7 tips to help you get organised in 2016

This post is sponsored by Brother

The New Year is always a motivational time to make resolutions and changes, popular ones being to improve your health and becoming more organised around the home. As you know we have recently moved house, so I have many new organising projects waiting for me. I started packing the house 3 weeks before we moved. During that time I was so frazzled and stressed, purely because the house was a mess, with piles of items and boxes everywhere. Now we are in the new house, I have the majority of boxes unpacked and thankfully I am feeling much calmer and back to my relaxed self.

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Being organised helps my mindset, reduces my stress levels and I don’t feel frazzled or overwhelmed as I know where things are.  Try these 7 tips to help you get organised in 2016, to gain a little control amongst the chaos of everyday life.

7 tips to help you get organised

1. Put away the laundry

We all need to wear clothes, so we have to find time to wash them, but putting the clean clothes away can often be left for ‘another day’ and the pile keeps getting bigger and before you know it Mt Washmore is taking over the room.  Each day find 5-10 minutes to sort your clean washing and put it away.  Better yet, delegate and get family members to help.

My washing routine has changed over the years, now, I fold the washing while I am waiting for dinner to finish cooking, then call the kids just before it’s time to serve so they can put away their washing and set the table.

2. Label everything

You may know where everything belongs, but those in your home may not and it could be them helping to contribute to the mess because they put items back in the wrong spot.  Make it easier for them to know where items belong by labelling everything!

  • Containers in the pantry
  • Drawers in the kitchen
  • Wardrobe shelves
  • Electrical cables
  • Linen cupboard shelves
  • Bathroom cupboard
  • Tags in the vegetable garden
  • Socks
  • Undies
  • Back to school supplies
  • …ooh the list can go on and on!!

I find the 2nd and 3rd kitchen drawers the hardest to keep organised, as my kids unpack the dishwasher and rarely return the item to the right drawer. I know where everything belongs, but they don’t, so I have made it really easy for them by labelling where I want them to return items to.

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I have used a Brother P-touch for years, I’ve been trialling the Brother PT-H105 (pictured below) and love that the labels can be used both inside and outside (labelling the herbs in the garden, below, so my hubby doesn’t pull them out thinking they are a weed, true story) ironed onto clothes and can withstand high temperatures (like the dishwasher), I am going to have so much fun with this little beauty over the coming weeks, especially when I get all the kids back to school supplies.

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The TZe laminated labels are sun, germ, water, chemical, abrasion and temperature resistant. Indispensable, from the kitchen to the garden, the Brother labels stick and are the most durable in the market! The Brother PT-H105 Labeller is available from Officeworks from $29.

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The Brother PT-H105W allows you to print your label on two lines, and there are a range of different colours and widths available. The double-line printing is great when you want so use a smaller label, the text is still easy to read.

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When I start with the labeller I find it difficult to stop, so I organised my hubby’s side of the wardrobe. I purchased some plastic tubs from the local dollar store and now that they are labelled it makes it easy for him to find his things.

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The Brother PT-H105 is really quick and easy to use.  It is large display allows you to preview the label before you print.  With many different options available to pick the text size, width and give it a fun design. When I was browsing through the menu I noticed it allows you to store up to 9 labels into the memory, this can save so much time!  Particularly when I am printing labels for the kids back to school items, I don’t have to repeatedly type their names.

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Lastly, another function I liked was that I can print multiple labels at once!

3. Make a to-do list

Days tend to get very busy and without a to-do list tasks can be forgotten, such as pay a bill, go to the post office, clean the fridge.  Use a to-do list to help you remember all your tasks, plus ticking a box, or crossing the task off your list is a huge sense of accomplishment.

4. Clear kitchen surfaces

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house and with the bench top cluttered it makes it uninviting for you to cook dinner in.  Clearing the surface will not only give you a space to prepare food, it may also kick start your motivation to continue clearing other surfaces around the house. This is my new kitchen below, I LOVE it!

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5. Meal plan

Speaking of cooking dinner, meal planning is a big time and money saver.  By planning a week of meals, you will only need to visit the grocery store once, eliminates waste and allows you to create balanced and healthy meals for the family. Plus the big sanity saver is you’re not standing at the fridge door at 5pm wondering what to cook for dinner.

6. Make your bed

Once you get out of bed, pull back the sheets to air out your mattress.  After you have had a shower, make your bed.  By doing this one simple task it will help make your room feel and look, fresh and tidy.

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7. Clear clutter

Clutter certainly can hinder you from getting organised.  As William Morris says ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’. With this in mind start decluttering, grab your laundry basket and a large plastic bag, wander around the house, put rubbish in the bag and clutter in the basket to purge (sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit). Don’t try to declutter the whole house in one go, you could try a basket a day, or each week.

What is your top tip to staying organised?

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

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24 comments

Bec January 6, 2016 - 7:33 AM

TO DO…Buy a label maker today and use it for back to school. Put washing away too, I know I should but I struggle with Mt washmore. Thanks for the tips Kat ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 6, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Washing can easily get out of control, hope you found time to do it today 🙂

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Jac January 6, 2016 - 8:47 AM

these are great tips, I know labeling would help keep the house tidy just need to find time to do it. love the colours and direction of the text, I didn’t realize you could do that.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 6, 2016 - 3:03 PM

If your items are already organised, perhaps try printing out a few labels while you are waiting for dinner to finish cooking, run around and add them onto the containers 😉

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Katherine January 6, 2016 - 8:49 AM

I have 5 kids and struggle to stay organized, these tips are simple and achievable to give a go, thanks Kat. my top tip to stay organised with 5 kids is to do a load of washing each day. he days I don’t do it I then struggle to get through it all.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 6, 2016 - 3:05 PM

I hear you katherine, I’ve been sick the past few days and it’s been raining so the washing wasn’t done, I just went and looked at it and wanted to run! Great tips to keep ontop of the washing.

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Julia K January 6, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Gorgeous new kitchen – congratulations Kat – you must be in 7th Heaven with a whole new house to get organised !

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 6, 2016 - 3:10 PM

I’m loving it Julia, it’s so big and bright. I was hoping to get in there on new years and cook up a storm for the freezer, but I’ve been really sick the past week so maybe next weekend 🙂

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Linda January 6, 2016 - 8:51 AM

Hello Kat
Happy New year,just want to thankyou for all your post last year.Love your emails everyday.Looking forward to your new home tour and all your new ways of organizing.Your kitchen does look amazing.My staying organized tip is not to leave things go too long before fixing,and having less things to organize really helps me.I tend to be a bit of a pack rat.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 6, 2016 - 3:12 PM

I’m really looking forward to sharing it all with you after the kids go back to school, it’s a gorgeous, fresh house, so many little nooks and crannies to organise!!

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Leonie January 6, 2016 - 8:51 AM

one thing I do that you haven’t got in your list is sweeping the floor each day. not everybody sweeps but it’s just one thing that keeps me sane each day.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 6, 2016 - 3:13 PM

Great tip Leonie, if that’s your sanity trigger absolutely, in fact when my kids were toddlers it was a necessity each day, now I can get away with it every few days. Thanks for sharing your tip x

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Jillian January 6, 2016 - 8:53 AM

thanks Kat I have been considering buying a labeller this is great that you can print 2 lines and vertically, it’s on my back to school list!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 6, 2016 - 3:14 PM

I know, how great is that. I have an old P-Touch, could be a good 8 years old, still works, but Brother sent me this one, a newer version, which I am loving, I didn’t realise either that they now print vertically and 2 per line! I see so many benefits for this!!

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Sandra January 6, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Wow I just love your tips. I’m definitely wanting a label maker now. It would make things so much easier. Thank you for your constant help and ideas, Kat.

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Kate - Kat's Assistant January 11, 2016 - 11:38 AM

They are wonderful and so handy with labelling all the kids back to school things.:)

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Melissa January 8, 2016 - 6:27 PM

I love your new kitchen! It is a little similar to mine in that it is white and has some big benches. My question is where do you store your fruit? I have mine in bowls on my kitchen bench. (Stuff like apples, pears, bananas, lemons, oranges etc). But storing them on my bench takes up so much room – we do go through a lot of fruit too. I have been trying to think of a better solution so it doesn’t crowd my bench tops.

Thanks

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Kate - Kat's Assistant January 11, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Thank you Melissa! Isn’t the kitchen just gorgeous!

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Lisa January 8, 2016 - 7:52 PM

I have one bowl for fruit on the kitchen bench in an unused spot and have some really nice bowls to put on the dining room table as centre pieces for the rest of the fruit. This keeps my kitchen bench clutter to a minimum. I can’t cook in a cluttered kitchen!

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Belle January 19, 2016 - 3:30 PM

I think using the labeller is really fun and I find it very useful seeing that you have organized so much in your house. And among these tips you mentioned, I find decluttering the hardest one. I am just not sure on which things to put away or which stuff to keep. Good luck to me. 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2016 - 3:55 PM

What do you use the most Belle? Keep these items out and the items you use the least put away or even consider donating them. You might find my declutter challenge I ran a few years ago helpful: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/2014-declutter-52-things-in-52-weeks-challenge/

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Laura May February 8, 2016 - 5:46 PM

This isn’t for everyone but, knowing that I’m never going to sort/put washing in drawers, I just have a large wicker basket for each person. I hang everything on the line in half, so that it’s half folded already, and flip the two sides together as I pull it off the line, finishing folding it in one step. Then each person’s clean stuff gets put into their clean basket and they can sort it or just pull out as they go. I make sure everyone has a dirty basket (of course) and also a large in-betweens basket for all the stuff that’s used but not dirty. That’s good enough for me!

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Laura May February 8, 2016 - 5:51 PM

..oh, and if it goes in inside-out, it comes back inside-out. Natural consequences! ;P

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 8, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Funny you share this Laura, I’ve just started a new system in our house which I will hopefully share with you this week and I am loving it. You really have to find a routine that works for you and not make it too hard for yourself. 😉

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