Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of Love.

Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of love.

organizing 101 :: organizing to cut out the distractions


{a great, quick video on Organizing 101 by Rubbermaid}

I like to organize, and I like order. But if you were to come into my home, you would not get that impression. See, I start organizing activities & life interrupts me – usually via my kids, husband, or clients. I get distracted and other things keep coming up that keep me from getting back to the organizing – and by the time I have the chance to get back into the project, I’m exhausted & too overwhelmed to start it all over again. Anyone relate?

Last year, I came to the realization that I needed to do something about the chaos and stress I was living through every day. And nineteen days into a new year, I can tell you that no miracle happened when the clock moved from 2010 into 2011 – I’m still stressed. And life’s still pretty chaotic. The difference is that I’m working on moving towards order & organization, and I’m a lot more confident and organized than I was a year ago.

I know all that will change in a few months, when we welcome our new baby. That’s why I’m making plans and working on simplifying things now, so we’ll be able to enjoy life with our new little boy. I’m also working on surrendering my worries, stress, and anxieties fully to God. These is tough for me, as I tend to think I can do things myself, but I need to remember that God is in control. And my personal health & family could really benefit from me being less stressed!

Last week, I caught up on laundry & went through the kids’ clothes, which resulted in several bags of clothes to give away. I also have tubs full of clothes that I’m debating whether to hold a garage sale, sell on eBay or just give away. I know that the extra money to pay down debt would be great, but again with the whole stress thing – giving away would be a lot less time consuming. Jury’s still out on that one. We have bags of toys to go through downstairs, and one of my goals this next month is to go through them & organize into give away, sell & keep piles.

Just this week, I started planning our meals. I have two weeks of meals planned out. This week’s looks like this:

Day Meal
Monday Chicken Noodle Soup (Mrs. Grass’ Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup mix in the crock-pot with a bag of frozen pre-cooked egg noodles & diced chicken breast)
Tuesday Fiesta Rice Salad
Wednesday Pork Chops with Cider Sauce
Thursday Lasagna (I use homemade red sauce, but the rest is pretty basic – I soak the lasagna noodles in hot water while I cook ground beef & then simmer the beef in the red sauce – then layer meaty red sauce, noodles, cottage/ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese – repeat that order – cover with foil, bake for 25 min. @ 375 – remove foil, & bake another 25 min. – my tip: be generous with cheese, I use an 8 oz. package of shredded mozzarella)
Friday Broiled Tilapia
Saturday Sloppy Joes w/ yummy homemade buns
Sunday Spicy Shrimp Pasta (Mac&Cheese for the kids)

Notice those are only the entrees for dinner. I keep sides pretty simple & usually just heat up some frozen vegetables. Breakfast is usually oatmeal or yogurt & some fruit. And lunch is usually leftovers, sandwiches, or pasta. It’s the dinner entree that usually has me lost at 5 or 5:30. So planning the entree is a big help to me. And I bought some new cookbooks, from Amazon, with freezer cooking recipes to help us try new things (and make sure I have enough meals prepared for when baby comes).

In addition to the toys & clothing organization/selling/giving away, the next things I hope to tackle are clearing our master bedroom clutter (where anything & everything ends up) & making some big decisions about business & daily family life. But I’ve found that working a little bit at a time on a single project helps keep my focus on the goal at hand, and the less distractions the better. Because the less distracted and more organized I am, the more I can get done & the more time we can spend as a simply, joyful family.

One Response to organizing 101 :: organizing to cut out the distractions

  1. Tina "The Book Lady" says:

    Can I make a suggestion to donate your used good quality clothing and toys to either Ronald McDonald House (toys/books) and/or your local city mission (clothing/toys/books)? They would be very grateful and appreciative to know that you thought of them and you can also teach your kids about serving & giving to others. =D Yay!

    I’m a new follower and just entered your blog makeover giveaway – I’m really hoping I win. Thanks so much for being so generous. ~ Tina “The Book Lady”
    http://givingnsharing.blogspot.com (this is the one I’d love some help with)
    http://familyliteracyandyou.blogspot.com

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