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15 Simple Ways to Organize Your Life

15 Simple Ways to Organize Your Life

I’m constantly finding ways to organize and declutter things in my life.

From my daily schedule, to my weekly meals, to my outfit for that event next week, I have to plan everything, and I’m an absolute mess if I don’t.

It’s so important to stay organized in order to maintain balance in your life.

Here are some simple and easy ways to organize and declutter your life!

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Easy ways to organize your life


Notebook flat lay

Use an agenda or planner

Trust me – you’re going to need a physical agenda or planner if you actually want to stay productive and keep your life organized.

Not too long ago, I was one of those people who thought physical planners were pointless.

Why keep your entire life schedule in something you have to always carry around with you and have to worry about if you lose?

The joke was on me, because now I can’t live without having a physical planner.

Having a planner really helps you stay organized and on top of things, especially when you’re writing things down and crossing things off!

When I was using my iCloud Calendar, things didn’t always sync properly between my phone and laptop and I’d be constantly double-booking myself or forgetting about appointments.

When I have my physical planner, I can’t just move things on my calendar to the next day, and it really gives me satisfaction to cross things off my to-do list lol.

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You can shop plenty of cute 2022 planners on Indigo or Amazon.

If you are someone who prefers to have everything online, Asana is an awesome calendar tool I use myself!


MUJI notebook flat lay

Set monthly goals and actually follow up with them

Every month I try to set certain goals for myself.

This includes personal goals, business goals, and all the in-between goals.

If I don’t reach a certain goal by the end of the month, I try to determine what I did wrong and what I could do better for the next month.

You need to know what you’re reaching for to help you plan and strategize how you’re going to get there!

The best way to do this is to write down the goal you have, then create actionable steps to achieve that goal.

If you don’t know the actual steps of how you’re going to achieve the goal, then it’s more of a blank dream and not something you’re actually working to achieve.

For example, if one of your goals is to try to be healthier: what do you want to do to be healthier?

Is it doing a 15-minute YouTube workout three times a week?

Or eating a home-cooked vegetarian meal once a week?

Having actionable steps really helps you to achieve your goals, and adding them to your calendar helps as well.


Apple Reminders app

Use the Apple Reminders app

I know I said I’m all about writing things down, but I also rely on having reminders pop up on my phone as well.

For my physical planner, I like to write down work tasks, and on my Apple Reminders app, I like having personal tasks like doing laundry or running the dishwasher.

These are usually more time-sensitive tasks, so it helps to have the reminder pop up on my phone at the exact time or day it needs to get done.

I’m not sure about any equivalent apps for non-iPhone users, but I’m sure y’all have some out there.


Casetify floral phone case flat lay

Delete and archive old social media posts

Maybe you don’t want those embarrassing old photos on Facebook anymore.

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Or those weird Tweets you wrote back in high school.

Spend some time deleting and archiving your old social media posts – I think having a well-crafted digital identity is extremely important!

If you need help with this, I have a blog post all about how to clean up your social media accounts.


Unfollow or mute accounts that make you unhappy

Your mental health is more important than looking at pretty pictures or keeping anyone’s ego satisfied.

Unfollow any accounts that make you feel bad, and just mute people you simply just can’t unfollow.

At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to look at your Instagram or Twitter feed, so make it a positive one for yourself.

I know a lot of people say social media is “unhealthy”, but I honestly think it’s all about how you use it and how you curate your feeds.

If you need more tips on making the internet more positive for you, I’ve got a blog post all about how to combat negativity on the internet!


Unsubscribe from email lists you don’t care about

Tired of getting constant sale emails from stores or random emails from newsletters you don’t remember subscribing to?

Unsubscribe to the email lists you no longer care about so they can stop clogging up your inbox!

And on that note, if you’ve got an excessive amount of emails clogging up your inbox, go through ’em and start deleting ’em.

It’s very satisfying to have an empty inbox – I don’t understand people who have 50,000 unread emails in their inbox?!


Working on laptop with AfterShokz headphones

Put together a monthly budget

If you don’t already have one, I think having a monthly budget is extremely useful.

Write down your monthly recurring expenses (internet, hydro, etc.), a divided amount of yearly expenses (I pay car insurance yearly but divide it by 12 for my own budget), and estimated amounts for things like groceries, takeout, and entertainment expenses.

Deduct your estimated monthly expenses from your monthly income (your full-time income plus any estimated side hustle income), and keep any leftover income in your savings, or better yet, contribute it to your TFSA!

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Homemade poké bowls are an easy lunch idea to make at home!

Don’t buy more groceries than you can eat

I try to only buy the amount of groceries I know I can finish before they expire, and I freeze things if I’m unable to finish them by the expiry date.

The best way to avoid throwing out food waste? Planning out your meals!

If you’re planning on buying a certain ingredient, you can think of multiple meals using that ingredient so that it doesn’t go to waste.

For example, if you’re buying avocados, you can make avocado toast, guac, or even salad!

If you have any extra food you won’t be able to eat, you can post in this local Toronto-based Facebook group where people post free items for people in need.


Go through your random stacks of paper

Got a random, jumbled mess of papers sitting on top of your counter?

I know I’ve got several piles of random papers in various corners of my condo…

Spend some time going through the stacks and recycling anything you don’t need and organizing what you do need.

Expired coupons from 3 months ago – maybe something you don’t need.

Old business receipts from last year – definitely should keep.


2022 vision board on 2021 Macbook Pro laptop with coffee, working from home

Organize your desktop

Anyone else find their desktop cluttered with random files and screenshots at the end of each year?

Take a peek through everything on your desktop and delete anything you don’t need anymore.

Anything that you do need, store them in folders so they’re easier to find!

I actually decided to make a 2022 vision board for my desktop wallpaper this year, so I emptied my desktop completely and stored my folders in my “Documents” folder.


Follow a regular cleaning schedule

Growing up, I had “chore days” where I had to do everything from vacuuming, to folding laundry, to doing the dishes.

If you’re wondering, yes, I was the eldest child. And no, my younger siblings never had to do any chores. 🙃

Since I’m much older and much busier now, I rarely ever have the time to dedicate an entire day to cleaning.

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I try to do a little bit of cleaning here and there everyday to make things easier.

Vacuum today, clean the bathroom tomorrow, wipe all the counters the next day.

It’s definitely less overwhelming if you clean on a regular basis!

Having a messy space really affects my mood, so I have to keep my space as clean as possible.


How to become a morning person

Have a proper sleep schedule

I’m 100% a morning person and I love waking up early to get things done, but I can’t function if I don’t have a proper night’s sleep.

It’s hard for anyone to get things done if they’re exhausted!

A standard 7 to 8 hours usually does it for me.

Having a regular sleep schedule that you follow on a daily basis will help you to stay organized!


Liquid lipsticks

Toss out old makeup and skincare

Own way too many lipsticks from 5 years ago? Same, bro. *pukes*

Go through your makeup and skincare collection and throw out anything that’s really old.

If you have any makeup you’ve never touched, donate them to a women’s shelter!


Wardrobe decluttering tips to help you build that minimal capsule wardrobe (or just make more room for new clothes in your closet).

Declutter your wardrobe

Declutter your closet and get rid of anything you haven’t touched in over a year.

Don’t throw them into the garbage though, unless they’re damaged beyond repair!

Let’s try to keep textiles away from landfills as long as we can and try to be more sustainable, shall we?

If you need the extra cash, sell your clothes on somewhere like Poshmark – I made over $800 selling my clothes last year!

Feel free to use my code “JESSICAILAM” to save $15 on your first Poshmark order.

Otherwise, drop off your clothing donations at a women’s shelter or any other charities that may need them.

You can also give them away in this local Toronto-based Facebook group I mentioned earlier, where people post free items for people in need.


David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill, Ontario | Fall outfit ft. Zara plaid blazer, white turtleneck, Aritzia leather pants, Cougar boots

Plan out your outfits ahead of time

Back when I was in high school, I used to have a note on my phone called “OOTDs” where I planned every single outfit for the entire school year.

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I did change and move things around throughout the year, but it made it so much easier to get dressed every morning.

I still do this nowadays, but obviously I don’t have somewhere to go every single day, so I just plan ahead if I know I’ll be going somewhere.

Another way to make it easier to get dressed everyday is having a capsule wardrobe!


Easy ways to organize your life:

  1. Use an agenda or planner
  2. Set monthly goals and actually follow up with them
  3. Use the Reminders app from Apple
  4. Delete and archive old social media posts
  5. Unfollow or mute accounts that make you unhappy
  6. Unsubscribe from email lists you don’t care about
  7. Put together a monthly budget
  8. Don’t buy more groceries than you can eat
  9. Go through your random stacks of paper
  10. Organize your desktop
  11. Follow a regular cleaning schedule
  12. Have a proper sleep schedule
  13. Toss out old makeup and skincare
  14. Declutter your wardrobe
  15. Plan out your outfits ahead of time

These are just some ways to declutter and organize your life!

Do you do any of these methods to stay organized? What are some other ways to organize and declutter your life? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Need some inspiration on staying organized on a daily basis? Here are simple and easy ways to declutter and organize your life.

Talisa Garbo

Wednesday 12th of April 2017

What's yyz hun?

Jessica Lam

Wednesday 12th of April 2017

It's Toronto's airport code!

Teri

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Agendas are the best!! I used to say that about people with agendas too - because everything I had was kept online, but writing it out is soooo much better! And good for an overview glance as well ^^

Jessica Lam

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Haha I don't know what I'd do without it!

Victoria Stacey

Saturday 14th of January 2017

I totally do the lists of hashtags in my notes thing! I also am trying to get on a better sleep schedule - hoping it'll work with the new dog!

Jessica Lam

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Congrats on getting a new dog, I want one so badly haha! Waiting until my boyfriend and I move out together :)

Deborah

Monday 9th of January 2017

Ooh these are great tips, especially the one about keeping a note for instagram hashtags!! So handy!

Jessica Lam

Monday 9th of January 2017

Thanks so much Deborah!!

Jacqueline Gikow

Monday 9th of January 2017

I just today started thinking about Apple's Reminders. I've hated the idea forever, but I have succumbed to chaos with my activities. lol

Jessica Lam

Monday 9th of January 2017

Haha, I really don't know what I'd do without Reminders! It's tedious to get started with but you grow to love it!