As we’ve recently moved house, we’re still in that ‘make the most of every moment to sort stuff out’ stage.
I stare out at that gorgeous blue sky and wish I could go out and enjoy it properly, but sadly we have things to do – furniture to buy, pictures to fit etc… the list is practically endless. It reminds me of revising for exams as a teenager, staring out and wishing that an epiphany of willpower would happen.
Of course, it’s all for the greater good. The sooner we can start to properly relax into the house and the sooner we can go out on these lovely trips to fun places.
So, here are my 5 top tips I’ve learnt so far for getting stuff done when you’ve just moved house…
1. Make a list and stick to it
I flipping love a list. In fact, I’ve started a bullet journal to keep all my lists together and generally try and put a bit of order back into my life -especially in this stage when EVERYTHING needs doing and it feels like a bit too much.
Having moved house, thinking about what to do first feels a bit like answering how you’re going to eat a very large cake. It’s a bit overwhelming and you don’t really know where to start. But the answer is to cut it up into smaller bite-sized pieces and with perseverance, you can get that cake eaten and feel satisfied.
It may just take a bit of time.
2. Prioritise what needs doing and when it’s going to get done
I wrote down everything we needed to do and buy and prioritised each item based on necessity, budget and time. For each weekend, I’d then make a new list for specific things we needed to achieve.
Not only did it mean that my head stopped spinning with thinking about what needed to do and when, but it meant that I could actually start to project manage it (and use some stationary along the way to make it all pretty).
As an example, this weekends list looked like this:
- Ironing Saturday AM
- Food shopping Saturday AM
- Buy Garden Furniture
- Buy Sofas
- Fit cat flap
- Build shelves
- Put up hooks – en-suite and garage
- Mark where picture frames are going in living room
- Landscaper quote Sunday 11.30
3. Look online first
Okay, so I knew that I needed garden furniture and sofas this weekend, so before the weekend I did a bit of ‘research’. I went online and looked around to find what I wanted.
Sure, I wasn’t going to buy my sofas online as I wanted to go and sit on them, but I could at least find examples of styles that I liked, narrowing my search and finding a sofa shop that sold the sort of sofas for the right price. This meant that when we went into the shop, I knew exactly what sofa I wanted to try – saving time from thinking “are there better sofas elsewhere? Is this the one I really want? Are there any better deals in other shops?” No, I already knew the answer and I’d saved some precious time – and saving some potential wailing opportunities from my toddler who would otherwise be a bit bored of it all by the fifth sofa shop.
4. Be realistic
Know your limitations. The list above isn’t the endless list of activities that we need to do, but is a small chunk. We knew that if we knuckled down that we’d get it done and we pretty much have this weekend. Sure, I didn’t clean the house top to bottom (I rarely do unless my mum is visiting) as I’d probably have liked to but there has to be some form of leeway when you’ve got other things to do.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a home. It’s a long haul but a worthwhile one.
5. Could it be fun?
The bits that come after moving house with a little one can be a little boring. Largely being ignored, not going to fun places – it can be a bit dull. So just remember not to forget them… at least not all the time!
For example, what could have been a fairly boring activity of buying a sofa (in her opinion!) was actually quite fun for her in the end. Georgia LOVED the sofa shop – in fact she kept running off to a hideous lime green coloured sofa as if to say “I like this one”. We tag teamed to catch her running around like a loon – letting her blow off some steam. She wasn’t being disruptive and had a huge grin on her face when she was running from sofa to sofa – else I may have prevented her fun.
But, as she was causing no harm, I wasn’t going to take that away from her – if she was making a potentially boring place fun and entertaining for herself, then there’s nothing wrong with that.
So, there are fun things you can do even when out with your toddler doing those ‘boring’ tasks. Sure I could have forced her to sit down and be quiet, but where’s the fun in that?