How To Organise Your Life, One Reason You Suck At Being Organised


How to organise your life


One reason you might be failing at staying organised

Ok, you’re geared up for success, you work hard, you spend quality time with your family, you work at keeping your house clean, but you still don’t feel organised or in control.

You think other people seem to have it all together, they know when their kids have activities, they know when projects are due,  you assume they are on top of their game at work, they always look put together, and their house is perfectly clean.

You ask yourself why you missed that important meeting, or forgot your kid’s swimming kit, or feel your house is dirty and disorganised; you wish you could spend more time with your kids rather than trying to juggle work commitments and chores.

It’s not easy, and everyone has their battles to deal with,  perhaps you’re struggling with

  • Lack of free time
  • Chronic pain or illness
  • ill family members or family members with special needs
  • Lack of support from family members
  • A spouse who is absent most of the time.
  • Being a single parent
  • Financial instability
  • Elderly relatives living at home
  • Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • A very demanding work schedule
  • A  very demanding job or business.
  • After school activities
  • University or work commitments
  • Busy family life
  • Having a new baby, small children or both.

Many people struggle to cope every day; there isn’t a magic potion we can all use to have more hours in the day, have a spouse who is home at 5.30 every day, or have a pain-free day.

But there is an “order” in which we can do things which help us become more efficient and organised with the small amount of time we do have spare.

Listen up!

The order in which we do things may be affecting the way we succeed at being an organised person.

To be successful at anything you must be determined that you’re not going to stop until you’ve reached your goal, no matter what life throws at you along the way, you’ve just got to keep going.

So, what is this “order ” 

It’s a routine that you set yourself to follow each morning, and you strive to do this routine every day.

For instance

  • If you are sick of coming home from work to a messy kitchen, you need to schedule filling up the dishwasher into your morning routine.
  • If you’re sick of missing your kid’s events at school, you need to schedule check the calendar into your morning routine.
  • If you struggle to keep the bathroom clean,  you should add “flash clean the bathroom ” to your routine.

Here is an example of my morning routine,  I do this without fail every day if I’m working I get up early to do it before I leave for work.

I don’t do anything else until I’ve done the routine, as this is the smallest amount of work I have to do to keep my life and my family organised and running smoothly.

I have people relying on me for hundreds of tiny things every day; if I’ve not got certain things completed regularly then other things will not get done, the big stuff, the things that matter.

My Morning Routine

  • Prepare ingredients for tea, ~  defrost meat, chop veg or start the slow cooker.
  • Tidy kitchen and dining area, ~  load dishwasher, clear surfaces.
  • Tidy entrance,  ~  sort post, tidy up shoes, clear floor.
  • Tidy lounge, ~ tidy up the floor, put everything away, tidy the toys.
  • Tidy daughters room, ~ straighten up, declutter paper, check for any dirty laundry, check she has made her bed, opened her curtains
  • Tidy son’s room   ~ tidy any toys or books which the kids have played with before school, check for any laundry, make the bed, open curtains.
  • Tidy master bedroom, make the bed, put clothes away, remove any items which belong elsewhere.
  • Flash clean bathroom, i.e. sanitise sink, toilet, wipe shower doors, hang towels, dry bath mat, polish mirror, stash toiletries away.

These are the things I  do before I leave the house for work every day. My kids do tidy up after themselves, open the curtains and make their beds, but I am just going round double checking they’ve not missed anything.



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The benefits of creating a routine.

  • If I hadn’t defrosted the stuff for tea, I would not have the ingredients I needed to cook a healthy home-made dinner, and I would have to grab something quick which isn’t always the healthiest option.
  • If the house isn’t neat, my kids and spouse would just make a bigger mess, and if it is tidy, they won’t leave as much stuff lying around and are less prone to lose things.
  • If the kitchen surfaces are clear, it is much quicker to make my kids a healthy meal than if I have to start clearing a cluttered kitchen.


How To Create Your Morning Routine.

    1. Write down all the things which you’d like to be more organised with, the areas you feel always trip you up or catch you off guard, the things which you think are out of control.   For example:  If you are often unprepared at tea time and end up feeding the kids a last-minute unhealthy meal.
    2. Write down a solution to each of these problems. For example, prep veg or start slow cooker with a home-cooked meal.
    3. Take this solution and work it into your morning routine.
    4. Continue to do this until your list is complete
    5. Your list could be as short or as long as you like if you only decide to commit to preparing the tea before you go out in the morning that’s ok, as long as it improves your day.
    6. Commit to following this list every morning, including weekends and holidays. Don’t slack, make it a habit, it should be the bare minimum you need to do to keep your house running smoothly, more organised and in control.
    7. Do what it takes to make this a habit, get up earlier than the rest of the family, stay off social media till its done.
    8. Don’t start any other jobs until you’ve done the bare bones, don’t get distracted by the big stuff until your routine is complete.
    9. For instance, I can’t start to clean until my house is tidy!   I’m not going to start on my ironing until I’ve prepared tea because at the end of each day my kids need have a nutritious, healthy meal.
This is the planner I use.

 How to make it work for you.

  • Your routine should flow for you.
  • Start with the most accessible room to do first.
  • If you plan on getting up earlier than the kids you would be better to do something from your routine in the furthest room away from their bedrooms, so you don’t wake them up and lose your precious time alone.

I, for instance, schedule the bathroom last, so it’s cleaned after everyone else has made their mess.

After my routine is complete, I  make sure I do one load of laundry. Put one load of laundry away and do 15 mins of ironing ( or about ten items), this saves me from having to spend a full afternoon catching up on laundry or having to do any panic ironing when someone needs something for school or work. It also prevents the awful Sunday afternoon spent tediously preparing school uniforms and work shirts.

I should point out that I do other loads of laundry throughout the week but one load per day is the bare bones required to keep the chaos away!

Other jobs.

All other jobs such as

are done when there is space during the week, in between working, picking up the kids, after-school activities family days out etc. (but after the  morning routine is complete), however, you may find that some of these jobs are already in your morning routine!

How it works.

Each day that you do your routine, you will find you get quicker and quicker, you will get more done than you ever imagined and you will get more and more organised.

The more organised you are, the more free time you will have, and you will feel more in control, this, in turn, will make you feel more energised to deal with other areas of your life that may have overwhelmed you.


Your morning routine should be as long or short as you feel comfortable with,   you know how much time you have to dedicate to it, use that time wisely, tackle the jobs which really will make the most significant impact in your day and prioritise the critical jobs!

Every time you do something from your routine, you’ll find that it gets more natural and comfortable, for instance

  • If you’ve vowed to open your post and file it away every day, you’ll soon discover that you are spending less and less time doing paperwork.
  • It won’t be a huge task which you keep putting it off anymore, and you may find that you now spend five minutes decluttering the file with the spare time you’ve accumulated.
  •  Eventually, your filing system will always be up to date uncluttered and easy to use, which in return makes opening your post every day a minimal job which should take seconds to complete.


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