Getting used to life on your own can be as challenging practically as it is emotionally. Like many couples, you may have divided the household chores between you. Having to take on new tasks can be daunting. The steps suggested below could help you get organised.
- Make a list of everything that needs doing. Write down everything involved in maintaining your household, from paying bills to grocery shopping.
- Prioritise. What are your most pressing responsibilities? What are your daily requirements, and what needs to be done, say, weekly? If there seems to be too much to do, contact your local Age UK which may be able to advise on home help, both paid and voluntary.
- Set a schedule and keep to it. A schedule can apply to everything, from cooking and cleaning to paying bills and keeping appointments.
As soon as you receive a bill, note in your diary when it needs to be paid. This will keep you organised and give you an excellent payment history. Online banking is an option for keeping track of payments.
- Work out how long each task will take, and, most importantly, don’t cram too many tasks into your schedule – leave some time to relax.