I've done just that, hun! I take out a kitchen drawer, etc., and organize, toss or arrange it while watching TV with my hubby in the evening. It works great -- multi-tasking is a great thing alot of times!
If you aren't sure where to start, or feel overwhelmed by decluttering an area, start small and just tackle a drawer or one shelf at a time. Slow but sure you can work your way through the room and then add the finishing touches knowing you cleaned and decluttered from the inside out.
We cook ahead a lot too. When DH grills, we grill a BUNCH of several meats and freeze them. Makes meals for the week a breeze.
On decluttering, some rules of thumb are: 1) go through the house and look at all you decorations and things you have to dust. If you don't just love it, pass it on to someone else, give it go goodwill, or put it into a "blessing box" to give as gifts to others as God leads. 2) if you haven't used an item in a year, pass it on. 3) a keepsake in the attack is just clutter for the kids to have to deal with when you die. If you keep grandma's china because it was her's, but it is hidden in the attack, it honors no one. Better to keep say on cup and saucer on display in memory of her and pass the rest on to other family who need it, will use it, or divvy it out to them in pieces for display in their homes.
Hope this helps.
May we run in such a way that we may win. Think strong. Be strong. Finish strong. (1 Cor. 9:24).
I have been trying to come up with a healthier breakfast that is fast. I already get up at 5:30am to take care of my dog and get myself ready and there isn't much time leftover. Last night I came up with the idea to boil some eggs for this morning and it was a success! Two boiled eggs and some fruit for breakfast with no prep time! Only 210 calories :) I think I'm going to do a half carton next time so I have eggs for the week.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
Since I cannot stand over a stove, I try to take one day a week to do my cooking and do it all at that time and then just nuke the items from freezer containers. That way too, DH can eat whatever he has a taste for that night which may be something different than what I want.
Another trick I found - when I do my shopping (always from a list made up after I made out my menus) I freeze the meat and whatever veggies I will need for that recipe, all in the same freezer bag and then label it with the name of the dish. I then pull a bag out at night to thaw, throw it in the slow cooker in the morning and we have a great meal and I don't have to stand over a stove!
"Friends are angels that hold us up when our wings have forgotten how to fly"
Erin LEADER - IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL
current weight: 218.0
Fitness Minutes: (36,211) Posts: 4,638 3/29/12 9:41 P
hi im new to the team and wanted you all to know what has help me i have always been moving and never been able to sit still so beginning the first of the year i began to unclutter my home................and my life with holiday decor i keep only a few things for each holiday i bought clear small plastic tubs i have a split level so i began in the attic and did one rm a wk took everything out of rm and only put back what was needed and wanted picutres i keep all up to date of kids and grand kids and gave each kid all the rest i keep everything of theres know they have it all kitchen all the things not needed nor used i got rid of my husband thought i was nuts till he started the garage i gave books and magizes to libary cloths to church and woman shellters and all else to goodwill its been a month since i finished the whole house and ill tell you life has been wonderful not having to worry what i need to do next i have been able to do the things i want to do spend more time with friends and family because i have decluttered my life and simplified it
creating a new me beginning today
current weight: 185.8
Fitness Minutes: (36,211) Posts: 4,638 3/22/12 9:56 A
One trick that I use is sort my mail the minute it comes in the house, if it's not needed it goes in the trash if it's a bill, it goes in the "bill book" and if its important it gets filed right away. ( I must admit I am a bit backed up on my filing because I need to clean out my cabinet, but I am going to get that taken care of soon!!)
That is something I do to help keep the paperwork laying around to a minimal.
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