So, today I had a few minutes spare and I started thinking about how I could use the time well, rather than simply procrastinate and waste it.
It made me think about starting a list of things to do in those few minutes, that aren’t urgent, but would make all the difference to my home / life if they were done – some quick wins.
It also made me think about the amount of little pockets of time that we get throughout the day, and don’t use it to our advantage (when the kettles boiling, when on the phone, when waiting for someone to arrive or someone to do something in the house, adverts on the TV, waiting for something to cook etc….)
Often the difference between the organised and the dis-organised is the little habits that we do each day without really thinking about it.
If you can start to do a few little things each day then you will drastically transform the way you live, and how you feel about your home and life – so why not give it a try!
Here’s my list of quick wins to try so far, see what else you can think of, and please add any at the bottom of this page for others to enjoy!
- Try and fill a bin bag with items that are not required any more – quick walk through the house – things can be then sorted into CHARITY, RUBBISH, RECYCLE etc….
- Spare change – collect from around the house, count up and bag – then you can add to your errands to take it to the bank.
- Shredding – start a pile and when you have quite a bit you can do it all in one go (its always more time savvy to do things in batches)
- Filing – as with shredding, start a pile and when you have a decent amount you can do it all in one go – also, you could go through things that have already been filed and ensure that they are still needed (otherwise you will end up with too much stuffed into the file and won’t be able to find anything)
- Email folders – are you REALLY going to need everything again? Try and work through one folder each time and only keep things that are crucial (ensure they are filed in the right folders as well for ease of finding again)
- Old pens that don’t work – that pen pot will thank you for it! Collect all that you can find and simply try them all out!
- Any expired coupons and vouchers (try and keep these in a place that you will be able to find and use them frequently – if you are the main shopper in the house then your purse / wallet may be the best place.
- A drawer or cupboard – a really quick win that I often do when on the phone
- Handbag / purse / wallet – throw out all old receipts and paper that collects there – and put everything where it should go
- Hall cupboard – check coats and shoes are there are suitable for the season and have non seasonal stuff in peoples rooms
- DVDs and CDs – any collections should be in the right boxes
- Magazines – rip out any articles you want to read again, and if all in tact still, consider giving to someone else to read, or recycle
- Quick purge of kitchen food cupboards to ensure things are in date still
- Writing a liked recipe into your family recipe book – creating a fail safe recipe book to use again and again
- Social stuff – checklist that you have contacted all your friends and family in a suitable time frame (everyone of these will be different, and may prefer different ways of contacting), but don’t let this contact slide (i.e. make a phone call, send an email, write in your diary to do this.
- Checking your diary for the upcoming few days to see that you have got everything you need for whatever you are doing
- Putting a load of washing in the washing machine – or hanging one out to dry
- A quick walk around the house to put things back where they should go
- Anything from your TO DO list that has been marked as a QUICK WIN!
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You’ll be amazed at the changes in your home.
If you can add just one of these things into each day – you’ll find that your home starts to look more organised, you have more time to do the nicer things in life, you are less stressed when looking around the house thinking of all those things TO DO, and you’ll generally be more content with your home – that’s a quick win if ever I heard of one!
Why not take the challenge, and let me know how things go in the comments below…