Sunday, February 16, 2014

Change is good

My original plan for February was to get my walk-in wardrobe organised. This would include sorting through my clothes, jewellery & make up to help my morning routine and laundry putting away go a bit more smoothly. 

However, after a bit of thought this has become a very different project. The main gist is still to get my clothes etc sorted, BUT while on my mission to give everything a home and make stuff easy to put away, I discovered that a part of it is also not having a space that piles of clothes can be easily left. In my case - the wardrobe floor! Another side of is is in trying to keep my living room tidy the main 'sticking point' is Evie's toys being all the place. I don't really mind, but she has to get everything out and nothing really has it's own home and I think for my own sanity moving forward I need to get this sorted. So what I've decided is that I will exchange my large walk-in wardrobe for a smaller (hopefully more organised) wardrobe in our bedroom and will make Evie an absolutely wonderful playroom where she can make as much mess as she wants without mummy and daddy getting too concerned about it. I feel that this means I have officially grown up.

So February has been a bit if a wash out so far organising wise, but I've done a lot of planning. Sadly not a huge amount of blogging, mainly as I haven't had anything to really say.

I have been getting on with some odd bits her and there and have got a lots of projects lined up. I do also have a few more interesting blog posts in mind too. But I am saving them until I have time to write them properly and take some nice photos to really do the justice and start pushing this blog. 

My living room at the moment is black and grey. We did have some green accents, but they were all moved out to make way for Christmas decorations and haven't made their way back in yet. I have now decided I want to bring in yellow to add some colour ready for spring. Though, as my luck would have it, I appear to be ahead of the colour trends - at least that's what I am telling myself - and cannot find yellow accessories anywhere! Not to worry though, I will be doing some making so I'll have some lovely original accessories. 

Now I'm off to build sme wardrobes....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Losing my way

I've done it again! Got all sucked in by life and distracted away from my organising. Once again I feel that not a single space in the house is right. The kitchen is as close as it can be until I get a chance to decorate. But everywhere else....at the moment....is just a mess. Or has someing that needs doing before I'll be happy with it. 

Because of this I have gotten a bit lapse at getting on. So this morning I decided to try to grab a bit of control again and got stuck back in to my morning routine. I wasn't up at quite the time I had hoped, but I did all of the cleaning tasks on it and felt better for it.

I haven't blogged for a while because I just haven't had the time, or inclination if I am perfectly honest! But here I am. I've managed to sneak 10 minutes while Evie has a late afternoon nap (yes, I will pay for this later!) 

My new plan is to print out my daily cleaning tasks, and put them somewhere I will see them. This might be a few places, until it becomes routine. Doing the laundry every day had become routine, so I know it CAN happen, I just need to be a bit more focused. The evenings are getting lighter & will, hopefully, be warming up soon which tends to bring a bit of positivity with it. Until that happens I need to do it myself. 

Once I have mastered the daily tasks, I will do a weekly list, then monthly and so on. This should build into my cleaning schedule. 

Right - I'm off to do it. And maybe tidy my bedroom so at least one space is tidy!!!!

Monday, February 03, 2014

An organised kitchen update

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.

Not totally happy with the shelves in the top left hand corner of the picture above, but it's a start.
Lovely clear workspaces.
That space at the end of the island could definitely be used for something! I have some command hooks I want to paint and use for tea towels & oven gloves. Maybe kitchen roll holder? Utensils? Will have to wait until Evie is a bit older though....
This is my beautiful bread bin. It was a birthday present a few years ago.
And this is my egg bowl (although it currently contains clothes pegs as we have another egg container.
This is Evie's toy kitchen. Great to have play space in the kitchen so she feels involved when we're cooking.
My plate organising has made a much bigger difference than I had imagined!

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.