29 January 2016
Let’s Get Organised!
Finally, the kids are going back to school, and the TV guide is returning to normal. It’s a great time to get stuff sorted. Use the positivity of the New Year and get organised for the next 330 days before Christmas – yeah, I just went there – and do all the grown-up things like having a dedicated birthday book with everyone's addresses so you aren't fishing around for that crumpled envelope from last Christmas, or having Facebook tell you that it’s your friend’s birthday, when is already too late to send a card.
Family Birthday calendar by Mama Caribou
Get organised with daily checklists
I've found one of the greatest was to stay organised is to, every morning, have a check list ready for the day ahead. Start it the night before and add to it throughout the day. Be kind to yourself; not everything has to be done on that day. Prioritise and use a triage system, keeping an eye on any deadlines for your list items.
Navy blue woodland upcycled notebook by The Crafty Roo paper studio
Make a running list of fun things to do
Speaking of lists, keep an ideas list for activities for the family or date nights, as you come across them. Don’t waste precious relaxation time working out what’s on and what to do. Keep this list central – like on the fridge – and continually add to it.
Keep a household lost-and-found basket in the laundry
Keep a little basket in the laundry for when you are going through pockets. This will help to keep the bench tidy. Put all the odds and ends in it so people know where to come looking for their lost head phones, or that spare change.
Reversible fabric storage basket by Hello Sweet Mae
Record recipes in one place
I have found that since my love of cooking started when I was around 11, I have collected hundreds of recipes from friends, family and even a couple from magazines. With all these bits of paper floating around, some are bound to get lost. A fantastic way to keep everything together is a recipe book; a place to write in a recipe or even glue something in. I treasure my recipe book – it has so many beautiful tasty treats! My favourite pages are stained with ingredients and my favourite is my Nanny’s handwritten recipe for rum balls.
Recipe book by Stylish Paper
If you prefer digital over tangible, another way to keep things organised is to keep everything on your iPad. Grab a screen-shot from your favourite blog, or take a sneaky photo of a recipe from a magazine while you are in line at the supermarket, then save it all on your iPad in a specially curated album, ready for your next culinary adventure. You can even organise your recipes into categories, making things even easier. Then, when it’s time to create and bake, use an iPad stand to keep the technology out of harm’s way!
iPad / tablet stand in copper and oak by Made By LT
Weekly meal plans make shopping a breeze
Keeping it in the kitchen, the most 'adult' way to be organised is with a meal plan. This makes shopping each week light-years easier and also stops those sneaky impulse-buys when you are running around the supermarket with the kids, trying to get things sorted in record time. Write down a menu for the week and, before making your list, check out what is in the cupboards and fridge already. We creative-types can also get creative in the kitchen, so make things interesting.
Meal planner and grocery notepad by PAPERAFT
How do you help keep the house running smoothly? What tips do you have? Have you made any handy items to make life easier?
Let us know; we would love to hear from you!
Meredith (a.k.a. “Honest Dave”)
Creative coach, pixel perfectionist and handmade obsessed.
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