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It turns out it’s May.  May 2012.  To  me, this means I’m going back to work soon.  I’m trying my hardest not to be stressed out, but let’s face it, there are a lot of things that are going to get a bit harder.  Mama needs to get organized!  #1 on the list – menu planning.  I’ve been perusing the internet for ideas for a while now and have hummed and hawed and finally decided on what I think will work for me.  Here it is.  🙂

Basically, it’s two pockets, one has laminated cards that list different menu ideas.  One side of the card will have a complete meal on it (lunch or dinner – I’m thinking of colour coding them) and the other side of the card will list the ingredients that I need to have (not the staples I always have on hand like flour).  I plan on going through these cards for inspiration when I’m making my meal plan.  The other pocket has blank papers for my grocery list as well as a weekly menu list.  I will then stick the filled out weekly menu in the middle so that I can easily see what’s up and prepare for the next day.

Next step: finding ideas for make ahead meals since my family time is going to be limited once I go back to work.  Wish me luck!

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Seriously, doing a little bit is better than doing nothing at all. Sweeping the middle of the floor is better than nothing. Don’t worry about moving the couch every time you haul out the vacuum. Just try to do little bits here and there, never spend hours on any one chore or you’ll never want to do it again. Sometimes when I have to clean the kitchen at the end of the day and have no energy left, I actually just do it in 5 minute segments. If I’m watching a show I just get up at every commercial break and wash a few dishes and by the end of the show, it’s done. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not perfect, who has time to be? Just do what you can and you’ll probably find it inspires you to do more. 🙂

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I haaaaaate dealing with all things dishes. However, one of the biggest problems I have is that once I run a load of dishes in the dishwasher, it takes forever for someone to empty it. In the meantime, they pile up on the counters, in the sink, anywhere there’s a free spot. And then it snowballs… making dinner is a pain because there’s no room, nothing’s being washed because the sink and dishwasher are both full. So here’s a little tip: empty the dishwasher as soon as it’s done. I now open the door, let the steam out and give them a little air, and try to empty it out within the hour. It’s amazing how much more I like my kitchen when the counters are clear.

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Healthy Habit #2: Laundry

One load a day. Seriously, that’s all it takes. Maybe if you have a family of 18 it’s a different story, but for this family of 4, one load of laundry each day makes me feel on top of the pile. One of the best investments I ever made in the world of laundry was a rack with 3 fabric sorting bags on it. I separate my clothes into darks, whites and hots and whichever bag is full is the one I stick in the machine. And by doing a load, I mean the whole thing, wash, dry AND put away. The old me had a bad habit of having 3 laundry baskets lying around with clean clothes, folded or not, that never really made it into the drawers and ended up all rumpled and rifled through. By doing only one load at a time, it’s not such a huge hurdle to put them away.

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It seems obvious enough right?  Well, I was never before a bed maker.  First thing in the morning I would roll out of bed and I was lucky enough if I could muster up a shower.  I figured I was just going to mess it up again later so why bother?  I decided to give it a try and see what all the fuss was about, and you know it’s amazing how much better your room feels when the bed is made!  I also tidy up my side table (and my husband’s…).  I put my book from the night before and anything else I was using inside the drawers.  This all takes me about 3 minutes and is well worth the effort.

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Getting Organized!

If you know anything about me, you know that I spend way too much time on the computer.  You likely also know that it drives my husband insane.  Mostly I just pop on and off throughout the day when my baby has me pinned down and only one hand is free.  I decided that the only way I could justify the vast amounts of time I seem to want to spend on here is to get the rest of my life under control.

Step one: my house.  I’m not neat by nature.  I had a messy room growing up and an irritated father as a result.  Now that my baby is getting to an age where she can play on her own for small pockets of time, it’s time for me to develop some new house friendly habits.  Hopefully by blogging about it I’ll feel enough guilt to keep it up!

So last week I signed up for daily emails from http://www.flylady.net.  Wow!  She warns you up front that you’re going to be bombarded, and she’s right!  I love it though.  She sends an email each day with a task for you to do, on top of the little tasks you need to do every day.  She also sends tons of inspirational letters that she receives from people.  I don’t always find time to read these but they are quite quick.

Right now I’m working on her daily habits.  They include a quick wipe of the bathroom and cleaning your kitchen.  She also wants you to get dressed every day, including putting on shoes.  I can’t quite get to the shoe part just yet but I’m tempted to try it at some point.

The other thing I’m practicing is doing little mini tidy ups throughout the day.  And I’m finding this REALLY helps.  I’ve got her book on order and when it comes and I’ve had a read through, I’ll let you know what other gems I’ve figured out!

So for anyone who wants to try and get their house organized… join me!  After that, it’s going to be my waistline.  And wardrobe.  And kids.  😉

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