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Extra Organised
I write about using organisation in the service of relationships and experiences.
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Hi Jane, thank you for your lovely comment! I'm glad you're still reading :) Walking holidays are great aren't they - it's possible to really explore a place in-depth when on foot and it's great exercise at the same time. I could easily make my 12 in 2 list all about walking! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well - I hope you have a relaxing, enjoyable time.
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Hello any remaining readers, my apologies for the length of time between posts! I've had a busier than usual year due to a number of factors, including needing to work full-time for quite a few months. I took my own advice about priorities and dropped anything but the essential. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Extra Organised
Built in clothes lines in laundries are a great idea!
Hi Etta, I hope you enjoyed your long weekend baking! Homemade digestive biscuits sound delicious.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2014 on Week prep: Snacks at Extra Organised
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After completing the rather adventurous Main Range Track in Kosciuszko National Park as one of my 12 dreams in 2 years challenge, for my next goal I thought I’d sit down and watch other people being adventurous! I’ve always wanted to attend a screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Extra Organised
Hi Sarah, I agree that it's just too much to buy enough pieces of fruit for each person to have 2 pieces per day - for us that would be 56 serves of fresh fruit in the trolley and we just don't eat that much! Getting about 30 pieces is more than enough and I feel like we are getting plenty of fruit. Your baking sounds delicious. And you're right, it's an excellent way to fill kids up. Homemade baking is so much better for kids than packaged food and we all need something sweet every now and again! Toast (or crumpets) for a snack is a great idea - and so cost-effective!!
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2014 on Week prep: Snacks at Extra Organised
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Have you ever calculated the amount of snacks you need to have on hand to feed your household for a week? I was often either running out early or throwing away excess at the end of the week so I decided to figure out a rough approximation of how much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Extra Organised
Great idea Fairy. I'm quite sure I could manage it, except for my tendency to trip over things even though I know where they are :)
Toggle Commented May 28, 2014 on A totally useful space at Extra Organised
Brilliant analogy Slackerjo re the grocery store, emergency services, or really any area of life we expect to be efficient and functional. We deserve at least that much in our own lives and can reap the rewards by setting things up to serve us not the other way around!
Toggle Commented May 23, 2014 on A totally useful space at Extra Organised
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One of my favourite organising activities is to look in a shelf, drawer, or cupboard and ask this question of every item. Do I use it? If I use the item frequently or even occasionally, it can stay. If the answer is rarely, I'll take the item out for storage,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Extra Organised
Sarah, I laughed at your comment, "at some arbitrary time in the evening it becomes 'late' and nothing good can come of the time left before bed"! That is exactly what I've always thought. For me that's sometime between 10 and 11, probably closer to 11. If it's after 11 and I haven't got myself ready for bed I feel like I've messed up the rest of the night. I like your pre-made breakfast idea. I even pre-made dinner overnight recently in the slow cooker. I kept waking up to the smell of chicken and corn soup and it made me hungry :)
Toggle Commented May 4, 2014 on DIY daylight saving at Extra Organised
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By this, I mean recapturing that delicious feeling of being ahead of myself for a few days... Where I live in Australia, daylight saving has just finished and we have readjusted our clocks back an hour. I love this time of year when the weather cools and I get an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Extra Organised
Thanks Sarah, your comment made me feel very tough and brave :) I'm an amateur hiker but you're right, I was very, very proud of myself - and my sister - after this walk!!
Having less is a brilliant solution - it's incredible the amount of time that can be saved with less 'stuff' to sort and maintain, whether possessions or otherwise. Great point Sarah.
Tricia, the furniture and chairs are fabulous! I agree that there is so much character and style in pre-loved retro pieces. I also think a home is more interesting when decorated in this way. It feels homely, pieces have a story to them, and the look of the home is original. It only takes browsing a few issues of a current homemaking magazine to get tired of the bland and copycat style of many featured homes. I have admired pretty much all of your blog posts with photos of your home and furniture - it all looks so welcoming, even the shed!
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Well, this was one of the big adventures on my 12 in 2 list (12 adventures I want to accomplish in 2 years). I made sure there were lots of smaller, easily achieveable dreams on the list to help motivate me to tackle the large, scary ones—like hiking the 20... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Extra Organised
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Many meals are based around similar ingredients. It is endlessly surprising to me how a few staple pantry items can be turned into surprisingly different meals. For example, similar baking ingredients prepared in slightly different ways, and with the change or addition of one or two ingredients can become a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Extra Organised
We tend to get takeaway hamburgers too. I really like homemade ones, but they take me a lot longer to make than pizza. Probably because I like them with the lot so have to do eggs and bacon as well!
Hi Sarah, how fantastic that you collect birdcages. They are so beautiful on display. I can see why you can't keep too many though as they do take up a lot of space. I enjoyed reading your long weekend to do list - it looks like you got through a lot. Your interval running program looks ambitious! I've just finished reading Fast Exercise by Michael Mosley and it's all about the benefits of high intensity interval training. I'm slowly building up my intervals!
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2014 on The joy of a quiet life at Extra Organised
Hi Jane, thanks for your comment. I often find that my mistakes are caused by my attention being elsewhere! I like your idea for giving yourself time to think and plan so you can focus better at other times. I think this could work well for me too. I definitely need lots of thinking time and it does combine beautifully with a walk :)
Thanks for your comment Andrea, it's really nice to get the perspective of a yoga teacher! The point you make is spot on: "I don't have to dress in any certain way but the way that is comfortable for me". Your layering sounds like the perfect solution for both cold weather (warmer with layers) and exercise (take off the top layers). We definitely overcomplicate dress codes and sometimes it just takes a bit of lateral thinking and we can come up with much easier, more suitable, and more comfortable alternatives.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2014 on Minimising fitness gear at Extra Organised
"What’s your best organising tip or technique?” My answer to this FAQ is simple: My best organising tip is to be in the present moment. The only way to have experiences and create memories is now. Likewise, the only way to improve our lives, simplify a situation, or prevent a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Extra Organised
That sounds delicious and quick, Fairy!
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My favourite days are spent pottering at home—cleaning, sorting, planning, improving. Days like this usually bring a sense of contentment and a healthy tiredness from physical activity and a sense of progress even if only small, like a freshly weeded garden or the budget sorted. Even when I feel down,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Extra Organised
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Friday night is sometimes takeaway but I had a number of ingredients in the fridge that needed using so I decided to channel Mrs Patmore (Downton Abbey) and cook up my own Italian feast. I decided on a meatlovers pizza using leftover Pork Ragu as the topping sprinkled with lots... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Extra Organised