also a great idea to organise your counters in a way that’s practical and functional rather than focussing on just the aesthetics part of it. Think about what use you have and plan and organise accordingly. It is a great idea to club things by categories. I have all my tea related things organised in one place.
I also highly recommend you to display things that you want to add to your diet like supplements etc. Make a designated space for them in a nice mini shelf system and put them on your counter where you can see them. This will make it so much easier to stay consistent with your positive habits.
If you have multiple planners and journals that you use, make sure to categorise and organise them. I have had to learn this the hard way. I usually have 4-5 planners and journals that I write in every single day. but that used to mean that the information was scattered all over. And making a system was essential for my sanity and for my planners and trackers to be effective.
And if managing multiple planners etc feels stressful and overwhelming, I highly recommend giving bullet journal a try. Don’t worry about decorating it like people do. Make simple functional layouts that help you get things organised in one place. I have been using BUJO for more than 5 years now and I love how it serves as my planner, journal, gratitude diary, reflections journal, all in one place.
You can customise and add pages according to what you need.
#11: Night stand:
The key to having a solid night routine is having organised night stand. I usually read a book, do my skin care etc, write in my Journal before bed. And having all these things in one place is a game changer.
On the flip side, having clutter on your night stand stresses me out before bed and it’s something i absolutely dislike. Also, there is no point in having a lamp fill your night stand if you don’t use the lamp ever. So make sure you are putting it to optimal use and organising it in a way that makes your life easier.
Having kids and going on day trips with them very often made me realise the importance of organising your car. Leaving the house with 2 small kids used to be a task. packing and unpacking the car used to take the most time.
But then we made some changes and make a few baskets that always stay in the car. One includes activities and books that the kids can play with or read while on the road. And the other has all the essentials like diapers, wipes, extra clothes, towels, tissues, packed snacks etc.
And that also made me question why didn’t I make some of these changes before having kids too. So organise your car if you use it often. It will make your life so much easier.
I had so much skin care that I used to never actually use. I used to buy more, something that I’d see online and then start using it, before ever finishing the previous product, even if that suits me. After all, how many face washes can one person use at one point in time. Same goes for things like serums, moisturisers etc.
A lot of my expensive skin care products would even go to waste past their expiration dates. But then I organised my vanity and skin care storage drawers.
Simply toss anything that’s past expiration date and check dates and then label the sequence in which you’ll use them. Also, keep all your products organised in one place. Before buying any new products, make a pact that you will only ever buy a new one, when you’ve finished one. So no new face creams before you empty at least one that you already have,
#14: Your Junk drawer:
Don’t tell me you don’t have one. Every house has one drawer that stores a bunch of random things that are used every now and then.
All these things can’t be categorised with anything else. And it looks like it is a junk drawer, but it in fact has some of the most essential items like extra batteries, extra set of keys, air pump, extra bulbs etc, First aid kit etc.
And that’s why you need to get it organised even more. Having it organised will help you find the things in the right place when you need them.
#15: Your wardrobe:
No organising blog post can ever be complete without me mentioning that you need to organise our wardrobe. if you, like the past me, only ever wear the same 4-5 outfits, you need to organise even more.
When you have a nicely organised wardrobe, you will be more likely to try different outfits just because they’re right in front of you. Having everything organised also makes it so much easier to actually find the clothing item you are looking for.
#16: Storage room/cupboard:
I kept the most important one for the last. Having an organised storage room makes life 10x easier, no jokes! I am kind of thankful that we don’t have a big storage space in out apartment. Because having more storage simply means having more clutter.
We tend to keep the things we KNOW we won’t need, but *Just in case*. And thus our storage rooms or cupboards end up with the most amount of clutter. And when you have not decluttered or organised it in a while, you even tend to forget what all you have and where.
Organising everything in big bins and labelling them is the best way to go about it, if you have the space. before organising thought, you’d have to declutter, of course.
So get right into it. It will definitely be the biggest project of all. try to make categories and club things together. Also make s list of things you are putting in each bin and stick it on top of it so you know what’s inside.
There you have it. 16 areas of your life that you need to organise as soon as possible. Which one will you start with?