2018 is finally here and it’s time for a fresh start all around! Hitting the reset button on life, especially after the hectic holiday season, helps us all mentally focus and inspires us to make necessary changes in our day to day. Here are some tips to help you tighten up your schedule and keep your home organized and safe.
Create a daily, weekly and monthly schedule for around your home. Daily tasks can include staying up on the dishes, laundry, mail, garbage and recyclables. Try opening the mail each day right next to the garbage can and immediately throw out mail you don’t need. Making sure your living space stays clutter free can free up your mind as well as your time in the long run. Try practicing Mise en Place (Putting in Place), Grandma used to say everything has a place and you need to put it back where you found it.
Weekly tasks can include staying up on your doctor appointments and getting enough rest. Taking care of yourself first ensures that you are there for your loved ones when they need you. Another thing you can do is to make notes or weekly to do lists. Checking off items gives you a sense of accomplishment and encourages you to do more. Downloading a money management app such as Mint or PocketGuard gives you control over your budget. Notify me if you made changes to your home, replaced your roof or installed an in-ground pool – discounts and coverage are our specialty and can make a good impact on your budget.
Monthly items to focus on can directly impact your home and investments. Auto and home maintenance is easier to remember if you include it in your monthly planner. Schedule out spring and fall cleaning as well as items that can mitigate any homeowner’s claims: cleaning the dryer vent, tree limb trimming, windows, eavestroughs, smoke alarms, visually check attics and crawl spaces for water damage, roof inspections, check your sump pump and inspect railings on porches and decks.
Last but not least would be to always be grateful that you are able to do these things and take it day by day. Happy New Year from my house to yours!