Laundry Schedule

Do you wash once a week or a few times during the week. I have to wash through the week. Previously I had a great ironing lady but since the move, I need to go on a search again. I am not a fan of ironing and it piles up. We are still settling in to the new house and unpacking so the washing routine is still getting back on track. Below are two free downloads to spruce up you laundry. I printed them out and framed them. They then were hung in the laundry. Unfortunately they are still in a box so I have to wait to get them up.

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Morning Routines

As I get myself organised to keep on top of things, I also need to get the kidlets organised. School can be such a busy time and mornings can be particularly hectic. Having a routine that the kids can follow themselves can help a great deal. Last year each of our children had their own. They followed it and moved a chosen magnet down each step as it was completed. I think they have moved on from that so there will be just one this year. I will place it onto a clip board and hang this in a central location outside their bedrooms.

Below is the one I have created for you to download for free. It makes things so much smoother. There is another week before the kids start school so we will use this week to practice our Morning Routine. For all those who have just started the new school year, or are about to, good luck.

Morning Routine Snapshot

Cleaning Schedules

During the week I posted about Meal Planning. As it is the start of the year, I am revamping all my schedule sheets. The next on my list was my Cleaning Schedule. I feel better having one as I am not the type of person that can spend one solid block cleaning. Due to working part-time and running kidlets around, I need to spread the load as this keeps me semi – sane. I organise the cleaning on a weekly schedule, around all the activities. This does not include the laundry as this is a separate schedule. Did I say I like schedules. Click on the image below to take you to the free download.

Weekly Cleaning Snapshot

Back to School Checklist – Before School Starts (Freebie)

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Well are you ready? As mentioned previously, school goes back soon and time can creep up on you. I have created a very general Back to School Checklist for you to download and print off. This is one to use Before the School Year Starts. Once the kidlets start school there is another one that you will need to do to make sure all is organised. As I had one in Kindy when I previously posted this, I have left it in. Kindy will only follow some of the checklist. Let’s get started and be on top of it before the chaos begins.

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Meal Planning

I am once again trying to get on top of things before the busy school year begins. There are so many areas to be organised in otherwise I feel like I am drowning. I confess I am a bit of a planner junkie and always feel so much better when I have a list or a planner in hand.

The first Planner I have updated and would like to share with you is a Weekly Meal Planner. I like to plan dinners for the week, so if everything goes to plan we know what is happening. On the odd occasion we might end up eating something different but I find it frustrating to be thinking about what we will have for dinner, on the day, and then having to shop for items. I am using a weekly planner to start with but would like to progress to a fortnightly one. I like to shop kid free (for the big one) so I will be doing the weekly shop, on a Wednesday. This suits us as I work on a Monday and Tuesday, kids activities on a Saturday and other plans for Thursdays and Fridays. Hence, our meal plan for the week, will start on a Thursday. I will race to the shops on a Saturday, after swimming lessons, to get any fresh food that might be needed, as well as bread and milk.

HOW TO MEAL PLAN

1. Sit down with your family planner (so you have an idea of who is where during the week) and your new free Meal Planner sheet.

2. Note the days when you will be late home from work or a kids activity, as well as times when someone might not be home at all.’Choose meals that will be prepared beforehand or are quick and easy to put together. This makes deciding between cooking or take away easy. Obviously choose the former.

3. Now plan the rest of your meals. I try to alternate with red meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian. We try to eat fish at least twice a week and vegetarian once.

4. Remember to check your fridge, freezer and pantry for food you may have and base a meal around this. Maybe make this a focus for one of the meals. Also check the fresh fruit and vegetables so you don’t buy too much. We waste so much food and should try to cut back on this.

5. After checking what ingredients you need for the grocery list, confirm you don’t already have this. Last year I kept finding I had doubled up on spices which was such a waste of money.

6. On the Meal Plan, I have included a space to add some baking for the week. I like to do this for the kidlets (and husband) so we buy less processed food.

Now, download the free Meal Plan sheet and print it off as many times as you like. This is for personal use only and can be shared with as many people as you want. It is not to be used for commercial use, without permission. Click on the snapshot below and it will take you to a PDF instantly.

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Labelling School Clothes and Other Items

This is a repost from again with some changes to keep it updated. Now that I have most of the things the kidlets need for school, the idea of how best to label them has been playing on my mind, again.  There are a variety of ways you can label these days. A few might be:

  • The good old permanent texta
  • Sewing labels onto clothes
  • Iron on labels for clothing
  • Commercially bought, commercially designed labels
  • Your own designs made up and printed out on the home computer

I am going with the commercially self designed and ordered kind. I sat down with each of the kidlets and they chose their design. It was great to see their eyes light up when choosing the design and colour. This year we went with a company called Tiny Me. They had a great special. Gabby chose the Woodland Creatures and Rogan went with Transport.

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Below are a couple of other links to help you get started.

www.stuckonyou.com.au

http://www.brightstarkids.com.au

http://www.identikid.com.au

http://www.mooo.com.au/name-labels

Have fun choosing some exciting designs.

Paula

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Building a Better Blog

Do you have a Blog? Have you just started out on the Blog journey? Are you trying to improve your Blog? I have been blogging for over 2 years now and would really like to improve on what I have been doing and take it to the next level.

A little while ago I came across a great place to learn how to improve my blog and it is also a platform where you can share your blog. Bloggy Moms is a “a place to find support and encouragement throughout the social media journey.  – See more at: http://www.bloggymoms.com/page/about-bloggy-moms#.Ut57-qywqcw”.

I have rediscovered my download from them that walks you through the first 3 months to improving your blog or setting one up. There are additional downloads but I am going to go through the first 3 months again. It will take me less than that but I want to check out every step again and see what I can do. If you are in the same boat as me or would like to set up a blog of your own, pop along to Bloggy Moms and have a browse. The link below will take you there. I am addicted.

Guide to a Better Blog