This was taken from my living-room window just last week! Now it’s all melted and yesterday’s temperature was 10 deg. C! Crazy weather. How temperatures can go from -10 to + 10 in a matter of days is amazing.
I’m always a little disoriented at this time of the year. The crazy rush of Christmas and New Year is over and all the decorations have been packed away. Everything is, well, kinda quiet. On top of it all, I lost my job just before New Year, so I have all this time on my hands! I started a new blog in the hopes that I can earn an income from it and do something that I love and I’ve been spending this last week learning all I can about blogging and e-books. It’s called The Jane Effect and it’s all about organization – household management, meal planning, budgeting, decorating – that kind of thing and much morend. If you get a chance, pop over to thejaneeffect.com and take a look.
Since I do have all this time on my hands, I decided to do some decluttering a reorganizing. I’ve been putting it off, but the other day I misplaced something and am still searching for it! I hate that. I like to be able to find things quickly.
Since I need to save some (more) money on the grocery bill, I started with the pantry and fridge.
The fridge looked pretty full just a day before grocery shopping day, and I wanted to see exactly how much food we already had before I bought any more.
So I took everything out a put in on the kitchen counter
That’s a lot of food! It didn’t look like that much when it was inside the fridge!
Then I made a list of everything I had on hand from the fridge, the pantry and the freezer, and tried to match up some meals – list of food on the left, possible meals on the right
I managed to find 8 dinners, 2 weeks’ worth of breakfasts and a couple-three lunches. That’s a LOT of savings.
Before I put everything back into the fridge, I gave it a quick clean (I couldn’t resist!)
And threw away some dubious-looking stuff
And gained back some containers
And moved some fridge shelves around so everything would fit properly
Next – the paperwork. I’ve been meaning to sort out our paperwork and file it all properly without much luck. This time, I don’t have an excuse, so yesterday I got down to it. When the kids moved in, we made some space in our bedroom for some of our things. It all looked pretty organized 4 months ago, but yesterday, I opened the closet to this
Horrors! How did it get like this? I needed a better solution. But, first things first – the paperwork. A week earlier, I had bought a concertina file as a better way of filing our papers. After going through it all and throwing out a lot of unwanted papers
I put them into categories – you know, Taxes, Personal, Miscellaneous, Bills – that kind of thing. And then filed them all in the concertina file
I had freed up two drawers by filing the paperwork in the concertina file. This meant that I could transfer the stuff from the small drawer unit to the two free drawers in the larger drawer unit
Things like envelopes, printer paper, tape, ribbon and other odds and ends.
With a little help from Moggy
This meant that the small drawer unit could now go into the garage for Mr. Lifeology’s tools – or something.
Next, I tidied up the wardrobe
and purged some stuff
And now I could store the two tubs from the closet shelf in here
Freeing up space for my hats. (I belong to the Red Hat Society, so I have a lot of red hats!)
Tomorrow, I’m going to tackle the kitchen. I didn’t think it was that long ago that I turned this
But it was, in fact, January last year. Not only is this cupboard a complete disaster, so are the rest of the kitchen cupboards. I’m pretty sure that I can find better storage solutions than the one that’s going on right now. Check back here in the next couple of days to see how I did.
PS: The picture below is of light coverings in a new mall we visited last weekend. They are made up of umbrellas – beautiful!