organization is the key to life.
Well, not exactly, per say. I exaggerate. But organization is quite important; it is the key to feeling prepared and confident when entering into something new. Every day is a new adventure, after all. Spontaneity is of course, important, but feeling at least a little prepared for what’s to come can ease you into something new, whether it be a new day, event, place, etc. That, my dears, is the beauty of organization.
Being organized with time…
Make lists. I always make lists, not because I’m OCD about organization, but simply because I like to – they’re quite fun, actually! Try jotting lists for everything; before you leave the house for a shopping trip (grocery, clothing, party, etc.), make a list of what you are looking for. It’s the best way to remember what exactly you need/want, and can shorten shopping trips. Which gives you more time to do what you want!
Post-It notes are your best friend. I carry around a stack of pretty sticky notes in my purse at all times. If you should ever get a sudden revelation, a brilliant idea, they do come in handy. But most importantly, they serve as reminders that can go just about anywhere. Stick a note in a binder reminding yourself to do pages 56-100 of the reading for English; put one on the refrigerator so you know that you need more iced tea for tonight’s party. You get the point.
Buy a planner! It’s quite crucial to being organized. Always write down any deadlines, dates, appointments, and events alongside their respective times. That way, you won’t forget that Saturday’s already booked and plan something that day and have to scramble to cancel one of the events. It also allows you to see ahead of time what you have in store for you in the next week or so, allowing you ample time to be prepared and make sure you have everything you need! Having a pocket-sized one that can easily be tossed in a bag is a plus; a wall calender for your home is good too!
… and with everything else!
Your closet. It’s a sanctuary and a home for your clothes – so treat it well! There’s plenty of amazing closet organization gurus out there (and I, my dears, am not one of them!). My not-so-legitimate take on closet organization? I think of it as an art, organizing everything so that it is aesthetically appealing when the closet doors open. Dresses on one side, hung by color and occasion (formal & casual). Skirts and dress pants take their space next to the dresses. The center of my closet consists of clothes that can be folded: denim (never hang your jeans – they can lose their shape!) and shorts. The right side of my closet is then divided into two; the top half is designated for cardigans, jackets, etc., and the bottom half for nicer tops that need to be hung. Once again, everything is organized by color! (I just realized that the majority of the clothing is cream, gray black, with an occasional green, yellow, or purple thrown in.)
*Remember to put everything back where it belongs immediately after their wearing! And color isn’t the only way to organize it; you can go by type of clothing, season, material…*
The dresser. If you have one, do organize it so you can find that tee in a snap! All my fold-able clothing goes in here; the top two drawers are dedicated to tee shirts/short sleeves, one is for sweaters and long sleeves, the next for pajamas (half the drawer is for undergarments, the right half is for actual pjs), and the bottom for socks (half for socks, the right half for tights & legwear)
Shoes. IKEA (one of my favorite places ever!) has the best organizational systems for quite amazing prices. I have a wall sized shelf system that holds more than an adequate number of shoes for only a hundred or so dollars. My shoes, once again, are organized by color and type.
Bags. Bags are works of art in itself, so why not treat them with due care and display them on shelves (which also makes them easily accessible!). Special occasion clutches or purses that are rarely used should be store in their proper dustbags in boxes to prevent any damage or accumulation of dust. Mine are hung in my closet, or (by color, once again) put on shelves in my closet.
Jewelry. Investing in a lovely little dresser specifically for jewelry is always a darling idea. But if not, buy a few trays and organize it by color and occasion, so that it is easy to find matching jewelry in a snap!
So, Miss Chic, I do hope that my rather wordy list will help you, even if it is just a bit! I’m sure that there are a plethora of legitimate organization professional who would give a much better rundown on tips, so do check those out!