How do they do it? How do professional organisers stay organised? Movers that pack for you, Mooving Matters share below the biggest golden rules, daily routines and rituals that they recommend and that you can introduce and maintain to keep your home clean, tidy and organised everyday…no excuses!
Most people whose spaces are effortlessly organised don’t actually think about organizing very much at all. Being organised is not their ultimate goal; it’s simply a by product of their lifestyle!
Home dis-organisation stems from lack of prioritisation. Most of us are caught up in a constant loop of always ‘being busy’ . It’s really important for one to write out how they want to spend their time. What is important to you? Once you get clear on what matters, you’ll be on your way to making changes that will affect your home and lifestyle for the better.
Make your bed
It should be seen as the most important activity to start the day, however many bypass this easy task. Bed making actually promotes productivity throughout your day and will help pave the way for a more organised lifestyle. It’s also a nice feeling to get into a made bed at the end of a long tiresome day!
To be on top of things getting ready for the day ahead the night before is essential and it doesn’t take much out of your evening relaxation time either. Spend 15—20 minutes each evening tidying the house, cleaning up from dinner, putting toys away, turning the dishwasher on and doing a load of washing overnight. By doing this routine when you get up in the morning you are not waking up to chaos.
Professional organisers agree another helpful task to cover is to make sure that the next day’s lunches are organised and kids bags are packed for day-care or school. It will help tremendously to get you out the door in time the next morning.
Figuring out a daily routine that works for you and your family is vital – and it should be one you can easily stick to.
Time management is important but routine is critical.
Enlist the help of others
Don’t let yourself do everything around the house! Improve your time management and stress levels and get your partner and or kids to share the load. For example start teaching children their responsibilities and to put away their toys from when they are toddlers.
As they hit their adolescent years they can help and manage their own bedrooms, laundry and school breakfast and lunches. They may not get it completely right but will still assist you more than they didn’t do anything for themselves.
Take the stress out of getting dressed
The key to getting ready for work or for outings with ease is to maintain an organised wardrobe.
The number one step is to firstly get your clothing under control is to assess your wardrobe via a brutal purge. Get honest with yourself and keep what is meaningful in your life.
It has be said that most people actually only wear about 20% of the items in their wardrobe and rest is just sitting idle for months and years taking up room and collecting dust.
Basically go through the wardrobe contents and get what you don’t wear, and either offer to friends or family it or give it to a charity.
Once your cull is complete its time to sort out your belongings, you now want to create and arrange your wardrobe in a systematic way so you can keep things in order on a daily basis.
A way this can be done is to divide clothing items into ‘work’ and ‘play’ attire into separate sections. These can then be sorted into groups of items such as shirts (long and short-sleeved), skirts, pants and so on, colour-blocking as she goes. Out of season and Winter clothes that take up the most space should be packed away in vacuum-packed bags and placed in high cupboards or under the bed during warmer months.
Drawer dividers and also storing folded items horizontally, rather than vertically, can also help as you will then be able to so find what you need at a glance.
Tidy as you go
Decluttering services experts Mooving Matters believe it’s always a good idea to clean up throughout the day, so that you are not overwhelmed and lumped with a cluttered mess at the day’s end. This is primarily focused on those problem areas as the kitchen where dishes can pile up in the sink and counter tops left dirty and in bedroom where clothes and bags can lay left scattered all over the place.
When you pick something up, ensure you return it to where it belongs as soon as possible.
Don’t let mail accumulate on the kitchen bench. Move it to the study or an in-tray – all it takes is a few seconds rather than a day’s worth of sorting if left for weeks…
Write things down
To be organised don’t expect you can retain and remember it all by creating lists in your memory bank. With our busy lifestyles it’s easier to keep track via jotting a list of goals for the day and or having a whiteboard in the kitchen where a timetable and to do lists for each week can be tackled. displaying a communal list and calendar also ensures everyone in the household knows exactly what is happening on a given day or the tasks that need to be completed.
Being visual is a simple and powerful tool for communication and getting things done.Its also a great feeling of accomplishment to tick or strike things off a list!
Tend to your clothing when you take it off
Always hang, launder or fold every piece of clothing and DO NOT let anything touch the floor. Neglected clothing can slowly build up and lead to an overwhelming mound that know ones to tackle!
Wash your dishes
A sink full of dishes will instantly make your kitchen feel and look messy. Get in the habit of washing dishes at the end of the day or at least soaking them overnight so you can quickly wash them the next day.
Sort through your mail
Tend to your mailbox daily to avoid a build up of necessary bill payments and to-dos. Immediately toss junk mail into recycling and store the rest in an active inbox so you’ll know where to find it.
Set your keys down in the same spot
Whether it’s a hook by the front door or a plate set on a surface by the entrance, make sure your keys have a destination and place them there. You don’t want to spend time searching for them when it’s time to leave.
Empty out your pockets and bag at the end of the day
Take a couple of minutes to throw away any receipts or trash that you’ve acquired throughout the day. Place loose change into your wallet or coin jar and make sure any loose papers are filed or thrown away.
Implement an easy system
Do you want to feel Clean? Calm? & Collected in your home and lifestyle? Would you love it to be easier to find things? Easier to do things? The last thing you want to do then is to implement an elaborate or confusing system that only makes your life harder when you have minimal time!
Yes you will need a plan of action, and you definitely wont need every bin or gadget at the store, or enforce strict rules about what being organised means. The goal is to make your life easier, so priority number one is to figure out a system that you know you can actually achieve.
For example opt for a general catch-all bin to gather incoming mail rather than throwing it on the table like you used to. Set up a system that you know you’ll actually follow, not one so rigorous you’ll eventually give up.
Organised people know that slow and steady wins the race. Sure, it’s fun to get meticulously organised, sit back and admire your work. But your home is not a gallery or museum. You still need to live your life, and things are eventually going to get messy. To maintain an organized home long term, you must make organizing a habit.
Do at least one thing that makes you happy.
Life’s too short to have grumpy mornings. Listen to a favourite song, read your favourite quotes, watch a funny video, or just tell yourself you’re ready to have an enjoyable day and take time out for you.
Don’t laugh many professional organisers mediate each morning. Studies have shown that meditation can help ease stress and anxiety, and make you more focused.
You don’t need a formal system to get started — even five minutes of quiet time could do the trick. It can be simply just lying there, not looking at your phone or rushing to get out of bed. Those first few moments when one wakes up can be when you have the most clarity, before the stress of the day sets in. So take some time to acknowledge and enjoy that before you get busy with your day ahead.
If you need help to get you started to organise your existing home or one you are about to move into, contact your mooving experts Mooving Matters your team of trusted and caring Professional Organisers and Movers and packers in Sydney? To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our ‘Ultimate full service packing + moving’ experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.