Cleaning. Yea, admit it, you don't really like it. Unfortunately, it's one of those things that has to be done. A couple of years I discovered some one who gets it. A kindred spirit. A slob trying to do good despite the odds stacked against us. Nony at A Slob Comes Clean. Yes, folks, there are other people out there that struggle with piles, dirty dishes, cobwebs, and dust bunnies.
Imagine my joy when she announced she was writing an e-book! Squee!
This is not for the mildly disorganized. This for the rest of us who struggle with piles of laundry, kids under foot, science experiments in the refrigerator(intentional or not!), dusty corners, and fingerprints.
Personally, I get so overwhelmed I don't know where to start most of the time. Nony gets it. She has 3 kids, a husband, and commitments outside of the home. She struggles with this whole cleaning process. She gets piles of laundry, broken dishes, cobwebs, expired food in the pantry.
All of it.
And she's here to help. Now, this isn't a book that's going to get you completely organized in 28 days. It's a book that will get into 4 habits that will help you continue on your journey.
There are tons of places around the web to sell your wares...Ebay, Craigslist, Amazon, the list goes on and on.
One place I recently discovered was online selling groups on Facebook. Through a few groups, I've been able to clear out some stuff and make a little money. I've also spent a little money buying DVDs cheap. It's also a great way to get into old fashioned bartering and trading!
So check for local Buy and Sell groups in your area, or start one of your own!
Still trucking along although I did have to go buy some pork chops and a few other things at Sam's this weekend. That's ok. I plan to continue on with the challenge into February. The crew is doing pretty good with the challenge, only a couple of wants this week :)
Here's what we've done
I only bought a pack of pork chops this week. if I had inventoried the freezer like I should have, I would have found enough, blah.
The Things are on a smoothie kick which is using up yogurt in the fridge and fruits in the freezer and pantry(Thing 1's Mango Peach was delicious!)
I do plan on buying some whole chickens that are on sale this week. They will give us several meals(including some yummy chicken stock!)
I inventoried the freezers and threw away some gross stuff, organized the refrigerator freezer better, and I already have next week's menu planned!
I have a few things I found(frozen sweet potato cubes and soybeans) that I need to look up online on what to do with them.
The snack table is getting more cleared off daily. Thankfully. Thing 2 has friends over practically every day so that helps!
The cereal is disappearing. I found some Chex cereal that I prob just need to make into Puppy chow since I doubt anyone will eat it otherwise.
Our library is having a Food for Fines trade off this week so those canned beets and vegetarian beans in my pantry(along with a few other things) can be put to good use!
That's my week, I'm glad this stuff is making its way out of my house. My grocery bill is slightly lower. I plan to save up any leftover from this month and next to restock the freezer with meat.
Wow, almost the end of January. I continue on with the Pantry Challenge. I did have to buy some meat(when I said I wasn't). Thing 2 had a friend stay Saturday night and I didn't have enough pork chops. Plus, several stores are running awesome sales on whole fryers, so I plan to get some and stick in the freezer.
Staying caught up with everything is something I struggle with all the time. I'm easily sidetracked by Baby Girl, Facebook, the animals, Facebook, errands.....did I mention Facebook?
One thing I have to do is pretty much schedule my day. Breaks included. I try to get all the time consuming stuff done when Baby Girl is gone, and then the easier stuff when she's home.
Here's a sample of a day:
Between Wake up(usually around 6 am, has been as early as 5 am) and then 8:30 I get up, get breakfast for Joseph, get kids up and off to school, wash the dishes.
Around 8:30-9:30 make the bed, deal with pets, eat my breakfast, internet time
9:30-11:30 or so, I do heavy cleaning, decluttering, etc or if I have errands, I go during this time
11:30-12:30 fix some lunch if I'm hungry, watch a little tv waiting on Baby Girl to get home
12:30-1:30 play with Baby Girl
1:30-2:45 run errands if I didnt do it in the mornings or Baby Girl has some quiet time and I do something easy like put up laundry, catch up on tv or reading, or internet
2:45-4:30 Get the Things(Thing 1 has a couple of late days a week due to club meetings or cheer practice)
4-ish-5:30 work on dinner, The Things play with Baby Girl
6:30 dinner cleanup
7-9 Watch tv, read, go to games, play with the crew, etc.
I usually crash about the same time as the crew unless it's the weekend and I'm trying to catch up on a book!
Of course, this can all change with the additions of appointments, practices, club meetings, games, play dates, etc. Or if I don't want to do anything, lol. Fridays and the weekend this is REALLY lax cause I try not to do a whole lot of extra cleaning/housework those days(aside from dishes, cooking, and cleaning messes)
I'm not perfect, there are days I've scheduled for decluttering and I'd rather sit and watch Storage Wars on the DVR. Or just play with Baby Girl.
It does give me some sort motivation since I'm a fabulous slacker!
Two weeks in and I don't even think we've made much a dent :/
You would think feeding 5 people, stuff would be disappearing but it's not. I seriously think I might have to continue into February to make any sort of progress. I guess I should add, we are doing good on freezer stuff, fresh, and some dry goods. I have a ton of canned goods, bottles of juice and some baking supplies that need used. It has been unseasonably warm, so the urge to make oodles of baked goods hasn't been there. Or the urge to make soups or stews.
We shall continue on! There is 2 more weeks and I need to utilize some of the canned goods better in my menu planning. (it would help if it got cooler!)
Halfway through January. Wow. This month is flying by. Still trucking along with the Pantry Challenge. I have had to buy some things(and some I gave in and bought cause of the whiners, ugh) but I've spent less than $200 so far. Today I plan on sorting through the freezer in the fridge to see what's there, and then tomorrow look in the bigger freezer.
The crew has been so helpful with this pantry challenge! No complaining about what's to eat or anything. No begging for something else either. I have bought some groceries, Joseph needed some easy stuff to take out of town(vienna sausages, rice dinners, etc) AND he just had to have chicken wings for dinner, so of course, I caved. I need to make another trip for fruit, milk, eggs, bread, etc.
Here's some of the stuff we've done so far
3 end bags of chips have been ate
1 box of cereal finished, 1 more going to be used for Rice Krispy treats
1 box of oatmeal finished
almost empty container of cinnamon used to make up cinnamon sugar for toast
6 bread heels put in freezer to use for crumbs
Deli ham used up in grilled ham and cheese sandwiches
My cluttered table and top of fridge that holds bags and boxes is gettting cleared off! Hopefully by the end of the month, I'll actually be able to use the table for the coffee pot(instead of having to sit it on the stove)
So much to get done! Last week was kind of a goof off week cause the kids didn't start school until Tuesday. Then it was Baby Girl's birthday. Then it was 60 degrees all week(woohoo!). Then it was chaos getting back into routines. Ugh. Here's the plan
Stay caught up with library books
Declutter(we are working on clothing this week)
Continue to list items for sale
Drop off any donations
Cut out coupons and organize
Clean off desk
Clean living room from top to bottom(another goal:focus on 1 room for the week, plus doing maintenance on the rest of the house, of course)
Lunch with Mom's Group on Monday
Thing 2 to Ortho(make sure I pay Ortho!)
Catch up with Netflix movies
Get material needed for Thing 1's present
Errands:library, grocery store, Sam's
Thankfully, no basketball games this week so we can have quiet evenings in!
Well, I actually stuck to the plan I had last week and cleared a bunch of stuff out. This week will hopefully do the same. I do have to make a run to the grocery store, we are out of fresh fruit, eggs, and milk but the bill shouldn't be too high since I'm sticking with The Pantry Challenge
With Joseph gone, I just had some tomatoes sitting around so I decided to make one of favorite snacks for when he comes back.
Cut your tomatoes into bite size pieces. Place into a bowl with a good lid, along with any juices
Chop up some garlic. I seriously lack any knife skills so mines not pretty. Thankfully, Joseph doesn't care what it looks like(and he loves big pieces of garlic)
Put the garlic in with the tomatoes and add salt and pepper. Don't be stingy with either.
Put lid on bowl and give a good shake. Find it a cool place to sit for a couple days so it gets more juicy(this is why I make it when he's gone cause he can't wait a couple days before devouring it!)
Just a tip: I usually keep a bowl dedicated to this concoction cause the uh, smell will seep into it. I love reusing take out bowls or butter bowls for this because eventually, I can just toss the bowl.
I need an "I survived Christmas, New Year's and a birthday for a 5 year old" t shirt. Oiy. The kids go back to school tomorrow and Joseph will be in Oklahoma the rest of the week working. Thank goodness :) It will be a good week to kick off this:
A new year means a clean out of the pantry. And the freezers. Little odds and ends make the shelves overfloweth. So, for the month of January, I'm participating in the Pantry Challenge. No, this isn't a complete stop of shopping, but a chance to utilize what we have to make way for new. My challenges are
1. Do NOT buy ANY snack stuff until what is here is gone. We have a fridge full of yogurt, puddings, and string cheeses. Freezers full of frozen desserts and popcicles. Shelves are full of fruit snacks, granola bars, candies, crackers, and other assorted goodies. I want them gone! The only thing I'm buying is chips(and that cause they go in Joseph's lunches). I will make the occasional treat(cookies, cupcakes, rice krispy treats, etc in order to use up items!)
2. No more cereal or oatmeal for the month. I have plenty that need to be used before they go bad.
3. Use meat that is in the freezers. I had to toss some chicken the other day cause it was freezer burnt and it made me mad to do it. Money in the trash. Every little bit needs to make it in meals this month!
So that's my challenge. Hopefully in the process, my grocery bill will be a tad lower also!