It has ever crossed my mind to set up a professional organising service to residential homes and offices and help people organise their space.
And it's this "OCD" nature of mine that actually helps me to juggle my work, family and blogging commitments.
Here's sharing some of the tricks of the trade of a typical hard-core organiser =)
Tips to Effective Organisation
1) To-Do Lists
|Whiteboard on my cubicle wall|
2) Planner / Google Calendar
For people like me who want the best of both worlds, I have both! *laughs*
|My must-buy at the end of every year is a Calendar Book!|
I also use a lot of colour to categorize the items in my calendar. For example, purple = special occasions, orange = medical appointments, green = mummy-time (spa, manicure, etc). So far it has been working well for me =)
3) Boxes & Shelves
And this does not only mean those you buy from IKEA or Daiso to organise your space. While that is also good, I mainly use boxes and shelves to maximise my space!
|My little girl's bookshelves|
|My collection of Snow Globes displayed in my display cabinet|
5) Rules of Arrangement
There are a few rules that organisers (especially extreme ones like yours truly) typically follow when arranging anything:
[A] Ascending Order
Things like books are usually arranged alphabetically, numerically or by height. Usually it's by height as it's much faster (see my girl's bookshelves above).
|My own bookshelves full of our books & comics|
You know how the first thing we learnt in Science is how to categorise the living things in our world? Well, that can pretty much be applied to anything you own.
For example, your clothes.
|My collection of skirts & dresses alone|
i) by type (short, long, sleeveless, jackets, jeans) or,
ii) by colour (typically rainbow, i.e. pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, black, grey, white).
Of course, knowing me.. I organise by both =)
[C] Double P
And finally, the rule of all rules is the Double P, i.e. Parallel & Perpendicular. This rule differentiates the true blue Neat Freak and the Just-Neat-Enough-to-Survive guy.
|My photo frames perfectly parallel & perpendicular to each other, with equal distance between them *grin*|
Lost? Good. That means you're normal! *laughs*
It's also because of this rule that we also generally have a crazy obsession with even numbers. Everything must come in pairs. It irks us immensely when we see people wearing lopsided ties and mismatched socks!
The hubby has long ago accepted that this is a part of me that is hard to change. He is that Just-Neat-Enough-to-Survive guy who so happened to marry the neat freak of neat freaks! *laughs*
Well.. Neat Freak, and proud! ^-^
P.S: Just in case you are wondering, no, I did not prearrange my stuff for this post! They look like that 98.99% of the time (unless a hurricane hits or I'm in the middle of packing), I kid you not! *grin*