Organizing Your Life
Want to get your act together in 2016? While de-cluttering may seem like yet another boring resolution, tiny details like a well- organized closet or a clean purse can do wonders for your state of mind.
...organize your phone.
ask anyone to list the things they can’t leave home without, and “my phone” will most likely be the first. it’s practically an appendage, so making sure it’s an actual, functioning device and not a digital black hole just helps make life easier. You’re a millennial, you can do this.
First things First: back everything up. Sync your phone’s contacts, pictures, music, and apps with your computer, because in case your phone gets lost, is stolen, or just gives out, at least you won’t have to start from scratch. And, for chrissakes, use a security code. • Sorry, but you’re going to have to go through all Your Contacts. Fill out entries without a last name (unless it’s, like, “Bae” or “Mom” or something) and consider creating a system that distinguishes all the Jennys or Mikes from each other—it could be as easy as using the “Company” option. • get to know your phone’s Settings. We’re talking knowing if your e-mail is synced to your phone immediately, or every 15 minutes, or whether you get silent notifications for one app and not another. Not having your settings right might actually be contributing to your pitiful battery life or why your phone’s so slow. • go through all your apps. Have you opened it in the last three months? No? Consider deleting it. • Figure out how organizing your apps makes most sense to You. By function? By name? By icon color? By how often you use them? We prefer the first option, and customize the label names according to what purpose they serve, like Photography, Social, Travel, etc.
...organize your purse.
Your purse is pretty much your command center on-the-go, but maybe it’s time you rethink what it is you’re toting around on a daily basis. We’re guilty of carrying much, much more than the recommended three pounds, so streamlining your daily carry-on can’t come any sooner.
• Dump everything out so you can see exactly
what’s in your bag.
• Clean the actual bag— use a damp cloth on canvas and hardware, and a dry one on more delicate parts that can’t tolerate moisture, e.g. leather.
• evaluate What things You actually use on a Daily basis, versus things you simply like having on you. Power bank? Lip balm? Keep. Ten different shades of red lipstick? Maybe limit that to one.
• as With organizing everything else, Compartmentalization is key. Go through all the contents, gather everything that goes together, and sort them into all those cute little pouches that you’ve been receiving for the past how many Christmases, or into a dedicated bag organizer, which also helps a flimsy tote keep its shape.
• Figure out Your bag’s biggest mess-maker. Receipts? Candy wrappers? Figure out a system for containing them; even a zip-lock bag works.
• makeup Can be Weighty, so train Yourself to having just the essentials throughout the DAY. Pro tip: pick up multi-tasking products, like a dual-ended eyeliner or a buildable lip and cheek tint, that can transform your look from day to night if the need arises.
• get used to Clearing out your bag at least once a week to get rid of any accumulated trash, receipts, or non-essentials you had stashed.
...organize your closet.
of course you have something to wear. if anything, you probably have too many unloved, unworn pieces just gathering dust in your closet. even if you’re not planning on experimenting with ideas like building a capsule wardrobe, clearing out where you keep your clothes will help you save time, money, and maybe even make getting ready in the morning fun again. • Dedicate at least one Full Day For the task.
Empty out your closets—yes, we mean empty— and go through every single piece. Sort them into different piles: Keep, Donate/sell, Discard. Shoes and accessories included. • only put Something into your “keep” pile if (a) it fits, (b) you’ve worn it in the last six months, (c) it’s comfortable, and (d) it fits your personal style. If something fits the criteria but needs repairing, set it aside and have it fixed within a few days. Got a piece that holds sentimental value? Unless it’s a really special piece (we’re talking wedding-dress-special here), we recommend holding off on keeping it around. • clothes that Don’t Fit you or your personal sense of aesthetics? Dump them in the Donate/sell pile. Ratty old clothes go into your Discard pile, and unless you’re already a crafter, don’t even think about holding on to them “just in case.” • Sort like with like— everything that logically makes sense to you should go together. Tops with tops, skirts with skirts, loungewear with lounge-wear...you get the picture. Color coding isn’t necessary, of course, but it just makes things look prettier. • Fill bags with tissue/paper So they keep their shape, and store them on shelves instead of hanging them by the straps. • invest in clear boxes for smaller pieces like lingerie, socks, scarves, or bathing suits, and by invest we mean head to the nearest department store or Saizen and pick up as many as you think you’ll need. Don’t forget to label them—even a strip of tape and a marker is better than having to go through every single one. • having hangers that match isn’t a luxury! Try going with a single color and style and, if you can, invest in some stackable hangers to save space in small closets. Plus, having matching hangers keeps all your clothes level, and provides the illusion of order. anxiety keeping you up at night? We may not be able to solve all your problems, and taking the time to get your thoughts together might seem like an unnecessary waste of time, but trust us, it’s more productive and sanity-building than simply freaking out about how much stuff you have to do. • think about when you’re most productive. Are you a morning person? A night owl? A midday machine? Schedule your most taxing tasks for when your energy is highest. • write Down everything you need to Do. Try to have a dedicated notebook, planner, even a document or spreadsheet for your daily tasks, instead of writing everything down on loose pieces of notepaper. Don’t rely on your memory for important things like meeting notes, or brainstorming sessions—there’s nothing like having something for future reference. • Focus on one task at a time. Whether it’s a presentation, a review, a layout, or even just lunch, give it all your mental real estate. • Don’t Forget to take breaks. Not only is it good for your eyes to look away from a glaring computer or phone screen but getting up, taking a walk (even just to the pantry for a water refill), stretching your limbs and straightening your posture helps keep you energized. • keep a notebook on your bedside table. Instead of letting ideas, anxieties, and things you need to do swirl around in your head before bed, write them down—you’ll keep them out of your head, you’ll never forget a good idea, and you’ll rest easier.
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