Shula Levy has been working as a professional organiser and declutterer since 2016. After 20 years in the financial industry working as project manager and qualified accountant, she decided to take her organisation skills into the homes of people and help those who need to streamline their house and life and founded Out of Space. Shula shares this seasonal blog post to inspire you to organise your way to the end of the year.
Autumn is here, which means for most people it’s time to get back to the daily grind.
No kids? It’s no easier to go back to work after a holiday. Snoozing alarms isn’t an option anymore, and the carousel of daily routines can feel overwhelming as nights draw in and that winter nip hits the air.
No-one’s saying daily routines aren’t demanding. Snuggling up with a bottle of wine at the end of the day is a lovely image inside a glossy magazine. But, for most people, that time after work and school is more a juggling act of washing, folding, cooking, defrosting and finding those goggles right now; while also thinking about 100 things that you need to be doing next.
My clients say that “being more organised changed my life”. And it can. But if you don’t do it right, you can end up making things harder for yourself. Whatever your balancing act looks like; whether it’s prepping lunches for fussy eaters, trying to squeeze in shopping between school drop-offs and work, or just finding a way to organise a life that’s full of family, work and fun, the following simple tips will save you hours:
Magnetic calendars are brilliant! Move magnets around and have all your chores, to-do lists and reminders clearly laid out.
It’s easier to sort a week’s worth of clothes and swimming kits all in one go than spend time on this every day. Dedicate drawers or hanging space for each day then, if they’re old enough, the kids can just help themselves to what they need.
Make a meal plan for the week and then get all your ingredients delivered. Go for varied dishes – it’ll make the week seem less monotonous and you’ll save money doing this too. Remember to buy pre-prepared packs of dried fruit, chopped vegetables, nuts or treats which are easy for kids to grab. They’ll love having a choice!
When it comes to dinner, if you’re making a batch of pasta sauce, your special curry, soup or a stew, make enough for a few meals and store tin the freezer. Label each box with the type of food, and when you made it. You’ll be so pleased next time you’re craving a home-cooked meal but have no time or energy to make anything.
Make sure all your children have an alarm clock which they use to wake themselves up. Set an alarm downstairs for five minutes before they/you need to leave the house which is a signal to everyone that it’s time to put on coats and grab bags.
Put your schedule on your smartphone calendars and set up WhatsApp groups for rotas and after-school activities. It’s not a good idea to have your phone by your bed, so make sure you have a notepad by your bed in case any details pop in to your mind at bedtime and the act of trying to remember them stops you from sleeping.If decluttering your home and being more organised this year sounds too overwhelming or impossible, remember help is available.
If you’re struggling to declutter and get organised on your own, there’s still time before the end of the year to enlist the help of an APDO member. Find organisers nearest to you.