Friday, April 29, 2011

Cook Ahead

Well, tomorrow I am planning on cooking ahead a bit for next month!  Cook and freeze!  I am going to make a huge pot of my spaghetti sauce and freeze in 4-cup containers.  I'm going to bake a whole bag of chicken breasts and freeze some bags of cubed chicken, and some bags of strips of chicken for various recipes.  I have about 8 lbs. of ground beef.  Half I will season with taco seasoning, since we do mexican about once a week, and half I will just season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder for other recipes.  I should be set for the month...sigh...

Is there anything else good for cook and freeze? 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Organizing SDK and the Royal Wedding

My husband must be pretty impressed with my new organized life, because he called me from work today to request that I make him a detailed, weekly schedule! Wow! I wonder how much I should charge? :) I made him a lovely excell spreadsheet, and decided to make one for myself to correspond to his. I'll post it soon on my Organize your Life page.

Changing the subject...I am planning to get up around 5:00 am to watch the royal wedding! My mom is coming over loaded with Starbucks oatmeal and coffee! I am so obsessed... I cannot wait!!!! Of course before the crack of dawn I may be feeling a little different! I wonder what chores I could get done while watching TV??

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Need to Tweak

Yes, yesterday I ate the bread of idleness and took a nap, but it was date night! I needed my energy!!! AJ spent the night at Auntie and Uncle's, and we had the night to ourselves:) today I made up for yesterday's chore and we enjoyed a beautiful family day at the Detroit Zoo!!

However, before we went I was looking around my house...the house that is supposed to be all neat and organized now that I have a schedule, but it isn't! Ugh!! Of course, this may be the perfectionist side of me, since my husband says it looks great. I'm not satisfied. There is visible dust on the TV when I just dusted Tuesday. There are clean shirts over the chair in the living room, there are some dishes in the sink and 2 loads of wash to do when I do a load every day!!!! What is going on here? Can I not sit down?

I'm sure I will figure it out. There are always ways to improve. If anyone has any time-saver ideas, like "clean the bathroom while AJ is taking her bath," please share!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Procrastination Queen

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow...oh, wait, that's not right! But I don't care!!! It is rainy and cold and yucky today. I am taking a nap at nap time instead of dusting the ceiling fans and molding,and I'm not going to feel bad about it...well, maybe a little, but when I'm done with it tomorrow, what will the difference be??

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What was I doing before?

She looks well to ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27

My mom has told me my entire life to, "make lists of what you need to do. Then you can check it off as you do it and it feels good!". Because I will start on one thing and get distracted and never go back to it!! Or, "why don't you write yourself a note to remind you?" Because I will put it somewhere and never look at it!!! My excuse was that I was too disorganized to be organized...

I'm not so much messy-disorganized as time-management-disorganized, so when I finally decided to make some schedules for my life, it was a much needed improvement. (see my Organize Your Life page to view schedules) At first, when I saw my monthly chore calendar, I was like, what??? That's it?!?! No work on the weekends, and only one chore per day the other 5 days. I can handle that:). Within the first week I noticed some positives and negatives to my daily schedule. Positives: I wasn't buried in 7 loads of laundry every weekend, I had a good, quality chunk of time with my sweet, beautiful 2 year old, and I wasn't going to bed after midnight. Negatives: I am still very tired, as I am basically working from 6am to 9pm Monday thru Thursday, I noticed there are a couple more chores I had to add to my list, and I still don't feel like I have enough time with my hubby:(

At the end of the day, I know I just need to get used to it, tweak it as I go, and it will just become my life.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Getting Started

About a month ago I was about to lose my mind.  I have never been organized, yet I am a perfectionist.  As you can imagine, not a very good combination.  I was having a battle between what I wanted to accomplish in my life and what I actually WAS accomplishing.  There were so many things I wanted.  I wanted to be an awesome wife, mother, friend, daughter, teacher, and Christian.  But how could I, when I was barely staying above water...and by water, I mean, laundry, dishes, lunches, dinners, diapers, dusting, vacuuming, dogs, working, and everything else expected of me!

After so long feeling like a failure in every area, feeling like I was the only woman out there who couldn't manage her life, I decided to reach out and ask for help!  Two things happened: first, I realized I was definitely NOT the only woman feeling this way, and second, a friend stepped up and offered to make me lunch and talk it out.  She also happened to have majored in Organizational Management!!

After that blessed lunch, I knew what I had to do: Time Management.  I spent the next 2 days making a daily schedule, a chore calendar, and a monthly menu.  I have tried it for a week, and have already benefited from many improvements. 

I thought since I am not the only wife and mother out there who wants so badly to be a God-honoring woman in every aspect of her life, and is not a natural at it, I would start a blog.  I will share my struggles and failures, any good ideas I come across!