On Byrdie, we talk a lot about stress and anxiety, and how more and more of us are struggling. While a lavender-scented body lotion may help you sleep and a mindfulness app can ease your brain, there are some simple tricks you can implement daily that can prevent stress.
Essentially it's about being more organised—doing the quick things you can do now to make life for your future self that bit easier. You know, so losing your keys in the bottom of your handbag won’t be the straw that broke the camel’s back on a seriously stressful day.
We called on professional organizer Kate Ibbotson, founder of Yorkshire-based A Tidy Mind and head of PR at the APDO Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers, to reveal seven daily organising tricks (we don’t like the word chores) that will help to ease that anxious feeling in your day-to-day life.
Keep reading to find out these seven small tricks will make a big difference.
- Wash, dry and put away clothes. Many people succeed in doing the first two but fall down at the final hurdle! Spend 10 minutes putting dry clothes away daily and you’ll make it feel like just another small task to build into your day.
- If you cook a meal from scratch, make an extra portion or two and freeze. I find this far easier than batch-cooking and freezing on a Sunday.
- Lay out your clothes for the next day (including underwear and accessories!). You can’t underestimate the feeling this gives you the next day—simply taking away a few decisions means you start the day with more energy in your bank.
- Carry out a 10-minute tidy each evening before you go to bed. Return items to their proper home, ensure the washing up is done, bins taken out and kitchen surfaces wiped down.
- Set your alarm for a realistic time. Work out what time you need to leave the house and what you need to do before you leave. Leave yourself plenty of time for breakfast and maybe a bit of relaxation time; you want to start the day refreshed not stressed.
- Pack your bag. Ensure you have the right things with you for the day ahead (items to post, vouchers, exercise clothes, makeup bag, umbrella, food, water, shopping list, addresses, items to return, etc).
- Put your things by the door, plus a note. There’s nothing worse than carefully laid items being left on the kitchen table so placing them by the door is the safest option. The note is there to remind you to take your lunch from the fridge (if you’ve made one).