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In the Pantry (part 4)

No. of times up during the night: 3 x feeding bubs

Rise and shine: 7.00am

Chocolate consumed: a couple of handfuls of maltesers (I’ve been doing well with the chocolate consumption lately 😀 )

Toilet timeouts: 0

On the menu:  Cheesy potato and bacon soup with cheesy garlic bread.

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime: 9.30pm

Today I…

Washed wet bedding, took the princess to the doctor, went shopping, made a dent folding some of the washing in Mount Washpile.

In the Pantry

Today I’m sharing shelf 4 in my newly organised pantry as part of day 5 of 31 Days to an Organised Home.


Shelf four is mostly dedicated to my cooking supplies, however, in my chaotic pantry it was at the stage where I had to rummage around to find the ingredients I needed. If you look at the before picture, you can’t see any of my cooking supplies at all (apart from some cake mix boxes) as they are so hidden behind everything else.


This is actually my favourite shelf. I love how everything is so accessible and easy to locate now. Here’s the breakdown:

– All my cake decorating bits, like food dye and birthday candles (which were previously in an ice cream container or scattered throughout my pantry) are now in a labelled white basket.

– That horrible inaccessible corner is great for stacking up my cake mixes.

*THRIFTY TIP* Washed out coffee jars (or jam jars) make great storage containers.

*THRIFTY TIP* I’ve made labels by cutting out the names from their packaging. For the custard I also made sure to cut out the instructions and taped them to the back of the jar.

*HANDY TIP* I used a couple of egg cartons taped together to lift the jars at the back, making them easier to see. I’ll probably end up covering them in white paper to look a bit nicer (you can see part of them through the breadcrumbs jar).

– Before I had the aluminium foil, baking paper and cling wrap stacked up on one side, but it wasn’t a very good system as I had to remove the ones on top to get to the one at the bottom and they were always falling down. Now they sit at the front of the shelf and are sooo much easier to access.

– The eggs were also a pain to access before. They were also stacked up (in egg cartons) on the side. I had to reach past so many things to get to them and I was always worried about the eggs falling out of the carton as I grabbed it. The eggs are now also at the front. I decided to have them in a basket instead of in their cartons as it solves the problem of having cartons stacked on top of one another and it also looks a lot nicer. Plus I had the basket sitting around not being used, so why not use it?

– Herbs and spices that didn’t fit in my spice rack, as well as stock cubes and other small cooking bits and pieces, are stored in a couple of shallow baskets.

The last shelf is still incomplete, but I should hopefully have it finished for the next post (a LOT of junk was stored up on the top shelf out of sight). Then I’ll finally be moving onto day 6: organising my kitchen. This is already looking like a big project!

In the Pantry Part 1

In the Pantry Part 2

In the Pantry Part 3

In the Pantry Part 5


Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Getting Organised, In the Kitchen


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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 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.)


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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