Beautifully Organised

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How to speed clean your bathroom




A round up of helpful posts to get you beautifully organised.

I don't know about you, but cleaning the bathroom is my least favourite job around the house!

Luckily for us there are some great ideas out there that make bathroom cleaning much quicker and easier.

This week I've collected a few of my favourite blog posts, articles and videos with tips on quicker and easier bathroom cleaning.

Hope they help you too!

Good Housekeeping

HQ

The Organised Housewife

Clean My Space

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P.S. If your bathroom is already sorted but you need a hand staying on top of your laundry, my free online class will help xx



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How to drag kids away from screens on school holidays!




I LOVE this idea for encouraging the kids to do more than just beg for screen time every day of the school holidays!

I saw the idea on Facebook here and thought it was really clever, so today we tried our own version of it today at our house and it worked SO well - there was no whining, everything on the list got done and I didn't have to spend the whole day entertaining the kids or finding things for them to do!

All I did was write out a version that suited our family, sat down with the girls to explain it, and spent a few minutes reminding them that they didn't HAVE to do them.. But they could only go on the computer if they were all done.

Then I left them to it, and got some work and housework done myself!


In a perfect world, our kids wouldn't be consumed by the computer and the Internet - they'd just get up and go out to play. But the world has changed and tech is here to stay.. So I'm keen to find ways to work with it rather than stress about it :)

Let me know if you give this a try at your house!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

What's for dinner? Our meal plan this week




I'm making it my mission this week to make diner time easier for all of us..

I know how hard it can be to come up with dinner ideas week, after week, after week so why not share the love a little!

So I'm trying a couple of new recipes I found this week on the internet, and thought I would feature them here so you can use them for dinner ideas at your house if you want :) 

There's nothing fancy about our weekly meals, we are a real family so some will be healthier than others, some will be simpler than others, and that's ok. You know my reasons behind getting organised - I do it to make life easier, not perfect ;)

We eat with our extended family a couple of times a week so I won't have recipes for those, but I'll still list what we have on those nights so you get the general idea.

As usual, everything just gets written into our easy meal planning sheet and then I stick it on the inside of the pantry door.


Saturday: Easy Lo Mein from Damn Delicious
Sunday: McDonalds for Sophie's birthday
Monday: Crumbed sausages with mash and vegies
Tuesday: Tacos with mince, rice, black beans & salad (we use the Old El Paso hard & soft kit)
Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognese
Thursday: 20 minute Chickpea Curry from Creme de la crumb
Friday: Will most likely be pasta bake but I'll update you as we go
Saturday: Planning on slow cooker mac & cheese from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures



..and that 's it!


What are you having for dinners this week?


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

How to encourage your kids to help with the laundry (folding)




Expecting the kids to do their own folding means one less job for you, which will really help reduce your overwhelm as a busy mum - all these small things add up!


So, today I'm sharing how we taught our youngest how to fold her own clothes :)


For us, the trick was to sit down with Georgia and do it together a few times. We made it a special thing - time just with mum, no rush, no hurry.

Then it was just a matter of turning it into a simple system:

1. We sort the clothes into types (pants, shirts, pj, dresses etc), then work on pile at a time

2. As we work through each pile, we turn each piece the right way round first (not inside out), then lay it flat on the bed or lounge, fold it, then pick up the next piece

3. We do the same pattern of folding for every set of pants, shirts etc so it's smooth and repetitive 

4. There's lots of gentle praise and chatting so the whole thing is a good experience 


I know a lot of this seems like it's too simple and shouldn't need a process to do it or shouldn't be made into a big deal, but for a four year old, walking through the steps really makes it easier to understand and repeat and it makes Georgia feel really proud of herself!

I used to be so busy doing everything, I thought I never had time to teach the kids, but that just meant I was the one doing it all, every day, and it left me exhausted and grumpy. One by one, these small things are giving me back my time and teaching the kids to take more responsibility -and I love that 


Got any tips for getting the kids to help more around the house? I'd love to hear them!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Easy DIY laundry Liquid - 4 ingredients





Since we started making our own laundry detergent, Georgia's eczema has been so much better!


Plus it's so quick and easy to make (not to mention amazing on the budget). Every 4 - 6 weeks I make up a new batch and it lakes less than 5 minutes.

In today's video I run you through the basics of how to make it, and the recipe is below if you want to give it a go yourself :)



Easy DIY Laundry Liquid


You will need:



  • 1 1/2 Tblspn Borax
  • 1 1/2 Tblspn Washing soda
  • 1 Tblspn Bronners
  • 2 cups hot water


Steps:


Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl or jug until everything is dissolved,


Divide the mixture into 2 x 1 litre bottles and top each bottle with cold tap water. 


Easy!




To wash:


To wash 1 load, use 2 - 3 tblspns of laundry liquid. 


We use the rose scented Bronners and it makes the washing smell amazing :)





Let me know if you give it a try!



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