So for today’s blog post, I thought I would talk about something a little other than books and writing. Whilst, of course, they’re both major parts of my life, I think sometimes it’s good to talk about something else every once in a while to stop the brain stagnating!
Talking of the brain, lately I’ve been feeling a little stressed. At the moment, I have a lot on my plate, and because of it I’ve found myself slipping in some areas of my life. One of the major aspects (not massively major, but I’ll explain more in a mo!) that I found myself lacking in was general organization.
Now, I’m not a massively messy person. I don’t have clothes lobbed on the floor or empty mugs littered about the place, but recently I’ve found things like paperwork etc., has got a bit out of hand. As I mentioned earlier, it’s not something major, but rather I found it was a little thing that was stressing me out a lot.
So the other day I had an early Spring Clean— both in reality and online! I sorted out all my paperwork from the last 8 months or so, every little scrap bit of paper that I had used to jot ideas down on, letters, receipts etc, and made myself be ruthless.
I then did the same for my set of drawers— I threw out lots of old clothes and products that I haven’t worn or used for a long time, because sometimes you just have to tell yourself that if you haven’t used something in a long time, then you’re not going to use it again. As my grandmother often says, as a rule, ‘If you haven’t used something in over a year, then you don’t need it, because you’ll never need it.’
After this, I moved onto tidying other bits and bobs that didn’t have anything wrong with them, but I just fancied a bit of a change. I re-organized my bookshelf, for instance. The books had been all mixed up from when I had taken them out for various reasons, such as when making booktube videos over on my YouTube channel, and hadn’t been put back in the right order (something that I admit, I can take the blame for!), but instead of putting them back the way they should be, the way in which I usually always put them back, I put them back in, in a different order— again, just something a little different and a little refreshing.
After this, I had managed to throw out 4 whole bags of stuff I no longer wanted or needed! It did take my 3 hours, but it was quite amazing— I didn’t even think I had that much clutter laying about!
Finally, I made some finishing touches. For example, on my bedside cabinet I have a Yankee candle and a lava lamp, but I also put out a #HashtagADay notebook and two patterned pens— they’re not essentials, but they look nice. 🙂 Obviously, I always have a book on the go, so I keep that on my cabinet too— I’m currently reading THE FAMILY by Martina Cole.
The next step is to go through my emails and my other online bits and bobs, and try to tidy those up to. I’ve also started planning WAY in advance with things, so that I can try to get a little ahead with things to cut myself some slack further down the line. I do take my job very seriously, and I make sure I write nearly every day, and lately film videos and write blog posts, and I have always been organized with that, but with planning ahead, recently I’ve found myself— say— having 2 or 3 vlogs all filmed and ready to go, so when an upload day comes along I just press a button and HUZZAH— just like that, the video is up. 🙂
Obviously, you still have to put in the time beforehand, so you’re not saving time, but I feel it’s just managing your time better.
I know it can sometimes be a pain in the bottom (so to speak!) to take the time out to re-organize yourself, but trust me— you really will thank yourself afterward. I now feel as though I have a fresher environment surrounding me, in which I can both work as well as live in, and— as they say— a clean place makes for a clear mind!
So, that’s all for now, and if you’re sat reading this and you’re thinking about some things you could organize (whether online or offline, or even your time) then take the time out to do them. 🙂
Thank you for reading, I wish you all a lovely-jubely day, and I’ll see you again very soon! Bye! 🙂