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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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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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Donning my Accountant Hat

Pay day today–not for me, for our workers, so I had to don my accountant hat. Thankfully it’s only a once a fortnight job.

No. of times up during the night: 1 x feeding baby (Nice! Though she was up before the sun this morning)

Rise and shine: 6.30am

Chocolate consumed: Half a bag of Maltesers, 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 1 hot chocolate, 2 teaspoons dry Milo

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 7.25pm 9.00pm

My bedtime: 10.00pm

Today I…

Fed bubs. Played with bubs. Cuppa and computer (15min). Made cuppas for hubby, boy wonder & the princess. Made breakfast. Ate breakfast. Got kids dressed and ready. Got together donation items for charity drive. Dropped off boy wonder and donation items at school. Played dress ups with the princess. Loaded washing machine. Unstacked & restacked dishwasher. Wiped benches and stove. Fed and changed bubs. Did banking online. Did pays for workers. Checked email & Facebook (20min). Tummy time for bubs. Sorted and folded washing. Made lunch. Ate lunch while cruising the internet (40min). Changed and fed bubs. Posted on writing blog. Rocked bubs to sleep. Made lunch for hubby & worker. Worked on writing. Folded & put away clothes. Rocked bubs back to sleep. Loaded dryer. Dropped off boy wonder’s show and tell (and stayed to watch). Played with the princess in school playground until school finished. Organised afternoon tea. Fed bubs. Stoked fire. Fed pets. Got washing off the line. Cleaned out boy wonder’s school bag. Read newsletter. Marked dates on calendar. Spent time with bubs and the princess. Loaded dishwasher. Cleaned frying pan. Prepared & cooked dinner. Changed bubs. Ate half dinner while feeding bubs farax & half while breastfeeding. Put bubs to bed. Got other kids ready for bed. Read press release for new book coming out soon. Facebook. Blog. Reheated dinner for hubby & looked after him as he’s coming down with the ‘flu. Fed bubs & put her back to bed again. Made cuppa for hubby. Stoked fire. Cruised internet.

I think I got a little distracted by the internet a few times today–one of the pitfalls of working on the computer is it can be all too easy to get distracted on there once the work is done.

What are your biggest distractions? How do you stop yourself from getting distracted?

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Testing 1, 2, 3

Here goes nothing…

No. of times up during the night: 2 x feeding baby, 2 x children climbing in bed, numerous times being elbowed/kicked/squooshed between children in the bed.

Rise and shine: 7.30am (Boy wonder was up earlier, but hubby was in making a coffee, so made boy wonder a Milo and switched on cartoons for him. Awesome!)

Chocolate consumed: Half a bag of Maltesers, 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 1 hot chocolate

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 8.15pm

My bedtime: 9.45pm

Today I…

Got up. Made Milos. Made breakfast for children. Got 5 minutes to drink my cuppa and check Facebook. Changed bubs’ nappy. Made boy wonder’s lunch for school. Had 10 minutes for breakfast (checked emails & Facebook). Fed bubs. Got kids dressed. Loaded dryer. Loaded washing machine. Unloaded & reloaded dishwasher (last 4 with bubs in my arms). Unpacked and put away last of shopping I didn’t get unpacked yesterday. Rock bubs to sleep. Make cuppas for hubby & worker. Stoke fire. Rock bubs back to sleep again. Make up hamper for my dad’s birthday. Wipe down all benches, table & stove. Sweep all floors. Unload & reload dryer. Reload washing machine. Morning tea while checking critique group & doing critiques (with one break to help the princess on the toilet). Feed bubs while doing farm paperwork. Change bubs. Make lunch. Stoke fire. Eat lunch (15 minutes). Floor time with bubs. Unload & reload dryer. Sort out spare room. Feed bubs. Facebook & internet time wasting (40 minutes). School pick up. Set up new blog (45 minutes). Continue sorting spare room. Feed dogs. Stoke fire. Clean out boy wonder’s school bag. Do a floor pick up.Defrost meat for dinner. Feed bubs while reading over info from editor on book release. Work on words with boy wonder. Load dishwasher. Prepare & cook dinner. Eat half dinner while feeding bubs her dinner, eat other half while trying to calm screaming bubs. Change bubs. Feed bubs. Get kids into PJs, organise hot water bottles and put kids to bed. Feed, walk with & rock bubs until she finally goes to sleep. Put bubs to bed. Blog. Play Facebook games. Cook hubby’s dinner. Go to bed.

So… what do you think? Do I do too much? Not enough? Am I wasting too much time in my day that could be better spent? I know there were two blocks of time there where I spent a bit too much time on the internet.

Do you have any tips or advice for getting more done? Help!

Kid Funny of the Day:

The princess is on the toilet calling out to me desperately, “Muuuuum! Muuuuum! Cooooome heeeere! Muuuuum!” I rush in and ask her what’s wrong. She looks up at me calmly from the toilet and says, “I picking my boogers.” Which she then demonstrates.

 

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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