How to Slowly Chip Away at Your To Do List

No matter how much I try to organise my time better, there are times where it feels like my to do list is never-ending. This can get overwhelming – especially when certain health issues flare up, which can stop from me from being productive at all for a dew days.

However, I am slowly figuring out how to deal with a to do list that has grown to a scary long length, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite tips with all of you.

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After all, cleaning and organising IS inevitable as an adult, so any advice that I can give to other people to help make it be less of a chore – and perhaps even a bit enjoyable – I am certainly going to pass along!

So here are some of the things that I personally do during my organising/cleaning/decluttering days that help me be more productive. I hope they help you despise these unavoidable parts of growing up even just a *little* bit less 😂

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ACTUALLY MAKE A LIST

This one may seem pretty obvious, but it’s something a lot of people don’t bother doing: actually write down your to-do list. In fact, keep one going at all times, because there ARE going to be times when you realise there’s a task that needs to be done, but you don’t be able to do then and there, and when you finally have some spare time to do it, you will have forgotten what it was.

It happens to everyone, but noting things down as you think of them will help eliminate this problem. Plus, the mere act of crossing things off your to do list as you do them is a wonderful and motivating feeling that will only encourage you more while you’re working on those tasks.Read More »

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How to Organise Your Collections in a Small Living Space

I think true organisation is a journey, not a destination. I’ve read a million and one “organise your life/house/blog” posts – and written a couple myself, too – and have come to the conclusion that organising is not a task with an end date. Rather, it’s something that grows as you do.

You don’t have to know me very well to know that I am a collector of collections themselves. When you add in the fact that I live in a tiny unit with Daniel, I’m sure it won’t be surprising to discover that clutter is a part of my daily life, but I am always working on making sure it doesn’t take over my life.

Clutter is not a good thing. Both Daniel and myself cannot focus on anything if we feel too crowded in, or if the space around us is messy, so we’re always discussing ways to better organise where we live.

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This post will be about some the latest changes we’ve made, but don’t expect your usual “get rid of everything that doesn’t serve a purpose” kind of post, because that’s not what you’re going to find.

The truth is, I do own a lot of useless items, and I intend to keep them all because they make me happy. So this post isn’t about decluttering, it’s about how to survive with a lot of belongings in a small space, and how to figure out the best organisational techniques to suit your stuff – because there’s nothing wrong with loving the things you own ☺️Read More »

Tips and Tricks for Your Monthly De-Clutters

It is no secret – both online and off – that I like to buy things, which I justify by saying that I’m a collector. However, I also live in a tiny unit with my boyfriend, so my constant shopping can become a source of claustrophobia real quick.

This is why I make myself do a de-clutter of the house at least once a month. Since I buy most of my things second hand, it’s easy for me to donate belongings that I no longer want, since I make regular trips to thrift stores anyway.

I’ve posted some surveys, both on Instagram and this blog, about what kind of content you’d like to see more of in 2019, since my epilepsy is making it difficult for me to bake as much as I would like to. A lot of people said they’d love to see more home decor posts, particularly about organising and decluttering, which I am ALL FOR 🙌

Keep an eye out for future posts about collections – how to keep them organised and under control even in confined spaces, for example – but for today, we are going to focus on de-cluttering. I am going to share with you all EXACTLY how I do my monthly de-clutters, and each step that I take to ensure that I am thoroughly examining everything that I own.

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DONATE WHAT YOU CAN

I donate 90% of my unwanted items, so I am going to encourage you to donate most things that you find throughout your de-clutter. Thrift shops are wonderful; they ensure that perfectly good items aren’t going to landfill, and they help those who are strapped for cash get regular, every day items for a bargain.

I grew up with second hand items, and even though I’m in a better place financially now, I still love thrift shops will all my heart, and always make sure I donate whatever I can. It might be easier just to throw things in your waste bin, but I really do encourage you to think about how happy you might make another person by donating your goods.

Even things as simple as kitchen utensils can be something someone might not be able to afford on top of their other expenses, but many thrift stores often bunch together a range of them and sell the entire lot for a few dollars, and that can really help someone out through a tough time.

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