29 Jun 2012

{My Dis-Organised Life}


Hello and welcome to my little corner of the blogging world if you have found me via Jennifer Organised Blog hop!

I am in general not an organised person.
I am most of the time - in a constant faff, confused and forgetful.
This does not bode well hey? For starting off an organised blog post.
But I am able to face facts about my lack of organisational skills. Which means in fact I have to work even harder to BE organised.
There are small things which I do which make being a working mum  (with a LOT of hobbies!!) possible to get by in everyday life. In NO WAY am I never not forgetful etc. (it’s funny because as work the girls all think I am super organised, my husband on the other hand has a different view on the situation)

1. I meal plan. It’s a simple statement but that’s how I get through my working week. I plan meals for Monday to Friday for us (taking into account that for 3 of those days I am work, so quick simple dishes is what is called for) Monday and Fridays I plan meals that is suitable for all 3 of us as a family. I try and plan meals that if things don’t happen as planned (i.e. late in from work etc.) they will last to maybe the weekend. I like using my cookbooks as inspiration which spurs me on to try new things here and there (I LOVE COOKBOOKS!) It helps me save money and helps me through away less wastage. Win WIN.


2. I plan my working wardrobe for the week and the boys outfits for my work days at the beginning of the week. I mainly wear dresses to work so adding a pair of tights if chilly instead of bare legs is not hassle. The boy has ‘nursery’ clothes which is perfect as he gets VERY mucky!! I lay his clothes out in piles, all ready to grab and go first thing in the morning. (and If i remeber I get PJ's out the night before too!!) I have a tight scheduale to keep to in the mornings I woke - it is very much get up and go (this includes getting myself ready, a 2.5 year old ready and dragging my husband out of bed too!!!)


3. Days I am at work (where possible) I try and plan to fit in a little me time on my lunch break. As most busy mums most of the time this is hard to come by. On my lunch break I might read a few chapters of my book or knit a few rows of my knitting (I have yet to carry a scrapbooking kit and pull that out on my lunch break, but hey you never know!) I alwasy pack my kindle and my knitting in my bag - therefore when the moment allows I am totally prepared!

4. I am still projectlifeing, yes ( I know not posted!) but I am still attempting to fit this into my everyday life. To do so, you need to be organised (well I do at least!) A lot of the time (more so recently!) I have not had the time to be able and work on this for long periods of time. Instead I approach this is stages. First lists (I love a good list) of the things/photos etc. that happened this week. Second, plan pages what goes where, what I need to print (out come the post it notes!). Third, print photos and place in pockets. Then once at this stage when I find those free 5 minutes here and there I have the ability to work on a pocket at time or if I have the luxuary of a longer time I can.

5. I like to plan. I like to know what is happening when. (for example I already know in July we have a wedding, 2 BBQ's, a chirstening/1st birthday, a friends birthday and my nan's birthday  - these are just Weekend things, let alone normal day to day things!) and since having a child and becoming parents it seems our social lives have just changed competlty. Planning a night out for a friends birthday or out for dinner is no longer as simple as saying yes. It is includes can we take M, if so what time, will he need a late nap, should I pack him snacks, can he stay over night with someone, what clothes do they already have at theres, do I need to pack extra nappies or do they have them. My mind is on this contanst whirr of 'have I forgetten something' . I have a checklist in my head of things.... I have yet to find a way of making all of the above less of a concern (if you have any tips let me know) But I do know, I like to know what is happening and when. Once I have this information I am much more calm. I do not cope well with unceratian (however I have been getting better at this!)

Even though from the outset the above points would indicate I am a fairly organised as stated at the begining I am not.

I alwasy forget where I put my keys or work pass.
I am RUBBISH at filing home paperwork, but put them in 'places' instead of somewhere useful.
I lose the remotes quite frequently.
I cannot plan things (I am more of a follower, tell where I got to be and what time and I happy!)
I go to crops taking everything I can physically carry (but if I have time I will page kit!!)
I can't seem to go anywhere without a MASSIVE handbag.

If any of you lovely readers (and bloggers!) have any suggestions on the above, I would LOVE IT!!  

Now each lovely blog along this hop has a letter for you to collect. Once you've got them all, and reached the end of the hop, you can email Jennifer the phrase you've collected. All entries must be received by Monday the 2nd of July at 11.59pm BST, and all the correct answers will be put into a draw to win a gorgeous prize package of October Afternoon 9 to 5 and Studio Calico Take Note items, worth over £25! Your next stop along the hop is Louise.

Thanks for stopping by.. Enjoy the hop.

Your letter is ...d...

51 comments:

  1. Sorry, I can't help you much. I'm in the same pickle. One thing that helps me tho is that I keep extra toothbrush, paste, shampoo, qtips, etc, etc, etc, in my suitcase so that I don't have to worry with anything except clothing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good plan! I do that in my wash bag! Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  2. I love the idea of meal plannings and clothes planning- that's what takes me the longest sometimes, deciding what to wear! As to your home paperwork, my family use those wooden magazine holders from ikea. Each one has a label on like "bank statements" "passports" etc and then they sit on a shelf in the kitchen. Easy to get to and to find!
    I have just found your blog and love it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oooohhh love that idea. We are off to Ikea today actuallY!

      Delete
  3. Great tips - I think planning and organizing are very closely related!
    Rinda

    ReplyDelete
  4. Isn't it funny how your work "image" can be so different than your "true" self at home? I also project the image of an organized person at work but my house is almost always in disarray! I also need planning and plan my meals once a week :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it is very weird that what I portay is very different to what I am. Meal planning is the best move I have made since having a family.

      Delete
  5. I think meal planning is the best way to save time - combined with a slow cooker and suddenly it's like there's a whole extra day in the week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have a slow cooker. but struggle with meal other than stew in there - any ideas?

      Delete
  6. Throwing young children into the mix sure does shake up your organisational skills doesn't it?! I like to bulk cook a different dish each week and that helps when you have one of those days / weeks which make you want to scream! Its like having a ready meal in the freezer but its healthy (I'm trying to do Slimming World too..)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish I could do this more of this. I shall attempt this one week with my planning!

      Delete
  7. It's funny because I always think of you as one of the most organised people I know! If you think you're not then you're maybe being a bit harsh on yourself :)x

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love this post, you do so much I feel ashamed there is only my husband and myself and I am not half as organised as you. But thinking on, I was far more organised when I had four young children around my feet.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, maybe children spur the organisational gene in all of use?

      Delete
  9. My husband would have the same view that other people think I'm totally organised, but he does not! I'm always misplacing my glasses for one thing!

    I love your meal planning, I do this now and then. You are much more organised than me at getting clothes ready too, I often have to rummage and scramble to find suitable gear in the mornings!

    The only tip I can maybe offer for the above, would be to buy a smaller handbag. I find I can fill up what ever size bag I have, so if it's smaller then I just HAVE to leave stuff out!

    Thanks so much for joining in with the Blog Hop! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jennifer, and thanks for letting me play along!

      Delete
  10. meal plans........for a long long time I have been thinking i should do this and it just never happens!Nice post.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow! you are indeed a very busy lady, and I think you must be better organised than you think you are to fit it all in - my family have always mocked me for my obsessive list making, but it means I don't have to worry that I've forgotten something...like my marbles for instance! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Even with lists...I still forget things!

      Delete
  12. You have some very good hints here for the working Mom of little ones.!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Well you certainly sound organised to me! :) I think I've become less organised lately, but I do want to get back on track. I like to plan, too. I usually plan our meals - helps with budget as well as time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, thats been the biggest help re the budgeting. Found that really helped

      Delete
  14. Oh my, you sound very busy! Is that a sock you are knitting? Whatever it is, it looks lovely. I have just recently started knitting socks myself. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup its a sock. I'm on my second sock now and just turned the heel, so nearly there

      Delete
  15. I'm so much tempted to do a meal plan; thanks for the tips

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love meal planning, plus it means I will defo try out rciepes i see!!

      Delete
  16. Very honest, but you never strike me as disorganised. Great post xx

    ReplyDelete
  17. It is interesting that we can often appear to be organized to those who do not spend much time INSIDE our houses. My best friend thinks I am organized, but really I am not a planner. Not meals, not layouts (unless I start with a sketch) and not much else either. I have gotten a little better about planning my blog posts since joining the CKCC design team, but that can still be hit in miss. I like being spontaneous.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm really bad at plannign blogposts! Its being organised enough on that side. There is alwasy something else to do rather than sit at the computer!

      Delete
  18. Seems you are more organised than you realised ;)

    ReplyDelete
  19. I am great at planning I think it goes back to the times when I did lots of shift work so booked up things in advance but sadly I am not organised in my craft room lol!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think crafting is one area very few are that organised at lol!

      Delete
  20. I'm doing a meal plan, too. Thanks for your other tips !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'd love to see how you meal plan! thanks for stopping by

      Delete
  21. My word. You do such a good job of organising yourself. I know you don't seem to believe that, but really you do! I don't have any kids - which means that I only have myself to organise (and occasionally, the man!) but I am constantly forgetting things, losing things and ignoring paperwork.

    Hats off to you busy mums who seem to manage it all x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw thank you. its not easy but i wouldn't have it any other way!

      Delete
  22. Hi there! Just found you for the first time thanks to Jennifer's bloghop:D
    Love all your organising tips - even if you don't think you're organised! I think we all feel like that at times! Will definitely follow along your blog from now on xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. aw thanks sinead for dropping by, and liking what you see! gald its not just me that feels disoragnised at times.

      Delete
  23. Hee hee I can't help with your problems because I seem to have most of the same ones! I think you are pretty organised besides those few things though! :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Wow, that is some serious organisation! Thanks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't feel like it at times but thank you! x

      Delete
  25. Great tips on planning out the week, TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  26. thanks norma, and thanks for stopping by

    ReplyDelete
  27. Two points for your point 5.
    Firstly instead of having that checklist in your head, write it down, type it up, even LAMINATE it and use a drywipe pen to tick things off as you go.
    But as well as that have a babysitter bag ready to go. Keep a bag with enough for one night, nappies, a change of clothes or two, pyjamas, the lot. And wherever he may need to stay just grab and go! it doesn't matter if he has clothes and nappies where he's staying because what doesn't get used will just stay in the bag... It's just a case of replacing dirty clothes etc when you get home :)

    ReplyDelete