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Welcome to the new home of the Idea List. From now on, each month this is where you will be able to find the Idea List. If you are new to the blog, you can find out all about the Idea List and the accompanying Facebook group here.
I hope you find it useful and if you join in, I would love to hear how you get on. Also, if you follow me on Instagram I add each day’s idea to my story to help people keep track of the list. If you are joining in and you tag me on your post on Instagram then I will share on my stories.
As of July 2020 I have given the Idea List a little make-over! To help us focus, each month is assigned a room and a theme. The rooms are Kitchen, Bedrooms, Living room and Bathrooms which roll around so each room has focus for three months of the year. The themes are all different, some are more fun and others are more helpful, like the July theme of decluttering.
Welcome to the April Idea List! This month the room is the bedrooms, so that is however many bedrooms you have (including spare rooms/guest rooms). The theme of the month is spring! With dates that restrictions could be ending it is time to spring forward and have some fun!
Thursday 1st: Purchase any occasion cards you need this month, not forgetting any seasonal cards.
Friday 2nd: Clean the skirting boards (baseboards) in your bedrooms.
Saturday 3rd: Take a kite, frisbee, and ball to your local park for some outdoor fun.
Sunday 4th: Clean and dust inside your wardrobes. It is amazing how dusty the bottoms of wardrobes can get!
Monday 5th: Plant something, even if just some herbs in a small indoor tub. It is lovely watching something grow and perfect for spring.
Tuesday 6th: Take your reading books outside today for some fresh air reading time.
Wednesday 7th: Organise your wellies, umbrellas, and waterproofs ready for any April showers.
Thursday 8th: Have a board game night and enjoy some screen-free fun.
Friday 9th: Clean the insides of all of your bedroom windows and the sills.
Saturday 10th: Clean/wash all of your bedroom curtains/blinds/nets.
Sunday 11th: Take a spring walk and see how many signs of spring you can spot
Monday 12th: Clean all of the lightings in your bedrooms. Think ceiling lighting as well as any lamps. Don’t forget those light switches!
Tuesday 13th: Make a bird feeder for the garden. There are so many low-cost simple ideas on Pinterest.
Wednesday 14th: Treat yourself to some beautiful flowers to brighten your home.
Thursday 15th: Clean and organise your bedside tables.
Friday 16th: Get outside with chalks and/or bubbles and have some fun!
Saturday 17th: Clean all of your bedroom radiators
Sunday 18th: Get outside and enjoy a picnic lunch. If the weather lets you down, you can always have a carpet picnic inside instead!
Monday 19th: Clean and organise all of your clothes drawers in your bedrooms.
Tuesday 20th: Make some homemade lemonade
Wednesday 21st: Organise any reading materials you have in your bedrooms.
Thursday 22nd: Find some ducks and give them a treat of some old bread.
Friday 23rd: Clean and organise your make-up area.
Saturday 24th: Clean/dust all of your ornaments/wall art in your bedrooms today.
Sunday 25th: Visit a Farmer’s market and you may get to see some baby animals while you are there.
Monday 26th: Cook something new for dinner using seasonal veg
Tuesday 27th: Clean all of the doors and frames on both sides for all of your bedrooms today
Wednesday 28th: It can’t be spring until you’ve made a daisy chain! Why not teach the kids this old tradition.
Thursday 29th: Take a broom with a damp cloth around your bedrooms and get rid of any cobwebs and ceiling dust. Also, take a damp cloth for any wall marks that you notice on your way around.
Friday 30th: Go out for a family bike ride or walk if bikes are unavailable or not relevant to your family.
When talking about your kitchen, this also includes your dining room if it is separate from your kitchen. This month’s theme is good health so there are ideas on the list to help you maintain or achieve good health which is currently even more important than ever!
Tuesday 2nd: Clean the skirting boards (baseboards) in your kitchen.
Wednesday 3rd: Clean your toaster and other similar items (sandwich toaster, waffle maker).
Thursday 4th: Are you up to date with health checks, smear tests etc..?
Friday 5th: See if you can up your water intake by just one glass a day.
Saturday 6th: Do you regularly check your breasts for lumps of abnormalities? If you don’t start today.
Sunday 7th: Clean and organise all of your low-level kitchen cupboards today.
Monday 8th: Clean both sides and the frames of any doors in your kitchen.
Tuesday 9th: How many of your five a day do you currently average? Is there room for improvement? See if you can find some ways to get more fruit and veg into your diet.
Wednesday 10th: Give your bread storage a good clean.
Thursday 11th: Do you take time for mindfulness, yoga, meditation, or some other stress releasing, relaxing activity? If not, think of introducing something into your daily activities. Just five minutes a day can make a difference!
Friday 12th: Clean your refrigerators.
Saturday 13th: Descale and clean your kettle.
Sunday 14th: Give your oven a deep clean.
Monday 15th: Go for an after-dinner stroll today and take in the surroundings.
Tuesday 16th: Clean the inside of your kitchen windows and sills.
Wednesday 17th: Clean and organise your high-level cupboards.
Thursday 18th: If you drink alcohol, take a look at how much you are consuming. Lockdown life has impacted many people and their alcohol consumption has increased considerably. Just keep an eye and reduce the amount if you feel that it is too much and could adversely affect your health.
Friday 19th: Clean any kitchen blinds/nets/curtains.
Saturday 20th: Clean any radiators in your kitchen.
Sunday 21st: How much screen time do you spend each week? Maybe give yourself a break and reduce your screen time levels.
Monday 22nd: Clean and organise all of your kitchen drawers.
Tuesday 23rd: Wash out your kitchen bins.
Wednesday 24th: Lockdown life has left many people feeling isolated. Now that there is a possible end date, why not think of ways that you can connect with people and deepen your social connections.
Thursday 25th: Clean your dishwasher, washing machine etc.
Friday 26th: Give your microwave a good clean today.
Saturday 27th: How about a family (household) walk somewhere local but new to you?
Sunday 28th: Declutter any clutter spots that you have in your kitchen. Ours always seems to be the top of the fridge freezer and inside the bread bin!
Monday 29th: Clean any food storage containers you have such as tea, sugar, pasta etc.
Tuesday 30th: Clean your freezers and defrost if needed.
The term bathrooms include normal bathrooms, toilets, shower rooms, ensuites, etc. Depending on what you have. This month’s theme is ‘love’ as it will soon be Valentine’s day!
Monday 1st: Buy or make any needed occasion cards for this month and next month too! Don’t forget about Valentine’s day!
Tuesday 2nd: Add some fresh flowers or paper hearts to your home to get you in the mood for the season of love!
Wednesday 3rd: Clean the inside windows and sills in your bathrooms.
Thursday 4th: Bake some heart-shaped cookies to pass out to family and friends to show that you care
Friday 5th: Wash any nets, curtains, or blinds in your bathrooms.
Saturday 6th: Sort through your towels. See if you can find a more organised way of storing them and discard any worn ones which you will no longer use.
Sunday 7th: Give your shower a deep clean today.
Monday 8th: Watch a romantic movie
Tuesday 9th: Declutter all of your toiletries.
Wednesday 10th: Give those toilets a proper deep clean today.
Thursday 11th: Clean both sides of all of your bathroom doors and frames.
Friday 12th: Do something nice but unexpected for someone to show them they are loved.
Saturday 13th: Invest in some scented candles for relaxing baths.
Sunday 14th: If you have kids who have bath toys, give the toys a clean and organise them.
Monday 15th: Clean all of your bathroom skirting boards (baseboards) today.
Tuesday 16th: Clean any lighting and switches in your bathrooms. Make sure and take care not to electrocute yourself!
Wednesday 17th: Show yourself some love with a midweek treat. Paint your nails, have a face pack, or an extra ten minutes in bed.
Thursday 18th: Clean all of the radiators that you have in your bathrooms.
Friday 19th: Clean all of the mirrors in your bathrooms.
Saturday 20th: Phone or text someone that you have not spoken to in a while and let them know that you care.
Sunday 21st: Clean all of the sinks in your bathrooms today.
Monday 22nd: Show some love to your neighbourhood by taking a walk around the block with a bag and collecting any rubbish.
Tuesday 23rd: Do you have any decor in your bathrooms or are they just plain? Take some time thinking about what you would like to have in there.
Wednesday 24th: Show your love to someone you live with by doing one of their chores today
Thursday 25th: If you have a shower curtain on a rail, the rail is often forgotten when cleaning so why not give it a good clean.
Friday 26th: How do you store your personal items (sanitary wear)? Think about how you could make this look better by using pretty storage bags or baskets.
Saturday 27th: Make time for some self-care today and look after yourself.
Sunday 28th: Dust/clean your bathroom ornaments and other decorative items.
Welcome to the first Idea List of 2021! This month the focus is on the living room. This also includes any extra living rooms you have such as conservatories and studies. The theme for this month is new beginnings. It is all about getting organised and trying new things, so should be lots of fun.
Friday 1st: Happy 2021! Write a list of occasion cards which you need for this month and the next so that you can purchase or make them in good time.
Saturday 2nd: Do you have a calendar system in place so that you know what everyone in your household is up to? If you don’t, why not think about this today?
Sunday 3rd: Give your living room skirtings (baseboards) a good clean today.
Monday 4th: Do you have a morning routine in place? Think about how you can start one or improve the one you already have.
Tuesday 5th: Clean any wax/oil burners you have in your home today.
Wednesday 6th: Cook something new today – you could experiment with all of those Christmas leftovers that are usually lurking in the freezer and the cupboards!
Thursday 7th: Clean all of the doors on both sides which are in your living room.
Friday 8th: Often January is the hardest month of the year in terms of finances. Reassess yours and make a plan to get back on track.
Saturday 9th: Why not follow some new blogs or social media accounts to give you some new inspiration.
Sunday 10th: Go for a winter walk (weather permitting) to somewhere you have not walked before. They say a change is as good as a rest!
Monday 11th: Clean your TV remotes and any other remotes you have in your home with some antibacterial spray. Remember to be careful though and do not spray directly onto the remotes.
Tuesday 12th: Think about the way you clean your home. Do you follow set plans or have a chore chart in place? Assess how it is currently working and make any needed changes.
Wednesday 13th: Clean any living room windows on the inside and don’t forget the sills.
Thursday 14th: Wash/clean your living room curtains/nets/blinds.
Friday 15th: Have you set any goals for the year ahead? I know it is hard to plan and make goals in a pandemic but it is still worth having a think about things and giving yourself something to work towards.
Saturday 16th: Clean all of your ornaments, wall art, and other living room decor.
Sunday 17th: Have a go at something new today. You could try a new craft, a new sport or anything that springs to mind.
Monday 18th: Declutter and clean your living room cupboards and drawers.
Tuesday 19th: Clean all of your living room lighting and don’t forget the switches!
Wednesday 20th: Start a new book that you have been meaning to read today.
Thursday 21st: Organise any books, magazines, etc that you keep in your living room.
Friday 22nd: Try a food that you have never tried before. One of those ones that you always say you do not like but have actually never tried!
Saturday 23rd: Clean any radiators in your living room.
Sunday 24th: Do something unexpected today. It could be something small like painting your nails in a colour you never wear or something silly like doing everything backward!
Monday 25th: Watch a movie that you have not yet got round to watching.
Tuesday 26th: Let go of any negative thoughts and worries from the last year. If it helps write them all down and then destroy the paper and watch them disappear.
Wednesday 27th: Deep clean your sofa/chairs
Thursday 28th: Assess how you tend to spend your free time (or if you have any!) and see if there are better ways to spend it.
Friday 29th: Treat yourself to something new. It could be something small like a bar of chocolate or something bigger, you decide!
Saturday 30th: Organise any DVDs, games, etc that you keep in your living room.
Sunday 31st: Have a no electronics day so you can calm your mind and think about the first month of 2021!