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Day 3 – Not Quite So Organised

Day 3 of getting organised (following 31 Days to an Organised Home) did not go quite so well as yesterday. I loved the idea of the three baskets, but unfortunately I did not plan ahead and had no baskets to use! I’ll have to put that one on hold.

No. of times up during the night: 2 x feeding baby, 1 x take child back to bed, 3 x attend to crying child

Rise and shine: 5.45am

Chocolate consumed: 2 fun size bags of Maltesers, 1 fun size Snickers, a hot chocolate.

Toilet timeouts: 1

On the menu: Homemade vegetable soup and garlic bread.

All kids in bed by: 7.00pm

My bedtime: 10.00pm

Today I…

Fed bubs. Tried to get bubs back to sleep (unsuccessfully). Made cuppas (+ 30 minutes computer time). Made breakfasts. Ate breakfast. Made boy wonder’s lunch & pack his bag. Lay out boy wonder’s clothes. Get kids organised. Changed bubs. School drop off. Explored frost with the princess. Retrieved and cleaned whiteboard (to make to do list). Fed bubs. Loaded washing machine. Farm paperwork while eating morning tea. Played with girls and gave bubs some tummy time. Rocked bubs to sleep. Unloaded & reloaded dishwasher. Wiped benches, stove, fridge, dishwasher & microwave. Sang nursery rhymes with the princess. Changed bubs. Fed bubs. Made lunch. Ate lunch. Work on cover letter for picture book submission. Made hubby’s lunch. Helped the princess make photo flower for kinder. Worked on cover letter some more. Critiqued manuscript in my critique group. Cut up fruit for the princess. Rocked bubs to sleep. Hung washing on clothes horse. Unloaded dryer. Sorted shoe rack. Swept floor. School pick up. Opened mail. Started dinner prep. Fed bubs. Finished preparing dinner. Cooked dinner. Ran bath and bathed bubs. Bathed other kids. Finished cooking dinner. Ate dinner while feeding bubs dinner. Fed bubs and put her to bed. Put other kids to bed. Finished eating dinner. Computer time. Reheated hubby’s dinner. Attended twitter chat on picture books. Blogged.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Getting Organised

 

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Day 2 of Getting Organised

Day 2 of getting organised (following 31 Days to an Organised Home) talks about organising the coat cupboard. We have an entryway rather than a coat cupboard, but the concept still applies. This was a nice easy one to start with, as it just so happens this is the most organised part of my house. The princess and boy wonder each have their own row of hooks at their level as they walk in the door where they hang their bags, coats and hats. They’re trained pretty well to do this as soon as they come in. We also have a shoe rack right next to the door and they’re both now getting pretty good at putting their shoes there as they walk inside (this has taken a LOT of reminding and they sometimes still don’t always remember)–it makes it so much easier to find shoes in the morning instead of searching under the couch or under beds for a missing shoe. So I’m feeling good about my start to getting organised, though I’m sure the feeling won’t last when I start on the rest of the house.

No. of times up during the night: 4 x feeding baby

Rise and shine: 7.30am

Chocolate consumed: 1 fun size bag of Maltesers, 1 funsize Milky Way, a hot chocolate. (I did pretty well today 😀 )

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime: 10.00pm

Today I…

Make cuppas. Computer time (10 minutes). Change bubs. Made breakfast. Made boy wonder’s lunch. Packed bags. Got everyone dressed and ready. School & kinder drop off. Made doctor’s appointment. Fed bubs while eating breakfast. Changed bubs. Sorted out and took photos of baby clothes. Uploaded photos and listed clothes to sell. Had lunch. Fed bubs. Made lunch for hubby. Wrote cheques and got ready to go in town. Unloaded & reloaded dishwasher. Went into town. Got photos printed for boy wonder’s school project. Posted cheques. Did grocery shopping. School pick up. Bank. Kinder pick up. Unpacked shopping from car. Fed bubs while having afternoon tea. Worked on reading words with boy wonder. Put away shopping. Fed dogs. Rocked bubs to sleep. Made dinner. Got bubs ready for bed. Dished up dinner with screaming baby. Fed bubs. Got kids organised for bed. Rocked bubs to sleep. Ate dinner. Watched TV. Cooked hubby’s dinner. Blogged. Chatted with friend.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Getting Organised

 

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Day 1 – Black Garbage Bags of Doom

I came across a website last week with a plan to get organised in 31 days (link at bottom of post). I’ve decided to give it a go and see how I go with it. Day one had no specific instructions as it was just an introduction to the plan, so I decided I would start my day 1 by bringing out the black garbage bags (as suggested on this website) and starting the cull. This is always hard for me. I find it hard to get rid of things. I um and ah over getting rid of anything, just in case it comes in handy one day. My goal is to become more ruthless in this area.

No. of times up during the night: 2 x feeding baby

Rise and shine: 6.00am

Chocolate consumed: 2 fun size bags of Maltesers, 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 2 choc orange mini muffins, a hot chocolate, a few spoons of dry Milo.

Toilet timeouts: 0 (but came close)

All kids in bed by: 7.45pm

My bedtime:  10.15pm

Today I…

Fed bubs. Made cuppas. Changed bubs. Drank cuppa (+ 15 minutes computer time). Made breakfast. Ate breakfast. Made boy wonder’s lunch. Helped boy wonder count money for lunch order (because the bread defrosted hard). Set out boy wonder’s clothes. Unloaded & reloaded dishwasher. Bathed the princess. Got kids dressed & organised. Did a nit check (clear!). Did school drop off. Put bubs down for a nap. Put clothes in laundry. Farm paperwork. Took out rubbish. Stoked fire. Picked tomatoes. Toy cleanout. Unloaded & reloaded dryer. Hung out remaining washing & brought in dry washing. Folded washing. Fed bubs. Changed bubs. Sorted toys. Fed bubs. Made lunch for the princess. Made lunch for hubby, MIL, FIL, SIL, BIL and myself. Ate lunch & chatted. Farm paperwork. Changed bubs. Fed bubs (+ 20 minutes computer time). Farm paperwork. School pick up. Fed bubs while doing farm paperwork. Computer time (20 min). Cleaned up toys. Started prepping dinner. Got dinner on. Walked with bubs. Finished getting dinner ready. Dished up dinner (with screaming baby). Ate dinner while feeding bubs dinner. Fed bubs. Put bubs to bed. Got kids ready for bed. Fed bubs (again). Put bubs to bed (again). Put kids to bed. Fed bubs (again). Put bubs to bed (again). Reheated hubby’s dinner. Made cuppas. Drank cuppa and had computer time. Researched family tree. Blogged.

Getting Organised

Here is the link to the site for 31 Days to an Organised Home. Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Getting Organised

 

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A Special Treat

I love this ecard that has been circulating on Facebook. So true.

I took the princess to her first ever live show today. We had one of those ‘everything that can go wrong, will go wrong’ mornings: My car got sideswiped, the princess tripped over in the mud and we had to change her whole outfit, we couldn’t get a park nearby and had to walk several blocks in the rain. But we got there in the end and she had a ball.

No. of times up during the night: 1 x taking child back to bed, 1 x taking child to the toilet, 2 x feeding bubs

Rise and shine: 7.30am

Chocolate consumed: 1 funsize pack of Maltesers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 1 hot chocolate, 1 choc-iced donut

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 7.45pm

My bedtime: 10.00pm

Today I…

Made Milos. Drank cuppa (+ 5 minutes computer). Made kids’ breakfasts. Fed bubs. Ate breakfast. Got kids dressed and bags packed. School drop off. Dropped bubs at my sister’s and gave her a feed. Changed the princess’s clothes. Took the princess to children’s stage show. Got lunch from McDonald’s. Had lunch at my sister’s. Changed and fed bubs. Drove home. Unloaded & reloaded dishwasher. Did some tidying. School pick up. Did dishes. Wiped benches. Cleaned the bathroom. Tidied the lounge room and dining room. Fed dogs. Started dinner preparations. Changed and fed bubs. Went to parent/teacher interview. Cooked dinner. Chatted with mum. Dished up & ate dinner & fed bubs dinner. Got kids ready for bed. Cleaned up an ‘accident’ in the bathroom. Put kids to bed. Fed bubs. Computer time (20 minutes). Put away leftovers. Cut kindling for fire. Attempted to light fire (failed). Cuppa & computer. Blog. Bed.

It’s amazing how much more I get cleaned and tidied when I’m expecting company! Perhaps I should get my mum to come babysit more often, my house might be in a cleaner state on a more permanent basis.

P.S. According to his teacher, boy wonder is doing fantastic at school–proud mummy moment. My house may not always be clean, but it’s good to know I’m doing something right. 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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After the Quake

After experiencing my first ever earthquake last night, my internet went out and I didn’t get a chance to blog. We’re all ok, it was like having a train pass by our house; nothing was damaged and the children didn’t even wake). Let’s just say my day revolved around grocery shopping, farm paperwork and adding two extra children to my household for a few hours after school. My HIGHLIGHT of the day was when all the planets aligned and I got to have an unrushed, uninterrupted shower (bubs actually napped for a decent amount of time while boy wonder was at school and the princess at 3yo kinder).

Today was less busy.

No. of times up during the night: 2 x feeding baby

Rise and shine: 6.30am

Chocolate consumed: A funsize of Maltesers, 2 choc orange mini muffins, 1 hot chocolate, 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars Bar

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime:  9.30

Today I…

Fed bubs. Made Milos. Took photos of sunrise (see photo above). Changed bubs. Drank milo (+ 20 min computer time). Made kids’ breakfasts. Made boy wonder’s lunch. Ate breakfast. Packed boy wonder’s bag and laid out his clothes. Got dressed/brushed teeth & hair. Unpacked & repacked dishwasher. Washed remaining dishes. Made bacon & eggs for hubby, worker and the princess. Fed bubs. Swept floors & porch. Put away yesterday’s shopping. Had morning tea (+ 10 minutes computer time). Tried to get bubs to sleep. Sorted clothes (we got a heap of clothes dropped off for the princess from a friend whose daughter had outgrown them). Made lunch. Ate lunch (+ 20 minutes computer time). Took rubbish to bin (and cleaned up rubbish dog had pulled out from the bag I’d left by the door). Picked tomatoes with the princess. Had outside play with the kids. Fed bubs. Sorted more clothes. Took kids outside again and had a chat with SIL. Did school pick up. Loaded washing machine. Afternoon tea while feeding bubs. Made red nose pictures! Rocked bubs to sleep. Put away clothes and sorted out dress up box. Rocked/walked with screaming bubs. Tried feeding bubs. Resumed rocking/walking with screaming bubs. Cooked dinner. Unloaded and reloaded dryer. Dished up dinner. Ate dinner while feeding bubs dinner. Got kids ready for bed. Changed & fed bubs. Put bubs to bed. Blogged.

A Good Cause

Even though the red nose pictures I did today were a bit of fun, it was also for a good cause as part of Red Nose Day and raising money for SIDs. Every red nose picture made attracts a $1 donation from Harvey Norman.

http://www.rednoseme.com/

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A New Week Begins

I didn’t worry about keeping track of my days over the weekend and I don’t think I will in future either. Saturday is my self-designated day off. I don’t do much housework, except for the basics, like dishes; I don’t do paperwork unless something urgent needs to be done; and I don’t even cook dinner (take out night!). Sunday is busy as boy wonder has his weekend sport that takes up most of our morning and sometimes in the afternoon we go visiting or have visitors over (usually family).

But now a new week is here, it’s back to keeping this housework diary…

No. of times up during the night: 1 x feeding baby (very happy with this after she had a few bad nights in a row, though I did wake up with a damp PJ top)

Rise and shine: 7.00am

Chocolate consumed: A handful of Maltesers, 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 2 choc orange mini muffins, a few licks of melted cooking chocolate.

Toilet timeouts: 1 (2 minutes–farm-related stress)

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime:  10.45pm

Today I…

Fed bubs. Make Milos. Drank milo while checking email & Facebook (10 minutes). Changed bubs. Made breakfast for kids & myself. Ate breakfast (10 minutes). Made cuppa for hubby. Stoked fire. Made & packed boy wonder’s lunch. Talked to mum on the phone. Unloaded dishwasher. Cleaned dishwasher filter. Got kids ready. Did school drop off. Reloaded dishwasher. Paid bills online & wrote cheques. Fed bubs while still paying bills. Did farm paperwork while eating morning tea. Loaded dryer & reloaded washing machine. Facebook (15 minutes). Changed bubs. Chatted with a mummy friend online (gave advice about a school situation). Fed bubs. Talked with hubby re workers. Made muffins. Folded washing. Rocked bubs to sleep (2 attempts). Made lunch for myself & the princess. Ate lunch while on internet (half hour). Made lunch for hubby. Fed bubs. Had cuddles with the princess. Put away muffins. Wiped kitchen bench. Made dentist appointment. Unloaded & reloaded dryer. Folded washing. Changed bubs & got girls ready to go into town. Tried to find a park! (took three drives around the block before one became free). Went to chemist. Returned DVD. Browsed op shop (10 min). Picked up boy wonder from school. Read boy wonder’s mid-year school report. Fed bubs. Fed pets & renewed dog’s water. Played with all three kids. Folded, sorted & put away washing. Prepared dinner. Rocked bubs to sleep. Cooked dinner. Washed baking stuff. Dished up dinner. Changed bubs. Ate dinner while feeding bubs. Put bubs to bed. Finished dinner. Got kids into bed. Got wood for fire. Attempted to light fire (failed). Reheated hubby’s dinner. Blogged. Watched TV. Fed bubs. Bed.

Can I just say that paying bills online is a lifesaver for busy mums! Without online bill paying I would have to drag my kids around town to pay bills (and as any mother knows everything takes ten times as long with kids in tow, plus little kids tend to get bored and cranky if they have to dragged around too long.)

Recipe!

Here is a link to the absolutely scrumptious choc orange muffins I made today. I stirred through melted cooking chocolate in place of choc chips. They were a hit with both hubby and the kids.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Recipes

 

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Zombie Mum

After I signed off last night, thinking I would go to bed, bubs decided she had other plans. So after not going to bed until midnight in the end, and then getting up at least every hour after that until morning, I’ve been a bit zombie-like today.

No. of times up during the night: I lost count.

Rise and shine: 7.30am

Chocolate consumed: 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 1 Oreo (not too bad, considering)

Toilet timeouts: 0 (though I came close!)

All kids in bed by: 8.00pm

My bedtime: 9.15pm

Keeping it to a brief summary today as I am exhausted.

Today I…

Did the usual dishes and laundry and school run. Did a big kitchen/dining room/lounge room clean and tidy. Took the princess to swimming lessons. Did some farm paperwork. Continued my sort out of the spare room. And made a roast for dinner. (As a side note, I managed to keep my internet distractions to a minimum today, yay!)

A Useful Link

Mum sent me a link to a great post today on decluttering to help make managing the house a lot easier. I now just need to bite the bullet and get to decluttering (easier said than done for a habitual hoarder like myself). Here’s the link:

http://www.memoriesoncloverlane.com/2009/01/cleaning-house.html

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Getting Organised

 

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