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Extra Organised
I write about using organisation in the service of relationships and experiences.
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These posts are designed to keep me accountable for spending time on my interests; those things that bring me joy but that I tend to see as optional extras. Writing is taken care of through work and this blog, so here are the ways I've indulged my other interests this... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Extra Organised
Wow, what a streamlined wardrobe Gail! I bet you love every piece in it. And another advantage is that you would get to wear everything often. One of the disadvantages of a larger wardrobe is that favourite pieces get less wear simply because of the range of options.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2016 on How many clothes do you have? at Extra Organised
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My most-read post has been: How many clothes do you have? I thought that, almost exactly three years later, it was time for an update. Please share your numbers as well in the comments below. Just as before, I worked my way through my wardrobe, drawers, washing baskets, mending pile,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Extra Organised
Nice one Sarah :) I have a Jamie cookbook too as you can see from my photo which I haven't read or cooked from yet. I like to browse a cookbook over a pot of tea so must get to Jamie soon.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2016 on How many cookbooks do you have? at Extra Organised
All valid comments Sarah! I hate cleaning bathrooms too which is why I needed to come up with a better system than having a dirty bathroom in between occasional scrubbings (accompanied by lots of matryr-like sighing!). 1. Hubby bought a big cheap pack of microfibre cloths which are stacked in the laundry. I keep a small pile of these cloths in a neat pile hung over the shower top in each bathroom. They're grey so they are quite inconspicuous. 2 & 3. I toss the used cloths in a soaking bucket in the laundry where they sit before I wash them every few days. I agree if you only wash them once a week you'd need to find a way to dry them before piling them perhaps in a basket or tub in the laundry. These things were off-putting to me too until I figured out a way around them. But your solution to employ a cleaner for your bathroom is also a good one!
Toggle Commented May 7, 2016 on How to clean like a minimalist at Extra Organised
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For me, tackling cleaning was the final frontier. I've long had decluttering and organising sorted (and I enjoy doing both), but cleaning always felt like a chore. I decided to study it from a minimalist perspective, and I soon found many ways to clean faster and better. Now it's part... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Extra Organised
Oh the laggards, yes we have them too! Usually one or two things that have to be handwashed, something new that has to be washed separately so it doesn't run, etc. You've reminded me to finish washing the kids' summer bedspreads too so we can change over to the winter ones - our weather is finally starting to cool!
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Getting to the bottom of the laundry basket is a great feeling! Because we have two kids and not a lot of time to do laundry, I keep to a routine. I do a load of general washing most days, of either regular clothes or delicate items. I don't sort... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Extra Organised
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Sometimes the simplest low-cost decorating ideas can be just as effective as an expensive piece of art. My 13-year-old daughter is working on making 1,000 paper cranes and I asked her to spare a few for the wall above the dining table. Apparently an odd number is good when decorating... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Extra Organised
Well that was a good use of time! Sorry to hear that you were up and about during the night. I still think daytime naps are worth it though ;-)
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2016 on How I get to To-Do Zero at Extra Organised
I tend to forget about this recipe for years at a time, and I don't know why, as it's an excellent quick, cheap and tasty fallback recipe! Enjoy your next batch of tuna patties :)
Aha, a fellow rester! I do hope you're starting to feel better. I really like your idea of getting out once a day. My cabin fever is building. I've had three small outings over the last two weeks and it has been wonderful just to get some fresh air and a different environment even if for a short time. I must say I'm getting pretty good at this resting thing though. And nice to know that you've been resting 'with' me! Sorry to make you feel like you had to keep doing something while you were reading the post lol. It sounds like you got a lot of things sorted and cleared which hopefully then made your recovery even more restful just knowing that things have been taken care of.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2016 on How I get to To-Do Zero at Extra Organised
Hi, it's lovely to hear from you Sarah :) Your tiny cookbook collection shows just how little we really need! It's interesting how many of us are still using recipes from high school days and just goes to show that a solid collection of favourites never fall out of favour in the kitchen. Although I have a fairly large collection, I do like to browse them regularly, even if some I know I'll rarely cook from. And I'd never be concerned about winning a new coobkook from a raffle lol - books of any kind are always welcome in my home :)
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2016 on How many cookbooks do you have? at Extra Organised
Hi Jane, it's a fun exercise isn't it! :) I really enjoyed reading about your cookbook collection. I know the AWW Birthday Cake Book well (even though I don't have it). My mum used to make our cakes from that book and I still spot it in other people's kitchens - a real classic! I was also really interested to read that you still cook a lot from your high school home ec book. I still remember a lot of recipes we made in high school too. I really enjoyed home ec class.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2016 on How many cookbooks do you have? at Extra Organised
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I keep all my cookbooks in a kitchen cupboard and today I thought it would be interesting to count how many there are. It turns out I have 26 cookbooks, including a large self-compiled recipe folder. Of course, a little more analysis is in order! Of these cookbooks, how many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Extra Organised
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You’ve probably heard of getting to inbox zero or email zero—but what about to-do zero? Stick with me: this is every bit as exciting as it sounds, but nowhere near as daunting. The good (and realistic) news is that to-do zero doesn’t actually mean having all your tasks finished, commitments... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Extra Organised
Thanks very much Jane :) Recovery is underway although I am surprised at the length I have to go to get some rest lol! You're spot on about keeping the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry up-to-date. A household revolves around these areas and if they are reasonably current, it makes it so much easier to keep everything functioning when there are other things going on. Now to get my kids to put together a nice salad and garlic bread - that sounds delicious...
Thanks Etta, all done now and recovery underway. I had a couple of skin cancers (basal cell carcinomas) that had been misdiagnosed for years so required fairly extensive surgery. But I'm fortunate they finally picked it up and were able to deal with it. Going overseas sounds far more exciting although I hope your mother is alright. It sounds like you left everything very well organised for your family which makes it easier all round. I hope you had a good trip.
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If I have to have surgery, at least I can look forward to putting my feet up and using my recovery time to catch up on reading and hopefully a bit of blogging. I'm booked in for day surgery next week and am anticipating a week or two for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at Extra Organised
Hi Fairy, thanks for your comment :) I agree about meals on working days needing to be quick and easy. Over the years, my mindset has changed to the point where it now feels like more of an effort to order and go out to collect takeaway than it is to put something together at home.
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This post was originally going to be titled "tastier than takeaway" and feature tonight's gourmet King Prawn Fried Rice, however it was devoured before I could get to the camera. So instead you have last night's Tuna Patties and Salad which was delicious too and incredibly quick: about 20 minutes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Extra Organised
Hi Jane, your menu planning tips are fantastic, thank you! You've mentioned another great benefit to menu planning too when you are dealing with health/food issues (such as anaemia) and most of us have something to cater for. For my family, it's dairy (me) and nuts (the kids). Menu planning helps to ensure you're prepared enough to address these issues in the family's diet for the week. I also agree with you that it's worth taking the 20 minutes or so to plan out the week. I actually find I look forward to the cuppa and meal planning session now! I enjoy browsing through my recipe folder looking for new dishes to cook, and old favourites to eat again. And no doubt that 20 minutes saves much more time during the week in not having to decide each day what to make that evening. I really admire your plan/cook for 4 and eat for 8 meals!
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2016 on My ridiculously simple menu plan at Extra Organised
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Even though my last post was about how I use a running menu plan which doesn't look too far ahead, I've been inspired to pin down a more concrete menu plan for a week at a time. Every other time I've tried this, I've quickly given up, For some reason,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Extra Organised
Thanks for posting your inventory, AK. It's an interesting exercise to see how the quantity we "think" we have matches up to reality. A nice surprise that you have less than you thought. I shocked myself with how much I had!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2015 on How many clothes do you have? at Extra Organised
Crikey, three meal plans would keep you busy Jane! Your system sounds very workable. We also manage nut allergies, dairy and nightshade intolerance and migraines connected to too much sugar... It was probably these food issues more than anything that meant I couldn't do away with menu planning altogether but it's been a struggle finding a system I could stick with. I definitely agree that meat and vegetable based meals are the best and healthiest option for dealing with multiple food issues. I've discovered the beauty of a tray bake which involves some type of meat, a selection of vegetables, sometimes some olives or capers, drizzled with olive oil and fresh rosemary then all baked at once. I also like your idea of pre-chopping your vegies ahead of time and doing so a couple of times a week would make sure they were fresh.