Getting ahead {with a cleaning schedule}

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Hello! Happy Monday to ya! A couple of weeks ago, I told you guys about a (completely unrelated to New Year’s) resolution I was making to manage my time better and get “ahead of the game” so to speak. I thought I’d share with you how that’s going.

So first, we started the year off celebrating. Our weekend getaway was mainly a– we paid off a bunch of money in 2013 so let’s spend some money to celebrate. It worked for us. It was also a chance for me to do absolutely nothing for an entire weekend, and let me tell ya, I’ve still got it. At home, I can’t ever sit still, but I had no problem doing exactly that while we were gone.

But besides that, hopefully you’ve noticed the two easy dinner recipes I’ve posted since then and the one about our weekend getaway. The Mississippi Crockpot Roast and Freezer Pizza Dough are two of our go to recipes around here, and both very easy. They are both ways for me to “get ahead”. I’ve also thrown a few other things in the freezer recently: Macaroni & Cheese, Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. I’m happy to say my freezer is getting full. The gumbo was leftovers and for the other two I was already making them for dinner so I just made enough extra to put a dish in the freezer. Two meals with the same amount of effort it would take for the one. That’s definitely staying ahead.

One of the other main things I mentioned in the New Year’s Resolution post was about home organization/cleaning. This is definitely somewhere that Clint and I struggle to stay focused. So to help with that, I’ve created a cleaning schedule for us. Cleaning Schedule

We’re going to hang it by the calendar in the kitchen and do our best. It’s mainly a work in progress because I’m sure there are things I forgot to put on here, but I like that there are things on here that we never think about doing, like the baseboards. The baseboards usually get cleaned in one of those panicked house cleanings because we are having some type of event at the house. That’s life people.

Wednesday is going to be my grocery related tasks day.  Clint’s mom keeps Lucas every other Wednesday so I thought that would be a great day for me to do my grocery shopping once I start my new job. Lucas has started eating more than a full grown man in the last week or two, so I’ll probably have to start buying double. I don’t know where he puts it all.

Oh and I cut all my hair off 🙂 I personally hate long hair. Clint and Shaye (my little sister) wanted me to grow it out and with the colder weather it was really driving me insane. It sticks to scarves and jackets and gets caught in them and when you pull it out it’s full of static electricity so it would stick to my face. Not to mention, I don’t like hair touching my neck. Needless to say, we weren’t getting along. I like it MUCH better now.

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And since it’s absolutely freezing in most parts of the country.. you should come pick up an arm knitted scarf from me. 😉 My little sister makes them, and they are super cute.. I’ll be listing a bunch more colors this week and if you have any color you don’t see let me know and I will get it.

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Do you use any kind of cleaning schedule in your house, especially for those easy to forget tasks? What works for you?  

 

Under Sink Organization

Lucas' Birthday Sillyness
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I love organizing things! Love, love, love it! BUT, I have a hard time staying organized. I always tell people I like the idea of being organized. But what do ya do?

Well, over the last few months-s l o w l y… I’ve done a little here and a little there to get things organized around my house, particularly the kitchen. Plastic baskets from Dollar Tree have been a godsend. 😉

I have been really pleased with the new under sink organization system I have so I wanted to share it with you.  Here is what underneath my kitchen sink looked like:

Before Under Sink

(I forgot to take a picture before I got started, so there are already hooks to hold the dowel rod.)

There was so much wasted space under there that it drove me crazy. Plus, I had just invested in some UNpaper towels and wanted to put a little bucket or can under there for the dirties until laundry day.

I bought the hooks from Lowe’s on the curtain rod and hardware aisle. I just bumped into them looking for something else, but they were cheap so I grabbed them up. I also got a dowel rod out of the lumber section. All of the baskets came from Dollar Tree.

After Under Sink

I love this setup. The mini red laundry basket is super cute and the whole thing is completely functional for me. The first two spray bottles on the rod are the main two I use and they are easy to grab out. When we have a dirty UNpaper towel, I can just throw them down there out of sight, the trash bags are still right there for easy access and all of the dishwashing soaps are front and center. Behind all of those, I have some vases, flashlights, and other miscellaneous stuff that does not get used very often but has nowhere else to go.

Before_After Under Sink

Like I said, I’ve been very pleased! Are you organized? Is the space under your sink functional- or just a pile of random cleaning supplies? How do you like my setup?