Late last year I received a message from Hailey at Organise It All, asking if I would like to participate in a Back to School 3 Part Series, to share how we take care of everything school related. Well, I am very excited to share the first instalment of this series from Hailey, as she details all the ins and outs of her organisation systems.
Hailey is a wife and mother to two beautiful children and she has a passion for organising, just like me. She recently started her own business and specialises in home organisation for real people and has been blogging about this for around a year.
So let me hand you over now to Hailey and her first instalment of the back to school series.
Happy new year and welcome to 2017! A new year always seems to signify changes. Changes we want to make. Changes to what is happening in our lives. Different milestones. New goals. New Years Resolutions.
I must admit, I have never been good at making New Years Resolutions. Actually, let me rephrase that. I have always been great at making them, just never that good at keeping them.
Recently I was having a conversation with a work colleague about teaching messy kids to clean. She was frustrated and annoyed that no matter what she did or said, her children would just not keep their rooms tidy. She had tried using lists, and removing devices, threatening punishments and of course the go-to parent fall back, yelling. All to no avail. Which got me thinking. How do we teach our messy kids to have some respect for their belongings and take pride in their surroundings.
I know I have tried many different techniques with Zac over the years. As a younger child, I found lists were very successful. As he got a little older, rewards and praise seemed to work just fine. But as he entered his teenage years, these techniques were no longer working, and we have had to find new methods that both of us can agree on.
Below, I have put together a list of tips and techniques that may help your child towards not only a cleaner room but a space that they can call their own.
We all have the same number of hours in our day. But how is it that some people just seem to accomplish so much more with their time than others? How are they increasing their productivity and becoming more organised?
Do they have less to contend with? Not as many responsibilities? No kids to worry about?
Personally, I think it all comes down to how we use each and every one of those hours available to us. Here are 7 things that I do that have made a huge difference in my productivity and have led to a far more organised home.
Recently I wrote a post about my Weekly Vegetable Preparation. I have been preparing my vegetables like this for over a month now, and I have found some unexpected benefits. My vegetable preparation is saving me time and money! As a highly unmotivated housewife, anything that saves me time is a must. But to be saving money also, is a huge added bonus.
Preparing meals for the family can be a daunting task. They just want to be fed every. Single. Day! What is it with that? I mean, would it really matter if we skipped a meal here or there? I know I could certainly do with a few less calories per week! Unfortunately, my family doesn’t agree. As you have probably guessed by now, I am a shortcut kind of gal. If there is an easier way to do something, I am going to try and find it. And when it comes to meal preparation, I think I have found a couple of techniques that are extremely helpful. Especially when you are trying to get meals on the table every night.
Are you really tidy and clean? Are you clean but not tidy, or tidy but not clean? Is there really a difference? Well, I am here to tell you that there definitely is. And while I love my house to be tidy, uncluttered and look as nice as it can, I would much rather it be clean. Let me tell you why.
Have I mentioned before that I am really not a good cook. As far as meals go, we are pretty simple. A meat and three veg kind of family. And baking for fun? Not my thing at all. Until I came across this tasty vanilla slice.
When my husband had a piece of my sisters vanilla slice at a party some time ago… he told me I HAD to get the recipe for that one! Then he tried the lemon slice. Mmm, you better the recipe for that too. And of course he couldn’t go past the chocolate slice, which, you guessed it, I had to get the recipe for that one as well.
My sister bought this amazing commercial from Easy Off Bam to my attention this morning and since I enjoyed it so much, I had to share it with you. Let me tell you, it sure put a spring in my step while tidying up.
Who would have thought that cleaning could actually be exciting because I sure didn’t. Well if it is done like this, then now I do. Unfortunately, my cleaning tends to go a little more along these lines…
We could all use a little bit of this kind of light in our lives. If I could just have this guy to come to my place and clean for me, maybe I would learn to love it a little more.
Zachary is just not a tidy person. Despite the fact that I tell him every single morning to clean up, to make his bed, put the empty coat hangers back in his wardrobe, fold his pyjamas, put them away and close his wardrobe doors, despite the fact that every single evening I tell him to unpack his schoolbag, prepare his books for the following day, put his clothes in the dirty clothes basket, hang his towel in the bathroom… ON THE RACK… despite all this… he is still untidy.