When I was younger, you’d have never caught me colour-coordinating my Google Calendar. Probably because I had fuck all to remember, but mainly because I wasn’t an organised kid.
Now, however, staying organised and keeping my ducks in a row is a priority. People might call me OCD (a complete misunderstanding of what is actually a very serious mental illness) and some people probably think I’m a bit crazy. But what they don’t know is that organisation is my therapy. Keeping everything under control is how I maintain my happy and stress-free life.
Sometimes, however, no matter how much you try you just feel like your life is slowly falling apart and that you have no control over it.
Well, stop thinking like that. It only takes a few small adjustments to feel like the bad-ass, strong, independent adult that you secretly are. You’re welcome in advance.
1. Organise your inbox
Hear me out here. Looking at a completely empty inbox is one of the best feelings in the world right? The only issue is you have to keep some emails right? Well, get organising and use the category feature for your specific supplier.
Gmail lets your colour code and even set it up so that emails automatically go to their assigned category. Once things are separated, you won’t have to search through promo deals and emails from your Nan to find that one important email about your dream job.
2. Unsubscribe from promo emails
Okay, now GDPR is finally over, hopefully, you won’t have an inbox full of junk emails you don’t care about. However, if some still slip through, finally say goodbye to that Dominos TwoForTuesday email you get weekly that really isn’t helping your health kick.
This doesn’t need to be done all at once, slow and steady wins the race in this situation. Every time you get an unwanted promo email, just scroll, unsubscribe and delete. Surely but slowly Wowcher won’t be offering you 56% off of toilet rolls anymore.
3. Make your bed
You’ve finally grown up and no longer have to deal with your parents nagging at you to make it, but honestly, it’ll make you feel instantly more productive and set you up for the day.
Making your bed each morning will give you a sense of achievement and living in a tidy environment does wonders for your psyche.
4. Style code your wardrobe
Getting up in the morning and knowing exactly where your favourite shirt makes the whole having to go to work thing a lot easier and gives you more time to watch your YouTube subs in the morning.
Style coding it makes more sense as all of your tops, trousers, skirts and dresses are together, but some people prefer to dress in a certain colour vibe. Do whatever makes it easier for you.
5. Clean out the shit in your bag
Receipts, empty wrappers, multiple lipsticks. Whatever it is that you’re hoarding, stop it. Clean out your everyday bag and only keep the things that you really need in there.
Utilise the smaller pockets for things like pens, headphones and condoms and then leave all the important stuff in the big part. Trust me, you’ll feel oh so grown up.
6. Wash up straight after dinner
Walking into your kitchen and not seeing piles of plates with last weeks dinner embedded on is a beautiful feeling. Sure, when you’ve spent time making dinner, the last thing you want is to wash up, but it takes 5 minutes and you’ll be grateful in the morning when you can make your breakfast without getting last nights dinner all over your hands.
7. Delete apps you don’t use
Clear your memory, stop dealing with useless notifications every day and have a nice organised phone. How can you argue with that logic?
8. Pack your bag in the morning
I save a lot of time in the morning because I make the simple decision to prep my bag. Having everything I need for the following day means I can keep a clear and focused brain to focus on more important things than whether I remembered my deodorant.
9. Get an ‘adult folder’
I also like to visually organise everything. Partly, because I’m all about that Pinterest life, but mainly because I hate not knowing where things are. Enter my ‘adult folder’ i.e. an expanding file organiser, i.e. a dream for people like me.
I keep everything separated into categories: driving, qualifications, bank, career etc. Therefore when someone asks me for an important document, I don’t need to faff about where I’ve left it because I know for sure it’s in my folder in the appropriate sub-section.
How do you keep your life together? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @amyjmcdonnell 🐦