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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 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!
Welcome to the December 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 of course festive! Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Yule, Newtonmas, HumanLight day, or whatever is important to you, there are many ways to spread festive cheer.
Tuesday 1st: Purchase any occasion cards you need this month, not forgetting any seasonal cards.
Wednesday 2nd: Clean the skirting boards (baseboards) in your bedrooms.
Thursday 3rd: Now is the time to get out that festive bedding if you are using it! While doing that, why not sort through all of your bedding and see if you can think of better ways to store it.
Friday 4th: Clean and dust inside your wardrobes. It is amazing how dusty the bottoms of wardrobes can get!
Saturday 5th: Take a winter walk and collect some natural items such as fallen twigs and pinecones to make some natural decor with once home.
Sunday 6th: Have a festive baking session. If you do not live alone, get the whole household involved.
Monday 7th: Finalise your festive plans for this year. Make lists of what you are doing, menus, etc so you are organised and know what you need to do.
Tuesday 8th: Make a festive playlist to get you in the mood for celebrating!
Wednesday 9th: Clean the insides of all of your bedroom windows and the sills.
Thursday 10th: Clean/wash all of your bedroom curtains/blinds/nets.
Friday 11th: If you have not wrapped any gifts yet why not make a night of it. Put on that festive playlist and open a bottle of your favourite drink while wrapping all of your gifts.
Saturday 12th: Clean all of the lightings in your bedrooms. Think ceiling lighting as well as any lamps. Don’t forget those light switches!
Sunday 13th: Go out for an evening walk around your area to see the festive lights.
Monday 14th: I know money is tight right now but see if you can donate something to a good cause. Some food to the local food bank or a toy for a local children’s charity.
Tuesday 15th: Clean and organise your bedside tables.
Wednesday 16th: Clean all of your bedroom radiators.
Thursday 17th: Clean and organise all of your clothes drawers in your bedrooms.
Friday 18th: Organise any reading materials you have in your bedrooms.
Saturday 19th: Clean and organise your make-up area.
Sunday 20th: Phone a friend or relative that you have not heard from in a while. Sometimes people who are struggling are too scared to reach out but a friendly phone call could make the world of difference.
Monday 21st: Clean/dust all of your ornaments/wall art in your bedrooms today.
Tuesday 22nd: Have a do-it-yourself festive photoshoot today. You just need some festive items from around your home and a camera phone. You can have so much fun and if you have kids/pets you can make some beautiful memories.
Wednesday 23rd: Clean all of the doors and frames on both sides for all of your bedrooms today.
Thursday 24th: Do crafts, watch movies and eat lots of goodies and have a wonderful day!
Friday 25th: Happy Xmas! Enjoy your day!!
Saturday 26th: Spend some time writing thank you cards/emails today for any gifts you received.
Sunday 27th: Have a board game day and enjoy some screen-free fun.
Monday 28th: 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.
Tuesday 29th: With the new year only a few days away, now is a great time to think about your goals for the coming year.
Wednesday 30th: Make an inventory of your festive decor so that once you pack it all away you will know exactly what you have ready for next year! You could tape a clear pocket to the box and store the inventory in there so you have easy access to it next year.
Thursday 31st: Enjoy waving goodbye to 2020 as I am sure that we are all glad to see the back of this year!!
When talking about your kitchen, this also includes your dining room if it is separate from your kitchen.
Sunday 1st: Buy or make any needed occasion cards for the next couple of months.
Monday 2nd: Clean the skirting boards (baseboards) in your kitchen.
Tuesday 3rd: Clean your toaster and other similar items (sandwich toaster, waffle maker).
Wednesday 4th: Make smores!
Thursday 5th: Enjoy celebrating bonfire night although it will probably not be as you had planned.
Friday 6th: Clean your freezers, defrost if needed and make room for Christmas food shopping.
Saturday 7th: Bring out all of your winter apparel ready for the colder months.
Sunday 8th: Clean both sides and the frames of any doors in your kitchen.
Monday 9th: Clean and organise all of your low-level kitchen cupboards today.
Tuesday 10th: Give your bread storage a good clean.
Wednesday 11th: Stock up on winter scents for your wax melts, candles, and air fresheners.
Thursday 12th: Clean your refrigerators.
Friday 13th: Decale and clean your kettle.
Saturday 14th: Give your oven a deep clean.
Sunday 15th: Go for a winter walk.
Monday 16th: Clean the inside of your kitchen windows and sills.
Tuesday 17th: Clean and organise your high-level cupboards.
Wednesday 18th: Bring down extra blankets so people can use them if cold rather than turning up the heating.
Thursday 19th: Clean any kitchen blinds/nets/curtains.
Friday 20th: Clean any radiators in your kitchen.
Saturday 21st: Make a hot drinks area with some extra decorations and treats for cosy hot chocolates.
Sunday 22nd: Clean and organise all of your kitchen drawers.
Monday 23rd: Wash out your kitchen bins.
Tuesday 24th: Gather together your emergency supplies to keep you going through the winter (candles, batteries, torches, deicer, salt etc).
Wednesday 25th: Clean your dishwasher, washing machine etc.
Thursday 26th: Give your microwave a good clean today.
Friday 27th: Make some homemade soups.
Saturday 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!
Sunday 29th: Clean any food storage containers you have such as tea, sugar, pasta etc.
Monday 30th: Check your prescription dates so that you can make sure you will not run out over the festive season. Also, make sure that your first aid kit is well stocked to get you through the winter.
The term bathrooms include normal bathrooms, toilets, shower rooms, ensuites, etc.. Depending on what you have.
Thursday 1st: Buy or make any needed occasion cards for this month and next month too! If buying from physical stores now is a good time to buy all needed birthday cards until the new year as shops reduce their selections to make room for Christmas cards.
Friday 2nd: Make a meal plan every week this month and do a weekly shop for it. See how much time and money it saves you not needing to pop to the shops daily or order in takeaways due to not knowing what to cook,
Saturday 3rd: Clean and organise any bathroom cabinets that you have.
Sunday 4th: Give your bath and tiles a good deep clean.
Monday 5th: Keep a spare change tin with a lid that does not open. I know that cash is not used very often nowadays but look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
Tuesday 6th: Clean radiators in your bathrooms.
Wednesday 7th: Clean the inside windows and sills in your bathrooms.
Thursday 8th: Have a clear-out and sell anything that you no longer need or want to make some extra pennies.
Friday 9th: Wash any nets, curtains, or blinds in your bathrooms.
Saturday 10th: 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 11th: Give your shower a deep clean today.
Monday 12th: Do you ever use Survey sites? Try and set a target of earning an extra £20 over the next four weeks. It all helps!
Tuesday 13th: Declutter all of your toiletries. Go through any giftsets you have at the back of your cupboards and you may be able to go without buying for the rest of the year if you have enough to use up.
Wednesday 14th: Give those toilets a proper deep clean today.
Thursday 15th: Clean both sides of all of your bathroom doors and frames.
Friday 16th: Go through your bills and see if there are any direct debits which you no longer need. Things like TV services if you are not watching or gym memberships if you are not going to the gym. You could also look into switching to cheaper energy suppliers too.
Saturday 17th: Clean all of the skirting boards (baseboards) in your bathrooms.
Sunday 18th: Clean any lighting and switches in your bathrooms. Make sure and take care not to electrocute yourself!
Monday 19th: Do you use any cashback websites? Why not sign up to at least one and see how much money you can make from things you would be buying anyway.
Tuesday 20th: Clean all of the mirrors in your bathrooms.
Wednesday 21st: Clean all of the sinks in your bathrooms today.
Thursday 22nd: 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.
Friday 23rd: Why not batch cook a few meals this week so you have some ready meals in the freezer for the busier season.
Saturday 24th: 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.
Sunday 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.
Monday 26th: Dust/clean your bathroom ornaments and other decorative items.
Tuesday 27th: When food shopping and you see items you need on BOGOF or half price, get the two items. Use one now and put the other away in a box for Christmas. Then when it gets near to your Christmas food shop, you can bring it out and reduce your food bill dramatically.
Wednesday 28th: Check that you are not paying too much on your mobile phone contract if you have one. Often once your minimum term is up, companies do not tell you that you can now reduce your bill to a sim only deal.
Thursday 29th: Pick five items that you regularly buy when you go grocery shopping. Dropdown a brand level on these five items and over time this will add up without you even realising. So if you normally buy branded, drop to store finest. If you normally buy store brands, swap to value.
Friday 30th: Invest in some scented candles for relaxing baths.
Saturday 31st: If you have kids who have bath toys, give the toys a clean and organise them.