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Getting Organised – simple things you can do to make home life a little easier


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GETTING ORGANISED

Organisation is the key to the smooth running
of a home, especially in today’s hectic lifestyles where time is at a
premium.  Here a few suggestions which, although simple and easy, can
make a vast difference and make life just that little bit easier. 

Although some of these tips may not seem
appropriate for your particular household they may just give you an idea of
the type of things you can do to improve your own situation.

Pre-plan

Prepare for tomorrow today, by laying the
breakfast table the night before and ensuring everyone’s clothes are ready
for the morning.  If anyone has packed lunches, prepare these and place
in refrigerator.

When possible do advance cooking e.g.
casseroles, cakes etc.   Grate cheese for storing (this can be
frozen ready for use at a later date), rub together fat and flour for pastry
or scones (this will keep, dry, for three weeks in a refrigerator).

Work out a week’s menus in advance;  this
enables you to get all necessary ingredients in one go which saves on
shopping trips and thereby time and fuel costs.

Streamline your system

Getting up half an hour earlier may save an
hour later.

Do first the things you rather leave as job
dodging brings double fatigue – first the dreading and then the doing.

Tackle small chores such as cleaning a mirror
or wiping marks of light switch when you notice them. Singly this takes
minutes whereas accumulated it can add up to hours.

If you don’t own a dishwasher speed dishwashing
by leaving crockery from one course to soak in hot, sudsy water while you
eat the next course;  this way they almost wash themselves.  Same
goes for pots and pans.  Stand cutlery and knife blades in water to
soak.

Memory Jogger

These days most people use gadgets as memory
aids but, if you have many family commitments, there is something to be said
for the old fashioned notice board.  Use it to pin up dental and other
appointments, important phone numbers (doctors etc.), important birthdays,
items that need replacing with sizes if appropriate.

Have a large file or clip for bills, paperwork
and letters to be answered (if people still write letters) This should be
checked every week to ensure any deadline is met and, thereby, avoid
unnecessary penalties and/or charges.

Co-opt the family

The old adage goes “many hands make light work”
and this is very true so getting the whole family involved is well worth a
try although I doubt it will be easy.

Small children can put clothes and toys away. 
Hang a string bag over the bath taps so they can put away any bath toys
before getting out of the bath which keeps then tidy and allows them to
drain.

Give each child a named peg and allocated shoe
space (a clothes peg with name marked on keeps boots together).

Older children can make beds, especially as
most now have duvets; empty waste paper baskets and lay tables.

Teenagers can wash cars, change their own bed
linen, dust, vacuum etc.

“Never put down what you can put away”

You can make things easier by creating
collection points.

A large, lidded basket at the foot of the
stairs for things waiting to be taken up, another at the top of the stairs
for things to be taken down.  A whole drawer or shelf in the kitchen
for things that don’t belong elsewhere.  Hook a drawstring tidy bag
inside each child’s bedroom door.

Take the easy way

Standing takes six per cent more energy than
sitting so, unless you are trying to lose weight, sit for chores like
peeling vegetables and ironing.  Using correct movement for each job is
also less tiring so to lift something bend at the knees rather than from the
waist.

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