Christmas is done and we are in that weird week between Christmas and New Years where we don’t know what day it is!
As the New Year creeps closer, we look at New Years Resolutions and the typical loosing weight, eating heathy, exercise, financial planning, spending more time with friends and family.
But a few weeks into the New Year our New Years resolutions are long forgotten as we get back to work, kids at school and the general business of life.
This year let’s be different. Make a New Years Resolution for your home and get those tasks done. Free up space in your mind for better things than trying to remember everything you want to do around the home.
Think of all the things you want to do around your home and write them down. Do you want to redecorate a room, renovate the patio area, replant the garden, build a shed?
From there break the tasks down into months or weeks so you don’t feel overwhelmed on all that needs to get done- you concentrate on that month/week only.
Creating a plan for you home helps you get things done and reduce the mom guilt of trying to juggle too many things at once. And the best thing is you only need to revisit the plan a few times in the year to keep your New Years Resolutions.
Cleaning is that one task that can sometime be overlooked when you are back at work and running around with the kids at sports.
Make a list of all the tasks that need to be done during the week and decide which days you can get them done. Are the kids old enough to help with the tasks and what can they do? Getting the family to help teaches them life skills and frees up time to do a fun family activity.
Add the big tasks to your yearly planning calender such as washing windows, decluttering or deep cleans. That way you have planned for them and they get remembered and done.
Write down a list of the maintenance tasks that need to be done every year and book them in advance. Carpet cleaning, pest control, aircon maintenance and any other trades people you normally schedule.
Once a year review your electricity, gas, telephone accounts and insurances. Check what you are paying for and see if there are items you no longer need. Phone around and get quotes to see if you can get better rates elsewhere. Remember to compare like for like to make sure you are covered the same before changing to a new provider.
Is there anything you are paying for that you no longer use?
A tip is to take the money you saved and put it automatically towards paying off debt or towards a savings/investment plan. That way you don’t end up spending it unnecessarily and can save towards something you want or need.
To eat healthier this year set yourself up for success.
The fridge is a good place to start. Finish all the leftovers from Christmas. Clean out the shelves and have a designated shelf for foods that need to be eaten first. Clear out old sauces and foods.
Plan to shop from your cupboards till you have finished all the festive food bought for Christmas. Then give your food cupboards a good clean-out. Throw away expired foods. Repack the cupboards to suite the family- with the items most used close at hand and items not used that often higher up on the shelves.
A new recipe book or website on healthy eating saves time looking for ideas to cook a healthy meal.
To reduce clutter and mess, find a home for all the new Christmas presents and any other items you have laying around.
Find a place to keep your mail and have a regular day where you sort out the mail and pay bills.
Not motivated to tidy up? Set a timer and see how much you can get done in that time. Involve the family and make a game of it. See who can pack away the toys before the timer ends and get extra time reading their favorite book.
Please feel free to print them out if you find them useful. A money saving tip is to laminate the templates. That way you can write on them with a whiteboard marker and change them as needed.
PS : Head on over to Canva if you would like to create your own planners.
We hope that you find these tips helpful.
Read our blog : How to get rid of clutter in your home. We have some awesome ideas to share with you.
Wishing you a fantastic 2022!
May your year ahead be filled with love and happiness.