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Extra Organised
I write about using organisation in the service of relationships and experiences.
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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 yesterday 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!
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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 4 days ago 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.
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After trying many different variations of menu planning—and sticking with none—I’ve finally settled on a system that works. I call it my “Running Menu Plan”. It developed organically, takes little effort to maintain, and makes it much easier to feed my family of four healthy and varied meals on a tight budget. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Extra Organised
Thanks for posting your tally, Jocelyn1990. I'm always fascinated by other people's clothing counts!
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2015 on How many clothes do you have? at Extra Organised
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The garden art I 'commissioned' from my 10-year-old son There are many ways we can express creativity in our day-to-day lives and environments: writing, music, sculpture, colouring-in, fashion, craft, painting... Creativity nurtures us, builds our sense of self, and connects us with others. It's an excellent way to align our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Extra Organised
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Capsule wardrobes and wardrobe counts are fine, but they are not the only way to build a wardrobe that works. Likewise, assessing each item to see whether it sparks joy, à la Marie Kondo, is also effective, but involves pulling everything out in one marathon effort. A gentler intuitive approach... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2015 at Extra Organised
What a cool video Slackerjo, and I don't just mean the snow! I felt like I was along for the ride. The soundtrack was brilliant. How far was your bike ride? I've recently got much more into biking, but gentle mountain biking rather than road riding as I am not yet as good at going around cars as you are!
Hi there Slackerjo! I like your idea of a 'uniform' of key pieces even when you don't need to wear an official uniform. It sounds like you've been capsule-ing for a long time! My goodness, I like cold weather, but your cold weather sounds colder than ours here in Australia! The more winter hats the better - they are just so cosy :)
Hi Etta, it sounds like you've got a practical, streamlined approach to your wardrobe. I would like to have far fewer items to choose from so plan on paring back further!
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I enjoy reading about capsule wardrobes such as Project 333 and Un-Fancy. When you read the fine print about capsule wardrobes, though, there are often major wardrobe categories excluded, such as exercise clothes, lounge-wear, or evening wear. This leaves a lot of room for extra clothes! The boundaries of a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Extra Organised
Hi Etta, happy Australia Day to you! :) Thank you for your lovely comment. I think minimising, organisng and getting fit are adventures in their own right! All the best with your plans for a wonderful year. I'm still working on all of these things too - the good thing about making progress in these areas is that they have such great flow-on effects to every other part of life.
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Well, that's it—two years of adventures from my 12 in 2 list! The idea was to add more adventure into my life by taking about two months to plan and live each adventure, and then to follow it up with another, and so on. Even though I didn't cross 12... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Extra Organised
Hi Fairy, it's lovely to hear from you! It was nice to have a break over Christmas and I always enjoy January. It's my catch-up month. I try to wrap up as much as I can before the end of the year, then work on projects that have been on the backburner early in the new year. Hopefully I'll be able to make time to blog more regularly too. I'm continuing to enjoy reading your blog. All the best for 2015!
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