Sunday, February 16, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, February 03, 2014
Well folks, I did it! Nearly.
It's not perfect but it's definitely an improvement. It's better. I did most of what I set out to do and have a list of what I want to finish. I haven't done my cleaning schedule yet, but I will.
I know that I get a bit....disheartened, shall we say....reading blogs posts about people who get everything done, who seem to have their life perfectly organised. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading them and I get so inspired, but sometimes I just want to know that somewhere out there is someone in the same place as me. Hopefully this post goes to show someone else that I'm 'there' too.
On the more positive, here is my newly organised kitchen and some of my favourite bits.
Likewise, this cupboard was a nightmare! Everything was stacked on top of each other & the Tupperware pots were taking over.
My 'command centre' is still a work in progress and will eventually include our cleaning schedule & tasks. But for now it's amazing the difference a meal planner, calendar and 'at a glance' weekly guide has made.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
My main sticking point is the cutlery drawer and utensils storage. I am waiting for a magnetic knife rack to go up on the wall, which will clear some space and I can then work with what I have left to organise.
There are a couple of spots that need a bit of finishing off - on top of the fridge needs clearing, I want a shelf put up above the tumble dryer, my metal shelves need to be better organised, and I want to give the kitchen a good clean before I am finished in there for January....but I am pleased with my progress and it is definitely so much better than it was!
I haven't yet sorted out a cleaning schedule, but will soon. I am giving myself this weekend to get the kitchen project complete.
I already have my project lined up for February....but more on that soon.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I read a blog post a little while back where the blogger had said that she had done it. She had successfully organised her life, that everything was in the right place, she had menu plans in place, spent quality time with her family & friends, mornings went smoothly.... And then ended with 'And then I woke up...'
I will look for the post to add it here, but I wanted to write one of my own. A post to remind me why I am on my pursuit.
EDIT: here is the post!
I wake up in the morning, before everyone else and head downstairs for a coffee & to check my Filofax. While the kettle is boiling I fold the dried clothes, move washed clothes to dryer and put a load of washing on. I empty the dishwasher, then sit down with my coffee to check my emails & plan the day. The kitchen is tidy, as we out everything away last night.
My breakfast is planned, all of our lunches are pretty much ready to go - usually a 'bento' lunch that Evie (and I) enjoy. I eat breakfast - with a glass of water - then head upstairs to get ready. I wash my face, cleanse, tone, moisturise, brush my teeth. Get dressed, I have a few outfits planned so I have a choice, including accessories. Likewise Evie's clothes are ready to grab. My wardrobe is tidy, so I can see what I have, and can easily put away the clothes I pulled out of the dryer this morning. I make the beds, open the curtains, do my hair and put on make up. I update my Filofax as I go.
I spend some time with Evie, having breakfast and chasing her round the house to get her dressed!
I go to work, where I am inspired and excited to try new recipes and cake designs. We have some events coming up, so lots to work on, but feeling organised and in control.
I get home from work at the same time as hubby & Evie. Matthew is in charge of dinner, so me and Evie have a bit of playtime - I leave my phone, iPad & computer alone until she goes to bed! We have dinner together at the table, not every night, but when we can. Then we watch a bit of TV together, get Evie in her PJs, read a story and she goes to bed. The kitchen is cleaned ready for the morning, and I do any cleaning that needs doing and prep for the next day.
This is when I can get on with a bit of work, possibly have a glass of wine, or spend time with hubby. Finally, I make sure to have half hour of downtime, reading or knitting or TV before bed. I make sure to leave my Filofax ready for a quick glance the following day. I go upstairs brush my teeth, remove make up, cleanse, tone, moisturise & go to sleep.
I have a flexible weekly cleaning schedule, and a monthly one, that I can pick up and dive into when I have cleaning time. I put everything away when I am finished with it, which is easy, because everything has it's own home and is accessible. All surfaces are clear, except for additions which are pretty or meaningful. Everyone does their own thing - Math has darts and rugby, I have wine club. We have friends for dinner regularly and date nights every now and then - not scheduled in, but we make an effort to arrange one evey now and then. We plan
When I do 'fall off the wagon' and something slips, I don't panic, or give up, but get straight back onto it. I keep my monthly projects, because it's nice to have something to focus on.
I have a list of activities for me and Evie to do on our time off together. We have a joint craft room and study, that we can all use for work, art or some alone time.
Sounds pretty good. I feel more organised just having written it. Let's check back in 11 months and see how I've got on.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Part of my kitchen organising includes improving my eating habits. I am a bit rubbish at eating breakfast, often forget about lunch, and then eat dinner. Working in a cake shop often means I'll be snacking all day sampling different recipes, plus I do find it difficult to turn down a scone... All in all, not the healthiest of diets.
I have also noticed that I am losing weight, which is not something I need to do - I'm not boasting, I'm just small and have been lucky enough to not have to worry about my weight.
My hubby does most of the cooking in our house. He enjoys it and is following the WeightWatchers diet, so it's easier for him to sort out what he wants to eat for evening meals and I'll just go along with it. Evie will try whatever we have, so I don't need to make anything different for her. Thursday is my night for cooking so I can get dinner ready for when hubby gets back from rugby training. I plan to work my way through Jamie's 30 Minute Meals. I know it's had mixed review, but some of the menus look lovely.
I decided I needed a way to plan in my breakfast and lunch and make it or prep it ahead of time, so that I do eat something. I sat down on Sunday with my recipe book, iPad and dug out an old pocket Filofax.
It's a work in progress, but so far is working for me. I do plan to make it a bit prettier at some point, but right now it's function over form!
First here is the inside cover holding 2 mini highlighters, bought from Wilkinson. They are the perfect size for my pocket Filofax and will be used to cross off list items. It's cleaner then drawing lines through everything.
I love it so far, and I am pleased to say that I have eaten pretty well this week. I have also been buying some new lunchbox accessories to make lunch more exciting....but more about that another day.
I plan to add some useful charts - temperature and unit conversion charts, and I need to include some pages to store my not in use sticky notes, plus maybe a favourite page for quick access. So what do you think? Genius or overkill?
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Four shelves in our kitchen housed some of our vast cookery book collection. A few we regularly turn to, like Delia's Complete Cookery Course and Rachel Allen's Home Cooking, but many that just haven't been put anywhere else.
So I had a purge and got rid of the ones we don't use regularly.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
I enjoy writing and want to do more of it, I do want to make this blog useful rather than (just) my ramblings, and again I am going to put it down to setting a routine. Hopefully once I have childcare arrangements sorted, a little office or writing space set up, a decent bedtime for Evie & a wonderfully organised house that keeps itself clean I will have time to write some decent posts. ;-)
Monday, January 06, 2014
Sunday, January 05, 2014
I have had a sort of morning routine going for quite a while, and I tend to dip in and out of it as it suits. What I need to do is make sure I do more of it more frequently.
Here is what's on my moning routine checklist:
- Get up by 6:30am
- Coffee and check to do list
- Drink water
- Face, teeth, moisturise
- Dressed, hair, make-up, accessorise
- Make bed
- Evie dressed
My morning routine is currently set up in my Wunderlist app. Morning routine is the task, with the items in in as subtasks.
The main problem I have with this is that once I 'complete' the morning routine, at least as far as I am going to that day, it will automatically tick off all the sub tasks. So I can't look back and see how much of what I missed, if that makes sense! I don't know how often I will want to do it, but in the early stages it's quite nice to know.
If I miss a day, or forget to mark it off, I then need to go through and mark the previous day as complete. So again I don't have a reminder that I missed it. So while it is handy and pings me a reminder, it isn't as helpful to me at the moment as I'd like it to be.
I have a filofax I am working on at the moment, and I will be adding a day per page planner to it, with my morning routine on, so that I can keep track of what I do and don't do, along with notes. Just as a bit of backup for now while I try to make these routines habit.
Hopefully I will get it done today ready for Monday's new start!
Saturday, January 04, 2014
So much neater and we can see at a glance what is in each cubby!
This is a combination of stuff I've seen, so no direct source, but thank you if you inspired!
See this pin!