7 steps to a more organised home
“I’ll be more organised this year/this term/this week…” How often have you said that then not followed through? Tackling your whole home at once is a mammoth task, yet a few minor changes can make a world of difference.
1.) Plan ahead the night before
Work out what you need to do the next day and write a list. Get clothes ready, pack lunches, do the washing, whatever it is you need to do to ensure when you get up in the morning it goes as smooth as possible instead of everyone rushing around trying to find socks, shoes, keys and other random items. If you start your day right, it makes the rest of it seem better.
2.) Meal plan
Knowing what you are going to cook and when saves time and money. You can create a simple meal plan or use a service like ThermoHub which offers you a menu plan and shopping list (and costs only 99cent to try for 2 weeks). Having your meal plan ready to go stops you needing to work out what you are going to eat that day or dashing down to the shops to get ingredients for dinner because you didn’t plan properly.
3.) Shop in one hit
If you have made a meal plan or used one from ThermoHub which automatically gives you a shopping list, you can easily shop in one go instead of making multiple trips to the shops each week. This will save you time and money, plus you won’t constantly feel like there are groceries on the bench. Your home and life will be cleaner and more organised.
4.) Get rid of excess
Declutter your home entirely. How many clothes do you have that you don’t wear? Books you don’t read, kids toys they don’t play with, random pieces of paper you no longer need, kitchen utensils that simply sit there? Clear out your entire home. Start with one drawer then work your way through. Throw out or donate things as you go, but make sure you do it immediately. Don’t let the ‘donate’ pile sit around your house. Declutter, pack it and donate in one go.
5.) Create a plan for everything
Look at different areas of your home and life, then work out which areas could do with some planning and get it happening. Christmas comes every year, as do birthdays, anniversaries and many other celebrations so plan for them. Work out who you need to give gifts to and what you want to give them. If you plan well you can make plenty of gifts too such as slices, biscuits, jams, sauces, beauty products such as bath bombs and more.
Another example is your finances – work out a budget for your income and expenses. Write them all down then look at ways you can reduce your expenses.
Get a cleaning schedule up and write a list of chores for your kids to do each day. The more organised you are the easier it is for them to follow your plans.
6.) Utilise online resources
Create a shared online calendar so everyone in the family knows at a glance what is happening and gets notified when something new is added. It saves a lot of time and stress.
Shop online and get things delivered instead of going out. This will save you time shopping plus often reduces impulse purchases.
Get all notifications emailed to you instead of being posted to save on the amount of mail coming in. This goes for junk mail too. Sign up to your favourite stores if you need, then stick a no junk mail sign on your mailbox to stop that coming inside your house.
Look at your habits, what you buy and what you do then see if you can switch any of it to online options to save you time and money.
7.) Create nooks and places for everything
Do you normally drop your keys anywhere then struggle to find them later? Get a magnetic hook for your fridge or a key rack near your door and place them there as soon as you get home.
Do bills pile up on your kitchen bench? Switch to electronic bills for starters, so they are emailed instead of being sent to your home. Arrange for direct debits so the bills are paid on time then file them into a folder in your email. This way you never end up with an overdue notice, everything is paid on time and you have a record of all the bills without it taking up room in your house.
Look around your home, where else do things collect that need to be organised? Start working out ways to give those things homes or stop them coming into your house altogether.
What organisational tips would you add?