Dear #NAME#, welcome to March! Hope your 2015 is going brilliantly so far. Spring Clean season is upon us again and so this is a great chance to tidy up / update your Retired 4 Hire profile as well as your house! Here are some of our top tips on having an effective home clear out:
1. Breakdown No – don’t have a breakdown! But it’s often helpful to break the house down into rooms or sections and just tackle one at a time. Don’t think about the next task, and don’t worry about the whole journey. Maybe do one room a night instead of trying to do the whole house in a weekend and burning out/procrastinating. 2. Reward Set yourself a reward for once you’ve completed your goal. Maybe the satisfaction will be enough – but a chocolate bar or dinner date can’t hurt either to keep you on track! 3. Declutter Get an empty box/bag and put as many things as you can in it to go to the charity shop (or bin depending on the quality). If you have less clutter there’s less to clean! Try to be ruthless, and maybe even get someone else to help push you. Remember – if you haven’t used it within the past year it’s not worth keeping. 4. Rearrange Have some fun and move around your furniture! Maybe buy yourself some new storage solutions to help keep clutter/paperwork at bay. It’s amazing how you can make a place feel like new just by a few small changes. 5. Maintain Once you’re finished just sit back and know you’re in the clear now for another year… just kidding – try to maintain what you’ve done. It’s much easier to throw away a few unwanted items a week, put things back where they belong, and run round with a duster occasionally, than it is to do a big annual clean. Keep motivated all year and you’ll thank yourself next March.
In terms of your R4H profile: we find that if you include an image you’re much more likely to get contacted – so go ahead and put up a nice smiley picture! We’d also recommend checking your skills are up to date – maybe you’ve got a hobby you’ve never considered as being profitable before like gardening, photography, or knitting – add them all and maybe someone will want you to teach them or do a job for them! Don’t ask don’t get….Happy cleaning,
Chris, Hagen and Louise
p.s. We have recently come across a wonderful site called Retirement Reinvented. They aim to make better use of the skills and
experience of over 50s by collecting relevant resources on activities, employment, and articles. It’s a great place for finding information that’s been curated exactly with you in mind!