Organizing a household

So we’ve been trying hard for the last year to get our house decluttered and more organized and I must say (I haven’t thought this for the longest time) but we’re making progress. It’s a very slow and painfull one you see it’s going way to slow for my taste… But even with baby steps we will get there one day.

One of the things that helped us get on track this last year was a menu planner. After using it this past year and me switching to low carb food the planner just wasn’t working as it could so we adapted it, made a dry erase version by putting it in a frame and there you have it our menu planner 2.0. If anyone’s interested I can email it to you so you can adapt to suit it to your lifestyle.

We also made a home management binder ( I was so inspired with the ones I saw on pinterest) in which every bit of info we could need that is at our fingertips (which would normaly be everywhere and nowhere) . Things like emergency contact numbers, finance info, insurance refund forms, stamps, id & library cards, discount coupons, school information, fave take out menu’s, adres list etc.

We also made a new calendar for 2012 ourselves. The family planner that we usually bought changed in format and we didn’t like it one bit. We couldn’t find one that was similar or if it was that fitted our budget (purchase and shipping costs 😦 were too much) so again we made one ourselves. It’s based on this calendar below (i will show our version as soon as we’ve assembled it) and if you’re interested I can email it to you, again so you can adapt it to suit your lifestyle and family names.

And instead of buying the boys a weekly planner, they will be getting a dry erase version (still in concept) with their chores on it so they can check them off and re-use it the next week. Less paper 🙂 Will share when they are done.

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a little update

I’ve been really busy baking and purging in my house, so far the purging has been a very very slow process…. the baking has been fun trying out new recipes and the purging wel …. let’s face it this stuff has been lying around since before I started my memory lane and it will take a while to get this up to scratch.
And I’m not even talking about scrapbook supplies here. I will have to sort those out too as dh and I are trading places, he gets the cold (smaller but finished and painted) room downstairs and I get the warm (bigger & unfinished) room in the attic. We’re both very happy with this deal so we’re working very hard to get this done before the new year.

I’ve also been very busy with the Dutch Dares, looking for some new talent for the dt, promoting ourselves on Facebook and scrapping the dares and sketches, unfortunately not joining in as much as I’d like to.

And we have new Family photo’s ! It’s hard to say which ones are my favorites since they are all so fab, but here are one of us each and a group photo all made by the fabulous Miss Delis.

So what do you think ?