There’s something about autumn, and the first few genuinely chilly starts, that just makes us want to organise things. Mornings can be stressful enough without wasting crucial minutes spent searching for items that are, mysteriously, not where they’re supposed to be. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to streamline our morning routines with a host of savvy decluttering and organisational tricks that Marie Kondo (author of the bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) herself would be proud of. From editing essential beauty products, to prepping your breakfast in advance, our tips will help you avoid early morning chaos and embrace a new order!
Clever storage is your friend. No matter how many eye pencils or earrings you have, if the places they’re kept are clean and accessible, you’ll be able to find them all the more easily. Muji is a great place to shop durable, good-looking storage containers, or make your own out of repurposed packaging – boxes, tins and plastic tubs work well. Tip. Look out for our Wonders of Winter Collection launching soon − the gift boxes and canisters are beautifully designed and make great, free storage for cosmetics or jewellery.
Sort by occasion
Separate everyday beauty and make up items from those you use only on special occasions and store them in two different places, or zones. Then do the same with your shoes, jewellery, fragrances and so on. This day Vs night sorting may sound rigid, but knowing where everything is will save you precious time. Plus, there’s nothing to stop you re-editing your choices on a regular basis.
Pick your outfit the night before
Deciding what to wear in advance is a total game changer, and what you lose in spontaneity you’ll soon make back in smugness when you arrive at work a whole 15 minutes early. If you’re unsure of weather conditions, check the forecast, making any appropriate tweaks to your selection (adding an umbrella, scarf etc.). If you can, extend this approach to your work bag too, packing the most important items and sticking devices on charge so you’re all good to go in the morning.
It takes probably 5 minutes max to sort your breakfast for the following morning – think soaking oats or chopping fruit and veg for a smoothie – but it’s so worth it. If you have a really early start consider making breakfast to go. Things like chia pudding are nutritious, yet simple to prepare in a clean glass jar, just add fresh fruit in the morning. For some serious breakfast inspo follow the pros @hemsleyhemsley and @symmetrybreakfast.
Check your route
Forewarned is forearmed, so sign up for the relevant travel alerts or check your train companies’ social feeds before you set off for the station. If you drive to work, free apps like Waze track real-time traffic and can reroute you around obstacles to minimise delays.