Imagine if all the things you need to get ready for work are:
Easy to view
Easy to access
Placed such that it suits our lifestyle
How convenient, isn’t it? The good news is that we can do this. More importantly, we can make it sustainable with a few simple steps.
Here are some of the ways it has been working well for me. You could experiment with one or more and see how it plays out for you. I would recommend starting with one of the below, and once you get in the habit, then adopt the next one.
Organize weekly: fix a day and time that you think has the highest probability of you being able to stick to the routine. Would you prefer doing it right after laundry or multi-tasking with something else you might enjoy? Whatever it is, figure out, decide, and practice sticking to it for a few weeks.
Organize everything that you can: think of the things that you see lying around, and you feel you could do better in terms of organizing it. Invest in some tools to make it as easy as it could get for you.
Don’t mix up weekday and weekend: more options, mostly creates more confusion. There’s no reason why a sequin top should be hanging next to workwear. It only causes distraction. Try hanging your workwear in a series, so at one glance, you only go through the options that are “open” for you.
Employ the right placement to suit our lifestyle: You dedicated a weekend to tidy up your rooms, closet, etc. It’s helpful for a week or so, and then things start getting mixed up.
You enter the house with groceries or shopping bags, and you’re tired. Maybe you’re too lazy to walk up to the right place—dresser or closet where you USUALLY keep it. The next day, you go out with a different handbag. You pulled it out from somewhere it was nicely kept, and by the time you’re home, you are already in a hurry to get things done. Many a time, placing the handbag back to where it came from, takes a back seat.
What if you had a shelving unit or storage to place your frequently used handbags very close to where you usually sit down and take out your shoes? I’m sure you can imagine how it would make a huge difference. This is just an example. You can think of similar things that are recurring in nature. Most of the time, it’s the small details that matter. If you place things, such that it flows with your everyday activities, you will not have to put in extra effort to maintain your one-time organizing efforts.
Plan a week’s outfit and keep it on a separate display. You pick an outfit and realize it needs ironing. You pick another one and realize you might have to dig deeper to get the matching accessory or lingerie. You pick another one and realize the weather might not be suitable, and you keep it back. Darn, where is that layering jacket that would go so well with one? Why go through this drill? All it takes is to spend just 5-10 minutes on Sundays to separate the items you would need throughout the week.
Try one or more of these hacks to see how much value it adds to your everyday life!