Running a household is no easy task. There seems to always be something that needs doing, fixing, organising or generally cleaning. It’s a never-ending task, but one that we can all be proud of to do. After all, whether we purchased or rent our homes, they are our safe place and the one time we can feel comfortable to escape from everyday life.
However, if you don’t manage your household correctly, then things can get a little overwhelming. You can forget when things are due to be done or changed, perhaps spend too much on food shopping because you don’t know what you already have in, and things can mount up. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you all some of the no-fuss ways you can organise your home. I hope they help you feel more in control of your home and what needs doing.
Give your bank balance a health check
Too often we can let those direct debits leave our account each month with very little thought. Focusing more on what is left after the bills than the actual bills themselves. This can be a huge mistake, and often we can save ourselves a fair few pounds by giving your bank balance a health check. This means looking at all the debits and making sure that they are still debits that should be taken from your account. You will be surprised how many people let a gym membership carry on even when they thought they had cancelled. Another great idea would be to ensure you are paying the lowest payment for things like energy and broadband. Some companies offer lower tariffs and rates for new customers, and by simply changing provider you could be giving yourself a big saving. Check out comparison sites regularly to ensure you are not overpaying.
Start meal planning
Our food bills can be the next big thing to leave our account each month, but by getting organised and making a few simple changes, you could save yourself quite a lot of money on your weekly food shop. Often changing the store and choosing own supermarket brands can offer big savings right from the get go. But you may also want to consider meal planning and writing a list to ensure you only buy what you need and avoid food wastage.
Keep your appliances covered
We can really depend on appliances, from our heating system to our washing machine and dishwashers we can often use these things everyday without another thought. That is until they break down on us. So a great tip would be to ensure you get a cover in place with a leading provider, so that if disaster does strike you are not left with a hefty bill and a broken appliance. This is when something like the British Gas home care phone number could come in handy.
Sort through your paperwork and receipts
Does anyone else leave unopened bills mounting up? Or store all their paperwork in one large unorganised pile in a cupboard somewhere? Many people don’t have great filing systems in place for things like appliance manuals or warranties, your latest statements, and bills that need paying. So develop a system. It may take a bit of time at first, but once it is in place, it is so much easier to keep on top of bills and keep everything in the one place. The last thing anyone wants is a missed payment or hefty fine landing on their doorstep.
Declutter your home
Clutter can really cloud your mind and judgment, and it can also make a home look and feel more untidy. So tackle the clutter problem and minimise the amount of things you have. This is a great exercise to perform especially at this time of year. You may unearth things that could be donated, or even resold online on platforms like eBay. This could boost your income and be put towards that summer holiday you have been dreaming about.
Add more storage solutions to keep your home tidy
Once you have gotten rid of everything you don’t need then it is worth ensuring you have enough storage options in your home to keep things tidy and in its place. The last thing you want is for all your hard work to be undone in a few days time.
Have an ongoing household “to do” list and schedule
Cleaning and maintaining your home can often feel like a full-time job. With daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly tasks that need to be done it can be hard to stay on top of the jobs that need doing, and the ones that will need to be done soon. This is when getting yourself a cleaning schedule and ongoing “to do” list could help you stay on track. A great tip is to allocate certain jobs for certain days, then schedule in those weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks. From cleaning the windows to clearing out the gutters, it is all manageable if you make a note of what actually needs to be done and when. There are some great cleaning schedules online to help you get started.
Have a wall planner or calendar everyone can see
With other people living in your home such as family and children, it can be hard to stay in sync with everyone’s routine. So a wall planner or calendar can come in handy to ensure you know where everyone is at one time. No more missing classes or forgetting about dentist appointments.
Finally, communication is key to ensure that you can stay on top of the household. It shouldn’t be a one-person job, and you are not expected to read minds. Communication could be as simple as voicing what appointments are happening that week, or what jobs need doing that you could do with some help with. This will help you keep on track with what is a priority and also help you manage your time more efficiently.
I hope these tips help you organise your home.