Sunday, April 21, 2019

10 Things To Do Right Now To Streamline Your Life.


You all know I love organizing and managing my life as efficiently as possible. So today I will share with you my top 10 tips you can implement right now to streamline your life right now.

1. Pay bills automatically
Something that might seem small but will streamline your life immensely, is paying your bills automatically. If you still pay your rent manually every month, you are doing something wrong. As much as you can, set up automatic bank transfers. This will also prevent you from being late with your payments and having to pay extra fees. Win-win if you ask me. 

2. Go paperless
All the paper clutter in our house can be such a headache. There are still some documents you just need to have a physical copy of. But mostly, it's unnecessary in this day and age. So my tip is to search for apps that might help you go paperless. For example, I only just recently discovered that my health insurance has an app where I can simply upload my invoices as a picture instead of making copies and having to send them out physically. I also only get my phone and internet bills per e-mail. But if there are some services or companies that are still doing paper only communication, maybe try and scan the documents and then organize and store them on your computer (don't forget to a have a backup). This saves you so much space in your house and mind. 

3. Clean out your wardrobe & kitchen
This is an obvious one, but honestly so important. Of course, it is ideal if you can clean out your whole house, but your wardrobe and kitchen are a great starting point, as they tend to accumulate the most clutter and unnecessary stuff. I highly recommend Marie Kondo's book 'the life-changing magic of tidying' and the Netflix series with her. You will totally get into the mood for tidying up your whole house after watching and reading about her technique. 

4. Have a staple grocery list
We all have those staple groceries we just always have to have in the house. So if you go food shopping once a week, you should have a list ready with all of these things. This way you go through your cupboards before going out and simply checking your list and marking the things you need to get. This way you will never forget one of your staple items. And we all know how annoying it is having to go out in the middle of the week just to get some eggs. A big no-no when you are trying to streamline your life. 

5. Meal prep
Okay, don't worry. I don't want you to steam broccoli and cook rice in bulk for a whole week. But it is always nice to cook one or two meals on a Sunday and have some leftovers that you can either pop in the fridge or freezer for later. Also, if you cook in the middle of the week, maybe just make double the quantity and you won't have to cook the next day. YAY!

6. Sunday is gameplan day
I always love a good Sunday planning session. Sit down, plan some meals and schedule your appointments and to-do list for the next week. This might only take 20 minutes but will make the biggest difference to your week. Try it. 

7. Delegate
Something we all tend to forget is to delegate tasks. Be it to your partner or children, delegating tasks is key to streamline your own life. And if you can and want, maybe even outsource some tasks, like cleaning to an external source. Of course, this costs money. But for some people time is money and it really makes sense for them to outsource. However, if you have enough time or you even enjoy cleaning your house, of course, you can do it yourself. 

8. Digital Detox
While cleaning out your house really helps, don't forget to clean out your digital life as well. Go through your emails, your pictures and documents on all of your devices and sort them out. You will feel so much better. 

9. If you travel often, have a travel bag ready
If you are one of those people that travel fairly often, you should consider having a travel bag (with toiletries) packed at any time. Also, you should have a packing list ready with all the important things (chargers, passport, medication...) ready. This will streamline your packing process massively. 

10. Clean up every night
One thing I actually enjoy doing is cleaning up the house every night. I never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink or clothes on the floor scattered around the house. It just calms me down and gives me a better feeling when I get up in the morning. And who doesn't like a relaxed morning in a clean flat, rather than running around the house trying to tidy up before going to work?

x Lisa
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  1. These are such great tips. Thank you for sharing these!

    Mich x | http://michjoseph.com

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  2. I do most of these things already, and it is true that they change everything! Organisation tips like planning on a Sunday and cleaning up every night are my go-to. I could never be at rest if my schedule and house were not!

    Julia x
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  3. All great tips here, and most of these are things I always do. Have to add the staple grocery list to my routine- definitely can be helpful.

    Paula | Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Glad I could inspire you Paula!

      x Lisa

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  4. Yes to everything! Thanks for sharing :-)

    Hannah / Words & Latte

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  5. Some amazing tips here!
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  6. I feel the same way... like going to bed with everything in its place and clean.

    www.fashionradi.com

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  7. I need to start using Sunday as my game plan day and planning my week that evening - such a fab idea!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptember.co.uk

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  8. Lisa this is great!! Thank you and have a blessed week.

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  9. You've listed some genuinely super helpful tips in this post, especially paying bills straight away to get them out of the way and help organise your finances :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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  10. Thanks for sharing
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  11. These are some amazing tips to streamline my life. I'm always trying to streamline my life given how chaotic my schedule can be being a freelancer so this would be really helpful for me.

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  12. I love the travel bag tip. I don't travel as often as I'd like but I can see how much time would be saved from already having those small necessities ready to go. Also bills. Someone once said the best way to clear them out of your mind is to just pay them when they come in, like setting up a direct debit. I don't use this but I know I should. I am prone to forgetting due dates, occasionally.

    Sxx
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  13. I've gone paperless for most things, but I still have issues with all my receipts! I keep them for some reason and end up with a huge stash of receipts!🤣

    www.sundaydahlias.com

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  14. I love the idea of this, I feel like more people should do it!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  15. Great post & great tips. You shared great content. Keep up the good work.

    Nahid | https://bestclicknow.com

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  16. I seriously need to get back into batch cooking or at least bringing lunch one or two days in to work! I always panic purchase otherwise most days and just buy the same Pret sandwhich 3 days in a row! I definitely lack on paying my council tax on time, it's the only one that doesn't come out by direct debit and then I stress out, definitely not making my life any easier hah! xx

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    1. Batch cooking is the best isn't it!

      x Lisa

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  17. These are such amazing ideas! Definitely gonna try to incorporate some!!

    xx,
    -Lauren
    https://vandifair.com

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  18. Yaay i always clean up at night
    Love this list

    Much Love,
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  19. this is a super helpful list!! I love to do several of these things during the weekend to help me be more productive during the week!
    xx jen
    https://thestripe.com/

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  20. I think clearing out all the crap is definitely the best way to streamline your life a bit! You've hit the nail on the head!

    Katy | www.therawrdrobe.com

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  21. These are great tips dear! Lovely photos you have here too. Thanks for sharing your suggestions.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  22. SO many good tips here! and there were quite a few listed that I actually do which makes me feel like I got my stuff together! haha

    XO, Chenoa // chenoanatani.com

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  23. These are such wonderful tips. I do some of these and am so glad that I do. Makes my life so much easier.

    xo, Maria
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  24. Streamline is a perfect word for these activities! Reduce the complexity in all those little things you have to do in life.



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  25. Great tips!
    Kisses

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  26. I don't adhere to or agree with Marie Kondo's philosophy at all.
    Be a discerning shopper and buy good quality.
    Throwing things away is not a virtue. Nor does it bring joy.
    https://slate.com/technology/2019/05/marie-kondo-tidying-up-donate-unwanted-clothing.html

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  27. I 100% agree with cleaning up every night! I simply can't sleep if the house is in disarray, and there's something really nice about coming downstairs to a spotless kitchen.

    Sharni xx

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  28. Such great tips!!! I really need to start meal planning! And thank you for the tip on digital detox/clean out! I REALLYYY need to get on that!!!

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  29. Great tips, I feel calmer&more organised just reading them ha! I also clean every night before going to bed, it just makes a better morning start.

    xx A. | mylondonandbeyond.wordpress.com

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Thank you! xx