Independent Living

Organisational Skills
Strategies to support organisation skills development
Colour Coding

This is a very easy way to organise school books, household bills or your desk in work.
For school, all english books, copies and workbooks can be kept in a red folder. The same system can be used for all subjects. For example, geography can be green and maths can be blue. This makes packing your bag and using your locker during school easier.

This method can be used to organise post by family member, or by level of importance. For instance, outstanding bills in a red folder, takeaway menus in a green folder.

For work, you can label tasks that need to be completed this week orange and things to be completed today black. This can be changed to suit you.



Lists can be very useful for anyone who needs to keep track of daily tasks. They also benefit anyone who is a bit forgetful. Lists can be made on phones or in a notepad.
Using a list will help you remember what food you need to buy when you go shopping.

A ‘morning list’ or ‘bedtime list’ can be helpful for anyone who is anxious or for those who like a structured routine. This can be helpful for children getting ready for school or adults getting ready for work.


Whether these are on your phone, or on your wall, calendars are a great way of staying organised. They allow you to see appointments, birthdays and holidays in advance. As a result, they can help reduce anxiety and allow for more time to plan for events and changes in routine.
A child can use this to keep track of different activities going on throughout the week, like sports club or when they will have a babysitter.

An adult can use a calendar to keep on top of daily tasks like bin collection, paying bills, and reminders to lodge money into savings.