Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year?

Yes, this is a question. Are we truly happy that it’s just after the new year? Really? We all realize that it’s early January, and we’ve barely had any snow. That’s just wrong, by golly, by gum. Mother Nature is playing a cruel trick on us right now. Right? Near 50 degrees? In January? Sunshine? Blue skies? In Michigan? A mild winter is one thing…this is just scary. Scary in the sense that you it’s coming…with a vengeance when it gets here. Winter is coming people and I have the odd feeling that it’s not going to be pleasant. This does not make me happy that the new year has come and we are still waiting for winter to bare its cold, frosty, gray, windy, icy, slippery, slushy, dirty (in the city) little head.  Oh well. What do you expect?

So now that we’ve established that it’s a new kind of year, let’s make with the happy!! How can you get any happier than organizing your home? The thought of it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I could only be happier if I had some organizing guru who actually knows what they are doing, but there’s only me. I dream of having a completely organized home, this is my goal. Wish me luck! 

That brings me to the subject of this blog, it’s about home, not one of those big fancy homes, with the perfect kids, dogs, husband and lots of shall we say, and I quote my teens here, “Papah”…as in cash…money…bills to be more specific. 
Nope, just an average family with one parent working and the other one stays at home, to be there for the vast array of our children’s needs. Translation: “Papah”, not in abundance. So let’s try to stretch the “Papah” and still provide a wonderful, cozy, and hopefully organized, home for our family. The easiest way I can think of doing this is to streamline the stuff that we have. Get rid of the clutter, in every aspect and start seeing things in a new way.

Many parts of organizing a home are not just what you can see, but it’s more about what you can’t see, the overall workings of the household. As a wife and mother it’s my job to keep everyone on track and keep the house running smoothly. Okay, so here we go. My first organizing task for the year, actually my first two tasks for the year were getting back on track with my weekly menus and the laundry. Both of which fell by the wayside with the holiday season. To date, the laundry is now caught up, as we had run out of clean towels, and school started on Tuesday, that was a must. Still need to create a laundry schedule to stay on track.

While playing Wash-o-matics R Us for a couple of days, I had time to go back to planning the meals for 2 weeks at a time. This is probably one of the biggest helps to me on a daily basis. Dinnertime is so much easier when I already know what’s for dinner. It makes grocery shopping easier as well, not so much waste and buying only what’s needed for the upcoming week’s meals is more economical that trying to buy a lot of items that might, or could possibly go together for a dinner.  Week one is almost at an end, and next weeks meals are already planned. This weekend I’ll work on planning meals for the following two weeks, which will be January 15th thru the 28th. Fun stuff! Oh…did I mention the need to take down the Christmas tree? I know, I’m late, or really, really early for next Christmas. This is good; one year I left it up until the end of February. See, don’t you feel better about early January now?