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Organised? One reason you might suck at being organised and how to fix it
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One Reason You May Suck At Being Organised.

Ok, you’re geared up for success, you work hard , you  spend quality time with your family, you work hard keeping your house clean but you still don’t feel organised and in control.

You think other people seem to have it all together, they know when their kids have activities, they know when projects are due,  you assume they are on top of their game at work, they always look put together and their house is always clean.

You ask yourself why you missed that important meeting, or forgot your kids swimming kit, or feel your house is dirty and disorganised, you wish you could spend more time with your kids rather than trying to juggle work commitments and chores.

It’s not easy , everyone has their own battles to deal with,  perhaps you’re struggling with

  • Lack of free time
  • Chronic pain or illness
  • ill family members or family members with special needs
  • Lack of support from family members
  • A spouse who is absent most of the time.
  • Being a single parent
  • Financial instability
  • Elderly relatives living at home
  • Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • A very demanding work schedule
  • A demanding business.
  • After school activities
  • University or work commitments
  • Busy family life
  • Having small children and a new baby.

Many people struggle to cope  each and every day, there isn’t a magic potion we can all use to suddenly have more hours in the day , have a spouse who is home at 5.30 every day, or have  a pain-free day.

But there is an “order” in which we can do things which help us become  more effective and organised with the small amount of  time we do have spare .

Listen up !

The order in which we do things may be affecting the way we succeed at being an organised person.

To be really successful at anything you’ve got to be determined that you’re not going to stop until you’ve reached your goal, no matter what life throws at you along the way , you’ve just got to keep going.

So, what is this “order ” I speak of ?

It’s a routine that you set yourself to follow each morning and you strive to achieve this routine each and every day.

For instance

  • If you are sick of coming home from work to a messy kitchen, you need to schedule filling up the dishwasher into your morning routine .
  • If you’re sick of missing your kids events at school , you need to schedule check the calendar into your morning routine.
  • If you’re struggling to keep the bathroom clean, flash clean the bathroom needs to be added to your routine.


Here is an example of my morning routine,  I do this without fail every day ,  if I’m working I get up early to do it before I leave for work .

I don’t do anything else until this routine is done, as this is the minimum I have to do to keep my life and my family organised and running smoothly.

I have people relying on me for hundreds of tiny things every day, if  I’ve not got certain things completed regularly then other things will not get done, the big things, the things that matter.

My Morning Routine

  • Prepare ingredients for tea, ~  defrost meat, chop veg or start the slow cooker.
  • Tidy kitchen and dining area, ~  load dishwasher, clear surfaces.
  • Tidy entrance,  ~  sort post, tidy shoes, clear floor.
  • Tidy lounge, ~ tidy floor, put everything away, tidy toys.
  • Tidy daughters room, ~ straighten up , declutter paper ,  check for any dirty laundry ,  check the bed is made, open curtains
  • Tidy sons room   ~ tidy any toys or books which have been  played with before school, check for any  laundry, make the bed, open curtains.
  • Tidy master bedroom, make the bed, put clothes away, remove any items which belong elsewhere.
  • Flash clean bathroom ie sanitise sink, toilet, wipe shower doors, hang towels, dry bath mat , polish mirror, stash toiletries away.

Please note that these are the minimum things I  do before I leave the house for work everyday. My kids do tidy up after themselves, open the curtains and make their own beds but I am just going round double checking they’ve not missed anything. 


If I didn’t defrost the food for tea , I would not have the ingredients I needed to cook a healthy home-made tea and I would have to grab something quick which isn’t always the healthiest option.

If the house isn’t kept tidy my kids and spouse would just make a bigger mess, if it is kept tidy they won’t leave as much stuff lying around and are less prone to lose things.

If the kitchen surfaces are clear, it is much quicker to make my kids a healthy meal than if I have to start clearing a cluttered kitchen.

 How To Create Your Own Morning Routine.

    1. Write down all the things which you’d like to be more organised with, the areas you feel constantly trip you up or catch you off guard, the things which you feel are out of control.   For example:  If you are always unprepared at tea time and end up feeding the kids a last-minute unhealthy  meal.
    2. Write down a solution to each of these problems. For example prep veg or start slow cooker with a home cooked meal.
    3. Take this solution and work it into your morning routine.
    4. Continue to do this until your list is complete
    5. Your list could be as short or as long as you like, if you only decide to commit to preparing  the tea before you go out in the morning that’s ok, as long as it improves your day.
    6. Commit to following this list every single morning including weekends and holidays, don’t slack , let it become a habit that is set in stone, it should be the bare minimum that needs to be done to keep your house running smoothly to make you feel more organised and in control.
    7. Do what it takes to make this a habit, get up earlier than the rest of the family, stay off social media till its done.
    8. Don’t start any other  jobs until you’ve done the bare bones, don’t get distracted by the big stuff until your routine  is done.
    9. For instance I can’t start to clean until my house is tidy!   I’m not going to start on my ironing until I’ve prepared tea because at the end of each day my kids need to be fed a nutritious healthy meal .



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How to make it work for you.

  • Your routine should be written in a way which flows for you.
  • Start with the easiest room to do first.
  • If you plan on getting up earlier than the kids you would be better to do something from your routine in the furthest room away from their bedrooms so you don’t wake them up and lose your precious time alone .

I for instance , schedule the bathroom last so it’s done after everyone else has finished and made their mess.

After my routine is done I  make sure I do one load of laundry, put one load of laundry away and do 15 mins of ironing ( or approximately 10 items), this saves me from having  to spend a full afternoon catching up on laundry or having to do any panic ironing when someone needs something for school or work. It also prevents the awful Sunday afternoon spent tediously preparing school uniforms and work shirts.

I should point out that I do other loads of laundry throughout the week but one load per day is the bare bones required to keep the chaos away!

Other jobs.

All other jobs such as cleaning, shopping , chores, paperwork, decluttering, yard work, extra laundry, meal planning and batch cooking etc are done whenever there is space during the week in between working, picking up the kids, after school activities family days out etc (but after the  morning routine is complete), however , you may find that some of these jobs are  already listed on your morning routine !

How it works.

Each day you do your routine you will find you get quicker and quicker, you  will get more done than you ever imagined and you will get more and more organised.

The more organised you are the more free time you will have and you will feel more in control , this , in turn, will make you feel more energised to deal with other areas of your life that may have been overwhelming you.


Your morning routine can be as long or short as you feel comfortable with,   you know how much time you have to dedicate to it , use that time wisely, tackle the jobs which really will make the biggest impact in your day and prioritise the important jobs!


Every time you do something from your routine you’ll find that its gets easier and easier for instance

  • If you’ve vowed to open your post and file it away every day , you’ll soon find that you are spending less and less time doing paperwork.
  • It won’t be a huge task which you keep putting off anymore, you may find that you now spend five minutes decluttering the file with the spare time you’ve accumulated.
  •  Eventually your filling system will always be up to date uncluttered and easy to use, which in return makes opening your post every day a minimal job which should take seconds to complete.

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Elf On The Shelf Ideas ~no prep ideas for when you have forgotten!

25 no prep elf on the shelf ideas

  Elf On The Shelf Ideas

25 no prep ideas for when you’ve forgotten !

It’s that time of the year again when millions of parents everywhere dig out the Elves and embark on a 25 day nightmare of idea planning.

Many Mums and Dads  including me , have woken in a blind panic at 6 am, remember they’ve forgotten to prep the night before and scurry downstairs trying desperately not to wake the kids and be discovered!

That is why I created this emergency cheat sheet checklist of super easy Elf On The Shelf Ideas for when you’ve  completely  forgotten and only have seconds to spare !

It is a super simple checklist  so you can see right away which ideas you have done and it is printable so you can stash it in your planner or wherever is convenient for you !

There are 25  very simple no prep ideas so you can forget every single night up till Christmas and we’ve got you covered !



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Christmas Countdown Workshop , Free 31 day guide

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Are you ready to join me in our Christmas countdown workshop?

Jump into our Free Christmas Countdown Workshop today and you will follow our 31 day steps to an organised Christmas Day .

How to use this guide

  • Start  as soon as you can on week 1.
  • Complete one task a day, you will find a new task every day for 31 days.
  • If you miss a day it’s not too much of a problem  however, try not to miss more than a couple tasks or you’ll find you will run out of time to get  all the tasks done!
  • Some of the days have shopping tasks.
  • Some  of the days are dedicated are pre planning.
  • Some of the days are for cleaning tasks.
  • Try to follow the correct order I have set you , as you don’t want to be cleaning too early or posting your Airmail too late !
  • Tick off the tasks as you complete them.


I’ve tried to cover as much as I could for the average family but due if plans differ in your household  you may like to substitute a task which isn’t relevant for you with one which is such as booking flights/taxis if you are planning on travelling for instance.

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Morning routine ~ how to create a calm morning routine.

 how to create a calm morning routine

How do I get my kids out of the door without any fuss?

The answer is by creating a calm morning routine.

We all have those hideous mornings where we stagger into school looking like we’ve just been dragged through a hedge backwards, nerves in tatters and ready to cry.

What is the reason for these hideously chaotic mornings?

It can be anything from

  • missing shoes
  • missing  keys
  •  someone refusing to put their clothes on
  • someone not wanting to put a coat on in mid winter
  • someone refusing to  eat their breakfast
  • refusing to get in the car
  • refusing to get their seat belt on
  • refusing to get their seat belt off
  • refusing to get out of  the car………

Etc etc, but mostly its all of the above, every single morning !

So what can we do to stop these major meltdowns and non compliant mood swings?

Nothing ! Nothing?

Yes, you heard it  nothing!  We can do nothing to get these little people of ours to be more responsive to our many orders to get them out of the door , this will only fall into place as they get out of this ridiculously stubborn phase.

But , we can however smooth out the wrinkles in our morning routine to try to get us into a position to have the time and patience to face these tantrum filled mornings head on,  a sort of head start on the kids!


Try these few simple steps in your morning routine to get your kids out of the door with less fuss.


Lay it out the night before!  

This means everything!

Here is a list of what I lay out the night before;

  • cereal
  • plates/ cutlery/ cups
  • School bags with books /homework inside!
  • PE kits
  • swimming kits
  • forms /letters /money need for next day
  • drinks bottles ready to be filled
  • vitamins/medicine
  • uniform including shoes upstairs
  • my clothes and shoes
  • lunch boxes made up and in the fridge
  • keys
  • purse


My method

The secret to our morning routine is to not allow anyone down stairs unless they are  fully dressed including their shoes.

This eliminates  both the

  • last-minute lost shoe palava
  • shoe refusal episode

so,  that’s two arguments prevented already!

It also makes the holidays and weekends  special as they get to have a few hours in their pyjamas before getting dressed.


No TV or tablets! 

Imagine you’re a child , what better way to start your morning than to zone out watching TV.

Imagine how cozy and relaxed you are.

Now imagine being dragged outside to work on a cold winter morning in the middle of your favourite game or TV programme .

Make it easy for yourself leave the TV and tablets for relaxing !

This might be a difficult habit to break but stay strong the rewards are endless.

Make sure there are toys, books or art equipment to relieve their boredom!


Get up earlier than the kids.

I appreciate this is probably impossible for the majority of mums and dads out there . With all the little early risers and the light sleepers there are very few parents who are up before their kids, but if you can , when you can , try to get up before the rest of the house wakes.

This gives you time to get organised, get showered and dressed to your shoes and get any chores such as emptying the dishwasher or doing a laundry load uninterrupted which in turn makes you calmer and ready to face the barrage of demands that ensue the minute your kids open their eyes!

I’m always amazed at how much calmer I am  when I get that rare time to  get ahead in the morning and maybe even get time for a coffee!

I’m currently writing this post at 5.30am while everyone else is asleep!


Plan ahead

Keep a weekly planner of all the kid’s after school activities, play dates,  and in school activities and check it every evening.

You can download a  free copy of all my beautiful  family planners here FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER PAGES.

Make sure everything is ready for them to take into school or ready to grab straight after school.

I try to get all sports kits ready for the whole week as soon as they dirty they are washed and packed back into their bags for next time.

I keep sports kits in distinctive  bags in the  kid’s wardrobe and get them to bring what they need down the night before, this makes them have some responsibility for the stuff they need on certain days which means they know what they need, when they need it if on the rare occasion I am ever ill or I forget!


  • swimming kit
  • PE kit
  • football kit
  • musical instruments
  • spare clothes for playdate/sports events
  • snacks /drinks needed
  • money for activities


If you as a parent minimise the many things which can go wrong and reduce some of the chaos you will find yourself in a position to deal with the tantrums and the obstinate behaviour in a calm and level-headed manner.

If your little one knows he doesn’t get his breakfast until he is dressed he will get dressed  as a routine as soon as he gets up , every morning !

Stick to a morning routine every day so your little ones know what to expect and there are no surprises, when they have a little bit of control of their mornings via a planned routine they know what to expect and stop trying to control the situation themselves.

Make sure your child is asleep early on a school night as a tired child is often a grumpy non compliant child !


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Decluttering With Kids 101

How  to successfully declutter your kids stuff.

How to declutter your kids stuff
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Having tried all various methods to include my children in the process of decluttering their possessions,  my conclusion is , you are better off making the decisions on your own .

My kids have  honestly  never missed anything of theirs that I have donated .

The exception to this rule  , which I have  found  is that  my kids generally are less sentimental towards simplifying their clothes.

So where do we start ?

  1. Look upon it as a gift giving day.

If you think of all the people in your life who would benefit from  your unused toys clothes, prams and games it is  easier to be more assertive about letting go .

If you know it’s going to be loved,  pass it on


    2. If it is broken … bin it

This is a no brainer!

If it has a piece missing or if it is broken bin it … Don’t look back !


   3. Remove the sentiment

You may get teary eyed  looking at a bag of baby clothes  or a favourite toy ,  but the memories are in the moments not in the item,  if the item is no longer there , the memories  still  will be .

    4.   Ditch the excuses

 Even if it cost you a fortune or you love it , it’s itchy and your child hates it so ditch it along with the excuses!

    5.  If it has never been played with, donate it!

If it cost you a fortune ,  if they begged for it for weeks , if they’ve played with it once but they’ve owned it for a year.
Donate !
Even if you think they are too young for it , in my experience they most probably never touch it !

   6. Cull the paperwork!

Try to keep a sketch pad for art and a note book for writing  in when they are in their bedrooms , so at tidy up time your kids are not shoving handfuls of used  loose paper into already overstuffed drawers.
Pads of paper  are also less overwhelming for little ones  to tidy up !

 7. Make sure everything has a home.

Rooms are easier to keep tidy if everything has somewhere to live . Kids are keen  to put stuff away if it’s easy to stash.
The less stuff  (clutter) they have, the more care they take  of their treasured possessions.

 8. Clear the floors!

With the exception of train or car tracks , keep floors and surfaces free of clutter in kids rooms .
This  encourages them not to  drop stuff on the floor or surfaces and to put it away instead , without you having to nag them .

   9. Get rid of it ASAP!

After you’ve decluttered get it all out of the house as soon as possible .
Run, run , as fast as you can to the charity shop or the tip because if those little people see that unworn itchy jumper in the charity bag , you can bet your last dollar that they will make your life  a living hell for the rest of the day !

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The Seven Best Things To Donate today!

The 7 Best Things To Donate Today !


If you’re anything like me, you have a constant battle to justify donating items which may have been a gift from a loved one or something that had a hefty price tag and has never been worn.

So what are the best things to donate ?

There are certain things we could easily give away without any guilt at all , our time and money are just a couple of  examples .

The less stuff we buy the easier it is to stay out of debt and the easier it is to give to a favourite charity.

The less busy we make ours and our children’s  lives the more time we have to give to others, whether its family or community.

The stuff we keep shoved in our closets and overstuffed drawers will make someone else very happy, give it a new home, and create some space in your own home.

Gadgets are improving and changing at such an alarming rate that its very hard to keep up with today’s technology, we all have a gadget graveyard in our house somewhere which is crammed with spare leads from forgotten computers or tablets, old mobile phones from the 90’s never to be charged again! These are the first thing that should go!

Unwanted gifts, this is a tricky one !  But my thoughts are,  I’d rather someone else loved it than shove it in the cupboard and  it take up valuable space ! The gift giver will never know you’ve not used it so you can probably, in the majority of times, donate it without any guilt at all!

The 7 best things to donate today !

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Free Blog Planner Bundle to download today!


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Why I’m sharing  my free blog planner bundle with you.

I  decided to put together a neat little free blog planner bundle  of my own, to help me simplify my blogging day and keep me organised and motivated  right up until the moment I hit the publish button and way beyond !

As a new blogger  I needed all the help I could get to keep me on track to create great blog posts .

However I could never find the right worksheets to keep me motivated and organised whilst planning my blog .

Most of the worksheets  I downloaded were  either over complicated, or dull and uninspiring.

So, today I have decided to share  with you  the tools I use for organising my time and ideas in one handy bundle which won’t cost you a single penny !

I hope you find these worksheets helpful.

In this bundle you will find:



  • Daily blog planner printable ~  I use this to plan my daily tasks, write a list of things I need to fix or improve, and to check off my social media posts.  I have my sheets printed from Monday through to Sunday so I can plan ahead for the week or look back throughout the week for reference. There is also a spot for any ideas which may crop up .



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  • Monthly blog planner printable ~ I use this to do my brainstorming for the months blog posts, jot down any blog titles that spring to mind, write ideas for social media posts, and  i have created a space for improvements needed to be made on my blog or images for the upcoming month. My sheets are titled  Jan through to December so there is plenty of opportunity for forward planning and scheduling.


Monthly blog planner



  • Blank customisable planner printable ~ this is blank and is used to fill in as spare or customisable pages!


blank daily planner



  • Social media follower printable checklist ~ this is a little checklist  I use to to record my follower growth on Instagram , Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.



  • Social media post planners ~ I use these  simple planners to plan which posts I’d like to schedule to Instagram , Facebook and Twitter and at what time they will be posted.


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I use the Instagram planner sheet with Planoly to schedule all my posts, here is an screenshot of my Instagram feed.

Using Planoly scheduling allows me to create a beautiful  feed with very little hassle.


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  • Password keeper~ this is where I store all the passwords and usernames to all websites connected to my blog.




These  free blog planner worksheets are simple , cleanly designed  and easy to follow , to keep your ideas and thoughts organised and neat,

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My Secret Tip To keep School Paperwork Organised!


Fed up with a pile of school papers ?

Ok so here is a super quick tip to keep all of your school paperwork in one organised place , it is mobile and accessible at any time of the day!

It’s it so simple it really is genius !

Firstly, let’s look at the copious amounts of paperwork which arrives through your door from school.

  • Party invitations ~ these arrive in your house  in copious amounts and either get stuck to the fridge or end up in a heap with all the other piles of paperwork which you need to trawl through and organise. One week before the party you panic that you haven’t replied to the invitation and frantically search though the items in the pile only to find its missing and has ended up who knows where!
  • Parent events and parent evening letters, see above !
  • School sports activities, see above ,you see a pattern forming here!
  • school calendars
  • world book day letters and many other non uniform letters
  • school project with deadlines letter
  • competition letters
  • school trip letters

The list is quite literally endless but they do all have one thing in common, either you need to sign for it, pay for it , attend it or it has a deadline !

Oh and you can multiply the volume of it by the amount of children you have at school!

So how do you keep on top of it all?

I have a 3 point plan to keep it all  organised

  1. Write it straight into your diary , or on the calendar. I prefer to use my phone’s diary because it’s  always with me and I can see at a glance my plans  if someone asks me  something in the school playground.
  2. File those bits of paper immediately ~ I will be showing you the best method to deal with this in a moment !
  3. Reply to any invitations immediately!




My secret to keeping school paperwork organised!



1) First you will need  a lovely A5 sized  page to a day diary or planner.

I use this page to a day planner from Collins

2) You will need a stapler , nothing fancy just a stapler !


3)   Next, check the date on your  school paperwork,  the date on which the event falls!

how to organise school papers
In this case it would be Wednesday 18th October at 4pm


4 )    Find the corresponding page in your diary.

5) Fold to A5 size if necessary then staple the invitation or letter etc to the corresponding diary page.

Here is the paperwork stapled onto the corresponding diary page

And that is basically it !

You now have a filing system you can take with you on the go and one which is easily accessible user friendly, and super organised and super cheap!


At the beginning of each week make sure you check what is coming up in your planner so you can:

  • Make sure  you have presents bought and wrapped for upcoming parties
  • See which events you have coming up.
  • Put money in envelopes ready to take to school
  • Sign any forms and have  ready to return to school .
  • Double check times and venues of parties and sporting events.

This is my version of a tickle file just without the cumbersome box file!

Any miscellaneous notes which don’t have a specific date but are kept for reference are stapled into the notes bit at the back of the diary !

It’s as simple as that !


This system works well with keeping receipts  and coupons too!

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How To Get Ready For Winter

Getting Winter Ready


Let’s just zoom ahead by a month or two …

You’re running out of the door with

  • book bags ,
  • water bottles ,
  • packed lunches,
  • PE kits ,
  • swimming kits
  • all your stuff for work ,
  • musical instruments

Then it hits you…   the great  blast of icy wind

” Why wasn’t I prepared for this? ”  You guiltily ask yourself as you stare at the  thick unexpected  layer of ice on your windscreen.

Panic sets in as you look at your kids shivering beside you.

You haven’t got time to drop the mountain of stuff you’re carrying to dash upstairs to dig their gloves out of storage .

You have no choice but to leave , unprepared, cold and driving whilst looking through a tiny hole in your icy windscreen .

You start believing you are the worst parent in the playground, as everyone else’s children arrive with their gloves, hats, and winter coats on.

You then spend the whole day feeling guilty that you sent your kids to school with no gloves and wearing their summer coat .

You convince yourself those little fingers will freeze and fall off by lunch time, which, prompts you do a frantic Internet search for “frostbite in children”.



Not this year , this year we are on it and here is how !

  • Go to your cloakroom or coat / shoe area .
  • Take everything out ( yes everything ),
  • Give the room a good clean .
  • Then put into storage all the summer shoes
  • Replace with two pairs winter shoes each . The rest of the shoes  (less frequently worn) , should stay in  wardrobes and returned there after each wearing .
  • Donate any unworn or out grown shoes and coats , make sure these are taken out of the house as soon as possible!
  • Hang up all jackets and coats (except those worn daily) in the bedroom wardrobe.

Ok , now you should have an empty space to work with , so let’s not fill it back up!

Only return these  items to the cloakroom.


  • One daily worn winter coat per person
  • Two pairs of shoes per person

Everything else should be stored in the wardrobe and is put away there after wearing .


  • Dig out the hats and gloves from storage
  • Donate unwanted items.
  • Keep  one set per person in the cloakroom and yes you guessed it everything else gets stored in their wardrobe until needed .

The trick  here is to keep this area as streamlined as possible to enable leaving the house a breeze .

The emptier it is , the easier it is to find the stuff everyone needs everyday .

Use this area to store anything needed to grab on the way out to school and work.


  • Top tip!
    Buy each child several pairs of gloves in one plain colour, so when one glove goes missing (normally after the first day) they have still got a “pair” .

All my daughter’s are plain grey and my son’s are plain navy blue ,
I normally  purchase several each and usually end up with one full pair each at the end of the winter !

Dig out or purchase a can of  Deicer and an  Ice Scraper  for the car, top up your car’s  Ready Mixed Antifreeze and place some Soft Warm Car Blankets in the back seat for cold mornings and evenings.

Put all wellys and boots on  mud tray.

You’re now ready for the  big chill!


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How To Organise Your Kitchen Like A Professional . 

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How To Organise Your Kitchen Like A Professional.

Have you always wondered how  the professionals keep their kitchens organised and running smoothly ? Here are some tips that will help you find the sweet spot in your kitchen!


Kitchen Organisation.


I have an incredibly tiny kitchen , there is barely any room to swing a mouse let alone a cat!  Cupboard space is very limited with 4 cupboards and 3 drawers, and one tiny counter top .

Coupled with the fact that I am a kitchen gadget fan , this can be quite taxing at times.


In my very tiny kitchen you will find :

  • A spiralizer
  • A popcorn maker
  • A slow cooker
  • A juicer
  • A blender
  • A toaster
  • A toastie maker
  • A actifry chip maker

All of which are used on a regular basis.


I have a kitchen drawer which holds 

  • 2 steak knives ,
  • a wooden spoon,
  • a pizza cutter,
  • a garlic press,
  • a multipurpose knife,
  •  8 knives , 8 forks, 8 spoons and 3 teaspoons, (the other 5 were thrown in the bin by my 5yr old each time he’d finished his yogurt !)


A hanging rack which holds

  • A sieve which my other half won’t discard even though we have a collinder .
  • Measuring spoons which double up as serving spoons
  • A knife sharpener (again my other half’s , I would love to throw this away)
  • Bottle opener.
  • Scissors
  • Fish slice
  • Potato peeler


I also own 

  • 4 pans
  • 1 oven tray
  • I casserole dish
  • 1 lasagne tray
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 muffin tray
  • I cake tin
  • Drinking bottles (stainless steel)
  • Cats dishes (stainless steel)
  • Glasses too many
  • 6 mugs
  • 8 plates, 8 side plates, 8 bowls
  • 2 sandwhich boxes for school
  • Copious amounts of cleaning products (my weakness)
  • I mixing bowl
  • I salad bowl
  • I collinder

Everything else is food .

I do admit to being a slight food hoarder and I’m still trying to work on that .

As I’m writing this list I’m itching to throw some of it away !



Why am I telling you what I own ?

Because even though I have quite a lot of gadgets and a limited storage, everything is neat and tidy and can be found easily. The kitchen counters are totally clutter free and only have the kettle on top , unless my other half has been using the kitchen!

As you go through my list of things you will notice that , I don’t have hundreds of things I don’t use, this is the key to staying organised. When I open my kitchen drawer I only have one knive to choose from , and I know exactly where it is , I don’t need to rummage through a drawer full of unused stuff to find my favourite knife .

How To Organise Your Kitchen.

After getting rid of:

  • Duplicates
  • Unused gadgets/ utensils /baking trays
  • Broken / items
  • Out of date food
  • Unused food (food bought on a whim which is very unlikely to be eaten)
  • Decorations / nic-nacs
  • Cookery books ( unless used frequently then  please store on the book case with other books )

Clean the area thoroughly.

  • Look at your space and decide what you need by each area for convenience. For instance pans near the cooker. Cups near the kettle and coffee.
  • Stuff used infrequently goes towards the back of the cupboards or up high .
  • I put plates  glasses and  cutlery near the dishwasher as these are washed more often than other items so it’s quicker to put them away .
  • Store washing powder next to the washing machine.
  • Keep everything off counter tops and windowsills.
  • Do not over stack shelves .
  • Decorative items are not for the kitchen they get greasy then dusty, save the decor for somewhere else if you must!


Kitchen organisation.


Food is something we need to keep on top of and one of my personal struggles . Things can quickly go out of date and can  be forgotten about at the back of the fridge and cupboards.


Cupboard stock . 

  • Don’t overstock , it’s easier to see what you need if you’ve not got loads of stuff in your cupboards .
  • Get rid of any food you don’t use on a regular basis .
  • Put lesser used food towards the back of the cupboards.
  • Make sure everything is sealed and labelled (preferably in Tupperware) after opening to prevent spillage .
  • Bring stock forward and  place new items behind old after shopping .
  • Wipe the bottom of jars after use before putting away.


Fridge Organisation.

  • Always shop the day after you have cleaned out your fridge, this makes it easier to use up leftovers and to unpack fresh food.
  • Use your  Juicer  to use up any fruit and vegetables, this can then be frozen and added to stews , casseroles and pasta or curry sauces as you need it.
  • Keep a basket in the fridge for food specifically for packed lunches, such as yogurt tubes, fruit, cheese, spreads ( portioned in easy to grab bags for speed in the mornings.)
  • Use a chalkboard chalkboard or a  wipe board  to write down the  use by/ best before dates of fresh food going into the fridge, so when meal planning you can use shorter dated food first at the beginning of the week.

Kitchen rules!

  • No paperwork in the kitchen!  (unless you have a work station in the kitchen keep all paperwork out of there! )
  • Don’t stick things to the outside of the fridge!  Keeping the fridge clutter free makes it easier to clean.
  • Keep the surfaces clutter free at all times, its quicker and easier to clear up immediately after every meal when the surfaces are clutter free, the added bonus is that your kitchen will always look immaculate if you follow this rule!
  • Empty the bin daily even if it’s not full, this prevents the less house proud members of the family stacking stuff on top or even next to a full bin ! It also prevents flies and nasty smells!
  • Deal with the dishes after every meal , snack or meal prep, Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink !

If you try to introduce a few of these steps at a time you should start to notice a difference almost immediately.


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