1. Planner/ Google Calendar
This may be an obvious tip but often we forget to write in our planners or schedule out things we need to do. Those that do, may not even do it in an orderly way. I love having a planner that is physical and requires me to actually write things down. I know I am a visual person and it helps me to see what I have written down to remember it. I write everything in my planner from doctor's appointments, work paydays, and even schedule in time to do dishes or laundry. One small tip, get three highlighters (all different colors, of course) and highlight the things you need to do by color. For example, anything work-related is highlighted in yellow, anything that I need to do personally is highlighted in orange, and anything fun like events or a friend coming to visit will be highlighted in pink. This allows me to see what my week will look like at the start and I just take it day by day. Try this tip and see if it works for you! You may be surprised how much you can remember.
2. Cleaning Your Apartment / Room
So this doesn't sound like fun but why do we wait till the spring to do Sping Cleaning? Yes, we should be cleaning our houses every week, but also before we buy/receive gifts for others, have guests over. You may be thinking, "I'm the only one seeing this space, and I'll barely be here the next couple weeks!" Well, you're the perfect person because SAME. Although you may not have to publically share the space your space can affect the way you behave. You still have to see that mess every day and it can affect your thoughts and emotions. Shred the receipts, dust the shelves, toss out all your old mail, and give yourself the respect of a clean personal space. One that is truly clean even if you were to lift a book or a couch cushion. I personally like throwing on an upbeat playlist on a Saturday morning, get some coffee in my system, and tackle my place room by room. I feel so much better when it's done and I know when I come back home from traveling, everything is in its place and I get to rest easy.
3. De-Clutter Your Wardrobe
Is there really a more perfect time of the year to toss out the items you don't wear anymore and make room for new things? I think not. It's nearing the end of the year, all your favorite stores are having amazing sales, and you'll probably get a box of underwear and socks from some family member anyway! You might as well make some room for it! Here's my tip: Organize your closet by tanks, short sleeve, long sleeves, sweaters, outerwear, dresses, skirts, and pants. Then once you have separated your items by category, go through each item and ask yourself if you LOVE it. Check when you last wore it. If you haven't worn it in six months, say goodbye! What's amazing about this process is that it's not all a waste. You can take your clothes and sell them to your local resale clothing shop or if you have the extra time to shoot photos, sell them on apps like Poshmark, or Depop. You could use that extra money to score gifts for your family or deals that you otherwise wouldn't have purchased.
4. Clean Out Phone + Computer
Okay, I will admit, this is something I do only when my phone or laptop tells me my memory is almost full. As for most of us, that's the case, but it doesn't have to be. Take this calm before the storm to get rid of those 200 selfies you didn't like, or those direction screenshots you took (hi, me). Cleaning out photos, notes, texts, or apps that you don't use on your phone can give you space for those cute holiday photos you're going to take, or those midterm essays that are strangely large. If your apartment and wardrobe are having a new and clean start, why not your phone and computer? They will probably thank you in the end.
5. Set Reminders For Everything
So it may seem too soon to make a reminder to watch Elf on Christmas Eve (does anyone else watch Christmas movies on Christmas Eve), but before it starts to get crazy and the littlest thing can slip your mind, make reminders now. Pick a day on your calendar to go holiday shopping for your family, and make a reminder the day before. Make a reminder to go supply shopping for wrapping gifts, or cooking your favorite meal., or any end-of-year errands you may need to run. I know last year at this time, I had to work two full-time jobs, shop for my family, go to almost seven doctor appointments, and get a ton of work done on my car. Somehow I got it all done in under two months and only grew one grey hair. If I can do that, you can do anything this holiday season!
6. Daily To-Do Lists
The closer those busy holidays get, the more things you'll need to do each day. Everything from work, to family plans, and your personal life can all seem a bit much and it helps to break it down day by day. In order to make sure you meet all your goals each day, make a to-do list in your notes. Write EVERYTHING down. I'm talking if you plan to post a photo on Instagram that day, write it down. If you know you wanted to check out a YouTube video you heard about, write it down. Don't forget to check it throughout the day. You'll be so proud of yourself after you see everything you got done. What's even better is if you do this every day, you'll be shocked at what you completed by the end of the week. You'll probably get everything done before you planned to and will have extra time to relax in the end.
7. Self-Care Day
I hope these 10 tips for organizing your life helped inspire you for this holiday season. If you try any of these tips let us know in the comments below. We hope you have a happy and stress-free holiday season!