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17 January 2018

How I'm staying organised in 2018

Every year I vow that I'm going to be more organised, every year I don't quite get there. Don't get me wrong I have come a long way over the last few years with remembering to pick up Birthday Cards and  when to make appointments etc. but general day to day organisation could be much improved on.

January is all about fresh starts, a whole new year to plan, and the best time to get organised. I have a lot of 'stuff' on my to do list, from clearing out my wardrobe, to organising our kitchen.  I actually love a good list, if I have a lot on my mind, or a lot to get done in a day then I make a list. There's something I find satisfying about ticking it off when I've completed a task. I make them for shopping, places I want to visit, when I'm packing, when I'm buying gifts etc. I just love lists. So I will be making a whole lot more of them this year.

I always start the year with grand plans, but often forget about them later down the line. So this year I've employed a few tactics to help myself stay organised in 2018.

They mainly come in 3 paper forms.

1. The Calendar. I have a new noticeboard up as you enter our kitchen with a brand new 2018 Calendar pinned to it. This is the 'must remember' element of my organisation, the birthdays, appointments, bills to pay.

It's easily accessible, I enter the kitchen every day and it's simple and quick to check. I'm hoping for no last minute rushing around for presents and no forgetting about appointments/ arrangements I have made.

2. The Diary. Last year I didn't keep a diary, I had a 'bullet journal' only. However, I found that I didn't use the 'monthly' section of my bullet journal enough. Therefore this year I have bought a diary, this will be used to fill in what days I'm working, what plans we've made for weekends, when people are coming to ours etc.

It will be a more personal and detailed version of the calendar. I can pop it into my bag and take it around with me. Then when anyone asks when I'm free, or when my next available weekend is, I can quickly check on the spot, instead of having to get back to people. Making it easier to make commitments, and also not double book or over stretch myself with too many plans.

3. The 'Bullet Journal', in quotation marks as I haven't bought the bullet journal. I am instead using a trusty notepad and filling the pages bullet journal style. I did this for the last part of 2017 and I found the sections that were most useful to me were; Content Planning, Meal Planning, Budget Tracking and Spending Log.

I have been using it to help plan out blog content for the month, meaning I've been able to keep up my blogging more consistently.  It also helps when you have a moment of sheer genius for a post and need to write it down somewhere before you forget!

My favourite pages are the budget planning and spending log, it's amazing how many little transactions you make, and how much they add up. If you check out my 2018 Goals, you will see that saving more is up there on my list, and I'm hoping that these pages will help me on my way with that resolution. Under the same theme, meal planning has been a game changer. I don't know why we never did it before! The food shop is much cheaper, and I don't have  to think about what to cook every night, I just consult my journal and it's there.

One section I will be adding to my Bullet Journal this year is a Seasonal Capsule Wardrobe page. I am hoping to de-clutter and refine my wardrobe this year (wish me luck!). Alongside the theme of spending less, I want to purchase less. I'm hoping by curating a capsule wardrobe I won't have anymore panic buys for those impromptu dinners and nights out. I also want to be able to open my wardrobe and easily select an outfit. I'll be popping up a post at the end of February all about what was in my capsule wardrobe for winter, alongside a list of items I want to add to my spring capsule wardrobe. If any of you have tips for curating an organised wardrobe, or a capsule wardrobe please send them in my direction, I need all the help I can get!

Other little organisation tips I'm employing:

- Keeping a stock of cards/ wrapping paper/ gift bags
- Regular clear out of kitchen cupboards and freezer
- Starting a Cleaning schedule (deep clean oven etc)
- Storage solutions - wardrobe, beauty, kitchen.


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