I just know you are so ready to get started on our year-long journey of creating an organized life, home and work environment. I know it will be overwhelming at times and a bit hard when you have to decide to throw out things you have lived with for years.
There is no better time than right now to get started! I know I am running behind because I am working on this right along with you. I had to take time over the last few day and put all the goodies together for this post so you will have everything you need right here in this post. Plus I have been working on organizing my kitchen and getting rid of the clutter we have created over the years. I have cleaned out drawers and now have so much space! Yay! My kitchen has never looked so organized. I don’t have cabinets only drawers and shelves in my kitchen now. We just went through a very big remodel on our kitchen and I am so glad I did. I plan on sharing what we did once we get it totally finished.
Well here we go! Lets get started on the kitchen first. Everything happens in the kitchen right. So lets start on the kitchen first. Here is a list of what you can do and a few ideas to help you get your kitchen clean and organized over the next month. Please take a few minutes and share photos with us we would love to see your progress. You can follow me on Instagram I will share a lot of the photos we took during the remodel there.
Count the drawers and cabinets in your kitchen and divide them up equally over the month, or you can clean the drawers in week one and the cabinets in another week.
- Make sure you clean the cabinets and drawers as you go.
- Throw out all multiples of an item just keep the best one.
- Go through the silverware and throw out all odd forks, knives, spoons. Only keep the complete set or just splurge and buy a new set and throw out the old things.
- Throw out all lids with out a match or plastic bowls with out a lid.
- Get rid of all well-worn pots that have seen better days and only keep the good pots.
- Set up cooking stations, baking, pots, smoothie, coffee, and keep all the items for the station in the area. Use decorative baskets and jars to corral the items.
- In the pantry area go through and clean out everything that has an expired date and use baskets and jars to put things into to keep them organized and together.
- I use clear Rubbermaid shoe boxes for the small items like tuna packets, ramen noodles, and coffee things. That way they are kept together and not all over the place and hard to see how much I have. They stack so well and look so neat in the pantry.
- Be sure to label all the bins. Here is the label maker I purchased, I love it.
Now this is the hard part. Go through your email and unsubscribe to all those emails you never get a chance to read or do not plan on reading. I am working on that right now. It’s hard because you want to read the email but you only have so much time that you can set aside for reading emails. If you haven’t set up a family email here is a post where I walk you through setting up a family email and a house email. Be sure to read both posts if you need to set this system up for your home. We have it set up and love it.
If you haven’t set up an email for all those stores that ask you for an email here is a link to the post where I walk you through setting it up. This is a great idea so that store emails don’t fill up your house and family emails. If you need to check a store flyer you will know exactly which email it’s in. Plus the best part you can do a massive delete of all the emails with out looking through the emails first.
This is a very important part of organizing your family. That is why this month we will take time to set up morning routines and evening. I put together a post “Family Morning Routine” that has a printable you can download and use to set up your routines. I laminated ours and put it on the refrigerator.
Take time and try out different routines and see which one works the best for your family. You might not have it completely worked out this month it may even take a couple of months to get the routine worked out and that is totally ok. It took us about 3 months to get a family routine completely worked out to where things were getting done when they were supposed to. Be patient with your family they will come around, it’s hard to change, but trust me it will come. When they see how much better life is with a plan and an organized home they will thank you for being persistent with them.
I have a couple of hours set aside to gather the things I will need for the week and set my week up on Sunday afternoon. I plan what I will be cooking for the week and do any prep work to make cooking go faster. This is when I plan my work week too.
Rome wasn’t built-in a day and an organized house wasn’t either. I know you will want to forge ahead and try new things but try to stay focused. Don’t try to do a lot of things at once. This is why I am breaking things down and doing things over the year and not a few weeks or months. I am doing this series so that you will completely accomplish an organized life.
It takes at lease 21 days to set a new habit in place in your life. So this is the reason we will walk through this slow and easy. You may organize your kitchen cabinets this week and next week find that you don’t like it the way it is and change things a little. Guess what that’s ok! I did the same thing. It took me awhile before I liked where everything was. I would move things on a weekly and sometimes a daily basis until I got the kitchen just how I wanted it. Then I made sure to label where everything went so my family knew where to put things when they unloaded the dishwasher.
It took me months to figure out how I wanted to organize my families calendar and emails. I am the one that just has to know everything in my house. I had to figure out a system that I could use to keep up with everyone’s appointments, and schedules, and doctors appointments. Not to mention my work schedule too. It took several months to get everyone on board with using the Google calendar and email system. It was a lot of trial and error and lots of learning the program on everyone’s part. But now we have it set up and everyone knows how to use it and knows how to use the microphone to set up appointments on their calendar, and how to access their email and I get every appointment sent right to my calendar and Google lets me know when there is a conflict of time and appointments are scheduled at the same time. It is such a great way to keep the family organized.
Well I hope you have a great month of organizing your kitchen and teaching your family how to use the Google email system. Please take a few minutes and sign up for my Newsletter. I will have all the blog posts in the email plus other goodies to help you along during our monthly organization challenge.
12 Step Plan for Organizing Your Year
We all face this every year. A New Year, a new me, I’m going to organize my life and my home. Then February rolls around and we have not done anything to accomplish our goals we set to organize our lives. We get caught up in the business of life and forget to take a little time and work on the goals we set just a couple of weeks ago.
Let Me Take You on a Journey This Year
Every First day of every month I want to help you get rid of the clutter in your life and help you work on organizing your life. We will set the goals for the month and what part of your life, home and family we will work on that month.
I will take one room in your house to do a deep cleaning and decluttering on each month. We will clean out cabinets, throw away things you don’t use anymore, throw away things that just take up space. Things like, multiple gadgets, crockpots, pots, old plastic containers with out lids, old lids.
Then we will find spaces for each item and set up stations where you will have everything you need to do that project. We will set up stations in the kitchen and in office spaces, in bedrooms, and laundry rooms and have a family docking stations for all those rechargeable phones, i-pads and computers that need to be charged.
I plan on teaching you to look at your home in a new way, where you will know where everything is and what is done in each space of your home. Your home will change drastically over the next year, becoming a space you will love to come home to. Where everything has a place and you know where everything is.
I will take you on a journey of organizing you family. We will start by creating a monthly calendar of all your families events for the month. I will show you how I keep track of what everyone in my family is doing. The master paper schedule of where they are and important appointments to remember.
I will teach you how to set up a Google Calendar for each family member to have access to on their phones. I will show you how to merge every family members calendar into one main family calendar on Google Calendar. I will help you set up your Google Home or Amazon Alexa to play for you every morning telling you what appointments you have for the day and the week.
I will help you set up a weekly calendar in your family station. Where every family member can see what is happening for the week, and have a monthly calendar for a view of the month.
- I will help you organize your work, life, and family so you will have time to do the things you would like to do.
- We will set up your morning routine and your evening routines.
- We will set aside time on Sunday evenings to get your week planned out.
I have a Google Home and Amazon Alexa. I will show you how you can set up your Google Home or Amazon Alexa to help with cleaning, chores, and listening to the weather in the mornings, listening to podcasts, and leaving messages for family members. I will show you how you can integrate them with your Google Calendar to hear what you have planned for the day. I will show you how you can listen to music and set up your Google Home or Amazon Alexa to play soothing music while you sleep and become your alarm clock in the morning.
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I will have tips for what has helped me organize my family and home and my business. I will share my failures and successes in creating organized spaces, what worked and what didn’t work for my family.
On the first day of every month I will share with you what I have planned to organize for that month. Be sure to share your wins and your struggles by leaving comments, I would love to know how you are doing on your organization plan every month. I am looking forward to taking this journey with you and creating the homes we will love to come home to.
I have had a whirlwind of a past few months here at Fernwood Farms. I have re-done my kitchen and have had a hacker try to steal my personal information through my Instagram account. I have had two sick kids and a Christmas tree that is screaming to be decorated and it’s a week before Christmas!
It has been a really crazy busy two months since we tore out our kitchen and then decided to change things in the middle of the re-model. Well I am getting back on track and actually have several really great blog posts lined up for you all.
Today I plan on sharing with you how we got along in our kitchen with out a real place to prepare dinners and work space to prep things. The only thing that was left in our kitchen for about 4 weeks was a sink and the stove. That’s it! No counter tops to prepare dinner on, it was hard but I learned how to use my stove in creative ways that actually turned out delicious meals that the entire family loved.
I used very simple ingredients and just used my imagination. I had lots of vegetables in the freezer that I could use but I was at a loss for how to prepare them because I only had my table to prepare things on.
Here is what I did to make delicious tasting meals quick and easy.
I would defrost a bag of vegetables like green beans, brussel sprouts, or our families favorite Italian green beans. use about a 4th of an onion slices thinly and put in a small 8 x 8 pan. put the vegetables in the pan, added salt, pepper, onion salt, garlic and garlic salt and Old Bay seasoning. Mix and bake covered for about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 10 minutes. This turned out some of the best vegetables we have eaten. It was so quick and easy to do and everyone loved them. Here is the recipe you can add to your cook book.
Oven Baked Vegetables
1 package of frozen vegetables or fresh vegetables
three slices of bacon chopped
1 chopped clove garlic
salt/pepper to taste
Pre heat oven to 350’F
Chop onion and garlic and bacon put in 8 x 8 pan and add vegetables, spices mix together.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes covered then take out mix vegetables and put back in oven uncovered for about 10 minutes more.
There are so many ways you can prepare your fresh and frozen vegetables, you can add different varieties of mushrooms, varieties of cheeses, fresh herbs and spices to add a new layer of taste to your dish. You can mix vegetables for a totally unique dish or you can use fresh vegetables and fresh herbs and spices to create your own signature dish.
I would love to hear how you have taken vegetables and created your own unique dish, be sure to stop back by and share your recipe with us.
Next time you are pushed for time to get dinner on the table try this recipe I am sure you will love it.
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Here are a few idea for the little princess that loves her American Girl dolls. They are some of the best made dolls and little girls just love them. I purchased several for my daughter and of all the dolls I bought her she played with these the most.
American Girl Dolls
If you are looking at getting your little girl an American Girl Doll for her birthday or Christmas I have a few of them right here. I have also added some of the prettiest clothes and a few of the coolest accessories for your little girls doll. Just click on the pictures and it will take you right to the place where you can buy the dolls and accessories.
Here are some accessories that are a little hard to find and the accessories that any little girl will love to have for her doll.
Every American Girl Doll needs pretty pink heart pajamas.
For the mom that can sew, here are the patterns that I have used to make a lot of outfits for my daughters dolls. They are very easy to follow and doesn’t take a lot of time to create.
There are so many combinations of outfits you can sew with these few patterns. I have these and I have made 20 or more outfits with them. It is so easy to mix and match the different pieces to make a lot of outfits for your daughters American Girl Doll.
Here are a few really nice accessories for the American Girl dolls or any 18″ doll. Any little girl would love to get these for her birthday or for Christmas.
Here is a really life like doll laptop. This will go well with the school supplies and backpack set.
School supplies for the American Girl Doll
Here is a really nice school supply set for the 18″ doll.
American Girl Doll Furniture
Here is a real pretty armoire for your American Girl doll. It will be a very nice addition and gives you a place to keep all the clothes for your American Girl doll.
Here is a really nice bunk bed for the American Girl doll or other 18 ” dolls.
American Girl Doll Clothes and Shoes
here is a real pretty outfit for an 18″ doll.
I have put together a lot of really great items to get you started on buying your doll accessories for your little girl. Be sure to share this with all your friends that have dauhters and pin it for later so you will have it to refer back to.