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March 2017

How To Have A Crazy No Spend Month!

There has never been a more important time to get on top of your finances, clear debt and start an emergency fund. Many people are finding themselves spending more than they earn, drowning in debt and living paycheck to paycheck. The most common forms of debt are:

  • Student loans
  • Credit card debt
  •  Store cards
  • Personal finance
  • Hire purchase
  • Buy now pay later
  • Payday loans
  • Overdraft charges

How many of these do you have?

Ask yourself this: If your washing machine broke down today, how would you fix it, would you be able to pay for a new machine or repairs out right? Would you have to borrow money from a friend or relative? Would you buy it on a credit card or by hire purchase?

Many people today are living paycheck to paycheck trying to make ends meet with nothing put by for emergencies.

In this post, we discuss ways to start a no spend month and save money to start an emergency fund to help you through the hard times. are you ready to take a no spend challenge?

What is a no spend month?

A no spend month or a no spend challenge is where you don’t spend any money at all in certain categories. So, for instance, you’ll still be paying your bills, utilities and fuel but you might choose not to spend money on eating meals out or takeaway food and all other luxuries and unnecessary items. you will leave any extra money, credit cards and bank cards at home and will only take an envelope with the money you need for essential items such as travel and food.

No spend challenge categories

  • Takeaway food
  • Eating out
  • Coffee to sit in or to go
  • Clothes
  • Nic Nacs
  • Beauty products
  • Alcohol
  • Travel
  • Holidays/trips away
  • Nights out
  • Cinema trips
  • Cleaning products
  • Organising products
  • Pound store/target purchases

How to get ready for a no spend month challenge

Start a budget. This is the only way you will be able to successfully stop spending money and start saving money. Write down all your monthly income, then in another column write down all your monthly outgoings  be ruthless,  make sure you include all the minor things you buy which add up such as:

  • Parking
  • Kids activities
  • Lunch
  • Magazines
  • Coffee

These are small purchases which you don’t even notice that you are buying but they all mount up and need to be recorded. only when you know how much you spend can you start to save! For Martin Lewis’  free budget tool to get you started click here 

Plan ahead make sure you plan ahead for any events such as weddings birthdays etc, order gifts for these occasions and plan outfits. make sure you’ve got everything you need so you’re not tempted to go shopping and pick up unnecessary items. Keep gift cards in the house for any emergency birthday gifts for birthdays you may have forgotten. Also, ask for gift cards for your birthday or Christmas so it’s easier to socialise during your no spend months.

Pick a month , No Spend November, Spending Freeze September, Frugal February decide on a month and plan your no spend month and begin not spending money!

Meal plan batch cook and freeze all your meals for the month to avoid picking up a takeaway, ordering in or going out for a meal.

Prepare snacks to avoid buying snacks for you and your kids when you are out. Prepare healthy snacks to stash in your bag for eating on the go or at your desk

Draft a grocery list write down all the things you need to make your meals for the month, snacks, drinks and groceries ready to take this with you when grocery shopping, stick to the list to reduce your grocery bill!

Keep a jar handy to put all the money in that you would have spent throughout the day, you’ll be surprised at how much you could have wasted on unnecessary items. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to stop spending money!

 Plan what you want to cut back on, Tick all the items you regularly spend money on throughout the day from the list above, now decide which items you are not going to spend money on today. At the end of the day put the money you’ve saved on those items into your jar!

Plan your lunches Be prepared! Make sandwiches or pasta the night before work so you’re not grabbing something from the canteen.

Start a capsule wardrobe this will ensure that all the items in your wardrobe will match and go together, it will also change your shopping habits and the way you shop for clothes.

Start an envelope system,  put money labelled envelopes for each day for essential purchases such as food, travel expenses and fuel. Stick to it! Don’t take bank cards credit cards or any extra money out with you other than what you need that day.

Let other people know that you’re on a no spend month, it’s a lot easier to succeed on your no spend month if other people know you are doing it. rather than going for lunch you could arrange to go for a healthy hike instead,  or arrange to walk to work together, or skip the afternoon coffee and opt for a picnic in the park with the kids instead!

How much you can save on luxury food items during a no spend month challenge:

Coffee  £2.75 per day = £55.00 per month

Lunch  £3.99 per day = £79.80 per month

Takeaway food  £13.87 per person per week = £55.48

Eating out = £60 per month

That is a staggering  £250.28 per month or £3003.36  a year towards your emergency fund for a new washing machine! And that’s without really trying, imagine how much more you could save by cutting back on other impulse items from the list!

No spend month tips

Choose quality over quantity and choose items to last not to throw away after the season has ended.

You have your own style you don’t be tempted to waste money following the latest disposable fashion

Don’t fall for consumer advertising and propaganda read between the lines! The life-changing eyeshadow pallet is definitely not life-changing being debt free certainly is!

A  lipstick will not make you beautiful,  there is not one product could make anyone person beautiful. I agree with Audrey Hepburn who says that “the most beautiful thing anyone can put on their face is a smile”

Gratitude, kindness empathy and humility make a person beautiful, these are qualities which shine from within, these are the lessons we should be teaching our children.

Quit buying the luxuries, bear in mind we don’t need anything other than the basics to keep us alive!

Stop buying “stuff” which will end up in the charity shop in six months time.  Don’t buy anything you don’t need or anything you already have!

Don’t spend money, save it instead

Start a small emergency fund to cover any emergency repairs or breakages.

Pay off your debts, use the money you’ve saved on your no spend months to put towards payments on your smallest debt,  get that debt paid off then put the monthly payments and savings towards paying off your next smallest debt and carry on this way until you are debt free!

Start a budget know exactly where your money is going every month.

Try frugal living  Use up beauty products and cleaning products,  upcycle clothes and furniture rather than buying new. these categories can start to save you hundreds in impulse purchases!

Start a savings account for holidays, Christmas and other large purchases so you can use cash rather than credit cards and loans.

Never spend more than you earn. in simple terms,  if you only earned £10 a day you wouldn’t spend £20 per day so don’t do that with your monthly wages either! you will never be rich unless you learn to spend less than you earn, just ask any millionaire!

Make it your aim to be debt free there is no bigger freedom than being debt free and not having most of your wages going towards paying credit card bills and personal loans. There is nothing more depressing than for paying off a holiday you had six months ago! imagine having all of your wages free to spend on bills and enjoying yourself as well as having some left to save up!

Get rid of the credit cards. in 2018 in the UK the average credit card debt was £2586 which would take 26years and 4 months to pay off if you only paid the minimum payment each month!

Take a bottle of water to work instead of buying that latte each day. I like to use a stainless steel water bottle as it keeps my water cold, especially with ice for hours and can be used to keep drinks hot for up to eight hours, it doesn’t leak in your bag either and saves the planet from plastic waste!

A penny saved is a penny earned.  huge amounts of money are wasted on small impulse purchases which in turn eats into the pounds! look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves, watch the small daily purchases!

Why you need a no spend month

There are generally two ways stuff comes into our house, it is either given to us or we buy it. We are often given stuff we don’t need and we often buy stuff we don’t need. Resulting in bulging shelves, bursting cupboards, and overstuffed drawers.

  • Take a good look at the stuff you throw away.
    As you are simplifying, look at each bag of stuff you discard in monetary value, think of how many hours at work you to earn the equivalent amount of money, try not to cry!

  • Take a look at the size of the stuff you throw away.
    Take note of how much space those bin bags of unwanted items take up in your room before you take them out of the house, that space is the equivalent amount of space you’ve just created.

  • See your new purchases as future junk.
    If you’re going in for the kill on an impulse purchase the possibility that it will be donated within 6 months should be enough to stop the impulse and for you to walk away and pause for thought.

  • Remember it is not a bargain.
    It is only a bargain if you were going to buy it before it was reduced. If not, it is more than likely join to be another costly mistake.

  • Think about what makes you happier.
    What has more value to you, the item you’ve been craving, or the money in your pocket and the space in your house?

  • Say no to other people’s unwanted junk.
    Don’t let that bin bag of other people’s’ unwanted stuff over your beautifully de-cluttered doorstep!

How to  have a no spend month with kids

You may prefer to decide to start your no spend month slowly by starting with a no spend day. take your kids out for the day and try to spend nothing except parking fees. Follow the tips below to see how to have a no spend day. If you do find you’ve spent money unnecessarily think about how it happened and see if you can implement ways to avoid that situation for the next day out! Here are some of the best ways not to spend money when you’re out with the kids.

Keep snacks and drinks in the car and your bag to avoid picking up a bag of crisps on the way home. Kids are always hungry the choice of snack to buy often be unhealthy and expensive. Keep a small Tupperware tub full of healthy snacks for the week if the hunger pangs start.  Bottles of water or cartons of juice are also ideal to stash in the boot and slip into your bag for those hunger emergencies!

Take a picnic on days out. buying lunch for the family on a day out can be hugely expensive. Pack a fabulous picnic with everyone’s favourite food, drinks and snacks, make it a treat, my kids love a picnic it’s their favourite part of a family day out!

Keep ice cream at home next time you’re grocery shopping let your kids choose some icecreams to keep in the freezer for after a day out if you want to avoid spending money on icecreams when you’re out.

Keep distraction snacks at the ready if you’re trying to save money by not buying icecreams and treats outside, make your life easier with little ones by carrying a distraction snack to offer them instead!

Pack your own cinema food if you do go on a trip to the cinema, pack your own popcorn, sweets and drinks. this will literally save you a fortune!

Join the national trust, they have hundreds of amazing places to visit and always have amazing kids activities all throughout the holidays all year round. our national trust membership costs £7.00 per month for a family card which admits 2 adults and 3 children all for the price you would pay to park your car! We use our card most weekends and huge amounts over the school holidays as my kids love being outdoors and love learning about how other children lived years ago.  This is our eighth year of being a national trust member.

Start a kids capsule wardrobe this helps you stop spending huge amounts of money on kids clothes and shoes, and ensures that all their clothes are practical and go together to make stylish outfits. No more miss matched outfits and impulse purchases! Read more on how to start a kids capsule wardrobe here

Try starting a toy rotation system to avoid spending more money on unnecessary unused kids toys. Your kids will play more with their toys and will find new joy in an old toy everytime you bring it out of storage. Read how to declutter toys and implement a toy rotation system here. 

Once you have mastered having a no spend day, you can try extending it to a no spend week, then eventually a no spend month, you’ll be surprised exactly how different things can be by spending less. After a short time, you will have much more financial freedom to do the things you really love and to create memories.

Things to do on a no spend month

  • Have a picnic,  as long as there’s no rain a picnic is a great day out. whether it’s at the beach or in the park the kids love it!
  • Join a sports club, running, football, rugby and netball all great ways to meet new people and get fit without spending any money!
  • Take up running, it’s free, it keeps you fit and you can run with the kids and dog!
  • Play board games, it may sound dreary to you , but smaller kids love to play board games, my kids would rather sit with me and play a board game together than watch tv or go on the iPad, this stage in their lives doesn’t last forever so make the most of it while you can!
  • Do yoga at home, there are lots of apps or Youtube channels for beginners to learn how to stretch and do yoga at home, it’s a fabulous way to recharge your batteries and little kids can join in too!
  • Take up a self-defence class, what better way for the family to bond and learn to stay safe on the streets,  than over some self-defence classes.
  • Start a cookery class at home,  teach your kids to cook and run a cookery class from home, sit them around the table and teach them basic cookery skills. This is a great one for those rainy days and great for bonding.
  • Go for a bike ride,  it’s the perfect way to keep fit with the family, don’t forget to pack a picnic!
  • Have a spa day, use up all those old beauty products you’ve got lying around and have a lovely pampering session at home, light a candle and chill out in your dressing gown, if you’ve got kids at home they’ll love joining in with the pampering!
  • Learn to code, teach yourself and your kids to code, there are apps and books which can walk you and your kids through the basics of computer coding, don’t get left behind it the technology race!
  •  Learn how to meditate, meditation is a fabulous way to recharge your batteries, to learn how to meditate at home read this post
  • Take your kids to the library, get them excited about books, there are often free story time sessions on at the library each week for your kids to enjoy.
  • Start a blog, if you’ve always wanted to write there’s no better way to start than to write a blog,  to learn how to start a blog without spending any money  click here
  • Go for a hike, my kids love getting out into the hills and hiking through the countryside, strap on your boots and get outside come rain or shine!
  • Go to an art gallery, this is one of my favourite things to do on a rainy day, it’s a great place to go for some quiet contemplation.
  • Join a park run, these are usually held once a month and are approximately 5k, they are family focused events for runners of all abilities.
  • Do some sightseeing, how well do you know your area? If you were a tourist where would you visit? get out and about and visit the local sights!
  • Go to the beach, sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy,  the beach is always a great place for a bracing breath of fresh air!
  • Ring your relatives or friends, stay in touch with people you’ve neglected, everyone likes to chat!
  • Declutter, use your no spend month challenge to get your home ship-shape, start a huge decluttering session. To learn how to motivate yourself to declutter click here!
  •  Become a volunteer, give a bit back by giving up some of your time to help out a local charity.
  • Borrow someone’s dog, ask a neighbour or a friend if you can borrow their dog to take on a long hike, keeping fit is always better with a furry friend to take along!

For more tips on having a no spend month and spending less, head over to The Minimalists


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How To Get Picky Eaters To Eat Vegetables

 

finding ways to get your kids to eat healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables without nagging can be a mammoth task. it was a daily struggle for me and my two kids until I discovered a simple way to get my kids to love eating fruit and vegetables. In this post, I will show you how to get picky eaters to eat vegetables with very little effort!

 

My 4-year-old son is naturally a fussy eater; he does the usual trick of pretending to vomit at any given opportunity when I present him salad or vegetables.

If it’s green, he refuses point blank to go near it.
This revelation came as a tremendous shock to me because I was one of those (smuggety smug) parents who already had a six-year-old who would eat absolutely anything.
So, of course, I had to be smart with this little fuss pot, using the age-old tricks to get some veg into him:

 

  • Green smoothies at breakfast. A hand full of spinach, a banana, and a handful of berries blended with a handful of ice and some Almond Milk or coconut water, these are always wolfed down in our house, the kids think they are a milkshake. Sometimes if my kids have been super busy with school and activities or are feeling low in energy after being poorly, I add a scoop of  Superfood Shake for an extra boost.

 

  • Blended or juiced vegetables in sauces, these can be anything from courgette, carrot, beetroot, celery or anything else you have in the fridge.

 

  • Homemade soups, made from fresh cooked vegetables and stock then blended and sprinkled with parmesan cheese for a delicious, comforting dish.

 

  • Fresh juices made from a mixture of vegetables such as carrots, beetroot celery and fruit to give it the sweetness, my kids love apples and oranges added to their juice, I prefer the tartness of grapefruit in mine. Juicing is also a great way to use up fruit and vegetables, and if you use a slow press juicer you can keep the fresh juice in the fridge for longer, although it doesn’t last long in our house!

 

All of this effort, of course, ensured that my son had enough veg in his diet, but it didn’t make him “love ” vegetables.
I wanted him not to shy away from veg; I wanted him to grow into an adult who naturally wants to choose to eat vegetables.


Then I came across a book called  French Children Don’t Throw Food

Which gave me a huge insight into why kids in France eat the same as their parents eat at every meal and in restaurants, including vegetables without any fuss at all.

 

 

The secret to how to get picky eaters to eat vegetables

 

Serve a platter full of raw veg sliced as a ” starter ” before every meal.

This idea made complete sense to me because:

  1. Before dinner my kids are
  2. At their hungriest
  3. At their most relaxed
  4. Not particularly paying attention to what they’re eating especially if the tv is on.
  5. Likely to wrestle the other child to the floor for no reason what so ever!
    All perfect conditions to sneak some veg into them without them noticing!

 

benefits of serving a vegetable and fruit platter

  1. They are less fussy about what they are eating!
  2. They are not psyched up and prepared for a dinner table battle ( catch them off guard !)
  3. They’re not paying attention to what they are eating!
  4. They fight each other over the last carrot!

If you need advice on chopping and preparing foods for the week click here

I decided that the first day would be all about coaxing them over to the plate

 

  •  I  sliced fruit which I know they love, with just some bell peppers sliced in between.

 

  • I left the plate on a table next to the TV and walked away, no nagging, no coaxing, no acknowledgement of the plate of food, I just dumped it and ran!
    They dived in, wrestled each other for the last piece and then asked for more!

 

  • On the second day, I reduced the fruit by half and added different vegetables including olives which my kids love.

 

  • On the third day, it was all vegetables on the plate,  I served the same vegetables they had eaten on the first two day

 

  • After that, I added one new vegetable per day

 

  • Each day they cleared the plate, no matter what I put on it!

 

For information on kids portion sizes click here

Dinner time became much more relaxed because I knew they’d already eaten a ton of veg as a starter in front of the TV.

So there was no pressure to eat it at dinner time, we were all more relaxed, and it didn’t matter too much if they left food because they’d already eaten the good stuff!
So now my 4-year-old is choosing to eat lots of veggies for himself with no input from me at all, and the dinnertime battles have ended!

To read about meal planning for the week click here

or to learn how to batch cook healthy meals for your family read this post


 

 

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How To Catch Up When You Are Overwhelmed By Laundry

 

It can be really hard to stay on top of the piles of laundry our family create.  It can soon have you overwhelmed by laundry and desperate for a solution. in this post, I share with you some quick tips to speed through the laundry mountain and get into a kids laundry routine.

The laundry pile can triple in size in the blink of an eye, and an empty basket only seems to last a few minutes when you have a busy household.

We all have our own way of tackling the piles of laundry;

laundry

  • Once a week,
  • Once a day
  • Several loads per day
  • By colour
  • By person

 

I’ve tried a lot of methods and have managed to get into a great routine which keeps me on top of the laundry mountain.

 

  • I insist everyone in my house to puts their clothes straight into the washing basket.

 

  • Whenever possible, I wash, dry and put away all on the same day and I try not to start washing a load of laundry unless I know I can complete that cycle.

 

  • I  try to wash everything we have  all worn that day, so the basket is mostly empty

 

  • When the kids have been swimming, or we are going somewhere muddy, I make sure the washing machine is empty before we go, so wet towels or muddy sports kits can go straight in to be washed.

 

  • I try to prioritise work shirts, school uniforms and sportswear above everything else, so they’re always ready for my children and spouse every morning.

 

  • I try to iron at least every other day whenever possible to avoid emergency ironing and to stay organised

The routines above, enable you to know where most items of clothing are at any time,  this is critical when you have several people asking you where their favourite item of clothing or sports kit is!

 

 

How to separate clothes for washing

 

Washing white clothes.

It’s essential when washing whites to make sure you separate them out from everything else. To keep white clothes very white make sure you don’t wash them with any other colour even beige!  If you have clothes that are white with different coloured trim, I would suggest hand washing those items on their own. If you do mix whites with any other colours, you’ll soon find that your whites start to become grubby and dirty looking rather than crisp and white.

 

Washing coloured clothes.

This  is  an example of how  I separate my coloured clothes before washing:

  • Darks
  • Reds and light browns
  • All lighter blues and lighter greys
  • Beige and cream
  • Whites

although it’s not as important to separate colours, it will keep your clothes looking fresher for longer if you group them together as much as you can.

 

What to do when you’re overwhelmed by laundry

 

 

If I find I’ve fallen  behind on the laundry, which I often do due to our busy schedule, I catch up by washing each  load by  person, so when it comes to folding and putting it all  away, it all goes in one person’s wardrobe

  • Wash every single day without fail
  • Then dry fold put away without fail
  • Iron it if you can!

When I  first decided to start washing by person  I  put a  small wicker laundry basket in my kid’s rooms and asked them to drop their dirty washing in there.

My 6yr old loved using his basket, but, my  10yr old preferred to drop her laundry on her floor,  however,  with perseverance and nagging, she got into the habit of popping it into the basket, and realised that if it was not in the basket,  it didn’t get washed! To learn how to teach your kids to help with the chores here.

It took me quite a while to remember to check in the kid’s rooms for laundry rather than in one central laundry basket but eventually, it just became a habit.

  • Take one person’s basket downstairs and wash their load only.
  •  Wash one white load and one coloured load if necessary.
  • If there isn’t enough washing, add a towel to the load, but you will probably find there will be piles of laundry to wash!
  • Dry it, fold it, and put it away immediately.
  • Iron if possible.

 

The benefit of doing a  kids laundry routine every day.

 

  •  There is no sorting to do.

 

  •  The basket you have washed and dried gets put away into one person’s room unless it needs ironing.

 

  •  Iron upstairs and put it away straight away, this helps stop laundry hanging around downstairs waiting to be folded and put away.

 

  • Ironing immediately avoids a massive ironing mountain and guarantees that the kids have school uniforms and sports kits always on hand, it also ensures there is never any emergency ironing.

 

  • I wash my spouses and my clothes together as they are going to be put away in the same room.

 

What is the best time of the day to do laundry?

 

There are a few things to consider when choosing a time of the day to do laundry.

  •  Consider the weather, if you like to line dry your washing, check the weather forecast and plan to wash on the clear days especially if you are at work.

 

  • The time of day, some electricity providers give you cheaper electricity at night to encourage people to use less electricity during the day. If you put a load of laundry in the washing machine before you go to bed and delay the start or use a timer.  It will finish just before you get out of bed in the morning allowing you to hang it out before you go to work and save money!

 

  •  Consider how busy you are, on the days you’re not going to be in, do very little washing to avoid laundry going mouldy in the washer for days!

 

  •  Think about how many loads you have to wash, don’t start your first load of laundry at midday if you’ve got six loads to get through, start your first load while you’re asleep!

 

  • Consider the priority of items being washed, prioritise uniforms, work shirts and sports kits before casual clothes, as these are worn and needed more regularly. Prioritise getting them washed dried folded and put away as soon as they hit the washing basket to avoid the chaos of last-minute ironing!

 

 

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Declutter Motivation: How To Declutter The Junk Drawer

If you’re struggling to know how to declutter the junk drawer we will talk you through the steps and give you the declutter motivation you need to take to banish kitchen clutter forever!

I just want to throw it out there, that it is virtually impossible to organise clutter.

And, the junk drawer is literally somewhere you stash your clutter.

With that being said, it’s not going to be easy to declutter the junk drawer and keep it decluttered for any length of time, especially if your family shove stuff in there on a regular basis.

You and your family members may use the excuse that you need to keep your clutter in the junk drawer because it’s “handy”.

However, it’s not so handy having to dig through reams of other junk in the drawer, when you need something in a hurry.

Let’s examine the typical contents of the junk drawer.

 

 

 

 

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Before

 

  • Tape measure ~ keep in the toolbox.
  • Phone chargers ~ keep at the charging station.
  • Sticky tape ~ keep with the stationary.
  • Pens ~ keep with the stationary.
  • Nail clippers ~ keep with beauty products or in the bathroom cabinet.
  • Random keys ~ keep on a designated on the key hook.
  • Random cables ~ declutter if not needed.
  • Hair bobbles ~  keep in the bedroom
  • Medicine ~ keep all together in a  medicine cabinet
  • Plastic bags~keep in the car boot for shopping
  • Lipbalm ~ keep in with the beauty products or makeup kit
  • Flasks and bottle lids should be stored with the bottles and flasks
  • sandwich bags ~should live with the Tupperware for easy food prep.

Every single item in the junk drawer has another home, there is absolutely no reason to accumulate all that stuff together in one random drawer!

I organised this drawer specifically for meal planning and batch cooking after all the other items were returned to where they belong.

 

 

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After

 

 

How to declutter the junk drawer.

 

Everything residing in the junk drawer belongs somewhere else in the home.
Tip it all out and go and put it all away. No more trying to organise the junk drawer, just go and put it all away.
Now, use the newly empty drawer,  declutter something from your countertops or surfaces and put it out of sight into the drawer, and voila you’ve killed two birds with one stone! Look at your kitchen counters, what could you put in your newly emptied drawer?

If you’re looking for motivation to start decluttering, the junk drawer is a great place to start, it’s a five-minute job which will free up space in your kitchen and will make a big difference to your kitchen space.

As you start decluttering the junk drawer you should start to realise that you often just shove things where they don’t belong when you are in a hurry, this is the slippery slope of clutter and the reason most of us can’t stay organised.

Having a drawer solely dedicated to “junk”  is fooling ourselves into believing that it’s ok just to shove things in the nearest drawer or cupboard.

Have a think about the other drawers in your house, do you have more than one junk drawer, if so put that on your decluttering to do list!

Let’s break this habit today, starting with decluttering the junk drawer!

 

Junk Drawer Organizers.

 

If going cold turkey is too much for you and you can’t get rid of your junk drawer altogether you might want to use a junk drawer organizer such as this one to keep all your little bits and bobs together.

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How To Create The Best Stay At Home Mom Capsule Wardrobe

 

Being a mum and always having a wardrobe full of clothes for every occasion can be quite daunting and bordering on impossible. In this post, we will talk you through the stages of creating a comfortable, stylish and practical, stay at home mom capsule wardrobe, to see you through every occasion.

 

 

What are the benefits of a stay at home mom capsule wardrobe?

 

 

We all have clothes in our wardrobes we have never worn, they tend to fall into the following categories:

  • When you’ve lost weight purchase

 

  •  Couldn’t resist the bargain

 

  • Stuff people have given you

 

  • Brightly coloured fun item

 

  • Oversized fur item

 

  •  Too short mini skirt

 

  • Too long flared jeans

 

  • The very itchy jumper

 

  • Impulse buy after a breakup or lousy day at work

 

  • All the  unworn designer labels

 

  • Worn it once party outfit

 

  •  The wedding outfit and accessories

 

 

How many are hanging in your wardrobe right now?

 

 

Have you ever asked yourself why they are still there?

 

 

Do the following excuses pop up every time you try to have a clear out?

  • It cost me a fortune!

 

  • I’m going to diet!

 

  • My sister gave me this!

 

  • I’m waiting for the right occasion to wear it!

 

  • I’ve got nothing to match it.

 

  • I’ve had it since I was a teenager!

 

  • I’ll wear it again!

 

 

If any of these excuses sound familiar to you, they could be stopping you from having the mom capsule wardrobe you’ve always dreamed about.

 

 

Every time you open your wardrobe door these items silently make you feel guilty.

 

Let me present an answer to those silent excuses you use for clinging on to stuff you never wear.

 

  • It did cost you nearly a months wages, and yes that makes you feel seriously guilty, but you have spent the money, and the garment is making you feel crappy and guilty every time you notice it.

 

  • Just because you paid a fortune for it doesn’t mean that it’s of value to you, forget the designer label, if it had only cost £10 would still keep it?

 

  • It’s great to hear that you’re going to lose weight, but let me tell you when you get down to your ideal weight the first thing you’ll probably do is treat yourself to some gorgeous new outfits!

 

  • Your sister/mum/daughter gave it to you? Guess what; they didn’t wear it either!

 

  • If you are waiting for the right occasion, the chances are you’ll buy a more fashionable outfit to wear than the one you wore to your sister’s wedding in 1992!

 

  • If you loved it, you’d have found something to wear with it by now!

 

  • You’ve had it since you were a teenager?   Well, you’re now 40! (Insert age )
    You won’t wear it again!

 

I’m not saying you should get rid of stuff you love, but just the things that make you feel bad, the stuff you make excuses for!

 

 

How to create a stay at home mom capsule wardrobe.

 

 

We are not going to go on a massive shopping spree to create your stay at home mom capsule wardrobe. We are going to try to use as many of the items in your closet as possible; you’ve probably already got a few items of clothing in your closet that you wear all the time, that you are comfortable in and which make you feel good. We are aiming to get your wardrobe streamlined with clothes that make you feel good all the time!

 

  • Firstly, I’d like you to try on every single item of clothing in your closet. Put on every garment without looking in the mirror.  See how each garment feels.  Is it comfortable, does it feel nice against your skin,  can you move freely?  If you can’t answer yes to all of those questions, then put the item of clothing in the donation pile!

 

  • If the garment feels fantastic, it is time to see how it looks!  Do you like the colour, the length,  the style?  If it meets all those criteria, then keep it, if not put it in the donation pile.

 

  • With the remaining garments, put them into piles of tops and bottoms, shoes, coats and accessories.

 

 

 

  • Donate any clothes that do not fit in with your four chosen colours. The reason for getting rid of mismatched clothes is so that eventually you will be left with a stay at home mom capsule wardrobe where every item can match with any other garment in your closet. Having stray mismatched garments indicates you’ll be tempted to buy other unsuitable items to go with them and your wardrobe will not be sleek and streamlined.

 

  • Write a list of jobs you do each day, be honest and don’t miss anything out!  For instance, if you visit a soft play area with your toddler every week, you need to make sure you’ve got clothes that are comfortable enough to crawl and climb around in!

 

  • Write down all the things you require from your clothes, eg, comfort, loose, fitted, long, short etc. if any of the remaining garments you have selected do not fit these criteria put them in the donation pile.

 

  • You should now be left with a selection of well-fitting clothes that are comfortable and all go well with each other.

 

  • You now need to start to create a practical wardrobe that meets all your daily needs.

 

Mom capsule wardrobe basics

 

 

  • Start from the inside and work your way to the outside.  Make sure your underwear is comfortable and fits well, so you can’t feel that you have any on!

 

 

  • Next, choose base layers such as t-shirts or vests in your base colours. These are the items closest to your skin, so make sure you have one for every day. I have four black, two grey and one white vest. They are all the same brand as I know they are the correct length for me.

 

 

  • Next, choose some pants, there is no rule here except that they should be within your four chosen colours and be comfortable enough to move freely.  Trousers jeans and leggings get very dirty when you are running around after small children, so my advice is to make sure you have a clean pair for each day of the week. I find that jeans, dungarees, shorts, playsuits, and leggings are much more practical than skirts or dresses if you have small toddlers.

 

 

  • Tops, the rule here is to keep within your chosen colours and consider exactly what was on your list of clothing requirements. If you like to cover your bottom there is no point buying a  pretty short top as you will never wear it, look for a long tunic or shirt instead. You can choose a pattern as long as it has only your chosen colours in it. Choose simple tops that will be just as pretty to go out for a coffee with friends as they would at the soft play with your toddler.

 

  • If you wear plain tops, you can get away with wearing the same top more often. Therefore you need fewer items in your closet.  However, if you prefer to wear patterns, it’s not as easy to get away with the same outfit more than once in a week, so this is something to bear in mind when out shopping for essentials. I like to buy a plain top with a hint of my accent colour somewhere on the garment.

 

  • Jumpers and cardigans should be practical, within your chosen colours and fit in with your list of needs. I find having a cardigan in each of my four chosen colours ties all my outfits together.

 

  • Accessories: splash out with colours here, bags belts, shoes and scarves can all be a stylish, practical addition to your stay at home mom capsule wardrobe.

 

 

The decluttering guru Marie Kondo,  had a  theory that when purchasing an item, we get the thrill of the purchase, which dissolves almost immediately when we walk out of the shop. She believes that the thing you have purchased has done its job, it made you feel great at the time; therefore it has served its purpose and it’s time to let it go.

 

I found this advice invaluable when permitting myself to get those items out of my house without feeling guilty, especially all those designer items with the price tag still attached!

 

It’s amazing how differently I shop now too. I’m a lot more mindful of how much I’ve discarded; I now see each purchase as a future charity shop donation, so it makes me so much more watchful of what I am buying.

 

how to create a stay at home mom capsule wardrobe

 

 

I steer clear of bargains and cheaper brands as I quickly released that these made up about 95% of the clothes that ended up in the donation pile unworn.

 

Have you noticed that men never have a problem with having unsuitable and unworn garments?  They are always able to open their wardrobe and grab whatever is on the top of the pile and be out the of the door within seconds.

 

The reason men can get dressed in a hurry every single time without a second thought is that they only have a few plain colours to choose from and virtually no over complicated patterns. They always dress for comfort and simplicity.

 

You can do this too if you are skilful with your colour palette.

 

Once you find your signature colour,  shopping for clothes becomes amazingly simple and a lot cheaper, as every item you buy will go with every other piece you already own, to create a plethora of new outfits.

 

Here is an example of how a few, well-chosen pieces can work well together, to create lots of fabulous outfit opportunities.

I’ve chosen Navy, Grey and Black as my base colours, and Yellow as my accent colour.

I’ve picked comfortable, stylish clothes with a slightly edgy twist, some of these items would transition into casual evening outfits too.

 

 

 

Once you have created your basic stay at home mom capsule wardrobe you will be able to see the essential garments that are missing and you can pick them up when clothes shopping instead of wasting your cash on something you will never wear!

 

Have you ever tried to streamline your closet into a capsule wardrobe? Did you succeed or go back to your old habits?   Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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