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Extra Organised
Organising with impact for a creative, adventurous and contented life.
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Hi Lucinda, your new cookbook sounds great. The River Cottage series are very inspiring. As you say, it's a good idea to use the veg that will wilt quickest first. I somehow didn't do that this week so last night ended up with a coleslaw, pasta salad and stir fry veg that all needed to be used! I made them all up and we will eat them with every meal for a couple of days :)
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2017 on Menu plan this week at Extra Organised
Why not start your deep cleaning with an area that you enjoy using? It's easy to postpone deep cleaning when we think we must do the whole house at once in a marathon spring cleaning session. But why not deep clean in your own way? If you prefer, you could... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Extra Organised
I had some quiet time this morning so I sat down with a pot of tea to plan my menu for the coming week. I've been working from a shortlist of our favourite recipes which I've divided into days depending on how much time I usually have for cooking. For... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Extra Organised
Information can add incredible value to our lives. It can also be a major source of overwhelm. Here are four simple ways to gain control and get information working for rather than against you. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Extra Organised
Hi Freya, if it's been years since the in trays have been cleared, you could empty them out and put the contents aside to be sorted as you have time. In trays work best for current incoming paperwork (probably at most you could keep a week's worth in there). Then designate one tray for incoming paperwork and aim to clear it every day or two. You don't have to action everything in it each day, but put it into a system (to pay, to read, etc).
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2016 on Cleaning mojo: Dust your in-tray at Extra Organised
Ha ha, that could be a speedy solution! Actually, if your in-tray is overflowing, it can be good to sort through it and set aside anything that's not urgent. This can make it more motivating to tackle the few truly urgent items remaining. Of course then one still needs to deal with the rest of the pile at some stage :)
Access to modern household appliances and being able to use resources such as power and water with the flick of a switch or tap have the potential to make cleaning quicker and easier. The problem is that we've adapted our lifestyles to suit. We have more possessions, wear more clothes,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Extra Organised
It's much easier to clean a tidy space than a cluttered one. For example, if you have to clear a table before you wipe it, you also need to move around the house putting things away and are more likely to be distracted by other tasks. This doesn't matter much... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Extra Organised
Whether it's a bookshelf, DVD drawer, clothing rail or pantry shelf, don't cram the space. Instead, let the size of the space dictate how much you store. This will make it simpler to clean, as well as easier to get things out and put them away. Choose a single area... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Extra Organised
Today's cleaning challenge is to clear your in-tray or filing tray all the way to zero, then give it a dust. See if you can clear your tray every afternoon or evening so it never again takes you more than a few minutes. How did you go? | Cleaning mojo:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Extra Organised
I hope the book is helpful for you Melanie. Getting into a quick and simple cleaning routine, and cleaning little and often, is one of the best ways to keep your home pretty much always clean and frees up time for other things. All the best, Kim.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2016 on How to clean like a minimalist 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
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
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!
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
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
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