Long words at this hour of the morning are not necessarily a good thing........but I'll have a go.
What I mean is that I need to draw myself up a list of things to start doing again - things that I know work but that I have slipped out of the habit of doing, for one reason or another. A lot of things went by the wayside when the FH was ill, and I didn't have so much time, but then more went west when I started work after he died, and I have been struggling to keep track of things since I started the new job this year.
There is no sense in worrying about what I haven't been doing. I've had one late payment on a credit card, just because the paperwork isn't as organised as it used to be, and the freezer is stuffed full because I am not tracking things well enough in there. We are also throwing away too much food.
Well, nothing like hitting the confessional, eh?!
Let's start a bit gently.
First of all, I am going to set up my Household Planner folder. I used to swear by this, but I never got round to setting up one at this time last year, and limped through 2015 without it, not knowing where vital paperwork was, and hating my inefficiencies. All I need to do is print off a monthly calendar page for each month, a spending chart for the month to slide in behind it, and then to actually file everything vital that comes in. It works but I just have to set it up and do it.
Then I am going to do an inventory of the house - what food we have in stock, the cleaning materials, the toiletries, the laundry detergent, etc - so that I don't buy any more until we have used up what we have here already!
And I am also going to re-instate the weekly menu planning. It was so great to know what I was going to cook each day. With a vegetarian on board, life needs to be organised.
Finally, my spending diary is coming out again and I shall record every single penny spent. Knowing where the money is going really helps to stop leaks and control spending.
That should be enough to start with, don't you think? There is a lot more I could do, but if I try to do too much too soon, I shall crash and burn. Realistically, I can get my teeth into these routines again and see results, which will encourage me.