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The Life of a Super Organized Mum

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The answers to some of your questions

Warning- really long post ahead.

Thank you so much to those readers who have taken the time to email me their questions or just to say they love the blog, it is so great to hear that some of my household ideas are actually helping some of you improve your home life : )

I thought I would dedicate a post to answering some frequently asked questions so that other readers may benefit for the answers. If you want to ask any additional questions or have any organizational/other things you want to see on the blog please email me and let me know, I would love to hear your suggestions.

1. Also seeing your so wonderful at it, how do you store cards? eg: bday, wedding, christmas ect

For cards I use a few different things. I am not sure if you mean cards we are given at birthdays etc or if you means cards I pre buy for events throughout the year and so I will post both.

I buy cards all throughout the year when I see then cheap or they have a bulk buy deal going on. And so when I saw this card holder/divider by Phoenix Trading I was sold. It is such a great size and keeps all of my cards together. There are monthly dividers inside so when you buy the card you can slot it into the correct month.

For the cards we are given throughout the year I use 12x12 plastic pockets at the back of my ring binder scrapbooks, these store cards and also any other memorabilia from the year that I want to keep but I don't want to scrapbook like maps, tickets, cards, letters etc. The bottom photo is the back of Flynn's current scrapbook and I store our family stuff in the back of our family scrapbook. I purchased this particular pocket as part of a scrapbook kit but you should be able to purchase them from most craft stores.
2. I have stumbled across your blog and I am addicted! Please help me. Where do I start? Everything seems so overwhelming I just can't find a starting point and It seems like a huge task organising my house and life!

I live in chaos. I can't keep up with cleaning, washing and cooking. I am a stay at home mum and my son is in kindy 2 days a week yet my house is so bad I can never have people over!

Thanks so much for an amazing blog!!

Thanks so much for your question Jen- for starters know that you are not alone we all feel the same overwhelming sense of not knowing where to even start!! I think this is such a hard question to answer and organizing and taking charge of your home is such an individual thing. The first thing I would do is identify what absolutely bugs you the most and start with that. Allocate yourself 10 minutes at a time to deal with that one thing ie- kitchen and start small, one cupboard, one garbage bag, one drawer. You will feel so inspired at what you can get done in that 10 minutes that you will be able to start to make headway.

My other suggestion is when you are organizing find a permanent home for things as apposed to just putting them somewhere to get them out of your sight (except your junk basket) This process will take slightly longer but once you work through each room and everything has a place you will be surprised how little it takes to maintain!!

3. I was wondering where you got the padded liner for the car seat that Flynn is pictured asleep in?

The car seat liner that was pictured here is made my Goldbug and you can find it at the below link. We love it as it protects the car seat and we are able to pull it out and wash it when needed.

4. Your toddler meals are a great idea but doesn't your toddler eat normal family meals?

Yes Flynn does eat normal family meals as I explained in my first post there are a few reasons I still cook bulk meals up for Flynn.

1. Simon likes to cook a lot of curries we eat these at least 1-2 times a week and as these are way too hot for Flynn to eat, on this night he would have one of his own meals.
2. Sometimes if one/both of us is working late we like to get Flynn fed early at 5:30 so that we can sit down together alone at 7 and have dinner with just the 2 of us.
3. Sometimes I am just starting dinner and we realize Flynn is way over tired and it not going to be able to hold out for 30 minutes while we try and get dinner cooked- on those night we just pull out a pre cooked meal to avoid a melt down.

This system is just something that works for our family it might not work for you. As we have more children it also may not work as we will want to all eat together, but for now it is a great system for our family and helps to reduce a lot of the stress surrounding meal times.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jade
Love the car organiser idea as I have kept all our special birthday cards and its nice to see orus in theit too! :) Vanessa

October 20, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops meant card organiser

October 20, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

I was getting around to asking you this question but was a bit late!! :D

Your pancakes and crepes look divine - what brand of crepe maker do you use?

Thanks for sharing all of your fantastic ideas with us!


October 20, 2009 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Jen&Coops said...

Thanks Jade! I have started with my kitchen :) and will move in baby steps from there! Still loving your blog and have all my friends hooked!

October 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

I've also started on my kitchen. I tackled the pantry yesterday and today I did the glass and coffee mug cupboard. Hopefully I will get through the kitchen before the week is over!

October 20, 2009 at 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post...

I think it is lovely that you have acknowledge the emails that people have sent and sharing the advice given is just wonderful.

I just thought I'd share a couple of my tips, though I'm not as organised as you...I'm still a learning.

For upcoming birthday cards I use a card book, similar to your box but it's a book with a page/pocket for each month with a calendar on each month to write the birthdays for the month. I actually made the book myself and have made 2 others as gifts so far. I intend to actually have 2 books, 1 for kids birthdays and 1 for everything else babies, weddings bdays etc. I'm also a card maker so it's great as I can see the birthdays that are coming up and have cards made in time.

As for where to start far out isn't that the biggest drama. I suffer from anxiety so starting was the hardest part for me. I ended up starting in my laundry as I found I wasted so much time every day looking for clothes, time that I could have spent doing other things. My laundry isn't perfect, the clothes only get put away in the cupboard every now and then...however it is organised and it's easy to find and even my almost 4 yo knows how the system works and can find her own clothes and dress herself. It has helped heaps and has made a huge difference to everything else and given me a lot of time back which I have then be able to use to move onto other parts of the house.

Anyway that's about the only tips I have lol.

Thanks again for sharing, I just love your blog!

Nat xo

October 21, 2009 at 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh Jade I loved reading all that, please keep up the great things you share, I have been meaning to email you ask you things too, but I always seem to be typing one-handed with DD having a breastfeed :)

M xx ;) (cherryblossom)

October 21, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments and for also sharing some of your tips (Nat) We can all do with as much help as possible !!! I know I can : )

Nikki- For the Crepes it is a specific crepe maker, it is called Crepe Creation by Breville. For pancakes though I just I use a Tupperware fry pan- I use a bit of margarine in the pan (not butter) and make sure I watch them and not get distracted !!

October 24, 2009 at 6:04 PM  

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