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Hitting Snags and Getting Momentum Back

I seem to have lost some of my motivation the last couple of weeks. I don’t know whether the school holidays threw me off and I’ve found it hard to get momentum back because of that, or the fact that it’s been a busy week with the kids (in particular boy wonder’s school production has made this last week more hectic than usual, not to mention having to do a heap of paperwork for our new workers).In any case, I’m falling behind on my schedule with two rooms that I’ve barely started (boy wonder’s and the master bedroom). I also realised I forgot to include our spare room (aka shove-everything-in-there-that-doesn’t-have-a-home room) on my schedule!

So I’ve had to revise my schedule a bit, adding in a week for the spare room and another extra week for the master bedroom and catching up. I figure I can always close the doors to those rooms for boy wonder’s birthday party, but I’d really like the whole house done by Christmas.

Another snag I’ve hit is with upkeep. I think once the house is completely done it will be easier to have a routine in this regard, but in the meantime I’m finding it hard to keep up with tidying the rooms I’ve already finished, while attacking the next room on the list. In general, I think the house is neater than it used to be, but still failing a bit. I’ve been trying to keep on the kids about taking their toys back to their rooms, but they still creep out and hide behind lounge room chairs and under the dining room table. The dining table is still a magnet for clutter, particularly papers, though I’m trying to clear it once a week. And of course, dishes are a constant bane to me. I’m loading the dishwasher once a day, which I was already in the habit of doing, but I’m still finding myself putting off doing the frying pan and oven pans.

My aim for the coming week is to try to get momentum going again. It’s going to be tough, because our bedroom is the one I always put off doing. It’s as much a room to shove things as our spare room, plus it doubles as our home office and I am dreading going through all our paperwork.

How to get my momentum back:

Get my music going again. I’ve found it to really help having my favourite music playing in the background with previous rooms, but have missed it while my computer has been out of action.

Relish in ticking off items on my list. Finish items completely so I can tick it off and feel like I am making progress.

Just do one thing at a time so I don’t feel overwhelmed. Looking at our room as a whole is really putting me off, I need to just focus on getting each part done, one at a time, eg: start with the bookshelf (since my love of books will make that task the most enjoyable).

Wish me luck!

 

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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in Confession Time

 

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Kitchen Reveal!

It’s finally time to reveal my kitchen!

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE (with bench in view)

AFTER

The Breakdown

– Obviously, to start with, having all the dishes done and cleared away helps a lot.

– As I mentioned in my last post, I cleared all the clutter that was ‘decorating’ my windowsill and simplified it. I think it helped open up the room.

– Every surface of my kitchen got a much needed clean, including the lights, exhaust fan cover and the blind. Obviously I wouldn’t need to be wiping down those things all the time, but I think every few months is probably a good idea as it makes the kitchen looks so much nicer. Plus it’s not really too big a job, it’s just something I don’t generally tend to think about or notice.

– The shelves were housing all of our glassware, which I’ve realised is just ridiculous because for one thing we never even use most of the glasses there and they were just collecting dust. Instead, I’ve got rid of all the glasses we don’t use (after all, we’re not really the cocktail party type and a few wine glasses is all we need) and put the rest away in the cupboard. Now the shelves house my cooking appliances, which I do use quite a lot and therefore are less likely to be dust collectors. I also am finding it is so much easier to grab the appliances off the shelf to use rather than pull everything out of the cupboard to get to the appliance I need.

– I liked our system of having two boxes on the fridge for our medication and the kids’ medication, but the recycled chip boxes I had been using were starting to fall apart and really weren’t very attractive. Instead I bought a couple of plastic tubs from the Reject shop. Not only do they look much nicer and won’t fall apart like a cardboard box, they also have lids, which means our medication containers won’t get covered in dust anymore.

– Over on the bench, I’ve cleared the shelf above, which had become a dumping ground for all kinds of junk. In the before pictures you can just see the black baskets on the bench which I had only just bought to help file papers which usually clutter up the bench, like mail, dockets and stuff that needs to be filed. I put the baskets on the newly cleared shelf so I have a bit more bench space. I have one basket for stuff that needs to be filed, one for stuff that needs hubby’s attention or I’m not sure whether I should toss it in case it’s something important, and the finally large basket is for other stuff I don’t want to toss, but it doesn’t have a home (like old invitations with phone numbers I want to keep or the instruction card for the heat pack).

– The fridge probably doesn’t look much different, but I did take down a lot of stuff, like old school notes. I also limited my kids’ artwork/school work to one piece each.

– I’m so excited to have a spot to keep my step stool! As a short person I need my step stool for reaching those high places, but the step stool never had a home. It didn’t seem to matter where it got put, we were always tripping over it. Now it fits nicely beside the fridge out of the way, but easy to grab.

I’m feeling really good about how the kitchen is looking. I think if I can keep on top of the dishes and give the whole kitchen a wipe down every so often I might just be able to keep it looking good.

There is still the more in-depth peek into my kitchen cupboards to come, but what do you think?

 
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Posted by on September 12, 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 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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