My Top 10 Organizing Tips
I've always had highly organized tendencies. When I was in elementary school I frequently made time-lapse videos of me cleaning my room. I for some reason thought these, and other such short films (a clay-motion saga of a caterpillar), would be really interesting for my friends and family to watch. Blasting music and cleaning has always been a part of my life, and consistently puts me in a good mood. Here are my top 10 tips that keep the space around me organized.
(1) I make my bed every morning. There's about 30 articles about why making your bed will change your life. That's a bold claim, but it does feel nice to come home to a made bed. Having a nice space also includes (2) putting away clothes or things that have gathered on my desk. (3) I make a to-do list in my phone every day in the Reminders app. It's become a habit to constantly check this list, so I never forget the tasks I've put on it for the day.
(4) I also make a to-do list for the week. I love having everything on my mind written out for me. It keeps me on track and reminds me to make time for errands, or schedule appointments. Or take a bath. Because why shouldn't self-care be part of our weekly routine? (5) I clean out my purse every week. I empty it completely, get rid of receipts I don't need, and re-organize it. I almost always have 4 tinted lip balms in my purse by the end of the week. (6) I try to do a quick clean up of my bathroom every week, at the very least wiping down the counter. (7) I wash my makeup brushes at least every two weeks.
This next one, possibly my favorite, I've been doing since high school. (8) I go through my entire wardrobe at the start of every season and get rid of clothes that I don't like, don't wear, or that don't fit anymore. I am sentimental towards certain things, but for the most part I am the opposite of a hoarder. I am a girl who loves to get rid of things. It takes a whole day, and you'll end up pulling out your whole wardrobe and making a huge mess. But when you're done, you'll have a curated wardrobe of clothes you actually wear. I also take this time to re-organize where I put my clothes according to season.
(9) Every few months I do a clutter overhaul in my room. I find that after a few months I end up with a bunch of sh*t stuffed in my drawers that I don't need. Take everything out, throw away what you don't need, and re-organize. (10) Lastly, I go through my bathroom and get rid of old beauty products: expired foundation, sample sizes of serum, and heat protection spray that I never use. As much I love makeup and skincare, when I look at an overflowing amount of products it overwhelms instead of excites me.
I actually get rid of things more than I maybe should because I love the feeling of shedding excess so much. But if you tend to hold on to clothes or have products in your bathroom that are 5 years old, give the clear out a go. It'll feel amazing, promise.