Friday, July 11, 2014

5 Life-Changing Organisation Tips

Now you’re probably reading this because you are sick of the mess in your bedroom. You may spend hours organising, only to find that the room never stays as neat as you would like. Organising can also be very time consuming, and you can never find a moment to do it. You’re too exhausted after a long day at work, the weekends are reserved for your friends, so there’s generally no time to actually sort through the mess. However, you don’t have to be in this predicament, there are a few quick ways that you can try out to help you be more organised and live in a neater space.

Before I even begin sharing the tips, the first step is to completely get rid of unnecessary things in your room, whether this is clothes or general possessions. If it hasn’t been used or worn in the past 6 months, donate it to charity. You really don’t need your prom dress from when you were 16, or your broken clock that reminds you of your childhood bedroom. Be brutal and get rid of it. My very simple motto is ‘if you don’t use it, you don’t need it.’ Now on to the tips:

1.  Invest in fitted wardrobes. These will revolutionise your entire storage system. Fitted wardrobes are custom built according to the space that you have, allowing you to utilise the entire height of your room. This is especially great for attic rooms with slanted ceilings, as it can often be difficult to find a wardrobe to fit into the space. Fitted wardrobes are often much larger and give you a lot more storage space. They don’t have to solely be used for the purpose of storing clothes; you can use them for storing boxes, cosmetics and anything else. They just ensure that everything has a place to go, keeping it off your bedroom floor!

2. Use different colours for your hangers. You can develop your own system and choose specific colours to symbolise different things. For example, allocating yellow hangers for summer clothes and blue for winter clothes. You can even assign different colours for clothes that you want to make an effort to wear in the coming months; you can put these on red hangers and change the colour of the hanger once you have worn them. It can also be a good way to see what you have and distinguish between items. This also allows you to switch up your clothes during seasons as you will be able to easily remove clothes that you will not be wearing.

3. Curl up your wires. Have you ever considered just how much time you spend in your life trying to untangle wires? It can be very stressful, especially if you are in a hurry and end up having some sort of meltdown as you are trying to head out of the door. There are lots of little devices for keeping your headphones untangled in your bag, but it’s usually your bedroom where the real problem is. A very simple method to organise your cables is to find a storage box, whether this is a decorative gift box or a plain old shoebox, anything will do. Once you have done this, collect some cardboard toilet-paper rolls and then store them upright in the box, until the box is full. It is important that you fill the box; otherwise they will be rolling around. You can then neatly place the wires into each roll and prevent them from being tangled. If you find that the wires are too thick, you can use take-away containers and stack them on top of each other inside the box. You can even do this in your drawers to store jewellery and other accessories.

4. Collect your bobby pins and put them inside a Tic Tac case. You may ask why it must be a Tic Tac case, and the reason for this is because these cases have a small opening. This means that you will only dispense the amount of hairpins that you need, preventing the others from spilling out everywhere. Now it may not sound particularly life-changing, but consider the amount of hair pins you find in the strangest of places, and how often you have to purchase new ones. It’s not so much the storage of the hairpins that is life-changing, it’s more so the fact that you know exactly where they will be. This provides you with a little bit of control, making you feel more organised because you know the exact location of the item. You can also use this to carry in your handbag which can make life so much easier. Alternatively, you can use Tic Tac cases to store your pills. This can also be another means of remaining organised.

5.  Use space wisely - There is lots of dead space around the room, whether this is beneath your bed or in awkward corners. These places are often used as dumping grounds and can contribute to making the remainder of the room look messy. This is because things are literally thrown into these corners. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with using this space, there is an effective way to use it. Buy transparent boxes with wheels to roll under your bed. You will be able to see exactly what is in them which will be especially useful when searching for things in the morning. For any awkward corners, you can stack up storage boxes and use these as a form of decor. There are lots of different patterned boxes available and you can even label them to take your organisation to the next level.

While these tips may seem very simple, they can really help to change the way that you live. You can also adapt these to the rest of the house and you will find that it will substantially reduce your cleaning time later on. Good luck and happy organising!

By Qurratulain Zaheer, an expert in the field of interior design and avid lover of organisation. She recommends Hammonds Space for their stylish fitted wardrobes; her personal favourite is the 5 panel door in pomegranate glass.

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