HELLO 2016 !!! and a Challenge !

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Happy New Year  to all my friends here !!! Last year I didn’t set any New Year’s resolutions but this year I’m going in with a plan. I’ve created this plan  and a housekeeping  challenge for 2016 . Come  on, join me!

I’d love to invite you to participate in the 2016 NO MESS Challenge this January – it’s the perfect way to channel that desire to clean and organize everything. I’ve coordinated the challenge with my cleaning routine to make it super easy to implement and of course it’s complete with room for catching up each week. Want to join me?

The cleaning theme for 2016 is NOMESS .  Every month I have a BLANK  cleaning calendar– add that to the challenge for January and you’ll be well on your way to a clean house, a new routine, and habits that will follow you all year long.

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  • Print off your BLANK calendar for the month – prepare yourself and get ready to get your home clean, tidy, and organized.
  • We’ll start off with 3 days to get rid of clutter – I’ll have a post on 4TH JAN  with some quick tips to get rid of clutter in a hurry.
  • Then, each Monday in January I’ll give you a focus space for the week – you can see them on the calendar.  On that same post on Monday, I’ll give you a handful of tips and posts to refer to during the week.  Work at your own pace, do what you can and worry about progress, not completion at this point.  Each daily task corresponds with my cleaning routine so you’ll be working smarter, not harder :)
  • Follow along even on whatsapp, where we discuss everything related to home keeping  and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also want to create a new private Facebook group too  (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.

Working in small weekly bites makes a big job easy, while printable checklists help organize and track cleaning chores. By Spring, you’ll be ready to open the doors to warmer weather.

Deep-cleaning the entire house is a big job! The 2016 No Mess  Challenge begins on Monday , January 4, with a Preview Week to get organized, check tools and supplies, and to put the holidays to bed. Beginning January 11, weekly cleaning assignments begin, designed to bring order to the house, room by room.

By breaking down cleaning and decluttering into weekly assignments, the Plan brings about whole-house change in small, easy-to-achieve steps.

Work it on your own, or gather with online friends to “work the plan” together. Along the way, you’ll create order, clean house and cut the clutter for an organized home.

Ready? Get the plan!

 

Click here for the blank Printable

 

Edited My Version of the JANUARY  Printable 

To keep you on-track, I’ll remind you of each week’s assignment on the Web, and via my Facebook  feeds.

Finally, it’s more fun to follow the New Year Cleaning Challenge with a team, so check in for the challenge . With links to weekly assignments, daily messages and printables, it’s Challenge Central as we work together toward a clean and organized home.

Ready? Set? Let’s clean house for the new year!

 

 

NOVEMBER 2015 CALENDAR PRINTABLE

How do you make the most of each month?

If you, like Me , find it difficult to find the time to get everything done, you’re not alone. So I’m  trying to make it easier for you  and for me with simple suggestions for getting the most out of every month.

November is  here!  For us at the messed up home means this month we are only celebrating !!  Yes, U read that right ! Just CELEBRATING  all month along !  

We have Diwali /Thanksgiving / Birthdays / Anniversaries in the family ! All  this in this one month ! Are you ready for “THE HOLIDAYS “ ? I am!  So TOTALLY Ready for November !

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 If you are not – no worries! I have a timeline to success this year  with  my NOVEMBER CALENDAR 2015 ! 

Also most of my friends are Americans & they  give thanks in November, and the holiday season looms all over India  and US .

This version of my calendar this month is Indian  and US version as I will be having both holidays this year ! ( YES!!! Can u imagine I have whole month of holidays !!! who gets that !! ) 

Keep tabs on your time with a printable November  2015 calendar.

Use this free monthly calendar to track activities throughout the month.

With both Diwali  and Thanksgiving versions, this November calendar will help you usher the holidays into your organized home.!!

until then Happy Holidays !!!

SEPTEMBER CLEANING CALENDAR EDITABLE AND PRINTABLE

The easiest habits to keep are the ones that are automatic, which is why I am a  big fan of the cleaning checklist. Never waste time contemplating where to start or be caught off guard by a task that should have been done months ago. MY printable checklists will tell you what you should be doing every day, week, month, season — or every once in a while — to keep your home shipshape year round.

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SEPTEMBER CALENDAR 

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY THIS MONTH !!

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15 TIPS FOR MEAL PLANNING .

It’s whatever way you organize yourself to cook a meal, whether that’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is the plan you make before you shop. Some people plan a month in advance, freezing neatly labeled packets of soup and stew. Others wing it, shopping for that evening’s meal at the farmers’ market and picking up whatever looks good to them.( I am amongst  both People )

Secondly, I was asked by many readers how I plan  my menu . There’s no right way to plan your meals; you should just do what is effective for you!

This list of tips is all over the map — there are plenty of ideas here for getting more organized and helping yourself think ahead. 

This is just a rough idea of how to plan the week’s menu 🙂

15 Tips for Meal Planning 

GETTING INSPIRED

1) Spend time each week looking for recipes.

This may feel like an indulgence, but just let yourself do it. Browse websites for recipes that look delicious.

2) Create a place to save recipes, and keep it SIMPLE.

Do whatever works for you. Don’t get caught up in a system, just use whatever works best and most easily.

3) Ask your partner, family, and roommates what they like to eat.

This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in our weeks and forget to ask our husband and kids  what they would like to eat?

4)Check the Weather.

Again, you may say, duh, but seriously. Right now, the weather is changeable in many parts of the country. Look at the weather forecast, and try to predict if you’re going to be in the mood for soup or grilled shrimp salad On Friday.

5) Weekly Menu Plan

 I use a blank WEEKLY CALENDAR and plan the week’s meals on the weekend, basing my grocery list on only those items.

GETTING ORGANIZED 

1) Start a calendar.

Now that you’re getting inspired in what to eat, start a calendar of what you’d like to cook over the next few days or few weeks.This always helps BTW.

2) Go with theme nights (soup night, pasta night, beans).

I use general guides like Soup Night, Pasta Night, Beans to make it easier. Every Wednesday is Taco night  at my place …just saying!

3) Choose a shopping day and make a shopping list.

Some of the meal planning and recipe-saving services let you do this easily, extracting ingredients from the recipes you have saved.

4)Check what’s on Sale .

Some folks really like to organize their meals around sales. I used to do this but not anymore. 😦

5) Plan for Leftovers !

Most of us have at least some tolerance for leftovers. Try to make you’re cooking always do double duty. Make a little extra of everything, and if you don’t want it right away, freeze it.

GETTING IT DONE

1) Prep food as soon as you get back from the store.

Wash and dry lettuce. Chop onions. Roast vegetables. Shred zucchini for quick stir-fries. Stack up glass containers of prepped ingredients in the refrigerator and bask in your own awesome preparedness. 

2) Cook components of your meals.

Going beyond prep, cook components of the meals. I cook large batches of components(gravies )on the weekend, then mix-and-match them according to what I’m craving during the week. 

3)Be strategic about freezing.

The freezer is your friend. Actually, it’s the friend of future you. Make a double batch of that sauce mentioned above and freeze half for later. Don’t Judge me but my Life has been saved plenty of times by my freezer !

4) Don’t overstuff the refrigerator.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when your fridge is over-full. Also, things get hidden in the back, lost behind the veggies . Don’t let things go bad.

5) Keep a well-stocked pantry.

Meals are easier and quicker to prepare if you keep your pantry well-stocked. 

All right! What did I  miss? What keeps you motivated, inspired, and on track with cooking for yourself during the week? Please let me know !! Dying to read about your menu planning !!

WEEKLY MENU PLANNER & GROCERY SHOPPING

Hi Everyone , Sorry for the delay in posts I was super busy for the Last 2 weeks , Aishwarya had asked for Menu planning and Inventory List ,but I could only do the menu planning one this week and I honestly think Indian kitchen Inventory planning is something so huge that I literally need at least a week just to write down the items ! ( don’t Ask) !!

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So anyway about my menu planning ,I   literally sit down for 30 mins every Saturday  and plan out our menu so that we can shop accordingly  on Sunday at the Market or Grocery stores  and also not have another thing adding up to my headache.

 I think  this is a problem everybody seems to have. So hopefully this post solves the problem :)

This planner has helped me tons already to save money on groceries + lower my sugar tantrums (yeah I have those, sometimes) + boost my productivity. And that makes me happy + happy + happy!

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This Above menu planner is what I used to have but since I am back in India , I stick to the one Below 

Weekly Menu

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What I do with this above menu is that I write it on Post its and then stick them on to the  paper and it goes on my command centre  And I change them every week ,this helps a lot to keep my mind stress-free !!

Hope fully I have solved at least one of Aishwarya’s Problems ,  and about inventory lists of the kitchen grocery items ,

To make sure I always have the essentials in my pantry (rice, beans, etc) I use lined post-it notes that I stick to the inside of the pantry doors.
List what you should always have on hand, add a tick when you’ve ran out of any item  and take a photo with your phone before you go grocery shopping.! 

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Right now I do this but since Aishwarya has got my brains to work towards Inventories ,who knows I might even end up making a fridge/pantry/freezer Inventories !!

Wish me Luck !!

KITCHEN COMMAND CENTRE

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We are quickly coming to the end of June , and all I can think about is managing  Poohcoo’s  schedules since the school has started . In previous years, our schedule was centered around my schedules . This year she is in 3rd Grade, and now that I am working,Volunteering at school , basically being a soccer Mom and I actually need to organize our time more efficiently !! 

In my mind I see more papers, more activities, and more chances to forget something.

To get a little organization into my life before the busy routines of school have us whipping through the year at a rabbit’s pace again? 

And my plan to get organized for this year definitely involves setting up a functional command center. 

IMG_6194This is one of those projects where I spent weeks trying to find the right materials and waiting for them to arrive. 

When all of my supplies came in … I swear, the skies parted and a little beam of light glistened through my kitchen window … I may have heard angels singing (or it could have been my Mac).

My first priority was to minimize the papers that accumulate on our Dining table . By creating a semi-organized place to keep them, my hope is that it will be less likely for me to misplace something important.  

My second priority was to make our schedule available to everyone in our home. In the past, I kept my schedule on my phone and would just relay the information to my husband on a need-to-know basis. Even though Poohcoo wasn’t  able to read or reach or schedule yet. I think it will be good to start teaching her & husband where to look for important information, so when She is  older the habit is already in her head.

I decided creating a family command center would work best for collecting our mess and keeping our general schedule. I started by trying to figure out what would work best for my family by “pinning” ideas on Pinterest .

My first thought was to place the command center in our Home office. I then realized that there are days I don’t even walk in there, so having it in there didn’t make much sense. The Kitchen / Dining area is the area we use 99% of the time. I ended up placing the command center as soon as you walk in the main  door.( Dumb Idea )I know but  That way it’ll be the first thing you see when you walk in the house, and the last thing you see when you walk out.

Our Kitchen Command Center features a Meal Planning Board, weekly Planner , Daily Planner  and Chore Charts … it has everything we need to plan out our week.

IMG_6192On the Weekly calendar, I try to keep each activity a specific color, so it is easy to see what is happening each day at a quick glance. I still keep a schedule book for the entire year, but the weekly Calendar lets everyone in my house know where everyone is or needs to be.

IMG_6191Daily Planner is for me only as u can see mom up there !! 

Pooh coo’s Chore Chart is also up and running ! though she has been doing this for over 3 years now and is a pro at ticking off her lists and taking money from me for her chores ! 

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there is a post it notepad for my grocery list, or anything that I remember goes in there 🙂

I purchased the bucket from Dmart  a while ago with this exact project in mind… love it when a plan comes together!  Its Magnetic so I was happy !!  I don’t know what I’ll put in the bottom two buckets but I’m sure they won’t stay empty for long.

So, do you feel a little more inspired to get organized?So that’s it!  I’m happy that I have a lot of things up there but still have some open areas to pin up important and time sensitive things. Speaking of pinning, do you Pinterest?  You should! Remember, there are a ton more ideas!!

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Thanks for reading. And remember my  friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!

Printables for Household Notebooks

Household Notebook Printables

Each family’s home management binder will be unique, just like each family is unique. However, there are some common parts of most organized family’s homemaking notebook.

Below is a pretty detailed list of items which could go into your household notebook. Not all of them need to, of course, and not all of them need to be created at once. In addition, if you actually were to put all these things in one notebook it would be huge and unwieldy. So these are just suggestions.

You pick and choose the ones that will actually help your family and home! There are also some resources on this site which can help you create your homemaking notebook, including a whole section of printables that you can use, as is, or tweak to fit your needs.( most of the Printables are freely available on the net , I have been using these printable for years ,I don’t remember which site it is though).

Suggested Contents Of Household Notebook

HOUSEHOLD NOTEBOOK BINDER COVER 

 

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SCHEDULES AND ROUTINES

 

DAILY SCHEDULES RIGHT ,DAILY SCHEDULES LEFT 

 

• CHECKLISTS FOR VARIOUS TASKS, SUCH AS MORNING AND BEDTIME ROUTINES FOR CHILDREN

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULES • FAMILY CALENDAR

 

WEEKLY MENU PLANNER 

 

• TO DO LIST

WEEKLY CLEANING SCHEDULE

KIDS ROOM CLEANING CHECKLIST 

EXTRA ROOM CLEANING CHECKLIST 

MASTER BEDROOM CLEANING CHECKLIST 

BATHROOM CLEANING CHECKLIST

• Spring cleaning checklist

• Fall cleaning checklist

• Weekly laundry schedule

• Stain removal guide

• CHORE CHARTS

• Household chores checklist

Family and Friends

Contact information and address bookaddress book right ( please check there are 2 links)

Personal information page for each family member

School and Extracurricular Activities

• Children’s school papers

• School schedules and calendars

Lunch menus

• Carpool schedules

• School information page

• School reading lists

• Summer programs information

• Sports schedules

• Scouting and PTA materials

Health and Safety

• Emergency contact list

• doctor visit 

• Emergency supplies list

• Home safety checklist

• Fire safety checklist

• First aid checklist

• Prescription drug records

• Health insurance information

• Pet health records

• Home security checklist

Finances

• Household budget

• Bills to pay

Legal Information and Documents

whatever you want to put into this category you can add Since my DH takes care of all this I haven’t included this in my household notebook

Holiday And Other Celebration Planning

• How to make a holiday planner

• Holidays budgeting form

• Planning for other parties and celebrations

• Families wish list and gift list

• Seasonal greeting card and thank you card list

• List of birthdays and anniversaries

• Gift suggestion list

I will provide you with practical knowledge of how to build habits and routines which are  the Pillars of home management.

After all, you are learning to be a manager of your household, so you need a household to manage.

Everyone is capable of being an effective home manager, whether full time or part time  in your family.

And every family can learn to work together to keep their home a happy place to live in.

The busier you and your family are, because of work, school, or family size, the more important it is for you to learn household management skills.

Home management allows you to enjoy your home and family. Isn’t that what we all want?

P.S. I still have a lot of documents that need to be uploaded, I will do it by next few days . so please bear with me !!