Organisational Blog Series: 1. Where The Hell Is My...?!

Picture of belongings organised by Oscar Nilsson on Unsplash

Misplaced belongings cause stress, anxiety and wasted time (not to mention the sick-in-the-pit-of-your-tummy feeling and a cold sweat), so why do so many people live like this? 

Lately I've had a number of conversations with friends about organisation.  Personally, I'm a very organised individual, I often feel that being so damn organised actually makes me a little boring.  Apparently, that's not the case.

To my surprise, for those who struggle with organisation, it's not a boring topic at all - it's more a topic of wonder and disbelief ...which I still find a little strange myself but hey, when something comes so naturally to you, it's easy to assume that it comes naturally to others as well. 

So, after a few weeks of mulling over my friends' suggestion that I put out some blogs about organisation, and the fact that home schooling is now over and I can breath a bit easier, I thought I'd jump online between study periods and get blogging.

Now the thing about organisation is that it's a massive subject, one that can only be covered over a series of blog posts (that is, if it's to be delivered in an organised fashion - ha!).  Organisation can come in many forms and be applied to numerous areas of your life.  For example: some people can be super organised in their job but terribly disorganised at home or socially.  Whereas some people, can be reasonably organised across their life tasks, but hopeless at organising and managing their time.  And they're just a couple of basic examples, yet, barely scratching the surface.

picture of master 11's random airpodThe point I thought I'd start with "misplaced belongings" was born out of recent conversations about Apple AirPods and how easily they can be misplaced.  This resonated with me straight away as I'm constantly finding Master 11's random AirPod around the house (it's really no surprise that he only has one left!).  This is also, in my opinion, the first rule in being organised with one's belongings. 

It's fair to say that the solution to this probably gets the most eye-rolls and 'p'fffs' in response when I talk about it too.  But I promise you, it's very simple. The number one rule for keeping your belongings organised is... when you pick it up, put it back in its place - that's it!

I can hear those 'p'fffs' coming hard and fast now but wait, stay with me.  Apart from people as OCD as myself, I know there are plenty of people quickly refuting the fact that every item has a home to start with.  But think about it.  Most items you own belong somewhere, at least even in a general vicinity like the corner of the room, for example.  You have to admit there is a general spot for most things.

But what about those that don't have a home or a spot, you ask?  Give them one!  Take the AirPod discussion for example, my friend complained that her AirPods were always running out of charge and that she was scared of losing them.  They were new so she hadn't worked out what to do with them.  I asked her where she kept them and she said 'where-ever I chuck them when I take them out; the bench or table' (and she means literally on the table  not inside their case).  Naturally, I shuddered.

The organised solution here is to give them a home.  I suggested she keep the case on the phone charger, with the AirPods inside, that way they charge whilst at home.  And they have a home now.  If the phone needs charging, pop the AirPods beside it.  If you go out, put them in your handbag or pocket.  And the MOST important part (and apparently the hardest for many) when you get home, or you finish using them and remove them from your ears, put them back again - immediately!  Not later, not tomorrow but straight away.

I admit, if it's not something you do now then you will have to form a new habit, and we all know new habits can be difficult to ingrain.  But give it a go and see if you can get on top of it.  It works for all your belongings, and it helps keep your living environment tidier - winning!

For those of you reading this who are like me and incredibly organised, feel free to add your own ideas or tips for my disorganised friends out there ...I know of one who is probably looking around for her AirPods now!

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