How To Totally Organise Your Life in 19 Days

How To Totally Organise Your Life in 19 Days

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Good morning Smagglets! Welcome to January. Creepy right? The theme this month is Organisation. I’m going to spend the next 19 days of January helping you sort out your life and become one of those super annoying people who always know where the scissors are.

How To Totally Organise Your Life in 19 Days

Sticking with my no bullshit approach from 20 Days of Health and Fitness, January will be the same. Practical, no-nonsense advice that is actionable for the average person. I promise not to pummel you with Pinterest propaganda or throw Martha Stewart housekeeping crap at you. I’m just going to provide you with practical skills and techniques to keep your life in order.

The question is… what do you need help with? Make-up storage? Wardrobe management? Kitchen organisation? Filing? Shoes? Sports equipment? Books? The contents of your handbag?

What parts of your life do you struggle to keep in order? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to help you out!

Tell me… what is your biggest life organisation problem that needs solving?

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Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.

37 Comments

  1. Carly Findlay 10 months ago

    I have a floordrobe.
    I have a hard time being tidy.
    I went to my neighbours’ places the other day and both their nots are immaculate. I felt ashamed.
    Help. Please.
    I want to have all my shit together

  2. Victoria Devine 10 months ago

    Make up & hair products are taking over my life…… 3drawers 2shelves …… Would love to know how others do it!!!!

  3. kforkarli 10 months ago

    Amen Victoria / I jus went through my winter clothes and along with my nail polish and lipstick, there is just STUFF everywhere. I move in 9 days so it was kind of like the pre-move cull. Ugh.

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      I went mental in the few days after Christmas. I seriously just threw everything away.

  4. Luc 10 months ago

    This is perfect! I think I kinda have the wardrobe reasonably under control – new storage, and I spent a few days after Xmas organising.
    But my chronic problem is bills and paperwork. Drowning in it. I just cannot get my shit together and implement some kind of system.
    But really, I’m happy to read about any kind of organisation!

    • Elizabeth Martel 10 months ago

      Also this. I constantly seem to have stacks of mail and coupons and various nonsense that stack up in random areas of my apartment. Atrocious.

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      Awesome! I can totally do a bill and paper work system!

  5. Cassie 10 months ago

    Make up storage and jewellery organisation!!

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      I can do both of those for you!

  6. Victoria 10 months ago

    What’s the first step to take in getting rid of years of totally unwanted stuff.Household etc..I’m happy to be ruthless,sooo much.

  7. kate 10 months ago

    This may sound boring, but my pantry gives me the shits! Can’t see stuff at the back, stuff expires without me noticing, it’s always messy looking and annoying!!

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      I JUST re-did my pantry so I have heaps of ideas! Done.

  8. nys 10 months ago

    Paperwork…. What do I keep. How.
    Jewellery. Especially costume stuff that I tend to dump in big bowls and gets tangled/forgotten
    And what. The actual. Eff do I do with soo many random tupperware bowls/lids/containers! ?
    Basically all the things. Thanks

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      Oh I’m the QUEEN of Tupperware. I can sort you out. x

  9. Liz 10 months ago

    My. Mind.

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      Um… sure… I can do that!

  10. Nicole 10 months ago

    I feel like there’s a method to my madness when it comes to my “organisation”. So I can’t contribute, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what’s to come. Might pick something up – that wasn’t meant to be an organisation pun, it just came out that way.

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      Ha! Accidental puns are the BEST.

  11. Kerrin 10 months ago

    So happy with this theme for January. I was already planning on making this a “spring cleaning” month because we have been in our place for 5 years and it is starting to look slightly trashed!

    My organisational challenges are: home office (how to keep it functional and still homey), jewellery (always seems to be in a tangle), makeup, kitchen cupboards.

    And, my husband’s shoes – which seem to permanently live on our bedroom floor!

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      I’ve already organised my own life so I thought I’d start with everyone else’s! :-)

  12. Erika 10 months ago

    Disgustingly well organised here. We even spent some of the Christmas break making shelves for the Best Beloved’s study, so all his crap is off the floor, the workstation surface is clear and you can sit down in the armchair. I know, miracles will never cease (actually, they come to an abrupt halt at the garage and run screaming in the other direction. Yep, the garage is also his domain). Also got rid of his intray, so he has to file immediately, not let it turn into an antipodean Tower of Pisa.

    I do struggle with my sewing/knitting stash, but that’s a matter of pulling it all out of the wardrobe in the guest room and starting anew. I’m very much of the school of “if it’s hidden, I’m lost”, so expect it will be a case of rehoming the chest of drawers and getting some clear plastic boxes and labelling/sorting.

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      We’re all under control in the Smaggle haus… we did a MAJOR clean out over the holidays.

  13. Too much stuff crammed into a too small apartment! Plus a packrat husband who won’t throw anything away and is an artist and has a billion paintbrushes, etc., and gets upset if I even THINK about throwing any artwork away.

    • Author
      Smaggle 10 months ago

      I live in a one bedroom apartment! I can help!

  14. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 10 months ago

    Hehe one day I want to be the person who knows where the scissors are :P

  15. Eva 10 months ago

    How to store earrings. I have tons of them. And no, I will not hang them, it has to be something that fits in a drawer.

  16. Annie 10 months ago

    This one is for the crafty/arty people, for all the people who see the potential in everything we find as a cool idea for an artistic project. Any advice on keeping that under control? I am currently trying to sort/cull all my art/craft supplies. Any advice on this topic?

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