New year, new home, new start
A new year is synonymous with a fresh start, which makes January the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and get into some good habits as you get organised in your new home…
Do you often find yourself short on time in the mornings? Colour-coding your wardrobe makes finding items so much quicker and now is an ideal time to do it.
As you unpack your clothes that you’ve moved from your previous pad, hang them together by colour group. You’ve got to put them away in the wardrobe anyway, so a few minutes spent now to arrange them in order should reward you with a few more minutes in bed every day. You won’t have to spend so long in the mornings hunting around for the component parts of your outfit!
Next up, set aside a couple of hours to get up to speed on your personal admin; get all your utilities bills set up on direct debit – so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to pay a bill. Send off your VC5 and driving licence to change your address (you could find yourself with a steep fine if you don’t, so save the money for new curtains and just spend five minutes filling out the forms instead…).
Update the dog or cat’s microchip registration and let your insurance companies know that you’ve moved. Make yourself a list and tick it all off in January. It’s amazing how productive you’ll feel when it’s done.
You may find that setting yourself up in your diary with a couple of hours every month to deal with any file away home-related paperwork becomes second nature and gives you back more time over the course of a year. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by piles of correspondence and bills as they all – invariably – mount up again, leaves you spending hours to wade through it all to get it under control.
Now you’re really into the mood for organisation, get into a routine with your household chores.
Few of us are able to set aside three or four hours in one go every week to clean their home from top to bottom. So instead, do a little bit every day with a bigger blitz once a month. Jot down a list of all the cleaning jobs that you ideally need to tackle each week, and then group them together in a short list of tasks which fit into twenty or thirty-minute daily bursts.
Before you know it, you’ll have more time at weekends as you’ll be all ship-shape on the domestic front, rather than spending most Saturday afternoons scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom.
Finally, perhaps consider the idea of ‘one in, one out’; it’s a simple but effective way of keeping control of the amount of clutter that can build up, both for adults and kids.
For every new item of clothing you buy, take one to the charity shop or recycling centre. Same applies for toys, books, kitchen gadgets…you name it. Adopting this mind-set accomplishes two things.
Firstly, if you know that you’re going to have to dispense with an item if you buy something else, it makes you focus on whether you really want or need to replace it. Secondly, you avoid ending up with cupboards, wardrobes and drawers full of things that you don’t really need, but have kept hold of ‘because it might be useful one day.’
This way, you’ll end up with less clutter around the house and less cash wasted. It’s a win-win scenario!