Public holidays are a great way to get ahead, get organised and regain control of your lifestyle. It’s not often we get a day off during the working week to focus on the things we want to do.
Here are some ideas and things you can do to maximise your public holiday and proactively use the day to get ahead and achieve great things.
Clean your home (spring clean)
Use the public holiday to properly clean your home. It’s hard to focus on life when your household is in a mess. Taking the time to thoroughly clean your home will free up an insurmountable amount of mental space to tackle more important things in the days, weeks and months ahead.
You could vacuum all carpets, mop all floors, de-mould the bathroom and tackle those larger tasks that are a little deeper than simply shuffling items / putting things away.
Consider tackling entire cupboards, things like the linen closet – when was the last time you washed all of your sheets and linen, ironed them and repacked them neatly?
Audit your personal finances and find ways to optimise
Organise and pay your bills (focusing on how to optimise them for the future for easy filing and retrieval). Check your credit card statements and assess where you spend the most of your money. Small tasks like this will reinvigorate your desire to optimise your money and ensure you aren’t over spending.
You could use the time to apply for a new credit card (one with a balance transfer to save on interest) or hunt down better deals on your home loan and energy providers.
Consider re-doing your budget spreadsheet to properly calculate your earnings and expenses to understand your true net worth (so many readers comment on how intriguing it is to truly assess their net worth, it’s eye-opening and uplifting to see just how much money you truly have).
Attempt to cancel a few expenses to free up extra space in your budget. If you can’t cancel an expense, could you find it cheaper elsewhere?
Look into the future and try and anticipate big bills and upcoming expenses you need to save for. Implement plans and strategies to ensure you aren’t short come time. A little planning and saving now, means you aren’t going to be stumped the next time your car is up for renewal or your washing machine decides to die.
Write a repair list and start fixing things around your home
Take a pen and paper and slowly walk around your home – noting the things that need fixing or repair. Use the time to not only find things that are currently broken but to also anticipate how to proactively maintain your belongings to avoid them breaking down or falling into a state of disrepair.
You could fix leaking taps to save money on water. A dripping tap can cost $50 or more a year.
You could proactively do some painting (inside or out) before it becomes a mammoth and expensive task to accomplish.
You could empty filters and clean lint catchers on dryers, washing machines, pools and dishwashers to ensure your future cleaning efforts are producing crystal clean results.
Optimise your household to save time in the future
Think outside the box and assess where you waste the most time on household tasks or chores. Could you do these tasks smarter or prepare yourself ahead of time to minimise the time you waste?
A saving of 30 minutes a week is over 26 hours a year that could be retrieved and used to have more fun, rest more or if you are like me – do a little more hustling on your side business to make money.
Declutter your home and focus on storage
Find items you can throw away, donate, sell or store. Aim to declutter your largest and most used living spaces; areas such as the living room, kitchen and rumpus room.
The less you own, the less mental clutter you will have.
Begin by tackling an individual room; focus on firstly sorting your belongings per the above, followed by preparing the things you want to keep for storage. Store items well to ensure they aren’t damaged; Bunnings often have specials on larger storage tubs (with lids) that can help you become really organised.
Backup photos and important information
This is a scary one. When was the last time you properly backed up your most important photos and information? Would you lose all of your memories if your phone simply died? Perhaps you have all of your photos on a five year old hard drive?
Consider finding an online, cloud based storage solution to upload your important photos to. Websites such as DropBox or Apple’s iCloud are super easy to use and offer free plans (and cheap paid plans) depending on how much storage you need.
Start by backing up your mobile phones. You will free up space on your devices and also give yourself a chance to reorganise all photos into a single folder on your computer. From there, choose your online storage and start uploading.
Don’t forget to regularly do this – perhaps pencil in a future date to again organise your digital photos and re-upload the new ones.
What are some other ideas for things to do on public holidays?
Drop us a comment below and tell us some interesting ways you use public holidays to get organised.