An Organised Start to 2022

My Top Five Tips For Getting & Staying Organised This Year.

I don’t know about you, but staying organised saves my sanity. So, this year I have made it my focus to get and stay more organised.

I have put together a list of everything that helps me organise my life, save time and make juggling a busy household a little easier. So here is a round-up of my top five tips for staying organised this year. Because let’s face it, anything to help lighten the load in the long run is a winner. 

1. Little & often when it comes to the housework

With more of us than ever working from home, it can feel overwhelming being constantly sat in the same four walls, looking at all the jobs that need to get done.  

Now I hate cleaning!  I’ve tried, I really have, but the thought of spending a whole day once a week sorting the house just fills me with dread.  So instead, I follow The Organised Mum Method.  If you haven’t heard of it I urge you to go check out Gemma over at Team TOMM and her realistic approach to keeping on top of your home.  Just 30 mins each day (usually time I would spend aimlessly scrolling the gram) focused on a specific room in the house.  The idea is that it gets easier each week as you stay on top of the housework rather than letting it build up. 

If like me the housework gets you down, then maybe change it up and give this a try.

2. Book your food shop weekly, online

Food shopping with the kids in tow is not my idea of fun, and quite frankly when I haven’t got the kids with me I have far better things to be doing with my time.  So, to tick another mundane job off the list I subscribe to a delivery saver slot on a monthly basis with my chosen supermarket.  It gives me free delivery and collection throughout the week, with the ability to book a slot up to four weeks in advance.  Now, this is key to staying organised… 

Go online and book your delivery for the month.  You don’t need to do a whole shop, just pop one or two things in your basket and checkout to save your slot.  Then the night before, jump online, complete your food shop and voila you’re sorted! 

3. Meal planning

The job that creates the most arguments in our house, over who’s turn it is, and usually takes the most time.  So instead of meal planning weekly and trying to come up with new ideas every week and wasting time scrolling the internet for inspiration I have decided to do a three week rolling meal plan.  This is new for us, so stick with me here….

I’m going to choose three weeks worth of family friendly meals and write them down.  I’ll then use the same three week meal plan on a rolling basis.  This will save me time & headspace, hopefully making the online food shop a quicker task too!  

Top tip: Be sure to include slow-cooker meals on the days you know you are going to be pushed for time (like nights the children have after school clubs).  This is a game changer, especially in the winter months. 

4. Get everything ready in the evening

There’s nothing worse than starting the day in a frantic panic, shouting at the kids to get ready and rushing out the door like a crazed animal, just to get everyone up and out to school on time.  We’ve all been there!  

To save time and stress in the morning I have started making sure everything is ready the night before.  School clothes ready in a neat pile on the floor, packed lunches made, bags packed & coats, hats, gloves and scarves at the ready by the back door.  I’ll also make sure the baby bag is good to go, Theo has lunch I can grab for him and I have something easy to hand for myself to eat too.  It’s definitely not my favourite job in the evening, but I always thank myself in the morning that it’s done. 

5.  Write your to-do list the night before: Pick three things

Make a note of everything you need to get done the following day.  Get those thoughts out of your head and on to paper.  Now look at that list and be realistic.  Prioritise three main things that are achievable and make these your goal.  If at the end of the day you have more time and energy, crack on with your list.  If not, sit back knowing you have got done what was needed and the rest can wait for another day. 

I hope you find some of these useful to help you save time and organise your day more effectively.   I’ll be continuing to follow these as well as I can, with the acceptance that there will be days when balls get dropped and nothing goes to plan.  And you know what that’s okay…I will do my best and my best is good enough!

I would love to hear your organisation, time-saving tips too….please do share them with me as I am always looking for ways to keep the juggle going.  I’ll be sure to share them with you another time.