4 Things You NEED to Be Super Duper Organised

Hello Lovely,

If you, like me, get rushes of adrenaline when you discover clever organising hacks, then you’re in the right place. It’s about to GO. DOWN. 

There are days when my office looks immaculate and then there are days when it looks like a four year old ran through it. It's not that I don't know it's messy. I'm just so busy I don't always have time to put something back where I know it's supposed to go. Or sometimes I'm so scatter-brained I forget where I put something. But lately I've come up with a plan to get super duper organised, so that I'll never forget about another appointment, task or commitment. So scroll down as I give you some awesome ways to stay on top of the clutter.


Binder Clips

1. Hang almost anything on a pegboard. You can hang paint tubes, glues, inspo images and other working materials on pegboards with binder clips. It’s a neat way to display the tools we use every day, and it’s *way* easier to find them when we need them in a pinch.

2. Hold cords in place on your desk. Simply clip one these fellas to the side of your table, then thread a cord through. No more reaching for that charger on the ground! Your back will thank me later :)

3. Colourful binder clips make organising fun. It's a lot easier to find documents when you know you clipped a neon pink or marbled binder clip around it. I got these binder clips from Target


Colour-Coded File Folders

I can't tell you how much easier it is for me to find things when I know files are grouped in colours. You can even take it a step further by making your own file folders out of poster paper.


A Customisable Planner

I'll be honest, up until last week I had yet to find the perfect planner that I will use every day. And lately I've been double-booking myself a lot. So I created my own Weekly Planner and that made a huge difference. It even includes a to-do list and a section for me to write the names of students I'm supposed to meet with. I also bought a Brit + Co Binder and Planner from Target, which I absolutely love because it's just like the one I had created, but obviously sturdier and more polished.

The fact that it is customisable means, I can use it for one month, or not and I won't have to worry that I didn't get my money's worth because I write the dates in myself. I can write in pencil, then erase once I'm done to reuse that section. It also comes with add ons like colouring pages for when I'm bored, a dry erase board and stickers. This is probably one of the best investments I have ever made!

A Personal Assistant Device

I recently bought the Google Home Mini and I'll be receiving it in a few weeks (sending it with a family member). I can't wait! I'll definitely share what it's like once I've gotten a chance to play with it. I'm one of those people who verbalises what I need to do, but always forgets to write it down. Many times I've used Google reminders to remind myself to do something at a particular time, but it wasn't always practical to unlock my phone then say Okay Google. I'm hoping that the Google Home Mini will be the perfect tool to help me get super duper organised! You can also use devices like Alexa (Amazon) and Siri

Any organisational hacks I missed? I’d love to hear them! Tweet me at @lifebyolivia


Tuesday Ten: Ten Items I Have to Have in my Desk

Hello Lovely,

So here's the deal! I spend on average 40 hours per week at work and that's if I don't stay back late or come in early (which is hardly ever) so really I spend about 50 hours per week at work. That's a lot! So I have to be prepared for anything that could happen, and be comfortable during those long work days. So here's ten items that I have to have in my desk!

1. Flats

I work in a school as a secretary, which means a lot of running around (sometimes literally) to deliver messages or fetch students. Trust me on this one. You want to keep a pair of flats at your desk in case of emergency (it's good to have a backup pair of shoes) or if your feet are killing you from a long day in heels.

2. Feminine Products
We’ve all been there. And depending on your relationship and office culture, it can be a little uncomfortable asking a co-worker for a tampon. It’s a personal matter, so it’s best to be prepared.

3. Gum or Breathe Mints
Even though I am not a fan of gum or mints, I still keep a jar on candy on my desk, so that my co-workers can have fresh breath all day long (no matter what they eat or drink).

4. Hand Sanitizer
When one person in an office gets sick, it can be hard to avoid catching the bug. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer tucked in your desk drawer, which is your best defence against the flu that’s bound to spread around your workplace every once in a while. I keep mine on my key chain so that I can carry it everywhere with me.

5. Reusable Water Bottle
Don’t forget to hydrate, ladies! Sipping on water all day long is not only good for you but it will help you from feeling sluggish. Keep a refillable water bottle so that you don’t have to buy a bottle each time you are feeling thirsty. It’s easier on your wallet and much better for the environment.

6. Hair Ties
You never know when you’re going to want to throw your hair up in the middle of the day. I keep a pack of hair ties and hair pins in my desk, because with my natural hair, the style I left the house with may be a frizzy hot mess by lunchtime.

7. Lip Balm and Mascara
If you’re heading to happy hour after work or going to an event, it’s best to keep some beauty reinforcements on hand. Just a swipe of mascara and a hint of lipstick, and you’re ready to go!

8. Snacks
When your mid-afternoon cravings hit, keep some nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, or oatmeal packets in your desk. Or even make something at home to snack on if you know that you fall into the trap of bad snacking. They’re great for when you need a healthy pick-me-up, and don’t want to be tempted to buy something out of the vending machine.

9. Earphones

This is something I think everyone should have. If I want to listen to a song or watch a video on my computer, I don’t want to burden my office with the sound. It’s unprofessional and annoying to play office DJ. They’re also great because if someone starts talking to you, you can just pluck one earphone out and they have your full attention!

10. Something decorative

Whether it’s fresh flowers, a sculpture, or your polka dot clipboard, you should have something on your desk that makes you happy when you look at it. And if your co-workers don’t understand, who cares! It’s meant to make you happy, not them!

What necessities do you keep at work to help get you through the day?

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