They say that change starts at home, so if you want to organize your life in the new year, where better to start than your house? You can begin to feel much more put together by rearranging and redecorating your home to make it a more functional and organized space to live in. Get rid of all your clutter, create a system to store your books and DVDs and ensure that you start doing your household chores when you say you will. If you want to sort yourself out in 2015, begin with the following tips to turn your home into a well-run establishment that would rival Downton Abbey. Some of the things you could do include creating a budget, drawing up a chore schedule and bringing in some new storage units.
Organizing your home isn’t just about the physical state of your house or apartment. Your household expenses are a significant part of how you feel in your home. People spend a lot of time worrying about money, and you can cut that time down by getting your finances in order. Creating a household budget will make your more aware of how much money is coming in and going out, and it will help you begin to save. You can find the places where you can cut down and work out how much you should be spending on all your essentials. Less money spent on household expenses means more to spend on improving other areas of your life, like socializing and learning new things.
Tackle Layout and Furniture
Of course, the appearance of your home is important too. It’s worth considering not just for what it looks like, but for its functionality too. If you have children, it’s even more essential that your home serves as a functional living space, and not just somewhere that looks beautiful. One of the aspects of home decor that’s vital to an organized house is the correct storage. If you’re forever overrun with clutter, it might be time to think about where everything should be stored. Perhaps you need a new TV stand to stop people leaving DVDs lying around, or foot stools doubling as storage boxes could be just the thing to transform your living room.
Get the Family on Schedule
Keeping track of your family isn’t an easy task. When everyone has places to be and things to do, it’s hard to make sure that everyone in the right place at the right time. If you find that everyone is always running late for something or other, it might be time to create a schedule or calendar. You could set up a table, so everyone knows what they’re doing every day. You can even create a daily routine for each family member, especially if you have younger children. Routines are important, and it’s comforting for little ones to know when they should be getting up, having breakfast and getting ready to leave the house.
Don’t forget the household chores too. They shouldn’t be left up to just one person (unless you live alone, of course). Draw up a roster to divide tasks between the whole family.
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