With Christmas only 4 weeks away (ahhhh!!) it’s time to get serious about getting your home and life organised. Coming into the New Year I’ll be launching a financial overhaul challenge. I’ll be sending you some more information over the coming weeks so if 2015 is the year to get your finances in order, stay tuned. For now, lets get going with this weekends to do list.
Task 1: Finalise Christmas present lists
It is super easy to get out of hand with Christmas spending but having a plan can help get this under control. This weekend, sit down and work out what you can realistically afford to spend over the next month on Christmas. Write a list of all the people you need to buy presents for and what you plan to buy. Go through and work out how much that will all cost. Allow around 10% extra for unplanned changes! Take a look at your list and see how it compares to your budget. Can you realistically afford what you planned? Where will the extra money come from? If you are planning to put it on a credit card, do you have a plan for how this will be paid off?
Task 2: Spend 15-30 minutes in the garden
With the weather warming up, it’s a good time to get into the garden and start getting it under control. This weekend, spend just 15-30 minutes getting the outside areas of your home sorted. This might be as simple as sweeping the balcony or clearing a drain or it might be just the start of a full garden overhaul. 15-39 minutes isn’t going to make a huge impact if you garden is in need of a good few days of work (like ours!) but it is enough to sweep the front path, pull a few weeks and collect the random toys scattered all over the place.
Task 3: Choose one cupboard and clear it out
If you try to clear out every cupboard in your home all in one go you will become overwhelmed and likely give up. Pick just one cupboard and go through it. Throw out anything you don’t need, sort what is in there and pack away neatly. You could try your linen cupboard, a toy cupboard or a section of your wardrobe. The trick is not to choose something too big.
I hope you have a wonderful, refreshing and productive weekend!