Friday, February 6, 2015

Tips From a Professional Declutterer That Will Change Your Life

Here to show us how is Ollie Neveu, a professional tasker for life organisation company TaskRabbit. Ready? Let's do this!

1. MAKE A BETTER LIST

To-do lists can be extremely useful but when they're seemingly endless or too vague, it’s becomes hard to prioritise what to do first. "Start off by writing everything down, even the smallest task," says Ollie. "Then, highlight the three most important tasks you need to get done. Once that’s clear, you can plan for the day and everything else will fall into place!" But make sure you keep just the one list - too many pieces of paper lying around will just feel chaotic. Also, Ollie suggests keeping the list on your phone so you can keep track of the errands you can tick off as you go. Clever.

2. START SMALL

You'd be surprised by how good a clutter-free bedroom feels! Not only that, but often once you've started organising one room, the rest falls into place (note: organising doesn't mean simply moving all your junk from one room to another). "Wardrobes and storage areas are the first spots to tackle to create the mental space you need to feel organised in your daily life," says Ollie. "Start the declutter process by creating three piles of stuff: keep it, bin it, donate it." Be honest with yourself - haven't worn that peasant top since 2001? Get rid of it. Schedule in some time to check each pile at the end of each month to maintain order for good.

3. CREATE A JUNK DRAWER

"Sometimes to get organised you need a small space to put those things you don't know what to do with (but may need at some point). Isolating the clutter in a drawer can keep messes from pouring into the rest of your life," advises Ollie. "Just make sure to clear out the junk on a weekly/monthly basis." And keep it to just the one drawer - not an entire cupboard.

4. PUT YOUR WORK CAP ON

"Paying bills, sorting out appointments and clearing out your wardrobe often fall to the bottom of the list. As you would at work, give yourself targets and deadlines and allocate a time each day when you sort out your life admin. Being in work mode, you’ll be far more effective and that to-do list will soon be gone," says Ollie. Is that a promise?

5. DO SOMETHING FUN YOU'VE BEEN PUTTING OFF

"The whole point of being organised is so you can get more time to do the things you enjoy in life," says Ollie. "Make an effort to declutter and organise yourself, then dedicate half a day a week or even a month to yourself. Do what you want, when you want. It’s important to be organised but if you don’t enjoy the time you save, there’s really no point." Now that's one tip we can definitely get on board with.


Source : womenshealthmag.co.uk

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