Let’s face it – we could all do with being a bit more organised. Experts say that the trick to being organised, whether at work or at home, is really quite simple – allot a certain amount of time each day to it. But that’s easier said than done. Most of us are constantly struggling to find time for what we perceive to be more important activities, so how do we become more organised?

According to life coach Ramona Mordecai, the key is to develop an organised mind. “An organised mind equals an organised environment. Every single piece of matter was first perceived in your mind as a desire – be it a phone, book, piece of clothing, a needle or a pin. We often find that we lose the connection and acknowledgement of these things by keeping them scattered in different places and when the time arises to access them, we scatter ourselves in finding the item that has been lost with a sort of frustration as well as a desire to buy more. The key is to keep everything in an assigned place.

Another good tip is to let go of things that bring your spirit down – this is a special method which the famous organising consultant and author Marie Kondo calls the ‘Kon Mari method’. Here, you hold an item up, bring it closer to you and see how your energy feels about it. If it feels right, then keep it and make a place for it; if not, throw it away.”

Keeping this in mind, here are a few easy tips and tricks to keep your life (and mind) organised.

Make Lists

With the advent of the smartphone, there are a number of listing apps available to you. But if you, like me, get even more confused with them, follow what I do and maintain a simple handwritten diary. My diary is my go-to place to make any kind of list – whether it’s tasks to do, groceries to buy, daily expenses, holiday gifts, or birthdays and other important events coming up. I refer to my diary every day so I know exactly what’s expected of me and what’s coming up.

Allot 15 Minutes Daily to Cleaning Up

It may seem difficult at first, but dedicating a fixed time to cleaning up and organising everything, from throwing out the trash and clearing the refrigerator to sorting your papers and keeping things back in their place in the bedroom, will help you be more organised and make your home or work desk look cleaner. Besides, you’ll be able to find things quicker and feel more at peace without any clutter around you. And all it takes is 15 minutes!

Organise Your Finances

We know you’re not necessarily a financial whiz, but it’s important to understand and handle your own finances and investments. Understand the tax structure, where your money is going and put aside a minimum saving of 10 percent of your income for a rainy day. Being organised and thorough with your finances will give you the confidence to lead your life better.

Clean Your Closet Periodically

It might seem like the most difficult task of all – to get rid of your clothes and shoes – but it needs to be done periodically for you to live clutter-free. Spend an afternoon going through your closet and remove anything that you haven’t worn for the last six months. If you haven’t worn it in that long, chances are you won’t be wearing it in the future either.

Keep Your Medicine Box in Order

This is an oft-overlooked part of staying organised. We don’t bother throwing out expired medicines and, before you know it, we have an overflowing box filled with useless stuff. Clear this box on a monthly basis and throw out expired medicines as well as order the regular ones you and your family take.

Set a Place for Everything

Everything in your home or your office needs to have its own space. Label these spaces carefully and make sure you put things in their proper labelled places. A big mistake that many people make is to create a miscellaneous space where they dump everything they’re not sure about; this inevitably creates another clutter space for things. Instead, keep spaces for things you use regularly in sight, while those that are rarely used can be arranged out of sight.

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