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House organisation tips

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BrightBushyBee Sat 04-Aug-18 11:18:43

I know these threads have been done to death but I'm desperate for your tips about how you keep your house organised. Not cleaning tips as such, just general 'running smoothly' ideas: keeping it decluttured, keeping on top of tasks/to dos, saving money without blowing it all by not being sensible. Anything that has made your life easier that you can share with a frazzled and disorganised me. Thank you!

Passmeabrew Sat 04-Aug-18 11:22:44

Blatantly placemarking as I am in desperate need of tips as well! No matter what I do or how hard i try to be organised, stuff slips through constantly and mt house is like a bomb site. So you are not alone but im afraid I'm no help!

whyareyoucrying Sat 04-Aug-18 11:29:18

The best tips are never walk past something that needs to be picked up, put everything away as soon as you have finished with it and make sure everything has a place to go to. That way the clutter just never builds up.

ScarletPower Sat 04-Aug-18 11:31:19

There's been a thread posted in the last couple of days on MN, called something like 'give me your MN hacks' - I'm not sure which topic it was on, but there was some useful stuff on there.

It's really hard if you work full time or have little children.

We got a dog a couple of years ago, but he goes bezerk trying to kill the hoover if I get it out in his presence so now I can only hoover up if someone takes the dog out(side)

I try to be organised when it comes to doing the Laundry so I keep on top of the washing
- basket at top of stairs for dirty clothes (I then take clothes out of it downstairs)
- basket downstairs for dirty clothes - once there's a full wash, I do it.
- either tumble dry or line dry
- then there are 4 baskets which are stackable - one for each DS, one for me/DH and one for towels/bedding
- (this is where I fall down as I am crap at putting clothes away - and I don't iron) But at least if one of the family is looking for an item, they know they only have one basket to look through.
- Eventually I do get round to putting clothes away.

dudsville Sat 04-Aug-18 11:35:15

Get rid of stuff.
Make sure everything has its place.
Put remaining stuff back in its place when you're through using it.

ScarletPower Sat 04-Aug-18 11:36:03

Here it is :-)

By the way, I'm a thread killer so I apologise that you will probably not get any more replies after this one

Passmeabrew Sat 04-Aug-18 17:04:32

Thanks for linking that @ScarletPower, I will sit and have a look later smile

BrightBushyBee Sat 04-Aug-18 17:22:41

Great tips and thanks for that link, I'll also look through :-)

Enervator Sat 04-Aug-18 22:10:06

I guess for me:

Don't take on additional responsibilities until you feel a bit more sorted. Do not volunteer for stuff. Don't add stress or commitments right now.

Accept that you are going to have to dedicate some time to jobs, admin, organisation.

Delegate some routine jobs that don't need extra input from you.

Know where your 'inboxes' are - email, post, etc.and a to do list app. Write everything down in an inbox and revisit your inboxes regularly. Like if my dd needs new tights, I write it in my to do list app and I check that really regularly. (Or I just immediately order them from Amazon or M&S or whatever.) I NEVER think 'Oh I'll remember that.' I won't.

5000KallaxHoles Mon 06-Aug-18 17:00:59

A shared online calendar that goes onto both mine and DH's phones. I put EVERYTHING in it - sit down once a week with the school newsletter and put all possible coming dates into it, all DD2's hospital appointments and I also make sure if we have a discussion about things like "I need you to work early to finish early to pick child X up to take them to Y" I email him what we've agreed to his work email so he can diary it in his work calendar the following morning (his work are fine with him shifting his work day forward and back as long as the work's done). Yes in an ideal world he'd keep track of all of this himself but sometimes it's not worth the stress and I'd be doing it anyway for my own benefit.

NoraBarlow111 Fri 10-Aug-18 09:20:44

The first thing I did was to get an accurate picture of how much it cost to run our household. I listed all expenses that are part and parcel of our living ie mortgage, gas, electric, water, rates, tv,internet, insurances, car tax, etc.

The next step was to make a master list of essentials used by our household on a regular basis. cleaning, laundry,toiletries etc I personally have master lists for everything we use.

I then made a note of how much stuff we used, eg: we get through 1 roll of toilet paper per week upstairs and 1 roll of toilet paper per fortnight in downstairs toilet this equals 78 rolls per year. we use 1 roll of kitchen paper per month which equals 12 rolls a year etc.

With experience I have found which products we like to use and how much they cost. to get costs down I will buy these items when they are on the best special offer I can get. eg: I only buy glorix bleach normal price €1.30 per bottle, the best special offer I can get is 1+1 free which works out 65cents per bottle. I also know that my supermarket does this on a regular basis so this tells me how much to stock up before I need to buy again.

Foodwise I use mince for bolognaise and chilli which I batch cook and freeze in portions. We eat chicken fillets on a regular basis and always have steak on a sunday so these items are bought in bulk on special offer. The cheapest I can buy chicken fillets is €6 per kilo. I have all the supermarkets listed in my favourties and can check out what is on special offer each week and work out meals around those items. As I have been doing this for a long time I am instictively aware of how much I need to stock up, which in our case is not very much.

I have a desk diary, and list everything I need to remember in there, it's also good for checking back for reference.

anotherangel2 Fri 10-Aug-18 13:46:04

I think the the most important thing to do it to make sure everyone knows their responsibilities at home and stick to it.

You need to find a pattern that works for you and easy hacks for your life.

I have a toddler and everytime Sainsbury has a 25% off sale I bulk buy clothes in the next size up for her.

Japonicaisstillahorsygirl Fri 10-Aug-18 13:55:16

By no means as organized as I would like but find the following helps

Weekly food shop
Weekly dinner plan
Batch cooking
Laundry routine to keep on top of it and ironing session once a week
Try to do a declutter at least once a year
Enforce DH and DD putting away their clean clothes

anotherangel2 Fri 10-Aug-18 13:59:18

Posted too soon! Obviously that only works if you have little children or ones that let you choose their clothes.

At the start of every season I attempt to get my clothes ready. Check I have suitable shoes/boots, coats/jackets and clothes and buy whatever I need. That’s the theory anyway.

I have also started to keep a year plan in the notes section of phone eg

- boiler and fire service
- cat healthy pet club check
- MOT and car insurance

- Think about world book day costume. Possible quiet ladybird (tutu)

Once every 3 months go to the card factory and buy the birthday and event cards that you need for that period.

SentToTheSynByn Fri 10-Aug-18 14:02:19

Get rid of stuff.
Make sure everything has its place.
Put remaining stuff back in its place when you're through using it.


Also, I get two deliveries a week - I have a Tesco delivery plan. One on Thursday and one on Sunday. I have a three week menu plan, so just add what we need according to the plan. If I run out of something, it immediately goes on the app for the next delivery. Has stopped all the top up shops I was doing.

Each person has a laundry basket and does their own washing. We each generate about a wash a week. Whites go into a bag in the bathroom, and those get put in with my bedding wash.

We have a rota for dishwasher.

I cook 3 meals on Sunday to put in the fridge, so mon, tues, wed dinner ready to go in oven when I get home.

All the big bills and savings come out of 1st of the month, so any money left after that is disposable income. I have a basic savings which I pay £200 a month into for Christmas, as well as long term savings / emergency stash and pension (self employed).

I have a cleaner once a week for 2 hours - she does the communal areas of the house, and we each do our own bedrooms (teens).

I order everything online, rarely go shopping.


SentToTheSynByn Fri 10-Aug-18 14:05:42

Also I have recurring alerts on my phone to top up lunch money for school, kids Oyster cards, a week before appointments etc.

cleancleanclean Sat 11-Aug-18 04:04:16

sent you're an inspiration! Such good tips!

flirtygirl Thu 16-Aug-18 12:27:42

I do master lists for budgets, household maintenance, car, appointments etc.
I do weekly money spending lists, daily to do lists and a monthly overview.

Appointments and yearly things like car tax, car insurance go into phone and tablet calendar, sync and reminders set.

Also set reminders if I've taken out a free trial so that I can cancel the direct debit.

I do 4 washes most weeks, whites, blacks, colours and bedding. Some weeks bedding is combined with colours.

I batch cook, aiming for 6 meals sorted per fortnight, then supplement over the week with a salad meal, a grilled meal like fish or chicken with veg, an oven meal like an oven pizza and one other easy meal like jacket potatoes. All served with salad, veg or wrap as needed.

I don't do top up shops as freeze bread and kids have uht milk.

I have extra store cupboard items so don't need to shop weekly and if we run out of something then we just have something else.

Everything has a place and I do a quick tidy 5/10 mins before bed. I put everything to go up on the stairs and then take them up with me and put away.

I clean the bathroom before I shower so 3 or 4 mins each time with floor done every other day on top. It so quick as it's always done so just wiping and rinsing needed.

Hoover twice a week, no pets, hard floors. Spills get wiped up immediately and disinfected as stickiness attracts insects. Steam mop as needed. Sweep as needed, like after meals.

Kids chores are loading washing machine, putting some of their washing away (I help organise), sweeping or hoovering bedrooms, hoovering, cleaning bathroom and kitchen floors, wiping handles, switches and doors, weeding, dusting surfaces. All started from a young age ie 18 months being taught to put toys away, hoover or sweep from age 4 and 5 when they think its a fun game, washing up with no knives from age 4, as they like splashing. You usually have to do it over but at that age they are so helpful and proud of themselves and they get into the habit of helping.
Basically they do everything that I do but they do 1 or 2 things each per day, like one would wash up and one will sweep and I do the rest.

I declutter monthly, trying on clothing and checking fit. Deciding whats for ebay, charity or destined for rag bag.

I only buy washing up sponges and worktop/table cloths, our cleaning cloths are all old t-shirt, leggings, pj's as jersey is great for cleaning.

All yearly expenses, I work out their monthly cost and put it aside, ie £18 pm for mot and servicing. £45 for insurance, £11 for road tax. That way nothing can be unexpected as yearly costs are yearly so why did you not expect it?
Termly expenses get their monthly amount put aside too.
Also put aside money for days out, emergency fund, holidays and clothing.

I shop in the sales only and when my girls were little always shopped ahead, not really now but will still store branded trainers and jeans for older child whose feet have stopped growing and next size up for younger child. Younger child has more opinions and just turned 9 so she is starting to choose more, I did let her choose before but from my already specially curated offerings. I do buy winter coats ahead of time as this is the UK and winter is always around the corner. I also buy the classic styles in wool when 75_90%off then put then on ebay. Always make a nice profit. My ebay fund is currently going towards moving costs but usually goes towards daytrips and cinema.

I only go cinema with Meerkat movies so Tues or Wed. We get 3 tickets for price of one as I'm a carer so Cinema is our main treat. We take picnics and drinks wherever we go, we may choose one treat whilst out on a day trip but most often we just eat the food we have bought with us.

I have a rule that if I need something it must be the best that I can possibly get for my budget or the best item reduced. You need to buy cheap and good quality.

Being cheap can mean buying twice if you are not savvy. So I research it and shop around, then use a online voucher and cash back site. Use online vouchers for things like car service and boiler serving also.

I never just run out and buy something even if needed. I still shop around using for food items and only buy soap powder, quorn, almond and oat milk when on offer, as they are on offer

I check petrol prices online and if I'm going to a cheaper area, I put in half a tank then fill up on my way back in the cheaper area.

flirtygirl Thu 16-Aug-18 12:28:04

Sorry that was longer than expected.

Elbbob Thu 16-Aug-18 12:34:46

Good advice here.
@5000KallaxHoles what app do you use for shared online calendar? I send invites to OH's gmail calendar but that relies on him opening and accepting which he forgets to do!

FlamingoMingo Thu 16-Aug-18 22:32:44

@anotherangel2 I love your idea of a monthly year plan. Do you have any other examples of what is on yours or does anyone else do one? Thanks

mrsoutnumbered Fri 17-Aug-18 07:02:17


OMG. The 2 deliveries a week idea could be a total game changer for me - I am awful for top up shops!

SentToTheSynByn Fri 17-Aug-18 07:55:09

@mrsoutnumbered and @cleancleanclean


anotherangel2 Fri 17-Aug-18 09:46:22

This is as far as it goes! I need to finish it.

Calendar month by month

- boiler and fire service
- cat healthy pet club check
- MOT and car insurance

- Think about world book day costume. Possible quiet ladybird (tutu)

- Painting garden fence

- anniversary
- **birthday
- birthday

I plan to add insurances, contracts being up, birthday, when to think about book holidays and Christmas events.

Lightlover2018 Tue 21-Aug-18 12:04:18

These tips are so helpful. I am so disorganised, things like batch cooking and meal planning seem beyond me. Things like car insurance always catch me by surprise so I end up paying the overpriced renewal. We have loads of credit card debt and always in overdraft. Feel like my life is not under control! How do other people manage these things?

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