Beautifully Organised

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Quick & Easy: How I fold stockings neatly

If you're sick of your stockings getting tangled in your drawer, or you fold them up fine but wish they looked a bit neater, I have something that will help!

I made a quick video on Facebook (live!) this week showing you how I fold our stockings really neatly, really quickly.

You can check it out below - it goes for just a couple of minutes and you can grab your stockings (or your kids' stockings) and follow along with me!

Let me know if it helped!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to get organised for Fathers Day

Fathers Day this weekend! It seems to sneak up on me every year :)

We like to keep things pretty low key and keep the focus on having a lovely day together, so every year I stick to a simple 3 step plan to get organised for Fathers Day.

The plan really helps the day flow smoothly for us, so the day is less about rushing around trying to cram lots of things in, and more about spending some chilled out time together :)

If you tend to get a bit overwhelmed at special occasions, I definitely recommend simplifying the day and jotting down a simple plan for making it less stressful and more relaxing.

Here are the 3 things I'm focusing on for an organised (and chilled) Fathers Day this year!

1. Breakfast

A lovely cruisy breakfast is my favourite part of any special day! Our kids are 5 & 7 years old and they really don’t sleep in AT ALL, so we still start the day around 6.30am. In everyday life, my husband gets up first and makes a quick breakfast for everyone - usually toast with juice for the kids and with tea or coffee for us. But on Fathers Day, we have pancakes.

I can’t lie - Ben still gets up and makes the pancakes with our youngest, Georgia. I ruin pancakes every time ;)

But I get up a little earlier and bring Ben coffee in bed before the kids come running in!

We totally cheat with our pancakes and go for the shaker bottle - it’s quick and easy and the last thing we want on a special day is extra mess or mucking around with measurements! Then we add bacon & maple syrup, or lemon and sugar for me, and all sit around the table together taking our time with breaky.

2. Gifts

We have gifts down to a fine art in our family - I love my LUSH products and movie vouchers, and Ben’s a big golf player. So Fathers Day will definitely have something golf related along with the cute crafty gift Georgia makes at preschool and the Fathers Day stall present Sophie picks out at school.

If you like to throw in a fun little gift, check out Men’s Gift Store - lots of cool gifts and novelty ones, and they have standard, next day and same delivery options depending on your location, so it’s not too late if you haven’t done your gift shopping yet!

Here are some of my favourite novelty gifts:

Billy Bass Singing Fish: We got this for my Dad years and years ago and it’s still going strong! Love that it sings “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

The NO! Button: He can press it every time the kids ask him to do something on Fathers Day, but you’ll have to instigate a “does not apply to Mum” rule ;)

Punching Bag Laundry Bag: Hey, whatever keeps washing off the floor is a win, and I’m all for equal opportunity laundry responsibility disguised as a fun gift ;)

3. Easy dinner

It might be pizza, nachos, BBQ or fish & chips this year. Whatever we choose, it will be relaxed, fun, and with any luck it won’t involve much washing up!

As you can see, the main focus for us on any special occasion is to simplify, relax and just enjoy the day. No rushing around, no stress, just a laid back day together :)

Your turn! What are you doing for Fathers Day this year?

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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


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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