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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.
The term bathrooms include normal bathrooms, toilets, shower rooms, ensuites, etc. Depending on what you have. This month’s theme is ‘positivity’ as having a positive outlook on life improves mental well-being.
Tuesday 1st: Buy or make any needed occasion cards for this month and next month too! Don’t forget about Fathers Day.
Wednesday 2nd: Clean the inside windows and sills in your bathrooms.
Thursday 3rd: Wash any nets, curtains, or blinds in your bathrooms.
Friday 4th: 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 5th: Do something for others. As today is ‘World Environment Day’ with the theme, ecosystem restoration, why not help clean up a local part of your commumity?
Sunday 6th: Get outside today. Whether it’s in your garden, a walk in a forest, or just a stroll around your local area. Being outside is said to improve well-being and make you feel more positive.
Monday 7th: Give your shower a deep clean today.
Tuesday 8th: 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.
Wednesday 9th: Make a list of all that you have to be grateful for. Don’t forget to be thankful for the things that we take for granted like having clean water and a roof over our heads.
Thursday 10th: Declutter all of your toiletries.
Friday 11th: Give those toilets a proper deep clean today.
Saturday 12th: Do something for yourself. Self-care isn’t selfish!
Sunday 13th: Give everyone you see today at least one genuine compliment. Share the love and positivity.
Monday 14th: Clean both sides of all of your bathroom doors and frames.
Tuesday 15th: Try using a positive affirmation and see if it makes a difference.
Wednesday 16th: If you have kids who have bath toys, give the toys a clean and organise them.
Thursday 17th: Clean all of your bathroom skirting boards (baseboards) today.
Friday 18th: Give yourself a treat for all that you do. Anything from a slice of cake, a long hot soak to a new outfit. If you want it and can afford it, do it!
Saturday 19th: Clean any lighting and switches in your bathrooms. Make sure and take care not to electrocute yourself!
Sunday 20th: Go on a nature walk and see what you can spot.
Monday 21st: Review your sleep habits. Are there any ways you can improve the quality or amount of sleep that you have each night?
Tuesday 22nd: Clean all of the radiators that you have in your bathrooms.
Wednesday 23rd: Smile! Even if you really do not feel like smiling, did you know that looking in the mirror and fake smiling can fool the brain into believing that you are happy. So, smile and see if your mood improves.
Thursday 24th: Clean all of the mirrors in your bathrooms.
Friday 25th: Clean all of the sinks in your bathrooms today.
Saturday 26th: Do you practice mindfulness? There are many ways to have a go. You could listen to a guided meditation or do some colouring for example.
Sunday 27th: Dust/clean your bathroom ornaments and other decorative items.
Monday 28th: A positive start to the day can make a huge difference to how the day pans out. Why not make a new morning routine which is sure to guarantee that you have a positive start each morning.
Tuesday 29th: If you have a shower curtain on a rail, the rail is often forgotten when cleaning so why not give it a good clean.
Wednesday 30th: Talking about how you think or feel about things is a great way to make yourself feel better. Even if it is just gossip about something unimportant, you will feel much more positive about things. Ever want to chat, just send me a message 🙂
Welcome to the May Idea List! This month the focus is on the living room. This also includes any extra living rooms you have such as conservatories, home office, playroom, or studies. The theme for this month is having more fun! I think after a year of COVID we all could do with a bit more fun in our lives!
Saturday 1st: Buy or make any needed occasion cards for this month and next month too!
Sunday 2nd: Write a summer bucket list of all the things that you would like to do this summer. Get the whole family involved.
Monday 3rd: Give your living room skirtings (baseboards) a good clean today.
Tuesday 4th: They say that laughter is the best medicine so watch something funny. A comedy or a stand-up comedian.
Wednesday 5th: Clean any wax/oil burners you have in your home today.
Thursday 6th: Watch the sunrise or sunset.
Friday 7th: Clean all of the doors on both sides which are in your living room.
Saturday 8th: Have a pamper night doing the things that make you feel happy.
Sunday 9th: Go outside for a picnic lunch. If the weather is not great have a carpet picnic instead!
Monday 10th: Make some homemade Lemonade.
Tuesday 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.
Wednesday 12th: Have a games night. Board games or video games, whatever suits you and your family.
Thursday 13th: Clean any living room windows on the inside and don’t forget the sills.
Friday 14th: Wash/clean your living room curtains/nets/blinds
Saturday 15th: Bake a cake! What is better than cake? If you are not a fan of cake (who even are you!) then bake something else that will make you happy.
Sunday 16th: Take a trip to your nearest beach. It does not have to be an expensive day out, just go to a more quiet part of the beach without any amusements. Maybe have a go at crabbing or collect some seashells.
Monday 17th: Do something creative today. There are so many different ways to get creative, you are sure to think of something you like.
Tuesday 18th: Declutter and clean your living room cupboards and drawers.
Wednesday 19th: Clean all of your living room lighting and don’t forget the switches!
Thursday 20th: Make a playlist of music that makes you happy and have a dance. If you are feeling really adventurous, turn all the lights off at night, put some balloons up and some disco lights, add some bowls of nibbles, and have a mini disco!
Friday 21st: Organise any books, magazines, etc that you keep in your living room.
Saturday 22nd: Clean all of your ornaments, wall art, and other living room decor.
Monday 24th: Clean any radiators in your living rooms.
Tuesday 25th: Call a friend or family member that you have not spoken to in a while and enjoy a good catch-up.
Wednesday 26th: Spend some time outside, either in your garden, the park or just strolling around your local area.
Thursday 27th: Deep clean your sofa/chairs
Friday 28th: Treat yourself to something new. It could be something small like a bar of chocolate or something bigger, you decide!
Saturday 29th: Think of something that you have always wanted to do and make a plan to make it happen!
Sunday 30th: Organise any DVDs, games, etc that you keep in your living room.
Monday 31st: Bank holidays are made for barbeques, so why not have one!
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.