Some Organizational Household Management Ideas While Staying in Place
While the Covid-19 crisis has
disrupted our lives; it has also provided opportunities to react to those challenges
in new and creative ways. It’s also afforded folks time to reflect on their
routines, habits and schedules. If you are working from home, you know
first-hand what kind of adjustments you’ve needed to make. And even if you
aren’t, you might be looking for some ways to improve your organizational
household management and cash flow. Here are some suggestions to get you
- Go through your pantry,
cupboards and freezer – meal plan and cook with what you have on hand
first! Don’t forget to clean out that kitchen gadget drawer. It’s amazing
what you might come across that you forgot you had!
- Try out some new recipes or make family favorites – put your slow cooker, stove top wok, cast
iron skillet or Dutch oven and outdoor grill to use.
- Clean out & organize
your refrigerator before you go shopping. Incorporate leftovers into your
weekly meal planning.
- When grocery shopping,
always shop with a list; remember to bring your coupons & reusable
bags with you. Observe all CDC safety precautions when shopping.
- Go through your wardrobe
and pull out clothes that no longer fit, that you don’t like or that need
repair (ask older children to help go through their own closets and
dressers). This is a good time to swap out your winter clothes for spring
- Clean and store away
heavy winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and boots.
- Tackle your mending pile
and ironing basket if they’ve been mounding up.
- Take advantage of warmer
weather and clear out the attic, basement, garage, porches, and sheds.
Fully, recycle, reuse and repurpose what you can.
- Think about having a
garage sale later this summer to sell what you no longer need or want. If
tag sales aren’t your bailiwick, check into online options to sell clothes
- Reevaluate your home,
auto and life insurance policies to make sure you have the best coverage
for the best price.
- Reassess your cable,
Internet and cell phone needs; do some comparison shopping; this might be
the time to cut the cable cord and check out online streaming services.
- Go through your medicine
cabinet and your bathroom sink – safely dispose of toiletries, cleaning
supplies and medications that you no longer need or use. Check out DEC Safe Medication Disposal for Households page to learn where you can dispose of unneeded household
medicine in your area.
- Organize family photos –
scan them so you can store them online, if possible – be sure to include
dates, names and other pertinent information. This can be a fun activity
to do with the entire family.
- Organize children’s
school papers, art projects, sports trophies/ribbons and other
collectibles. If you are empty nesters and are still storing your
children’s childhood treasures, talk to them about what they want to keep
or what they’re willing to part with.
- Plan home improvement
projects – like interior/exterior painting, fence installation, driveway
repairs, landscaping and the like. This is a good time to do some online
research regarding materials and other related costs.
- Scrutinize household
spending – what have you not been spending money on now that you’re
working from home? Can you continue to see these savings once you return
back to work? What other spending can you cut back on?
For more COVID-19 related
personal financial management information, check out COVID-19 FINANCIAL WELLNESS RESOURCES.
Last updated April 16, 2020