I did it. I moved counties to the Sunshine Coast, and frankly, I’m exhausted! I am hoping to create a video to show you my new home but for now, I am settling in and still tinkering with what goes where!
This week I want to address those things about adulthood that seems to scare us the most and offer some life hacks that might make the transition easier for those of you moving home.
1. Prioritise your spending.
If you’re anything like me then making your home look presentable is imperative. It almost feels like a shame to bring anything but new into your space as the current items seem dated, even if they are relatively fresh to your arsenal.
My key: Resist the urge to splash out but plan what you want your space to look like.
For example, if you have a kitchen that would suit a farmhouse style then plan to buy products that suit that style. My biggest obstacle to overcome was stopping myself from purchasing items just because I liked them. In truth, they didn’t suit the space and ended up creating a more “hand me down” appearance.
The easiest way to set a style is colour. Pick a colour pallet so when you’re out shopping you can ask yourself one question: is it using the colours in my colour pallet? If the answer is no, don’t buy the product. No matter how much you want to.
2. Storage is your friend.
I have read countless articles on how to live a minimalist lifestyle and the most relevant take-home information I’ve ever come across is to reduce the amount of clutter in your space, instead tucking it away into storage boxes that can be stored under your bed, ottomans that double up as seating.
This tip is wonderful. Not only does it create clean sleek lines within a space, but it also reduces cleaning time by at least half. Instead of taking items off a table, cleaning the top and putting them back, you can simply wipe the table with minimal effort. This is a great motivator for cleaning. If you only know it’s going to take a second then you’re more likely to do it.
3. Double up furniture purpose.
This tip is especially valid for those of you, like me, who are living in smaller spaces like studio apartments or generally just quaint rooms. As mentioned before, ottomans not only provide extra seating for guests but also handy storage for blankets, slippers, or anything you want tucked out of sight.
I found this excellent sofa with a storage chaise that is a fantastic solution to seating and space saving.
Furthermore, I also find that a lot of people purpose buy products to suit, I.e, an over the door hanger for the bathroom to hang towels and bathrobes can also be used over the top of lower kitchen cupboards for extra hanging space. This is a great money saving solution as a door hanger only cost me £4!
4. Keep on top of your finances
I’m not quite sure what I did before the era of smartphone banking!
I set a time each month, usually, the day after payday, to sit and work out my income and outgoings for the remainder of the month. This allows me to feel comfortable in what money I have left for the odd furniture purchase or impulse hair appointment.
When sorting my finances, I categorize my money into piles and jot down my outgoings, tallying the amount to see how much my total bills are going to be. Obviously, bills such as food are going to be variable, meaning that I budget an amount for this and try my hardest not to exceed this amount (so far I’ve succeeded).
When I have my total outgoings and I can see how much I have coming in for the month I can exclude the bills and examine the finances I have remaining.
Some people, my brother, for instance, has an ongoing spreadsheet. For him, and those who are likeminded, they find this visual grid an easier way to manage finance and would be recommended if you have a lot of outgoings to keep a track of, or you are running a business.
If I’m honest, I’m not that organized.
5. Finding that work-life balance.
This is something I’m still working on and I know it’s something that a lot of people struggle with. However, it is possible with the right amount of energy and scheduling.
As someone who thrives on being busy, I find my calendar, both on my iPhone and in my diary, invaluable. Setting reminders and alarms for certain events, planning ahead for social and business meetings are all points that, for me, create a more wholesome life that is more than simply going to work to pay the bills and coming home to relax.
It’s something I have touched upon in previous articles such as this one if you’d like further reading on the subject.
Life as an adult is scary. When I was younger and I looked up to people my age as I am now I saw adults that seemed to have everything together. As I grow and develop and experience life as a whole I realize that no one knows what they’re doing, nearly everyone is winging it.
Until next time.