It’s been a looooong time since I updated this blog. Over a year, in fact. Since then I’ve moved house, got rid of HEAPS of stuff that was cluttering our lives and still struggled to get our new place organised as the bedrooms are tiny and we have less room overall for everything. I’m finally at a point now where things are more organised, though there is still room for improvement.
Some things I did to get more organised (that so far are working):
– Hour of Power. I’ve put together an hour long playlist of songs with a cleaning related theme. I play this playlist once a day and in that hour I can do a general tidy of the house and have the main areas of the house (kitchen, lounge room, bathroom) decently clean and tidy. An example of my playlist include: ‘Be our Guest’ and ‘Food, Glorious Food’ for cleaning the kitchen and stacking the dishwasher; ‘Chim Chiminey’ for sweeping the floor; ‘Rubber Ducky’ and ‘Singing in the Rain’ for cleaning the bathroom. The real motivator is knowing I only have until the allocated songs are finished to finish the task before I have to move on to the next one. And if I don’t have enough time to wipe down the bathroom walls one day, I can incorporate it into the next days hour of power as I probably won’t need to clean the toilet two days in a row.
– Downsize. I’ve been trying to be much more ruthless about getting rid of clutter. The kids got rid of three boxes of toys before Christmas (I allowed them to fill the boxes themselves and tried not to question what they decided to give up). I used a new method for getting rid of clothes that I read about.
Pretend your wardrobe is a clothes store. If you saw that piece on the rack, would you buy it? If the answer is ‘no’, get rid of it.
I still have some way to go–reorganising our filing system and getting rid of all those boxes still cluttering the place–but in general I’ve been staying on top of things.
NEW GOALS FOR 2014
1. Getting Healthy
I started on a weight loss/get healthy journey 3 months ago after realising a) my health was being affected by my weight and lifestyle and b) I weighed more than my muscular 5’10” husband (and I’m only 5’2″). In the last three months I’ve lost nearly 9kgs and 8cm off my waist. The first couple of weeks were hard in terms of making changes in my food habits, but after the first two weeks, I became used to my new way of eating. I fell off the wagon a bit over Christmas and put on a kilo, but have since lost it again. My aim is to lose another 10kg to put me at my optimal weight and a healthy BMI.
2. Live for Less.
Unfortunately our family is doing it hard at the moment so I’m on a mission to live as cheaply as possible. I’ve always been a thrifty spender and home cook, and in the last year I’ve been making a lot more things from scratch (like taco seasoning, chicken stock and washing powder), but now I’m taking it up to a new level. My aim for the next month, at least, is to avoid the supermarket or only buy the bare necessities. For everything else I will be using what I already have in the pantry/fridge/freezer and making it last. For example, tonight I’m cooking a roast and the leftover meat will be sandwich meat for the next few days and finally the bone will be made into soup (then the bone goes to the dog when the soup is done). No waste. We’re pretty stocked up for most necessities, eg: toiletries, so the main thing I will need to still buy is fruit and vegetables (I want to use up all the meat stockpiled in our freezers before buying more and we get eggs and milk from our farm). Our local fresh food shop has a discard trolley where they sell less than perfect fruit and vegetables for cheap and day old bread for 99c. Our local supermarket sometimes has a trolley of less than perfect fruit and veg, too (if you happen to be in the supermarket at the exact right time).