How to Keep Your Life Organized in 2016

Yesterday I told you that for the first time in my life, I’ve prepared for the holiday season well ahead of time. This year I won’t be going crazy with any last-minute shopping, I won’t try to find a Christmas Day outfit 20 minutes before having to leave the house.

I used to be one of the most disorganized people I know. I could never find anything I needed, I’d always put everything off until last minute and usually ran late. Now, I can proudly say that my life is organized and I no longer find myself doing my makeup while having food in the oven and trying to give my dog a bath, all at the same time.

Does this mean that my house is always impeccably clean  and my laundry is folded with border-obsessive precision? No.

But, I always get everything done on time and I know where everything is. Want to know How to Keep Your Life Organized in 2016?


We all love to think that we have great memory, but sometimes an idea hits us unexpectedly and that’s why it’s important to write it down right away. I love planners and always have one in my bag- despite having a few organizational apps on my phone, I still prefer the “old” paper and pen route. I might hear a song that I want to download later, have an idea for dinner, a blog post topic- whenever those things cross my mind, I write them down if cannot do them right away. This saves time because when I try to remember that thought from a few hours a go, all I have to do is reach for my planner and look at my notes.


This is so important when it comes to living an organized life. I don’t think that in order to be an organized person you have to color-code everything, make sure that all of your clothes are perfectly folded or store your spices in an alphabetical order. You do, however, need to know where everything is. This will save you a ton of time and frustration. Make sure that you put everything in its place, right after you use it (especially when it comes to things like scissors, tape, tweezers, emergency kit, screwdriver, tape measure, etc. because these are the things you usually need when you least expect it).


Think about two or three most important tasks you need to complete on a given day. Write them down and make sure that you do your best to complete them first. If you tend to procrastinate quite a lot, then I highly recommend that you read this post and make use of the tips included there.



I’ve already mentioned the importance of getting rid of old, unloved and/or useless things in this post. Get rid of those old bills you have lying around, receipts, broken things that you meant to fix right away but haven’t touched in two years, old clothes- whatever it is that you no longer have use for, get rid of it by throwing it away, recycling and donating.  Same thing goes for the digital junk- delete all the apps you don’t use, unsubscribe from unwanted emails.


One of really good things about being able to pay your bills online is that you can set payments to come out of your bank account automatically. When you automate your finances, you spend less time trying to manage everything and you won’t need to wonder “did I make my payment yet?” at any point during the month. This, once again, will save you time.


And speaking of bills, I’m trying to save some trees so I pretty much don’t receive any paper bills anymore and take care of everything online. This means that I might not always know when my due date is for each bill. Yes, there are email reminders, but do you know how many emails I get each day? A lot. This is why I set up a calendar on my computer, where I keep track of not only every due date, but also things like birthdays, dentist visits, events, vet visits,  travel plans and everything else that’s time-sensitive. That way, you won’t spend thirty minutes looking for that water bill, trying to figure out when it’s due- all you have to do is open your calendar.


I love to-do lists. This is what really helped me become organized. It was also one of the first things I started doing when trying to be more organized. Writing a to-do list helps me stay on track and also makes my tasks clear. As I complete each one, I cross it off and move to the next one.

I think that any time is a perfect time for change, but New Year definitely symbolizes a fresh start (for obvious reasons). Some of you might find it easier to start working on your goals like getting more organized, getting in shape or cleaning up your diet starting January 1st, but I say start now! The least you can do before the start of New Year, is to make sure to do a major cleanup and get rid of all your “stuff” that you no longer have use for- this way, come January 1st, you will already feel more organized and motivated.

Do you have any tips for staying organized?


  • This is so helpful! I’m going to try to declutter next year and these tips are going to be so useful!

    Jemima x

  • These are all such helpful tips, thank you for sharing!

    xo, Liz

  • This post is so helpful. I like to think I’m pretty organised but there’s always room for improvement! Hopefully 2016 will be a good year for me and I’ll be able to keep my head above water with my blog, and general life haha!

  • These are really great tips, I feel like I need to be more organized so I will definitely follow these. I need to start making to-do lists because I always forget what I need to do.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  • The Sunday Mode

    Couldn’t agree with these any more, I was actualy just talking to my mum the other day because she was complaining that she forgets everything whereas I remember, and I said it’s just because I literally write everything down and have a million to do lists.

  • I’m a big believer of writing things down. Sometimes typing on the computer doesn’t help and pen and paper is all you need to remember. You can take it anywhere, pin it everywhere and you’re more likely to remember!

    becca | beccagiveslove

  • I am really disorganised! I write down everything, however I end up not doing any of them. Hopefully 2016 will be a year where I will be more organised *fingers crossed* instead of being such a big mess!

  • Putting everything back right where it belongs is what helps me the most. It is astonishing how much time you actually spend searching stuff you have “quickly dropped” somewhere…

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • This is so true! I don’t think we realize just how much time we waste when we’re looking for something :)

  • Rikke Engsig Nielsen

    Really helpful tips. Writing things and plans down really helps me getting stuff done. Thank you for sharing.

  • Super helpful tips, Paula. I’ve already started implementing some of these on my own, but the tip for using a calendar has definitely hit home. I get so disorganized that I’m thinking I should get round to doing this more. Thanks!

  • Isa

    Hello Paula :) I really enjoyed reading this post.It made me smile. Have a great day and enjoy the holidays with your family. Oh I followed you on bloglovin to keep on track with your amazing posts!

  • Trishatrixie

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  • This was a great post! I’m super disorganised too so i’ll definitely be trying some if these.

    One thing I find helps is making sure everything has a place to live. Not only does it mean you don’t have to spend ages searching for things, but if you need to tidy up in a hurry you know where everything needs to go! xx

  • Kirsty Conway

    Great post – I love the tips, and your photographs! I’m alway busy, and totally agree that writing things down and making to-do lists helps – I would be lost without my planner!
    Kirsty x

  • Kati Kuzek

    Thank you for these great ideas 😊 after reading your post I feel totally motivated to become more organized 😉

  • Ashley

    Loved this post! My main resolution this year is really to become more organized and stop procrastinating. I feel like I missed out on so many opportunities this year because I’ve just become so disorganized! Thanks for all the tips!

  • Great post! I’m also a fan of the old fashioned writing things down on paper :)

  • Susan Higson

    to organize your bills and keep track of spending, and saving, I really recommend a good piece of personal finance software. This will tell you when bills are due, track recurring payments and receipts, enter them automatically or remind you to pay them and generally help you stay on top of finances. I also have one drawer for all bills, and another for all receipts I want to keep. Plus a box file as well as an computer folder for anything useful for tax returns. That way anything that comes in goes straight in the correct place, and when I pay all the bills at month end they are all together in one place.

    • That’s a great idea Susan! I keep my receipts in a separate folder too and it helps out so much. Sounds like you’re very organized, that’s awesome! :)

  • great post; indeed! the (old fashioned?) paper agendas are the best for me too, I never ever open my Samsung agenda! :) and getting rid of old unwanted or damaged things is on my monthly schedule, I just skip it sometimes as no time… thanks for the other tips!! Its never enough to mention them again and again ;)

    • Pretty crazy that the idea of using pen and paper seems to be old-fashioned, doesn’t it? I love writing everything down on paper ;) Thanks for visiting Michaela!

  • Great post! Def have to write things down more!

    Kisses from

  • Kristy Hart

    I really need to get a planner as soon as possible so I can start being more organised!
    Kristy x
    Twitter: @kristyhart_

  • Thanks so much for these awesome tips!

  • Crafty Mummy

    The best change I’ve made follows on from your first tip – Write it down.

    I write it all down in the same book. Sounds obvious but I’ve completely recovered from losing all the different notebooks and scraps of paper problems by having a book that I use for everything. It is kind of like the Bullet Journal system but not as structured. I have To Do lists as well as random notes about everything in this book. Mine is A4 and when my first book was full I just bought a new one the same size. Having it all in the same book works for me.

    • Yess I love to do lists and I also write pretty much everything down! I think that to be very useful, especially when it comes to blogging.

  • getting rid of all the junks really help, in fact i just finished doing it last night! have a lovely end to the year :)

  • First I would like to say that I just discovered your blog and I really love it!!
    Thank you for these tips, they are really good. I just keep a to do list to stay organized, it really helps!

  • Some great tips x

  • Love it! I think people often underestimate the importance of getting rid of old junk. This is definitely number one on my list!

  • Put everything in it’s place right away is something we are trying to practice here – easy enough as we’re both home ha-ha!

    Lizzie Dripping

  • I’ve started carrying a small notebook around with my so I can add everything to do my to-do list! I could use an app for it, but there is something I love about crossing something off a written list!

  • Nikola Hessová

    Paula, you really motivate me to be a more organised person :)…when we speaking about organising you know Productivity Planner from Alex and Mimi Ikonn? I´m considering to buy one.

    • Aw thanks so much Nikol! Oh I didn’t even know they came out with a planner! I just checked it out and it does look interesting!

  • To do lists are important for me. As well as writing things down. I always have stuff I need to do written on one or both of my hands.

    2015 was stressful, I need to be better organized in 2016!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

  • Gila Heller

    You use your computer calendar to keep track of…birthrates??? That’s a new one! LOL ;)

  • I’m already using a planner on a daily basis which I mentioned in this blog post, Friday’s 10 Happy Things Vol. 06 and I couldn’t be more thankful to myself for keeping myself organized from listing what to do, expenses, savings, happy lists and blog ideas. A planner is truly a life and time saver! :)

    Augustin Ra

  • Angela Mary

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. :D I find that waking up early and tidying up really boosts my activity levels. I just cannot concentrate if there is a mess lying around. It eats up my productivity! I recently made a Daily Plan Printable and you could download it here!

  • Yes, yes, yes and yesses all around! Great tips :-)

  • Fantastic read! I’ve been using a ‘Today’s Activities’ deskpad by Sighh to keep myself organised recently, especially since I’ve just started blogging x

  • I have most likely the worst memory ever, but I always tend to forget that!