A good system shortens the road to the goal.
— Orison Swett Marden
Ah, who doesn’t love a good life organization hack? Yes, me too.
And just in time for spring – the best time of the year.
The sun’s out, we can wear sunglasses again and have coffee on the balcony. #WINNING
There’s a lot of talk about spring cleaning and how to get your house turned upside down (in a good way), but what about your life?
You might as well get your life organized for spring as well.
There seems to never be a good time to get seriously organized, so spring might just be the right time to get started with these organizational life hacks.
An organized life is equal to a balanced and calm life. You’ll avoid feeling stressed, overwhelmed and beat procrastination.
There is just something therapeutic about organizing and tidying up your life and your mind.
Planning and organizing your life is key if you want to achieve your goals.
Start slow and you’ll get there.
Rushing for a more organized life is never the way to do it.
We want nice and slow.
Make sure you scroll all the way down to get the scoop on the resources I use for a more organized life. Resources that can hopefully help you get more organized as well.
1. Start a morning routine
Having a morning routine is at the core of every organized life and it really sets the tone for the rest of the day. Make sure you start your day the right way and also, wake up early. This is my number one tip for a more productive and organized life.
Grab my free morning routine checklist here.
2. Plan your day, week and month ahead
It’s literally impossible to be organized if you don’t plan for anything. Tackle the obstacles ahead of time and plan in advance.
This way you’ll know exactly what’s coming, what you need to do when it’s time to take action.
My absolute favorite tool for daily and weekly planning is the Productivity Planner from Intelligent Change. I can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve never been one for physical planners, but this one got me and I’m sticking to it.
3. Pick a laundry day
Set a specific day to do your laundry.
Also, do laundry whenever there is time. Don’t leave absolutely everything for every Sunday. For example, get your work out clothes washed as soon as you’re finished with your workout. I mean, who wants sweaty workout clothes stinkin’ up the place? No one.
4. De-clutter when there is time
Do some light cleaning or de-cluttering whenever there is time.
10 – 15 minutes a day should do the trick.
Throw out the garbage, do the dishes, vacuum and dust off the dining table.
This will make the “official” cleaning days much less stressful.
5. Plan meals in advance
Lifehack numero uno.
Planning, shopping and preparing meals can be such a time-stealer, not just when it comes to time but also when it comes to your mind.
We go about our days, constantly thinking and asking ourselves – “What should I make for dinner tonight? It needs to healthy, preferably cheap and easy.”
Can anyone relate? This can be so stressful. Pick a day for grocery shopping and prep your m>eals for the coming week.
Sundays are great for meal prep.
Chop onions and seal them in the fridge or make a delicious casserole and bulk up on lunches for the week.
Write up your own menu for the next week and you’ll know exactly what’s for dinner and how you’ll go about it.
The ingredients are waiting for you at home. Phew.
6. Become a master at budgeting
Organize your finances and budget your way to a more organized life.
If you don’t have your finances in order, you are more likely to feel stressed and disorganized.
7. Clean make-up brushes
It’s the little things that’ll make you feel more organized, like cleaning your make-up brushes regularly.
To save money, I use my regular shampoo for this and try and do it once a month to ditch the dirt off the brushes.
8. Set goals
Set goals to push yourself into the direction of your dreams. Sound cheesy? Oh well.
Life needs direction and for this to happen goals are essential.
If you’re new to goal setting, I invite you to take part in my 5 Day Goal Setting Challenge.
It will teach you everything you need to know about goal setting and how you can best achieve them.
9. Develop a self-care routine
Every girl boss should have a self-care routine in place.
Nurture yourself and your body by incorporating a little self-lovin’ every day.
Check out my post below for self-care ideas.
10. Calendar block
Block out your days, weeks and month in gCal.
Set specific days for specific tasks.
For example –
Sunday – Shopping and meal prep
Monday – Laundry day
Tuesday – Creative day (Writing blog posts, music or create art. Work on your dreams and get your creative juices flowing.)
… and so on.
11. Schedule your downtime
Speaking of calendar blocking…
You should also schedule your downtime on your calendar to really enjoy this time and allow yourself to whine down after a long day at work.
You deserve it, girl. And please don’t think about your to-do list while you are enjoying an episode of FRIENDS on Netflix.
In the words of Frankie – “RELAX.”
12. Savor Sundays
Use Sundays for they are worth and treat them as any other day but with an extra 12 hours to do productive tasks that need to get done in time for the next week.
And don’t forget to schedule some me-time.
13. Write EVERYTHING down
Make notes of everything so you don’t forget any ideas that you can brainstorm later.
I love to use the Evernote app for note-taking – it syncs to your phone and computer.
14. Invest in a good physical planner
I’ve got three words for you – The Productivity Planner.
In all seriousness, writing things down in a physical planner can really boost your organizational skills.
15. Buy functional furniture and organization products
Buy functional furniture for extra storage room.
We have sooo many things and not everything needs to be on display.
To avoid the hoarder syndrome – organize and store away papers, things and other material items you don’t use daily.
16. Embrace minimalism
To feel more organized, minimalism is certainly the way to go about life.
Get rid of material things that no longer have value and be mindful of the “things” you buy.
A minimalistic wardrobe means less decisionmaking and feeling way more organized.
17. Buy fewer things and only what you REALLY need
18. Make time to plan and organize your life
Yes, yes. Planning is the way to a more organized life.
But you also need to make time to actually do the planning and organizing.
I typically do this every Sunday evening.
Back-up your life and digital files on your computer using an external hard drive.
20. Organize your desk
…With a storage unit like this one for example.
21. Organize all of your files and folders on your computer
Clean up your desktop, color coordinate and create folders on your computer for the ultimate digital organized feeling.
22. Prioritize your priorities
- What matters to you?
- What’s important and what is not?
- What tasks demand your attention and what tasks can wait?
Answer these questions and prioritize your priorities to lessen overwhelm.
23. 10 minutes a day
… is all it takes.
Spend 10 minutes a day for your dreams and goals.
10 minutes is better than no minutes at all and it’ll keep you moving forward, rather than standing still.
Take action, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
24. Evening Routine
Having a productive and good evening routine in place is just as important as having a morning routine.
Because let’s be real – your morning routine really starts the night before.
Grab my free bedtime routine checklist to get started.
25. Create a mood-board
…on Pinterest for creative inspiration for your home, office, fashion and anything really.
26. Say yes
…to things to you want to do
27. Say no
…to things you don’t want to do (aka never fear the FOMO)
28. Organize your inbox
Create folders, archive old emails you’d like to keep and delete the ones you don’t.
You knew this one was coming right? Work that body of yours to feel more energized.
Schedule your workouts on your calendar and honor this commitment. It’s good for ya and will help your mind feel much more organized.
30. Organize your trips
Wanna travel and see the world?
Plan for it and organize your upcoming getaways down to the dot.
- What will you do?
- Who will you see?
- What attractions spikes interest?
- When will you do what?
Create your own personalized travel itinerary with all the necessary tickets and information – and make it cute 🙂
31. Start bullet journaling
Here is a great article to get you started.
32. Practice gratitude
Start and finish your day by practicing gratitude to stop, think, reflect on your day.
I love the Five Minute Journal for this.
33. Have a place for everything
This is key to an organized home. Your new functional furniture will help you in this department.
34. Keep your working space neat and tidy
No one is productive or gets work done with a messy desk.
Clean and declutter your working space regularly to get in the groove and get things done.
35. Organize your phone
…using folders for related apps. You can also color coordinate if you’re into that sort of thing.
Delete old photos, store them on your hard drive instead of them taking up humongous space on your phone.
Unfollow people who do not inspire or motivate you.
Stop following anyone that makes you feel bad about yourself.
Seriously, just do it – they won’t get mad.
37. Have a good sleep schedule
Yes, organize your sleep schedule.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to feel more energized and also get more out of the day.
Your body and circadian rhythm will thank you for organizing your sleeping patterns.
38. Clean out your…
…handbags, gym bag and/or purses regularly.
39. Organize your make-up and skin care products
…using this product for example.
40. Organize your jewelry
Avoid messy tangles with a jewelry organizer.
41. Make your bed every morning
Just do it 🙂 You’ll feel so much better and productive.
42. Set a specific day to clean your home
43. Write to-do lists
44. Use post-its for what they’re worth..
…so you don’t forget anything.
Stick them to your bathroom mirror or fridge.
45. Prepare tomorrow’s outfit
Avoid this stressful situation and prepare tomorrow’s outfit the night before. 👇
“I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR.”
46. Prep your work-out bag
…the night before and place it by the front door so you won’t forget.
47. Meditate and organize your thoughts
It’s not only your life and home that needs organizing, but also your mind.
Meditation is a great way to organize your thoughts.
Peaceful mind, peaceful life.
…to services you no longer use.
We all have ’em.
Go through your subscriptions and cancel the ones that no longer give you value.
There might be a subscription or two that you’ve totally forgotten about.
49. Rid yourself from toxic relationships
Don’t give your time or energy to people who put you down.
50. Make room for people who fill you up 🙂
51. Organize your pantry
Organize your pantry using glass jars and labels.
52. Use less plastic
We all know how bad plastic is for the environment, so try and use less plastic – keep this in mind when grocery shopping and organizing your pantry.
53. Automate what you can
I LOVE automation. Automate whatever you can to save time and money.
54. Clean out your fridge
55. Track your cycle
Tracking your period can give you organizational control. I use the app called Flo and love it.
56. Create new habits
…that support a more organized life and your dreams.
For example, waking up early is a great habit to start with.
Grab my free habit tracker to keep track of your new awesome habits.
57. Organize your paperwork
Organize your bills, paperwork and other important files. Use binders and store them in an organized space that makes sense.
Delegate tasks whenever possible to free up your time, mind and life.
59. Eat more clean foods
…to help organize your health and nutrition.
60. Constantly reflect and evaluate your days
Are you moving forward toward your dream life? Does your current life align with your goals?
Check in with yourself every now and then to make sure you are making progress and taking steps in the right direction.
61. Ask questions to support you
Get your mind to work by asking questions that support your dream life.
62. Don’t Overbook
Do things that you want to do and make appointments that matter to you.
Keep your calendar spacious and be sure not to overbook with unnecessary meetings.
63. Accept yourself for who you are and all the wonderful imperfections that we all have. <3
My Favorite Resources For A More Organized Life
Design Your Dream Life Academy is for anyone who wants to change and improve their life. You’ll learn how to master your mindset, improve productivity and time management, and set goals to design your dream life. I’ve taken this course and it has been absolute life-changing on so many levels. Worth every penny. Learn more about the course.
The Productivity Planner from Intelligent Change is my absolute favorite physical planner. I am so obsessed with this planner and I use it for weekly and daily planning. I’ve written a pretty honest review about it which you can read here.
Evernote is a great note-taking app for brainstorming, general ideas and for your digital to-do list. You can easily sync it up to your phone and computer.
I use gCal for my daily planning needs and I color coordinate EVERYTHING. This is where I schedule the nitty gritty things and also my downtime.