One of the things that help me on my path towards a stress free life is being more organised. I haven't quite mastered this to perfection, but I'm a lot more organised that I was ten years ago. When you have clutter everywhere it can make life more stressful because you can never find your keys, the kids PE kit, that important letter that you were supposed post last week or your passport when you need it. I have a place for everything, not in the OCD sense of the word, but I do have certain places for certain things like a safe with key for my documents, a drawer for my make up, and a shelf just for my hair stuff like straighteners, hair dryer and products, hooks for keys and baskets for the crap.
My life just runs more smoothly if I can put my hand to what I need in a hurry, especially early mornings when I'm half asleep. It also makes me a lot less anxious if I'm not pulling my hair out because I can't find my phone charger or keys before I walk out the front door and it will make me late searching the house. I learnt from my Mum how to be a bit more organised because she wasn't. We were always late for everything because mum had lost her keys, again. I would feel the panic in my toes rising, the minute she'd say "Emma, have you seen my keys?" and then by the time we left the house after searching for an hour I'd feel like I was having a full blown panic attack. I swore that when I left home I would have key hooks. And I do.
1. Train The Kids - I try to train the kids to put stuff back where they found it, they are not great at doing it but it is surprising how quick they realize the importance of it when they get to their teens and they have lost their phone charger for the thousandth time. So I give them baskets to put their chargers and leads. I call it the wire basket. Some kids are better at using it than others, but boy, does it give me a buzz when I see their 'wires' in their baskets. It means no pulling the house apart to find their camera lead etc.
2. Hooks - I have hooks for everything, A key hook by the front door. Hooks attached to the under-stairs for jackets, cardi's and scarves. Hooks for PE bags were my favorite hooks when the kids were at school because it meant looking for their gym stuff was a thing of the past. I mainly use those cheap small screw in hooks but I also have those hooks that you can buy for backs of the doors and I love them for hanging bags and hats. I just love hooks!
3. Baskets - Baskets of all sizes are great. I have one for junk like batteries, hair bands, sellotape, glue, paper clips, stapler and all those small bits and bobs that you can never find when you need them. A basket for arts & crafts is essential too for the kids, for obvious reasons. I also have a pretty white basket just for me, where I keep my camera, phone charger, lippy and sunglasses.
4. Greetings - Keep a box or a drawer spare for envelopes, gift wrap, ribbon, stamps, pens, paper and a few greetings cards for birthdays etc. I keep a few blank cards in my drawer for writing out quick Thank you's or notes to friends. I find this drawer so useful and it has been a life saver many times when I have forgotten a birthday.
5. Gifts Galore - I have a gift drawer. I fill it with stuff that I add to my weekly shop like shower gels, body butters, hair products, small toys, candles etc. I mainly save this stuff to make up hampers at Christmas, but it is also really useful for times you need a small gift for someone on the quick.
Do you have any tips for organising the small stuff?