Top tips for an organised New Year

Having worked for many years in administration I like to think of myself as an organised person. That was until 2017 happened and I dropped the organisational ball somewhat. Especially since the children returned to school following the summer holidays. You’d think that the ability to return to a routine would have helped me pick up the slack. Instead, I ended up in a downward spiral until we hit Christmas. Determined to start afresh with the New Year I have gathered a few top tips for an organised New Year to share with you.

Top tips for an organised New Year

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Within the kitchen (the heart of the home) we have a large family calendar which details what everyone is up to on any given day and where they need to be. This works perfectly and with a pocket at the bottom to keep track of appointment cards, invitations and coupons it keeps everyone organised. 

With multiple blogs to keep track of, content planning and tracking of site stats and social media reach is something that I need to keep on top of. A customised planner that allows me to document up to five items each day means that I can add personal items such as meetings in London as well as blog content that is scheduled for that given date. It also enables me to highlight my availability when I am asked.

Adding contents labels to outside of storage tubs in the attic or garage detailing what is inside (rather than a generic toy, decorations, seeds etc. label) will make finding items easier as well as storing them back away for the next use too.

Label everything

Armed with a labelling machine, post-it notes or signs you have made on the computer, go around the home and label everything. Starting with the items that are used every day so that everyone is aware of where it stored, how it is used, or when it needs to be replenished. 

Toy boxes in the playroom with toys bundled together into boxes, such as trains, cars, LEGO, dolls etc. Making clear up much easier at the end of the day and something the children can also get involved in. Placing labels on chest of drawers within the children’s bedrooms will also help when you need them to grab something for you (t-shirts, pants etc.)


Colour coded

Keeping with the easy storage solutions, keeping things stored in the same colour files, folders and tubs will mean you are looking in the right section immediately. Whether this is a different coloured folder or clipboard for each member of the house on a noticeboard to keep track of paperwork, appointments, certificates and latest artworks.


Put together a chore list for the whole family to work from. There is no rhyme or reason why one or two people should be completing everything that needs to happen for a house to run smoothly. Everyone who lives there should be able to help in some way (depending on their age and abilities). From setting the table ready for meals and clearing plates away at the end ready to be loaded into the dishwasher. Collecting laundry and filling the basket ready to be taken downstairs to be completed. As well vacuuming, emptying waste paper baskets around the home into the large kitchen bin and sorting recycling.

One job at a time

We are all guilty of starting something and getting sidetracked onto another task. This leads to lots of unfinished tasks or ones that have only had part of your attention and therefore not the best that they could have been completed. The irony to this is that if we took the time to complete each task one a job at a time it would probably take less time to complete and therefore enabling you to check more of your to-do list each day.

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    January 2, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I’ve bought a meal planner from busy b this year, with a list of meals for the week and shopping list 🙂

  2. Charlene Merrall
    January 2, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    I’m really the most unorganised person on the planet so I’m not sure if I can help you with tips haha!

  3. Margaret Gallagher
    January 2, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Post it notes and a colour coded family planner id be lost without them

  4. Solange
    January 2, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    I’ve found that the easiest way to organise myself, my days and so forth is a good paper calendar, a sheet of paper that I divide into four sections and a medium sized white board.

  5. Tracy Nixon
    January 3, 2018 / 3:12 am

    Use a meal planner to plan your meals and work from this when making your shopping list!

  6. January 3, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I meal plan. It really helps keep us organised. I only buy what food we need which saves money too x

  7. Pauline jaconelli
    January 3, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    Keeping habit trackers in my bullet journal is a great way to stay organised

  8. Corinne Wright
    January 4, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Keep hold of last years diary! I’m absolutely terrible at remembering birthdays and key dates so it’s really useful to go over last years while I’m filling in the New Years.

  9. Kat Allinson
    January 4, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    I try to plan weekly meal plans to organise my shopping and stop me buying stuff I don’t need and avoid waste

  10. chelsey hollings
    January 5, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    I do a meal plan every week so we buy just what we need.

  11. claire croft
    January 5, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    only way i can get out the door in the time in the morning is tp be super organised clothes are out bags packed the night before! I have to have 2 children ready and at childminders for 7.30 so its like a military operation 🙂

  12. Lorna Ledger
    January 5, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    small steps climb mountains . and don’t sweat the small stuff

    January 5, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    For me i write lots of lists so i stay organised with all the tasks i have to do.

  14. Andrea Upton
    January 5, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Make lists and tick jobs off when they are complete, you get a sense of satisfaction when the ticks start to appear

  15. Sally angel
    January 6, 2018 / 1:49 am

    Have a space for everything and get into the habit of not picking up something more than 2 times, that way it is less likely to get misplaced.

  16. cheryl hadfield
    January 6, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    I have bought a meal planner that can be displayed in the kitchen for all the family to see, makes meal times and shopping a lot easier

  17. Lynn Neal
    January 7, 2018 / 9:01 am

    To Do lists always help me otherwise I would spend half my time chasing my tail!

  18. Jules Eley
    January 7, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    My top tip is make lists, they keep my life in check 😉

  19. Katie
    January 7, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    I’d love to say I plan my meals… when I do it really does help, but i’m really not that organised.

  20. Lorna Roberts
    January 7, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    A bullet journal is changing how I organise myself. Seeing your goals beside your planning entwines the two and keeps you focused.

  21. iain maciver
    January 7, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    a good planner

  22. Jodie A Green
    January 7, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    i write lists, make notes, plan ahead but mostly (having 7 children i dont have much choice) its all about routine for me

  23. jo liddement
    January 8, 2018 / 8:21 am

    I keep a notebook of lists and cross each item off as it is completed. I also keep an annual list for birthday and Christmas gifts and then can cross off each gift that i buy.

  24. Damian Thomas
    January 8, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I have a year planner on the wall as I also need all of the help i can get 🙂

  25. Susan Smith
    January 8, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Always have a family calendar, with everything written down on it, i always forget things, so its good to have a look everyday to see whats going on

  26. Elizabeth Smith
    January 8, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Try and pick up paperwork only once, putting it in a pile to do later just creates a demoralising paper mountain.

  27. Annabel Greaves
    January 8, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I like to keep all my important dates, lists and information together in a notebook

  28. Sadiyya Maryam
    January 8, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I think not being too tough on yourself helps as sometimes even with lists and organisation things still don’t go to plan.

  29. Andrea Fletcher
    January 8, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    I write everything on a calendar and have a birthday book.

  30. Laura Pritchard
    January 8, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    I rely entirely on my work Outlook calendar – put reminders in ahead of time. For example, don’t just save someone’s birthday, add a reminder 2 weeks before to buy their present/card.

  31. laura banks
    January 8, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    i have a notebook next to the couch so when i need to remember things i can write them down

  32. Rebecca Sutton
    January 8, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    urm… well… you can urm… hmmm… google it! that what i would do!

  33. Sarah Ann
    January 8, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I swear by to do lists! They help keep me focused, organised and there’s nothing more satisfying than ticking items off as they are done.

  34. kate kathurima
    January 8, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    if you have certain activities on certain days have the items needs put together ready so your not looking for anything

  35. Rachel
    January 9, 2018 / 9:40 am

    A calendar doesn’t work for me as I never look at it but we have a paper pad of weekly planners which I hang on the wall instead. Each week I put on meals, children’s activities, any other times people are out and also a list of jobs I want to achieve on each day. I take great satisfaction in crossing things off as they happen!

  36. Ursula Hunt
    January 9, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Make a list of 3 things to do each day, one taking 30 mins approx and 2 taking less time then they are all achievable

  37. Rebecca roberts
    January 9, 2018 / 11:20 am

    In the morning I Wright a list of everything I have to do that daY keeps me on track

    January 9, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    i would love to win this prize, its amazing

  39. Danielle Spencer
    January 9, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    Lists – I love making lists for things and it helps keep me organised, whether it be shopping lists, meal planning lists, day planning lists or even birthdays.

  40. Megan Kinsey
    January 9, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    I’m a massive fan of lists! But definitely in a notebook rather than on scraps of paper so you can keep it all in the same place and don’t end up with multiple lists with the same thing.

  41. Karen Barrett
    January 9, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    I have a week view planner that I keep on my kitchen bench. I jot down EVERYTHING! not just apts. and birthdays etc but reminders to call people, sort the MOT research different things. It stops things going around and around in my head plus very satisfying ticking off.

    January 9, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Keep a to-do list that syncs with your mobile phone

  43. Ren Taylor
    January 9, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Make lots of lists and pin things to the fridge

  44. lorraine kirk
    January 9, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I have made my own monthly calender on Microsoft Office which I print and change every year. It’s great because I can add colour coded bithdays, shift planner etc at the start of the year.

  45. Rich Tyler
    January 9, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Lists of family events, appointments etc

  46. rebecca h
    January 9, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    I write lists! I swear by them even have a memo app on my phone. it’s good for jotting when I think of things rather than forgetting them!

  47. Susan B
    January 9, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    Accessible storage. It is unhelpful storing things that you cannot easily retrieve when you need them so I use clear storage containers that I can see into and I also label them.

  48. Karen R
    January 9, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    I’ve recently discovered online post it notes – and they seem to work a treat for me xx

  49. Jo Richards
    January 9, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    I have a To Do pile for my paperwork and the rest gets filed as and when I can be bothered lol

  50. Lynn Heath
    January 9, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    I’d be lost without a list and my kitchen calendar, if it’s not on the calendar it’s not happening!!!!!

    January 9, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    One of my top organisational tips is to use brightly coloured post it notes for important reminders.

  52. ashleigh allan
    January 9, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Make lots of lists!

    January 9, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    I have just started using small storage boxes and baskets in my wardrobe, I don’t know if its working yet though

  54. Chrissy Harris
    January 10, 2018 / 6:53 am

    Make a dinner plan for the week so you remember to defrost and meat and don’t waste fresh veg

  55. Katrina Adams
    January 10, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Break everything down into bite size chunks. If I make a massive list everything looks so unachievable but I know that if I maybe only write 5 things done, I’ll get them done in no time and feel accomplished. When they are done…I add 5 more. Due to health I have to pace myself so it allows me to not feel overwhelmed but still get things done. I highly recommend it.

  56. Kev Cannon
    January 10, 2018 / 9:52 am

    My son is autistic and we find that it pays to plan well in advance and ALWAYS have a plan B. A plan C is also useful at times and make sure everyone knows what is going on. This has stopped some of our organised trips out from falling foul of the gods of fate.

  57. Ruth Harwood
    January 10, 2018 / 11:14 am

    I just have a lot of storage boxes under the bed lol!!

  58. kRIS
    January 10, 2018 / 11:52 am

    colour coding works best for me

  59. Wendy Jones
    January 10, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Old shoe boxes are great for storage. Great fun decorating them to match decor or even let the children decorate them.

  60. claire griffiths
    January 10, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    I write all important dates in a new diary as soon as i buy one using my old diary as a guide for birthday anniversarys setc i also find having a note book at the side of my laptop which happens to be near the telephone is also good at jotting down anything important

  61. francis lee
    January 10, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    always plan ahead and make a list if needed

  62. Stef
    January 10, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    picking out clothes to wear the night before saves loads of time in the morning

  63. Jo Glasspool
    January 10, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    I don’t have any! I’m in the same boat as you 🙂

  64. sheri Darby
    January 10, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    I write to do lists in hectic days

  65. janine atkin
    January 10, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    make lists and do a financial budget to ensure you have enough money to do the things you enjoy

  66. Hannah Wallington
    January 11, 2018 / 10:39 am

    I jeep lots of memos on my phone and transfer them to the fridge

  67. Stacey Carnell
    January 11, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    A family planner or calender to put on your fridgefreezer to keep track of everything. Also, I write lists for everything from groceries to keeping track of bills etc – love a spreadsheet too haha 🙂

  68. Helen Reed
    January 11, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    I am a great believer in lists!!!

  69. Samantha R
    January 11, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    I start a new to do list every day and split larger tasks into smaller tasks to make them seem less daunting!

  70. aj
    January 11, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    Tidy as you go, simple rule for a easy organised life.

  71. jen jackson
    January 12, 2018 / 9:55 am

    I always make weekly lists

  72. Diana
    January 12, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Oh no. I have no tips. So disorganised :/

  73. Jayne Townson
    January 12, 2018 / 11:38 am

    I like to write myself lists and tick things off as I get them done.

  74. Jeanette Leighton
    January 12, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Go through your paperwork and throw away rubbish regularly it’s surprising how much accumulates

  75. Jessica Barber
    January 12, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Lists, lists, lists!

  76. Sarah Parker
    January 12, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    I love using apps to make lists of things to do 🙂

  77. Jenny Rogers
    January 12, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    Make lists – to do today, this week, shopping etc.

  78. January 12, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    I keep notes in my Yahoo email as reminders and also have notes of bills and important information as they re easy to find when I need them

  79. January 12, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    I keep notes in my Yahoo email as reminders and also have notes of bills and important information as they re easy to find when I need them

  80. claire glace
    January 12, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Buying a shredder has really helped, and being organised with a dairy and plently of lists !

  81. Emma Smith
    January 12, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    make packed lunches for the week on a Sunday afternoon/evening so you can just grab them from the fridge each morning

    January 12, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    The advice you give is really helpful for someone as disorganised as me! I am guilty of trying to do a bit of this and a bit of that ‘all over the place’, I always seem busy but nothing ever seems to get done and I end up hiding things in the spare room! My new year’s resolution was to declutter and get organised. I am going to start the process by following the advice of trying to complete one task at a time. I hope I can change my messy ways!

  83. Sarah Wilson
    January 12, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Have a notebook, make checklists, and have a printable family calendar in the kitchen!

  84. Joanne Homer
    January 12, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I have calendars everywhere! That way no-one has the excuse that they didn’t know something was planned. There’s one in nearly every room in the house!

  85. Ellen Stafford
    January 12, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I always make lists. I have a little blackboard in the kitchen that I list things I need for shopping day.

  86. Laura Lee
    January 12, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    I always plan my food for the week, that helps me with my organisation for the week as it is one of the things I dont have to think about when I am rushing around 🙂

  87. Rachel Atkinson
    January 12, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    Bullet journal – organises EVERYTHING

  88. Chanise Kemp
    January 13, 2018 / 12:01 am

    Meal plan, colour coded lists, reminders

  89. Chris Hobbs
    January 13, 2018 / 4:48 am

    I have it all in my head at the moment….this maybe where I am going wrong. Lists get lost a planner would be a welcome helper

  90. Charlotte Hoskins
    January 13, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Write it down! I use our calendar and make lists loads or I have absolutely no chance of remembering!

  91. Rachael Sexey
    January 13, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I write a lot of lists, I always have a notepad next to me for when I remember things I need to do

  92. Emma Fox
    January 13, 2018 / 10:15 am

    I always file/answer/list all school information as soon as I get it so that it does not get lost amongst the rest of the paperwork on my desk!!

  93. carol boffey
    January 13, 2018 / 10:21 am

    having a note book helps

  94. Lee Cartner
    January 13, 2018 / 10:52 am

    I couldn’t function without my to-do lists!

  95. Diane Tait
    January 13, 2018 / 10:55 am

    I am so bad for using sticky notes everywhere I really need to have something where they can all be kept together as I usually end up losing some of them!

  96. Stevie
    January 13, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    I use the calendar on my email account. It lets me set a reminder.

  97. Anneka Avery
    January 13, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    Declutter stick to the schedule and if it all fails have a tantrum followed by a prosecco and chocolate lmao

  98. Sarah Austin
    January 13, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I have lots of lists and try and do at least one thing a day!

  99. Nancy Bradford
    January 13, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    I’m failing to master the art of organisation lately but one tip I do have is to do as much pre-cooking on the weekends as you can to make life easier during the week.

  100. melody cross
    January 13, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    I started to write a to do list – I was surprised at how many things I did on a daily basis!

  101. Amy Jo McLellan
    January 13, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    I’m working on inbox zero and just archiving everything I don’t need to reply to, and starring anything else until I deal with it 🙂

  102. Debbie Burfoot
    January 13, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    I do a week planner and laminate it then use a whiteboard marker to fill in important stuff

  103. Gemma Bain
    January 13, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    With a 9 month old boy I am seriously trying to be more organised this year!

  104. Lisa Pond
    January 13, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    A different pen colour per person when writing on the calendar so you don’t have to write their name 🙂

  105. Fiona jk42
    January 13, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    I’m afraid I’m not very organised, that’s why I need this prize!

  106. Georgie Wright
    January 13, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    Plan your meals at the start of the week but more importantly stick to them!

  107. Karen Walder
    January 13, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    I make lists for everything!

  108. January 13, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    I second the people who have said coloured pens – I like to have a key as well it makes things easier to see in the diary/calendar

  109. Danielle Graves
    January 13, 2018 / 11:20 pm

    I have a big family planner and we have a different column for each person so it’s easy to see who has what planned and you can also spot any timetable clashes.

  110. Jodie W
    January 13, 2018 / 11:27 pm

    keep a notepad by the bedside so you can jot down last minute thoughts that strike at bedtime,

  111. paula cheadle
    January 13, 2018 / 11:56 pm

    I write every thing on the calendar, so every one knows what each other is doing

  112. Laura Harrison
    January 14, 2018 / 1:04 am

    Use the calendar on your mobile / tablet for appointments, Birthdays etc and make a to do list x

  113. Carly Belsey
    January 14, 2018 / 4:37 am

    I have a weekly planner in the kitchen that is like a big post it note and you pull it off and start the next week when you are done, I cannot cope without that and my diary lol

  114. becci cleary
    January 14, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    List List LIST – I literally list my whole life – its the first thing that I do when I go into work also – I find myself more productive if I am crossing it off as I go 🙂

  115. Miss Tracy Hanson
    January 14, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    If you have time, sort tomorrow’s outfit out the night before. Nothing worse than rushing about in a morning. Also try and make more food than necessary so you can freeze some and reheat when you don’t have a lot of time.

  116. Eva Trelfa
    January 14, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    I put all the clocks forward by fifteen minutes, that way we are never late out the door!

  117. Ruth Wollerton
    January 14, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Make a to do list with only a few items on each day, too many and you will get overwhelmed and not do any xxx

  118. amanda greensmith
    January 14, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    lists for every thing then cross off when done

  119. Kim Neville
    January 14, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    At the moment I have post it reminders and put them in order of priority first

  120. laura stewart
    January 14, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    i make lists and tick things off when they are done x

  121. Farah Elmer
    January 14, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    One of my new years promises to myself is to get more organised in general! There’s a part of me that wants to be ‘free’ and fly by the seat of my pants moment to moment ( pretty woman fans anybody?) However I am now 40, so really grown up, & I now feel freedom actually comes from planning & being organised!
    Thanks for the opportunity & ♡Happy Organising♡

  122. Jennifer Baker
    January 14, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    The simplest thing I do to stay personally organized is to put whatever tool, item, clothing, bag, hairbrush etc., away immediately after using it. I always know where everything and anything is so I never waste time looking for something. Very efficient! With everything else I usually Jot things down to remebmer and check things off when it’s been done.

  123. Kate Davies
    January 14, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    For me it really helps having a family planner calendar so I can keep track of who is where and when.

  124. Alison Johnson
    January 14, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    I write to do lists for each day of the week. There are some things I have to do each day but then others on specific day. I go through notebooks like mad!

  125. Natalie Crossan
    January 14, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    i’m always making lists for absolutely everything and my daughter does now too!

  126. Gemma Massey
    January 14, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    I use a white board for important dates and information as well as a diary so I can see clearly what’s coming up

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