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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!

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