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How To Get Organized: 22 Ways To Organize Your Life

Organization… my favourite topic in the world. Okay, one of my favourite topics, let’s no go overboard. Being a Virgo with a VERY Type A personality, it’s safe to say, organizational skills are in my blood. I never forget anyone’s birthday, I always work from a to-do list and I’m good at getting shit done. That’s sounds really boasty but honestly, it’s one of my best traits, which is why today I want to share all my tips on how to get organized. Like, seriously organized.

How To Get Organized

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Before we start, I’m not saying that being super military organized is ALWAYS the best way. It just doesn’t work for some people and that’s okay. If you manage quite alright without a do-to list, a diary and with a messy work space then you crack on.

This post is mainly for the people who WANT to know how to get seriously organized but need that little extra love and guidance to do so. I’m here, I got your back baby.

Being organized can enable you to be more productive, more time efficient, more inspired and motivated and generally less stressed. At least, it does for me. And of all the compliments I’ve ever received on or about my blog, my organizational skills has always been at the top of the list.

And I’m not complaining! It’s probably my best (and most annoying) trait. But like I said, I’m good at getting sh*t done. And I’d like to help you to do so too! So here are 22 ways to organize different areas of your life:

How To Get Organized With Your Blog:

  • Schedule posts in advance: My upcoming course, ‘Plan, Create & Conquer’ focuses heavily on scheduling and planning. So if this is something you struggle with and would like help with, you can find out more about the course here and register your interest!
  • Schedule your tweets and social promos: I couldn’t recommend this highly enough. One of the first things I do in the morning is schedule my tweets and Facebook posts for that day. I schedule my Instagram posts in advance too. This takes a huge weight off your shoulders, especially when you can’t keep popping onto Twitter during the day to share your posts. Don’t forget, the shelf life of a tweet is just 18 minutes – you need to promote regularly!
  • Use a planner to track your posts: I highly recommend this one from Tea Party Beauty. I’ve been using it since the beginning of 2019 and it’s seriously helped up my organization in regards to my blog.
  • Stay on top of your emails: You know those people that tweet a screen shot of their phone and it says “227 unread emails?” That LITERALLY makes me break out in a sweat. Blogging often requires a lot of emails – stay on top of them. As well as scheduling tweets, reply to emails is the first thing I do every morning.
  • Track expenses and incomes: If you make an income through your blog, you should be registered as self employed and doing this anyway. So for legal reasons, this is super important too. But find a system that works for you where you can note down all your in-comings and outgoings.

How To Get Organized On Your Devices:

  • Delete regularly: I love the delete button. It’s my favourite button. You don’t need 27 almost identical images on your iPhone of you and your best friend on a night out 3 years ago. Delete accordingly.
  • Categorize your folders: This is especially helpful when you’re a blogger or work on a computer a lot. Images, files and documents easily build up. So make them more manageable by naming, grouping and categorizing your folders.
  • Group together your apps: I don’t personally do this but I know a lot of people that do and I can see why it’s helpful and how it enables you to stay more organized by grouping together games, productivity, social media etc.

How To Get Organized In Your Every Day:

  • To-do lists galore: Ah the to-do list. My favourite thing in the world. I work from a to-do list every day and I can’t really function without one. But by golly does it help me stay as organized as possible. Do I complete everything on my to-do list every day? Nope. But it helps me get my brain in order, get everything written down so I know I won’t forget anything.
  • Categorize your to-do lists: And this is another thing I like to do, categorizing my to-do lists into “work/blogging”, “personal” and “general/chores”. It helps me keep my tasks separate and helps me prioritize. Which brings me nicely onto my next point…
  • Prioritize: There will absolutely be days where you’re more organized and productive than others. Welcome to the human race. This is where it helps to prioritize and focus on the really important task instead of the ones that can wait.
  • Tidy up after yourself: I can’t live in mess. And I always feel less productive and less organized if I’m sitting in a room that looks like the night after Glastonbury. If you’re finding your organization lacking, perhaps take a look at your surroundings?
  • Write things down: Unlike to-do lists which are more structured, I also recommending writing things down. Some people prefer digitally, some prefer traditionally. But if anything comes up in the day – work or a chore you need to do – that you’re likely to forget, just write the damn thing down!
  • Download apps to help you: I don’t use any apps because the system I use now works well for me. But I know a lot of other bloggers that swear by organization apps. Trello, EverNote and Wanderlist are some I’ve heard mentioned many times before.
  • Keep a diary and/or a calendar: Physically writing things down definitely helps cement it into your mind, I find. So I love keeping a diary and a calendar and writing things down multiple times.
  • Stop procrastinating: Procrastination is the death of organization. Or something like that. I’m not massively productive every single day of my life – I don’t think anyone is. But I rarely ever procrastinate. Which massively helps with staying organized. But I think this is more of a mindset shift than anything – perhaps a post for the future?

How To Get Organized In Your Room / Home / Space:

  • Stop hoarding: Do you NEED another tea cup? Fridge magnet? Ornament? Probably not. I know we all have different things we find sentimental but if you don’t really need all the clutter around you and you find it often off putting and distracting you from your tasks, it might be time to think about stopping.
  • De-clutter regularly: And whether you hoard particular items or not, clutter ALWAYS builds up. Whether you like it or not. So try and de-clutter your space regularly for optimum productivity. Tidy space = tidy mind.
  • Don’t neglect the awkward places: And when it DOES come the time to de-clutter, try not to ignore those hard to reach or awkward places that you know are full of crap but just dread to look in.
  • Organize your house by task: If possible, position things where you’re more likely to be using them. Laundry near the washing machine, clothes pegs near the front door, linens in the laundry room. Obviously subject to what space you have available.
  • Have a routine: Again, a lot of the pointers in this section will depend on your home and living situation but if you’re in a position to do so, have a routine for your laundry, drying, cleaning and try and stick to that routine as strictly as possible.
  • Label things: This is particularly useful for places like the food cupboard, the shed or perhaps a crafts drawer. And that’s to label boxes that things are in. Decanting items and storing them in neat boxes doesn’t only allow your home to be neater but also quicker to get to things when they’re clearly labelled.

I’d love to hear your ways of staying organized and if there’s anything you’d add to this post! Will you be taking any of these tips on board? Let’s discuss in the comments!

22 Ways To Organize Your Life

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

91 Comments

  1. I’m super organised in certain aspects of my life and so unorganised in others so I will be bookmarking this to remind myself of everything I need to sort – great post!

    Jess xx

    1. Hope it helps! x

  2. Me, I am not a Virgo, being a Cancer, but I love to keep things tidy, almost to the idea that it becomes a compulsion to sweep things up and tidy them away.

    That being said, my nature also contradicts itself as I love chaos, and appreciate the people who have organized their chaos to themselves. The outside eye often does not see that!

    I love these tips to stay organized; there is nothing I like better then being able to find something at a moment’s notice.

    1. Organized chaos is good if you can handle it, for sure! x

  3. These are very helpful tips! Thanks for sharing. ♡♡

    https://tiateilli.com

    1. You’re welcome x

  4. Loved this post! I truly needed to read something like this!

    Have a nice day x | https://styleandtellblog.wordpress.com/

    1. Glad you found it x

  5. Melissa Christine says:

    These are some very helpful organising tips! I like to schedule my posts and social media, saves a lot of time and helps with my blog.
    I am also in the middle of decluttering as we are moving soon.

    Mel
    http://www.moonlightmel.co.uk

    1. It really does save so much time and stress x

  6. Organisation is one of my favourite topics too! This is such a detailed post and I love it because I thought I was quite organised but there were a things I could brush up on! I’m already great at deleting emails and decluttering my space and my stuff but it’s more the scheduling that I could do more with! Keep these coming! They’re my favourite of yours! Monica from thewongblog.com

    1. Awh thank you so much! x

  7. These are really helpful tips. I used to be a very disorganized person and that was reflected in my home and every aspect of my life. But, I have been able to shift into being more organized by making small changes here and there over the year. I already do a lot of these, but I can see a few areas where I can still work on my organization skills.

    1. Small changes can do wonders! x

  8. I’d love this post even more if it had been 22 BANGING ways to be organized 😉

    I love these tips, I am pretty organised most of the time and getting more and more by the day.

    Especially in terms of my blog. I have started scheduling everything and it seems to be really paying off, my stats are really picking up.

    I am terribly unorganised at home though. And its become a bit overwhelming. The main living areas are cool, no clutter, tidy bar the kids toys (which I am pretending to be totally cool about!) but it is our bedroom which is doubling as the attic storage while the roof work and soon to be attic conversion are completed.
    The issue we have is that we now need to clear the bedrooms so that they can work on the damaged ceilings. With no other storage space we are going to have to massively scale back or pay ridiculous storage prices.

    I think these tips are going to help me a lot.

    Banging post!

    1. Damn I missed a trick there with the title of this post didn’t I haha! I’m so glad to see scheduling things is helping your stats! You deserve ALL the views x

  9. Lisa's Notebook says:

    There are sooooooo many helpful tips in here, Jenny. I know I can always rely on you, you are my Organisation Queen!

    Scheduling my tweets and social promos is something I’m dreadful at. I only really do it when I’ve written a new post, otherwise my Twitter is like tumbleweed. I need to try and get on top of that.

    And decluttering is always a work in progress. Usually Flora’s crap, which leaves me no time for my own, haha.

    Love this post, you’ve nailed so many must dos, thank you! Xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Decluttering definitely is an ongoing thing. There’s ALWAYS more stuff to declutter! If you ever need help with scheduling promo tweets etc, you know were to find me! x

  10. sweetpassions0 says:

    Thank you so much for writing this post! I’m the worst when it comes to organization. I just find is so overwhelming and then end up just being chaotic. I’m definitely taking some of your tips into consideration. 💗

    1. Hope they help! x

  11. I have always liked a good list. Great post. Thank you

    1. You’re welcome x

  12. I am all about organising and this is my kind of post! There’s so much to agree on and some defo I need to get back into!

    Thanks for the push!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk

    1. You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed it x

  13. I totally admire how organised you are and how everything runs like clockwork on your blog and twitter, it’s something I really want to implement too! Some really helpful tips here for people looking to get organised in any areas. I love a good to do list – it’s so satisfying crossing things off!

    1. Awh thank you! And It’s soooo satisfying isn’t it!x

  14. These are super helpful! I’m making a pact now with myself to take inspiration and become more organised!

    1. Yesss so glad to hear that! x

  15. Making spreadsheets and lists definitely helps me x

    1. Love a spreadsheet x

  16. Loved reading this and so many tips to actually start getting my stuff together

    1. Hope they help! x

  17. These are such great tips! Some I do but I am also very guilty of procrastinating. I bought a new Happy Planner in July with the idea to plan everything out in it. It’s now October and I have not even wrote in it at all!

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. Oh no haha! Happy Planners are so expensive too, USE IT! x

  18. This is a great post I always need the reminder to stay organize and de clutter. I’m going to try my best to schedule my post.

    1. Hope this helps! x

  19. Casey | McCourtSkee says:

    I’m a sucked for to-do lists. I have sticky notes all in my planner on what I need to get done that day on top of whatever is written in the planner!

    The hoarding thing…good god my boyfriend is borderline one. He will keep things for absolutely NO reason. I finally donated a mountain of his clothing by just telling him I put it in storage. He hasn’t worn those pieces in over 5 years if ever! Some still had tacks on it!!! It’s cringe worthy.

    1. Oh my gosh that sounds like my worst nightmare! My boyfriend isn’t THAT bad – thank goodness!x

  20. Jenny this is so so helpful!

    I really needed to read this post! I feel more organised already and I haven’t even put anything to action yet!

    Thanks so much for sharing! 😊

    Love Lozza xo
    http://girlygabble.com

    1. So glad you found it helpful! x

  21. Charlotte C says:

    Thank you for these tips! I find that having a to-do list really helps me stay on track and keeping my room tidy helps me focus so much more 🙂

    – Charlotte / myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

    1. Same here! x

  22. Nice post

  23. I live by to do lists and my diary. If I lost it I would be so screwed!!

    1. Oh me too! x

  24. Ahh these are all amazing tips! It’s made me want to have a really productive day when I started the morning feeling so unmotivated, thank you! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Awh yay I’m so glad! x

  25. Loved reading this blog, thank you for sharing your tips, they were great and very useful! I also am a lover of to-do lists, i will always find an excuse to write a list x

    1. Glad you found it helpful x

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