Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post One

Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2019, the year you will get your life together…come on, we have all been saying it, so now it is time to do it. This first week I am going to take you through some of the things I do to prepare my house and myself for the coming new year. I truly believe that if you organize your house, you organize your life. I’ll spread out the posts so I don’t overwhelm or stress you out. Now let’s get to our first task!

For many of us the first or second day of the new year means that we are taking down Christmas decor, which can nearly be an all day task. My husband and I decided to take it down a few days after Christmas this year, and I am so happy we did! It really freed up January 1st for me to start working on some of my projects.

The first thing I do on the first day of the new year is clean OUT my kitchen. If you are like the rest of us around the holidays; sweets, cookies, candies, etc. seem to congregate in our homes. While these things are okay in moderation, there is simply too much of them and they need to go. I package them all up in baggies, or whatever and put them into one big bag for my husband to take into his office. It not only gets them out of our house, but he has a lot of employees in his department, so they love finding treats!

Next, clean OUT your pantry! Let’s be honest, we’ve been busy and this area of the house has probably been neglected. Go through and clean out anything that you just aren’t eating; or that has been there for a while and you forgot you even purchased. If you are like me and have a school ager in the house, then inevitably you’ll probably have at least one box that is just empty. Throw out the food that has gone stale, and recycle the packaging. Use this chance to also start really looking at your pantry, put like items together. This is going to prepare you for our next projects.

Lastly, clean out the fridge. Who knows what is in there, am I right?! Toss out the old stuff, and load up that dishwasher with the containers. You can also take this time to fully take everything out and wipe down the shelves, it can get kind of icky in there. Make sure that when you put things back in, you put them back in an organized fashion. This will make it much easier for you to find and get to items. Most importantly, when you use an item, put it back where it belongs, don’t undo all of your hard work.

Alright, you did it, day one is done! Be sure to check back in tomorrow for what we are going to do next! I am excited to be helping you get organized! Please let me know if you have any questions, and let me know how you do with day one by commenting below!

Happy New Year!

 

2018 – Year In Review

It’s crazy to think that another year is just hours away from coming to a close. We made it through another 365 days, some were good, some were challenging. Today is definitely the day to look back on how we showed up for each day, and make a plan for how we are going face the next 365.

A few days ago I finally took a little bit of time for just me. I went to my local Barnes & Noble, sat in a comfy chair, and just read. It was the first time, in a very long time I have taken this kind of time for me.

It helped me to be able to reflect and think about how I wanted to approach the next year. I mostly found myself reflecting on the last few months of this year, and how they left me exhausted, stressed, irritable, and very down.

I have loved participating in The Last 90 Days by Rachel Hollis, and really think this helped me to survive the last few months of this year. It helped me to get more active, choose healthier food habits, and really up my water intake! I wasn’t perfect all 90 days, and these last couple of weeks have been a struggle, but I was doing my best.

So why was I so overwhelmed? I was finally completely honest with myself and knew that I had taken on way too much! Each year my husband and I throw two big parties, Halloween and Christmas. Which means all the planning, buying, prepping, set up, hosting, and clean up; and all very close together.

I used to love doing these parties, but something felt off this year. It was because I was trying to be a mom to two girls (which comes with a laundry list of tasks all it’s own), a wife who’s husband has a busy schedule, trying to do daily life, work on myself, had a list of “hobbies” I was trying to work on or start, and planning/hosting various other events. It was all too much, and I felt like I couldn’t say no when people asked for help.

The last 10 days before Christmas break this year, I had over 7 events, some days with multiple events; many of which I was planning, hosting, or for which I was providing items. I’m not sure I slept, or left my kitchen. Most importantly, I wasn’t enjoying it.

I have always been the type of person who, when commits to something, follows through and does her part. I also found myself thinking, “If I don’t do it, no one else will.”

And therein lies my moment. Why must it always be me? Who says I HAVE to do any of this? What does it matter if these parties don’t happen, if we don’t host every event? Why is it always up me to get people together?

So, in 2019, I’m not doing it anymore. It’s time I actually focus on ME, I’m going to cut back on what I commit to doing, focus on my health, and really think about what I really want to do with each day.

I’m currently reading High Performance Habits by Brandon Burchard and am loving the guidance I am already receiving, especially in the areas I really need it.

One thing he suggests is choosing three words to focus on for your year. Mine are: Happy, Motivated, Organized. I want to be a happier, more motivated, and highly organized person. I no longer want to feel stressed, over anxious, and worn down.

My family deserves the best version of me, but also equally important, I deserve the best version of me!

I want you to think about what you want for 2019. What are your words? Write them down, read the often, focus on them!

Thank you for reading, and for being here. I look forward to coming up with some great content for you these next twelve months! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

How To Eat Amazing Meals Even When You’re Busy

We all love good food – there’s no argument about that. Who doesn’t love to feast on some amazing meals and stuff themselves silly with great tasting treats? The problem is, unless you can afford to constantly eat out at fancy restaurants and cute bistros that supply the desired goods, you’re the person in charge of feeding yourself.

 

Then it’s a completely different ball game.  Whilst we all want to eat great food, there’s not many of us that want to come home after a long day at work to slog it out in the kitchen for a good hour or two, especially when your meal is gobbled up in less than fifteen minutes!

 

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But don’t worry. There are ways to have great tasting food that fills the soul without needing to dedicate your life to being in the kitchen. Enjoy great food whilst also having a great social life by following these top tips on how to get the job done quickly AND to a high standard.

 

  1. Get yourself a blender

 

One of the most boring things to do in the kitchen is spending half an hour chopping up vegetables for your favourite dish. Chop, slice and dice your way to food heaven by using one of these great time savers. They aren’t just great for cutting up your veggies for you either. You can use any decent blender to make some great creamy soups for cold winter nights and you can impress your friends with some amazingly fruity cocktails. Check out Blender Friend for advice on the best models out there.

 

  1. Navigate your way around the spice cabinet

 

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Learning how to correctly use spices and herbs is one of the best things you’ll ever do as a cook. They can make or break a dish and learning how to add them to the right things will bring your dishes alive. You can turn even the most boring chicken dish into a sensation to your taste buds if you know what you’re doing. If you have no idea what to do when it comes to adding extras to your food, check out this guide on how to use herbs and spices in cooking.

 

  1. Consider weekly food prep

 

If you’re stupidly busy during the week but find you have quiet Sunday evenings after your mad weekends then it’s definitely a good idea to prepare your meals at the beginning of each week. You can cook enough to have numerous meals per batch and it means you’ll only have one load of washing up to do for the entire week. You can get home after a hectic day and bung it in the microwave and sit down to eat a delicious meal.

 

  1. Acid can be your best friend

 

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When it comes to sprucing up any meal, there’s more to be done than just adding salt. If you find yourself being severely underwhelmed with a dish then try adding a splash of acid (the safe type, such as white vinegar and lemon by the way) – it will sharpen up all the flavours in your dish in seconds!