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14/01/2014 at 09:49
As with every new year I plan and aim to be more organised. Especially this year as we are finally in our new house!
So are you organised? If so what things do you do to be organised.
ive been doing lunches the night before, keeping a list on tbe inside of my cupboards to write down what I run out of, keeping track of the finances on a spread sheet.
14/01/2014 at 10:09
I think I'm pretty organised.
I've got everything written down in my diary, I make E's packed lunches the night before, I write out school dinner money and make sure bags are packed the night before. I meal plan, write a shopping list before I go and stick to it.
14/01/2014 at 10:10
I'm an EA. Of course I'm organised!
Give me tips then belle!!! Or are you organised at work but not home?
14/01/2014 at 10:14
Well there is only so much I Can do at home as I'm hardly there. But I put a wash load on to finish early morning - it's cheaper on electricity and then it can be hung up before I leave for work and dry all day. Usual things like sort L's clothes out the night before, nursery bag, swimming stuff etc. Lunches we don't have to worry about as kids older but they used to be done the night before. Write down when you run out of things like you are, have dates and reminders in your phone of appointments. Pretty standard stuff really.
14/01/2014 at 10:34
For the every day things, yes I'm pretty organised. I have quite a good memory, but also write some things down just in case.
However, my house needs completely re-organising!
14/01/2014 at 10:39
I have brief spurts of trying to be organised but I am truly shocking and I need to buck my ideas up. Setting the clock 10 minutes fast everywhere has helped me no end. I am however training E up to by my EA. I had her inputting stuff on a spreadsheet the other night, she's really good!
How is the new house M? Do you miss living with the outlaws?!
14/01/2014 at 10:45
I am incredibly organised where everyone else is concerned. There's lot going on at the moment where I'm coordinating the redecoration of a few areas of the house. But I definitely work better remotely. I don't much like DOING the stuff, terrible I know. My mum works for me, 3-5 hours a week, so I cue up things for her, especially where there's lots of shifting and sorting because we're still working through the new house.
I am trying - this year, it's all very new to me - to reorganise lots in the house on the premise that it's easier to be tidy and organised if everything has its place. Last night I tackled batteries, bulbs, sewing kits, bathroom supplies and worked with Harry to get rid of a load of his stuff. I'm just not at home that much so it's hard to, well, *care* very much!! :D
14/01/2014 at 10:48
Yes, I've been making lunches for h, getting the kids clothes out night before, bags packed etc, only buying what we need food wise and making sure I meal plan, plus reigning in my sales shopping. Had a big clear out of baby paraphernalia t has grown out of and selling bits on local selling pages , ebay and gumtree. I've been using spreadsheets like they are going out of fashion! Budget looking OK I just hope this enthusiasm for beging frugal doesn't wain! One food website I've found which I'm addicted to is www.theskintfoodie.com. I do one of his recipes on a Saturday night instead of a takeaway.
14/01/2014 at 10:49
I think I need to be more motivated to do stuff, rather than organised. Less sitting around on the internet!! As Im doing right now!!
Loving the new house....loving the new area....Its feels like we have always been here. I don't mean this to sound rude, but I do not miss the in laws at all. Sadly we had a huge row a few days before we left...as in nuclear fall out type row which was a shame as it was portrayed that we weren't grateful for their help when the row was about a completely different topic. We do feel guilty for leaving now as FIL is really unwell with his illness and MIL could really do with the help we gave whilst we were there. Its all a bit of a mess but hopefully we are working through it. xxx
Hows you sshh....were you affected by the floods?
14/01/2014 at 11:53
I am organised at work and at home, otherwise things would not run to plan for us all. I have calenders plus a personal diary that I keep up to date and then sync with my work diary to that important appointments/evening calls are all planned around. Food wise I leave to Rob as he cooks and he is great at planning but other than that it's down to me. for example my hairdresser and Beauticians appointments are now all booked for the next six months , I have birthday cards for the next six months of birthdays, holidays are generally booked well in advance and I also have to work around my parents holidays (for childcare). My job is very demanding and involved, if I was not organised it would fall apart and my work/life balance woudl be screwed!
14/01/2014 at 11:57
I start off with good intentions. I like writing lists for example, but I'm useless and loose motivation.
14/01/2014 at 12:44
Generally I would say yes, along with the things others have suggested I try to have a big clear out each year. As in maybe tackle a room a month or if that does not happen I have a weekend blitz of a few rooms. This is more to stop things piling up like paperwork for instance, Smaller piles are much easier to tidy than one big massive pile. I have to be in the right mood though!
14/01/2014 at 13:09
I am trying to be more organised, although reading that CW has her hair appointments booked for the next 6 months makes me feel hopelessly disorganised!
We're in the middle of having a sort out at home. I'm trying to do one area at a time. Last week I tackled my underwear and we had a clear out of books. I'm going to try and sort out my paperwork as this is piling up in various places. We want to do some decorating this year and that will force me to have a proper sort out of our front room as we'll have to clear it out in order to find the walls!
14/01/2014 at 13:21
Oh yes clearning rooms makes me feel much better too, I like to do two big cleans a year and then I tend to do one room a month. I also like to declutter the wardrobes and sell/store what is not being used. My next project is the loft, we want to completely board it as only a small section is currently done. whilst doing that I am going to decant things into different boxes which will be labelled so easier to access what is needed
14/01/2014 at 13:24
I try to be organized but it doesn't always work. My H is so disorganized and untidy that sometimes I just give up trying. When I'm not feeling motivated to do stuff I get up and set the oven timer for fifteen minutes and try to get through as much as possible in that fifteen mins. And if I'm in the zone after that fifteen mins, I'll set for another fifteen and keep going.
I write everything on the calendar as soon as I make appointments etc, and always have mairis ballet and swimming stuff packed and ready to go on time. Put things I need to remember to take with me by the front door the night before, or sometimes put them in the car so I don't forget.
I also meal plan too, getting finances under control is something I need to do asap as I'll be on mat leave soon and still have some things to get for baby so I need tp factor in the new costs/lack of pay!
14/01/2014 at 14:03
I'm pretty organised.
I don't do lunches the night before or get outfits sorted (how long does it take in the morning, really?), but I am never running around, running late when doing them the next day (don't like the idea of doing food the night before).
Washing machine goes on last thing at night, ready to be dried first thing in the morning.
All paperwork is filed as soon as the bill is paid etc. We have a folder, where all paper work is kept, each section labelled, so things are easy to find. C's school has a section, bills, dr/hospital notes, receipts for high price items/delivery receipts etc.
I note down in my phone when we are running out of something (food, or toiletries/cleaning stuff) and pick it up on my next shop, so we never actually run out of anything.
The kids toys have specific boxes to be stored in, and at 2, J knows what goes where, he's ace.
And we all know how organised I am for Christmas...
14/01/2014 at 14:40
More or less, I have to be, I have no time to get anything done otherwise really. I am not so organised with house work, but I am with clothes washing etc
14/01/2014 at 15:12
AK how do you stop your 2 year old from just emptying everything out again? That's what my 6 year old does. I tidy it up, tell her where everything is, show her that I have put everything together - so her music toys are together. Then she comes along, looks for something, tips it all out again and never puts it back properly.
Maybe I just need to get rid of her things so there are fewer to mess up!
14/01/2014 at 15:23
I have always been pretty strict with my boys about tidying up after themselves. J idolises C, so copies him, and does what he says. When C tidies up, J copies.
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