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Tuesday 23 February 2016


I originally wanted to title this post "how to get your shit together and be a proper adult" but I felt that that may not be the best for a broader audience. Despite the different title the premise is still exactly the same so today I am going to share my top 5 tips for organising your life and generally getting your shit together. 

This year marks 8 whole years since I moved out and went at it alone in the big wide world. In a recent conversation with a friend I mentioned the fact that I am only 2 years off a decade of fending for myself and just how honestly I am quite impressed with myself that I've managed to keep myself alive, with a roof over my head, food in the fridge and bills paid for and up to date for such a long time. I'm not quite sure where the hell that time went or how I managed to get here but I have a few essential tips that have helped me become a semi-decent adult human being that might help a few of you too! 


For me this mean endless notebooks and planners but you can interoperate this as you will. Just make sure that you make a note of everything important, whether that be appointments or when your council tax is due. Having everything down in front of you not only allows you to keep track of where you are in the month, as well as what needs doing, but it is also a great way of keeping on track and organised. For those of you that are less stationery savvy there is no excuse on loosing track of things as there are seriously so many apps out there these days let along the good old trusty notes. 


This is something that goes hand in hand with the above point. Once you know exactly what is expected of you that week/month you need to start prioritising. For me this involves lists and a lot more notebooks but in all honestly it's quite simple to do, just write down everything you need to get done and then pull the most important tasks to one side and concentrate on them before moving onto fun tasks like wrapping so and so's birthday gift and focus on what really needs to get done.


I'm not talking about watching Youtube or Netflix here, I mean get all of the boring utility bills set up as a direct debit to come out of your bank account the day after you get paid, that way you can just sit back and let the digital world do all the hard work for you. This also goes for bank accounts, if you don't have an app on your phone to access you bank balance by now where the hell have you been? All those little treats you pick up on lunch/at the weekend do add up so make sure you keep track of these via an app before you are left short and living off baked beans on toast for the last week of the month. 


Seriously, deep clean. As a teenager I obviously knew about throwing the hoover about and wafting a duster around but I was totally unaware of all the nasty jobs that you are completely unaware off when you are younger. Trust me, do not wait until your cupboards are sticky or you can barely see out of your windows. Set up a system in your diary where every quarter of the year or so you take a day and deep clean every single thing you own. Sounds dull and yes it is but unless you want your home to end up looking like something on one of those hideous cleaning shows on the TV you will appreciate it in the long run. Don't believe me? Do the bare minimum and come back to me in 6 months when your oven is thick with grease and setting your fire alarm off every time you cook!


When I first moved out I had about 5 boxes of belongings to my name, mainly clothes, DVDs and books. 8 years later now and I have essentially filled my entire 2 bedroom apartment and own more shit than I ever thought possible. Worst part is, I'm not even a messy of cluttered person but as a functioning adult I am now the owner of my very own wall paper stripper and power drill. My point is, even in the most minimal of homes you need to make sure everything has its place. Even if that means throwing things out as new things come in. Everything in my home has its place and not only does this make life ten times easier when trying to find things but it also means I won't become a hoarder of things that haven't seen the light of day in the past year. 

So there we have it, my top 5 tips for an organised life/being a real adult. If you have any additional tips please feel free to pop them in the comment section below as I honestly find things like this super interesting and would love to hear some tips and tricks from your point of view. 



  1. Writing everything down is so important for me, I have way to many notebooks!
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com


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