Saturday, September 29, 2012

September Photo Theme ~ Spring

Scraping in by the skin of my teeth....again! lol.

Spring has sprung here in the southern hemisphere though it has been very cold and wet for the last week. Today however is a lovely Spring day and I suddenly felt happier and more enthusiastic about things like taking dolly photos :o)

Here is Mirabelle in her new wig and headband.

Don't forgot October is right around the corner. Octobers photo theme is of course Halloween!! If you are up for a daily challenge don't forgot 31 days of Halloween (one Halloweenish photo everyday for the month of October) :D Instagram tag #31dayshalloween and my Instagram name is resinangels. If you don't have Instagram, why the hell not!? LOL Just joking, if you don't have Instagram and you want to play along just post here or Flickr :D

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Spring Cleaning Days 11-15

OK so a quick recap of my week that was. Feeling a bit behind the eight ball this week to be honest. I had my first cold in ages, our dog Suki was at the vets for a couple of days and I had lot's of things on at school for the kids, I don't think there was a day at all where I was able to just drop the kids and come straight home and get things done. I don't cope well with lot's of things going on, I need time at home without interruption to feel recharged. This coming week should be a little better with at least two days this week I will be able to come straight home (Tuesday & Friday) and get on top of things.

Anyway enough of my moaning and on with the cleaning.....

Day 11 ~ Clean washing machine  ~ I wish all tasks were this easy!!

Declutter Linen Cupboards ~ I really groaned when I read this task. I stuff way too many things into to them to the point that I hate opening the doors lol. It was a great push that I needed to get them sorted out because every time I stuffed more into them I thought I really should sort them day. I got rid of quite a bit of stuff. I still need to go through ornaments on the top shelves to purge a few more. I like ornaments, I buy too many and my tastes change so they get stuffed in cupboards.

I am very lucky that we have two linen cupboards, but I think because we have two we accumulate more stuff!

5 minute job was tidy under the laundry sink, which I did do but forgot to take a pic!
Day 12 ~ Clean dishwasher ~ I cheated a bit on this and just gave the door a wipe down and around the door seals. My dishwasher always seems to be full!!
Declutter & organise bathroom cupboards ~ I still have too much stuff!! I'm bad I ignore expiry dates on makeup and perfume. If it still smells alright I still use it. One habit I need to get into is the one in, one out thing. I tend to buy new makeup before my other stuff runs out which is why I've got five bottles of foundation and six mascaras lol. So I may not have cleared out a lot of items from my bathroom cupboard at least I'm realising how my psyche works O_o
Day 13 ~ Organise kids artwork ~ I have been putting this off for about four years lol. My eldest (now 10) had the biggest tub of artwork to sort through but to my surprise it wasn't too bad. I am very glad that our school sends home a couple of big portfolios each year of the children's work that we get to keep, this saved me having to keep every picture in their tubs. So with the kids help we sorted it all out and kept just the extra special pictures. I bought three pretty cardboard boxes and the girls now have them in their rooms to put more artwork in. They were really chuffed with it, especially the littlest one, she ran around the house looking for every picture she has ever drawn to put in her special box lol.
This big display board is in our toy room, I think hubby got it secondhand from an office. It took him about two years to put it up on the wall but it's great, saves my fridge from being totally covered in pictures lol.
Day 14 ~ Clean the office ~ Well I kinda skimped on this one too :o( I'm still sorting out my office/doll/craft room, I haven't even finished moving all my stuff in from the old one. This will hopefully get done once we are on school holidays when I have a whole day to do it in.

Organise and declutter the desk ~ My desk wasn't too bad because I haven't been working on it lol. If you had tuned around and looked at my craft table well that's a totally different story! Anyway so I just tidied up and put things away in their correct spots and it was done. I feel like I cheated to be honest but oh well it was nearly the end of the week and I was losing steam fast.


Day 15 ~ Clean patio area and weeding ~ I just didn't get time to do this!! We have so much garden it would take me a week to weed it all, and my type of weeding is with the big weed sprayer not on my hands and knees lol. So that is on my school holiday list, hopefully the girls will muck in and help me :o)

Organise kids wardrobes ~ I bought metal basket drawers about two weeks ago for the girls shoes because I was sick of them being all over the floor and the adult size shoe racks were way too big for their tiny shoes. When I set them up I gave their wardrobe a bit of a tidy so it wasn't too bad. My two little girls share a room so they share a side each of the wardrobe. 

My eldest has the emptiest wardrobe of the whole house!! Her chest of drawers however is another matter lol.
Lastly the 5 minute job was tidy outside your front door, clear cobwebs, quick sweep and shake doormat etc.

So I guess I did get quite a few things done, maybe I was just too busy to notice.

Oh and I nearly forgot! I found the most amazing app called Home Routines. If you like being organised with your housework routines this app is for you! You can set it to have daily tasks, weekly task, reminders, timers! It has everything and it is all customisable :D I'm pretty excited about this lol.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quick cleaning challenge update

Feel like I'm chasing my tail this week. Been so busy with kids school things and other various things that I haven't been home a full day once this week so I'm falling behind in my everyday cleaning not to mention the challenge tasks. I still have the big linen closet to do, haven't even started on today's task and I have washing to do and I need to vacuum and wash the floors. Plus Suki is still at the vet (had to stay overnight) and I have come down with a cold. What a shitty week!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Spring Cleaning Days 1-10

I have embarked on an epic cleaning mission. The Organised Housewife has been running a 20 day cleaning challenge on her blog and seeing as its now Spring in the southern hemisphere it's the perfect time to Spring clean. I've been uploading all my pics to Instagram and Flickr throughout the challenge.

Funnily enough I had reorganised my own cleaning schedule just two weeks before this all started and I was pretty up to date on most of my cleaning jobs. For some reason I love making cleaning routines, I don't always stick to them but just having them written out makes me feel more organised and in control of the housework. So I had my morning and evening routines down pat and a fairly easy to follow weekly job list in place. I think without this the 20 day cleaning challenge would be more challenging. Plus I had a mini spring clean back in July when we had a big party and family staying at our house and I was in super cleaning mode for about four weeks prior to that.

So on with the challenge...

Day 1 ~ Under the kitchen sink. It wasn't too bad under there but I had loads of cleaning stuff that belonged in the laundry and for some weird reason about six cans of fly spray! LOL


Day 2 ~ Main Bedroom ~ This is one room that I just kept putting off and putting off. It wasn't a huge mess but the dressers needed a good dust and I needed to cull some of the ornaments and nic nacs, so it was good to give it a good going over. Even vacuumed under the bed woohoo! Absolutely dreading doing the walk in robe though!! I'm sure that job will pop up soon in the challenge.

Day 3 ~ Laundry ~ Again wasn't too bad as I tidy, sweep and mop the laundry every few days because of the cats sleeping in there. I did clean the glass sliding door which was something I haven't done in forever! Another task for today was organising a laundry routine which I'm still not sure will work for us. I try and do a load every day as it is and it's usually which ever pile is the biggest one gets done. The last thing I want to end up with is loads of washing to fold and put away and I think if I wait a week to do dark colours I will end up with loads because we all wear so many dark colours with school uniforms and works uniforms etc. Anyway will give it some more thought and if my routine is working the way it is why change it.

Day 4 ~ Lounge room ~ Quick dust and wipe over was all that was needed here.

Day 5 ~ Floors and tidy the pantry ~ Floors all done and pantry tidied. It was tempting to pull everything out but she said just a tidy up so that's all I did. I've come to the conclusion that I buy too much food that we don't end up using and I need to make more use of all those darn plastic containers that are overflowing out of my cupboards!!

Day 6 ~ Bathrooms ~ I hate cleaning bathrooms that is all :p

Day 7 ~ The dreaded fridge! We need a new fridge, our one is old and small. I'm sure I could be more organised with a bigger fridge! Also we have way too many condiments! Why my husband needs fifty types of BBQ sauce I will never know!!


Day 8 ~ Kids toy room ~ This was a toughie!! It was pretty tidy anyway because I got stuck into the kids a couple of days before about tidying it up, which they did very well bless their cotton socks! I get very anal about the toy room because I like things to be very ordered, I have spent countless hours organising, printing out labels, buying hundreds of bloody plastic containers and tubs. Only for my kids to mix everything up and mess all my tedious organising up in a matter of hours. So it pains me when I have to chuck Barbie dolls in with Littlest Pet Shops and such. But I have to let my anal ways go when it comes to this room otherwise I will have a nervous breakdown I'm sure. So back to the cleaning day, well I basically picked up was left on the floor, piled up the toy boxes that were out and said I'm done. My plan is that next year when all my girls are in full time school I will devote a day each week to purging and tidying up the toy room. I really would like to get rid of some toys they don't play with anymore but if the kids are home when I try to do it they start playing with them again so I don't chuck anything out. I will get there one day.

Day 9 ~ Kitchen drawers ~ I have too many utensils!!!


Day 10 ~ Tupperware cupboard ~ OMG! Why do I have so many plastic containers!!?? It doesn't help when hubby decides to buy more because they are on special lol. I mean seriously what man buys plastic containers!??...Mine does *sigh*
Anyway I did purge a few and tried to use as many in the fridge and pantry as I could. I really need to get rid of more or at least stop hubby buying anymore!


So there you go the first ten days of the challenge. I wonder what the next ten will be? Will I still have the energy to keep going? This week is going to be busy too with things on at school for the kids so I will have to organise my time well. I also have to add how much I love doing this challenge, I mean if I didn't love it I wouldn't do it. I really like the Organised Housewife blog she has some good tips and a lot of her routines are similar to my own so for me it's easy to follow. I see a lot of resemblance to Flylady on her site, I think she must have got a lot of her ideas from there which is cool I like Flylady too but I think her routines are really helpful when you have no clue how to get started. I still use her 15 minute timer trick for doing jobs that I don't want to do or that seem daunting. I also really love how I've met so many interesting people on Instagram that are also doing the challenge. I like making new friends :o)
Apart from that I haven't really had time for much else. I don't think I've set foot in the doll room all week! Hoping I'll have some free time soon when my house is all clean and shiny lol.