Like productivity, organisation can be an overwhelming endeavour. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools for organisation available to make the process a little bit easier! There’s definitely some overlap between these and our tools for productivity—they do double duty!
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I can’t tell you how many different ways I’ve used Command hooks* for organising my apartment. My personal favourite: without towel rings in my bathroom or kitchen, I stressed myself out every time I needed to dry my hands or a dish . . . until I crafted my own. All it took was a command hook and a spare shower curtain ring! Best of all, it won’t ruin the wall when I move out.
I also use a command hook right by my door for important bits like my keys, ID lanyards, and even the cat’s leash. I rarely lock myself out when my keys are waiting for me as I leave!
Hear me out—even if you alternate between two pairs of flats, over-the-door shoe organisers can transform your home organisation. Living in a dorm room and have a pile of snacks (and ramen)? Use a shoe organiser to get them sorted! Have a cluttered cabinet of cleaning supplies? Transform them to the closet door!
Unfilth Your Habitat (formally Unf*** Your Habitat) has a website and app (iOS & Android) with the tagline “Terrifying motivation for lazy people with messy homes.” You can read more about UNFY here, but, in short, it’s relatable, flexible motivation to help you organise and “unf***” your home and life in little steps, whatever the circumstance. It goes beyond the traditional gendered version of homemaking and incorporates those with large families or living alone, people with pets, people whose lives are affected by mental illness, and more. Grab their weekend challenge or do a 20/10 (a Pomodoro-style unf***ing session) and check it out for yourself!
Marie Kondo Methodology
Marie Kondo is the genius behind the “KonMari” method. Her programme has gotten a lot of grief for some of its methods, such as talking to the items are you organise, but it’s ultimately an amazing resource. Check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up* or Spark Joy*, Kondo’s books, or visit her website for more information.
I recommend starting any organising project with three bins: one for things you’ll keep, one for donatable items, and one for trash. I’ll sometimes add an extra one for items that belong in different rooms, too. From there, I categorise the “keep” bin as I describe in this post. Be sure to separate recyclable items and those that have a specific disposal method when you’ve finished with the trash bin!
Sometimes I’ll put on a playlist of upbeat, motivational music. Sometimes an organisational podcast will put me in the right mindset. If I’m really desperate for motivation, I’ll put on an episode of Hoarders. Whatever you choose, make sure it won’t distract you from the task at hand.
I have a lot of emails. Unroll.me makes it easy to unsubscribe from unwanted lists and keep the less important messages from cluttering up my inbox. I can’t recommend it enough when it comes to keeping your inbox organised.
Google Photos is pretty much my favourite thing of all time. I’ve got one of those unfortunate iPhones with extremely limited space, but take a lot of pictures, especially considering the blog! Until I had Google Photos, I constantly had to delete apps, photos I might not use, and more. At best, I could post pictures to Facebook or save them to a USB drive in hopes of clearing up some space. Since I got Google Photos, this is no longer an issue. With a quick press of the “Free up space” button, my photos are taken from my Photos app and into the Cloud…deleting from my phone and saved in my Google account!
We mentioned Trello in our Productivity Tools post, but it’s worthy of another shoutout. Whether you’re using it in conjunction with your bullet journal (we love this post on Page Flutter by Alice of The Geeky Burrow!) or for keeping track of songs you’d like to download, Trello is a must-have for organisation. I’m even planning to use it for KonMari-ing!
What are your favourite tools for organisation?
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