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In the Pantry (part 5)

Saturday is supposed to be my day off, but as I haven’t been around the blogsphere for a few weeks I thought I had better take my chance to finish up my pantry series while I have a free moment.

Rise and shine: It must have been about 7.30am, I was kind of zombie-like until about 10am after staying up to watch a movie last night, so I’m a bit fuzzy on what time my kids tore off the covers and pleaded with me to get up and make milos (Boy wonder is pretty good at making cuppas, but he’s not yet allowed to pour the hot water by himself).

Chocolate consumed: None! And not by choice, unfortunately. The chocolate supply in our house has dwindled fast this week. Although I did have a sponge roll with chocolate icing for morning tea.

Toilet timeouts: 1

On the menu:  McDonalds & KFC (it is Saturday night after all).

All kids in bed by: 9.30pm (we had SIL and family over tonight, so kids were up late playing with their cousins. Fingers crossed they sleep in tomorrow morning).

My bedtime: 11.00pm

Today I…

Did some washing, loaded the dishwasher and wasted an awful lot of time on the computer looking at old photos of my kids and working on a new picture book idea.

In the Pantry

I actually finished the pantry as part of day 5 of 31 Days to an Organised Home a while ago, but I’ve only just uploaded the final photos onto my computer to share them. I’ve been busily working away on day 6–organising my kitchen.I’ve been taking before and after photos, so I will be sharing my kitchen’s progress as I get time to blog.

But first, the grand unveiling of my finished pantry.

BEFORE

AFTER

The top shelf, which was full of junk and a lot of old packets of food, got totally cleared out (it was sad how much half eaten packets of stale chips were thrown out–such waste). Now there is a box for packets of chips, so packets aren’t getting shoved to the back corner and forgotten. I want to attach pegs to the side of the box so they can easily be used to secure opened packets. There is also a basket for other junk food, like chocolate. Dad’s snacks are hubby’s breakfast bars as he often eats breakfast on the go–having them all in a basket means I don’t have a heap of boxes taking up room. And our alcohol is lined up neatly with taller bottles at the back (which you can’t see in this photo).

I like to keep all the junk food on the top shelf for two reasons: 1. It stops kids raiding it–they tend to go for the more easily accessible fruit and muesli bars. 2. Because I’m short, I need a stool to reach it, which stops me from raiding it too much as well!

One of the unexpected benefits of my new reorganised pantry is that it is so much easier to write my shopping list! It’s so easy now to just look in there and immediately see what is running low. Before, often I wouldn’t know I was out of something until I went to use it. Or I would have a new packet of something stowed away and not realise it was in there and end up buying another packet.

Another added benefit is Boy wonder has been put in charge of getting his own snacks ready for school, since it’s so much easier for him to find and access everything.

So far everyone in the house has been pretty good at putting everything back where it belongs.

If you have any great pantry tips, please share!

In the Pantry Part 1

In the Pantry Part 2

In the Pantry Part 3

In the Pantry Part 4

Kid Funny of the Day

This is actually from the other day. Boy wonder had been learning about the creation story in RE at school and asked me, “If Adam and Eve were the first people, who came next?” I replied, “They had two sons named Cain and Abel.” He was very quick to respond, “I know who came after that: Pa!” He must think his grandfather is pretty old!

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Getting Organised, In the Kitchen

 

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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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