Staying organised in our daily lives is no easy task. Despite attempts on absorbing tips from renowned Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo, it’s admittedly still a challenge to keep things prim and proper when life gets hectic. To get you started on KonMari-ing your life, here are some organisational habits that you can easily integrate into your daily routine.
#1 Keep Your Living Space Clean With A Weekly Schedule
It can often be quite exhausting to have just one cleaning day scheduled every few months. Instead of having to spruce up the room at one go, distribute these tasks with a weekly cleaning schedule. From rearranging the books on your shelves to giving your study desk a wipe down, having a weekly timetable helps you to set aside adequate time to organise your home without having to procrastinate. The duration doesn’t have to be a long one either; carving out one to two hours a week is good enough to get yourself familiarised with this good habit.
#2 Donate Items That Don’t Spark Joy
Do you find your closet cluttered with clothes that you only seem to wear once, or your shelves filled with unread books that are collecting dust? If your answer is ‘yes’, then it’s highly likely that you are taking up space with items that you are no longer interested in or have no practical use for. Spend some time going through the clutter, and pick out stuff that literally don’t make you happy anymore, to donate or sell. If it feels like too much work at one go, start small by throwing one item out every day until you can no longer find any more things to get rid of.
#3 Minimise Your Digital Inbox
If you enjoy keeping up with the latest trends, then you’re most probably someone who subscribes to a number of newsletters. Despite your initial efforts in keeping up with your favourite brands, it’s inevitable to miss a couple of them especially when they have a habit of sending more than one newsletter every month. In such a scenario, employing the use of a stringent criteria for the content you want for your digital inbox is greatly beneficial. In addition to ensuring enough space for important emails, you wouldn’t feel the stress of a seemingly endless amount of unread emails. So if you haven’t read a single email from a particular brand in a while, it’s time to hit that unsubscribe button!
#4 Be Aware Of Expired Food
Due to the hectic schedule we all face every day, it’s difficult to keep track of the perishables that sit in our kitchen. While it’s always tempting to leave it to someone else in the family to handle, part of developing organisational skills is to put it to good use. Simply spare 15 minutes of your day per week to take a look at the items in the kitchen, and toss out any expired food you may find. This helps to rid the cabinets of unnecessary clutter and make room for fresh, new supplies. Your folks will thank you for this!
#5 Organise Your Weekend
Create a list of activities that you are interested in trying out, which will come in handy when you are stuck with a plan-free and boring weekend. Having a curated list of to-dos will not only guarantee an enjoyable weekend, but it will also help prevent you from wasting precious time on decision-making.
#6 Plan Your Outfit For The Next Day
Rather than feeling flustered and rushed to get yourself ready for school or work, prep things beforehand so you will feel more orderly and efficient to take on the day’s activities. By planning your outfit the night before, you won’t be wasting your morning away staring blankly at your closet, which leaves you with more time to clock in more sleep or eat a proper breakfast.
#7 Spring Clean Your Wallet
One of the best and quickest ways to start becoming more organised is decluttering your wallet. Whenever you find yourself with some downtime, be it on the commute back home or in front of the TV after dinner, use it to clear your wallet of unwanted mess in three easy ways: file away receipts that you would like to keep before recycling the rest; go through your reward cards to make sure the ones you often use are prominent in your wallet; and remove half the amount of coins for safe storage in a jar or other designated containers in your home, because there’s simply no need for you to carry around all that extra weight.
#8 Manage Your Life With A Bullet Journal
For the uninitiated, a bullet journal is a great way to make lists and take notes in a fully customisable way that tailors to your needs. As an alternative to information being recorded in five different places, this mindful practice allows you to record them all in one place. It really doesn’t take much to get started; all you need are some writing tools plus a notebook, and you’re all set! Colourful pens such as Pentel’s Hybrid Milky, Watercolour Sticks and Brush Sign Pen are good options to have on hand, especially when it comes to decorating the pages of your personalised bullet journal.
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