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Hello hello everyone! I’ve always been an unorganized mess, there’s no denying in that. Until a
certain age, let’s say 21, I could get away with it but once you’re growing into real adulthood it’s
necessary to develop some skills in this department. I like making lists, I like organizing, but
honestly, when it comes to it, I never actually finish what’s on my to do lists and I never really
organize my stuff. I do really like buying notebooks though. In my defense, I travel a lot, I actually
still have to unpack my suitcase now from Monaco and dear god, my closet.. Well let’s just leave it
there. But guys I’m fed up with myself! So today I decided that I’m going to write a post with
organization tips, because if I need it, I bet a lot of other people would appreciate it too. I’ve been
watching some YouTube videos about organizing (I’m a sucker for anything tutorial related and
can literally lose myself here for hours, goodbye to do list) and I’ve been roaming around the web
looking for advice. So let me share with you the things I found most useful and I’m going to
implement in my routine:

1. Always write a verb before every sentence on your to-do list.

I always used to make lists and write down stuff like ‘promo Sander’, ‘laundry’ or ‘Vodafone’. All of
these things were just not very inspiring to complete this way so in a YouTube tutorial I watched I
got told to write a verb before every item on your to-do list. I’ve been doing this for the past week
and it really helps me. For instance, I would write ‘edit 6 pictures for tomorrow’s post, or ‘post
picture to Facebook at 1′. This way it’s easier to get it clear what it is you need to do.

2. Reward yourself after finishing an item.

I think we get trained since childhood to react to the reward system. For me, this is still something
that gets me through the day from time to time. Now I understand this may sound silly to some but
I personally really enjoy highlighting stuff that I’ve finished. This is my reward. Hmm, maybe it’s
dumb but it works for me.

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3. Make a printout sheet of daily to do’s.

In every job there are things we always have to do. For me this is something like posting my
blog updates to Facebook or to at least work through 40 e-mails before noon for both my jobs. It’s
nice if you develop a cute print out sheet which you can hang somewhere around your workspace.
I found a nice one no Pinterest for blogging, I think this one might be helpful for a lot of bloggers!

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Now when it comes to organization I haven’t figured everything out just yet. But so far, this is what
I’m planning on doing and what sounds good to me.

1. Make an inspiration board of how you want your house to look like.

To me, this is honestly the thing that works best. When I go through home inspiration boards on
Pinterest I always feel a desperate urge to organize myself.

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2. Keep the benefits in mind.

We all want to be successful in life and I believe that an organized home goes together with an
organized mind. When my house is tidy and organized I sleep better, I’m more motivated to start
working the next day and I notice I work harder because I have no distractions surrounding me and
no thoughts like ‘oh I still have to clean up the bedroom, or I have to go through all my mail.

3. Make realistic plannings for long term projects.

This one is still very hard for me but it’s very important to be realistic about your plannings. In my
time schedule I give myself an hour to do a project that lasts three hours and I can write things on
my lists like ‘redecorate roof terrace’. Well obviously time told me this is not how it works. Right now
I have a big weekly planner on my desk and I try to give myself an hour every day to work on long term
projects. If you don’t do this, these projects will most likely fail. My boyfriend always tells me about the
5 P’s: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, and hey, I think he’s right.

Now guys, if you have ANYTHING to add to this list, I would be so happy to know because I really want
to make a change in my life when it comes to the above. Big kiss, N.

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  • Super helpful! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashley Laramie

    Pinterest home boards are seriously the best thing ever when it comes to kicking organization into high gear. Great and very helpful post.


  • Feyi A

    great points! x

  • Diva In me

    Man….I suck at organizing so I’m such a wrong person to share about organizing tip. My bf on the other hand is anal and organized! Opposite definitely attracts in my case. Though there’s one point he’d always reminded me which I think it kinda work for me right now is that I should write down in my organizer whatever that comes in my head. At the end of the day, I should organize it accordingly.

  • This post is really useful, especially for the new bloggers (like myself) who are still trying to catch up with ALL the media, posting, commenting, tweeting, pinning – repeat.

    Thanks a lot!

  • Good tips! I’m going to do the verb thing. Often I do the same with words like “invites” “workshop” “potatoes”… and if I look back at my list after a couple of days.. I forget what the words mean!

    Susie | june lorraine

  • drawnby featherlines

    What a great post! Huge thanks for that. I’m really hoping that one day I’ll be able to be organized… But at the moment I’ll have to stuck to my chaos. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • nice tips babe ! totally needed !

  • Excellent post with really great tips! I always include verbs on my to do lists and try to make my goals as specific as possible. It’s also good to make your to lists short (3-4 items a day) and achievable. This way you’ll get more done and you’ll have a good feeling in the end of the day that you did everything that was on your to do list :-).

  • Amazing tips! Thanks for sharing x

  • GapToothedGirl

    I’m an organization-girl! But rarely I check all my missions ;-((
    xox, Gap.

  • Amazing <3

  • Suzy

    Thanks so much for this post, I really needed it and I definitely will print out the blogger sheet!

  • Macy

    FANTASTIC post! Big like!

  • The Fashion Brook

    Thanks For sharing! Great post!

    The Fashion Brook

  • Beccy

    This is a wonderful post – I could really do with taking on some of these tips! I completely agree about Pinterest being a wonderful motivator in so many different aspects of life from organisation to cooking etc. Thank you for sharing these thoughts!

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • Paula Fleur

    Thank you for this article, seems to me as very helpful! I also use Pinterest to get inspired when I am reorganizing some home space, it is great to see how adorable the result actually can look ๐Ÿ™‚
    Inspiration Point by Paula Fleur

  • such a great post! I especially love the blogger check list – so handy and fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wel, zoiets is dus net wat is nodig had ๐Ÿ˜€

  • arielle q.

    I love all of these tips (I desperately need help with organization!) and so grateful for that blogger checklist. so useful. thanks for sharing!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Kate

    I found this really inspiring! I’m currently trying to get a lot more organised. Like you, I struggle with the whole attainable goals thing, but I keep trying! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Brittany Williams

    Very informative!!! I need some organization in my life, so this post was perfect! Love your blog!!!

  • laviniah k

    Thanks for sharing! It’s all really helpful, I need a blogger checklist!

  • Rougeuse

    Great list, very helpfull! x

  • This is the post I have been needing recently. Very helpful especially for a new blogger like myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Leneth

    Love this, so helpful ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Those 5 P’s should be learned at school! Really inspiring.
    XO Terry

  • Daniella

    fab tips!

  • Grace Denny

    This sounds too much like me. haha. Love writing lists and being organised, but when it get’s down to it.. I’m really not. haha. This is so helpful! Like you, highlighting things that I’ve completed makes me feel so much better about myself. ๐Ÿ˜›

    XO, G from grace’d

  • Ahh ik vind het ook zo leuk om dingen te highlighten die ik heb afgemaakt! hihi! Handige post!

  • Janae

    Lovely post! This helps so much!

  • Karin

    Nice to hear that you are trying to be organized, thanks for the daily blogger checklist, it’s really helpful!

  • In case you have other readers that are more geeky (as me), I just started playing a “game” called HabitRPG, where you write down habits you want to start/stop, daily tasks, to do lists, and rewards, and whenever you do something you earn coins, or loose health if you don’t do them. then you can buy rewards with it, all sorts of RPG like items such as potions, armour (so you’ll lose less health!), or buy a custom made reward (one of mine is brunch with friends). you can also join team challenges with other people to work for a common goal. I think it’s a great idea, I’m playing it with my BF and we even suggest things to add to each other ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wow, I LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing, this is exactly what I needed ๐Ÿ™‚ But what does RPG stand for, or am I not reading in right (it’s late here ;-)) X

      • Role Playing Game ๐Ÿ™‚ you can play on their website and they also have apps for android and iOS. hope you like it!

  • Ana

    Really useful checklist!


    Ana x

  • Such helpful tips! I’ve already printed out that precious checklist ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much,

  • carla

    Love the post! X

  • Thanks so much for this post! You have no idea how useful this is for a lazy sloth like me – motivation is key!

  • I was wondering if you could share that printable daily to-do list? Not the blog one, but the one in the photograph. I would love to use that exact template. If not, it’s cool. Great blog! ๐Ÿ˜€