Saturday, January 24, 2009

Keeping myself in check!

I am going to start making a list of what I have achieved in a day!

So... a) I feel like I have done something and b) I like to see what I have actually done! For some strange reason it seems to help me if I detail most things that need doing.

So far today I have:

*Cleaned the bathroom
*Cleaned the toilet
*Tidied my bedroom and made the bed
*Done the food shopping

Today I still need to:

*Tidy kitchen bench
*Fold washing and pack away
*Take rubbish out
*Wash dishes and pack away
*Clear kitchen table

Update on the last week!

For the past 2 years I have been apart of a parenting forum. I found that I have spent way too many hours and too much energy on there and decided last week to leave. I have been so unhappy for so long because I spent a lot of time on there each day. So I have made a clean break and am feeling a lot happier for it!

The past couple of days have been flat out with me working and just generally being unorganised! I had Mum come up for a few days and cooked a heap of meals to freeze etc for me and she did a general tidy up of the house which was great. I just need to maintain that though. Oscar will start daycare Monday week and will go for 2 full days a week. I will miss him dearly but I really think that he needs the socialisation and I need a break. He really is such a gorgeous and easy little guy to take care of but since moving so far away I have no family or close friends that I can ask to have him for a few hours some days. So I am currently planning my days where I don't have Oscar so I can make sure that everything I need to have done is done and I can spend the rest of my time with my gorgeous little man when he is home.

I am hoping to do all my meal planning for the week on a Sunday night, have my shopping list written out and then do my food shopping as soon as I have dropped Oscar off at daycare. I have a fantastic diary for 2009 which is great for planning my days for personal things as well as business things! So that will be a great tool for me!

I was 15 weeks last Wednesday and have started feeling some little kicks which is very exciting! Shane is hanging to feel our tiny little bubba kick him and is a little impatient with waiting! I am very excited because Shane is working pretty much 6.30am to 9pm every day but this Monday we have closed the shop for Australia Day!! Yay! We get to spend the whole day together... so we might head down the river for a swim and go out for lunch!

Anyway... enough rambling from me! Hope you have a great long weekend and

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My battle to de-clutter the house!

It's a sad day when you have only moved into a house 4 months ago and you already need to de-clutter and re-organise!! Keep in mind I have never been great at housework and doubt I will ever be a Domestic Goddess... even though I am aspiring to be one oneday! It's kind of a "....when I grow up I want to be a..." type senario! I'm just waiting for that day when I "grow up" to come!

Last Sunday I started cleaning out our bedroom! We had crap all through my bedside drawers and in our HUGE cupboard. So even though it has taken me 6 days that job is complete! I have bought wooden coathangers and have tossed out all the yucky wire ones that were wrecking our clothes and I also bought SpaceBags to pack away all our unused/winter clothes. Shane has a million t-shirts so I have packed away half of them and re-organised everything of his so now he has a clutter free side! My side is looking damn good too and now with only clothes in there that are maternity or ones that still fit me it is much easier to find something to wear. Otherwise I was doing a fashion parade of everything to see what fitted me and would then throw the unlucky pieces for that day back in or on the floor! So fingers crossed I can keep it tidy!

Last week I also de-cluttered Oscar's room and packed away a lot of his toys he no longer plays with. He has a lot more space now and it's much easier for him to find what he wants to play with. I still need to go through his clothes but that can probably be a job for my Mum when she comes up tomorrow!

The loungeroom has almost been done as well! I have cleared out the wall unit and tidied up the TV cabinet. I just need to finish Spacebagging the few remaining clothes that are laying around in there and then that will be done! I will get Mum to help me do the kitchen as well and the pantry needs a good organise! I always joke that my Mum has OCD as she is such a neat freak and everything has to be just so. So I love it when she comes to my house and tidies it up!

The bathroom I did tonight which didn't take long. Just tossed a few empty shampoo bottles etc out and neated things up... Oscar likes to get into the cupboard and drawers and move everything around!!

The laundry and large linen cupboard are probably a task for next week!! Yesterday I did a bit of a cleanup outside and got rid of a heap of weeds and just did a general tidy up! There is still more to do but for now I am happy with my progress!

I am on a mission as I have just realised how much time I have been wasting and what I could be doing with my time! So after the house is de-cluttered and re-organised I will be VERY happy and can't wait to have more time to cook yummy meals and spend with Shane and Oscar and maybe have some me time even!

It's getting late so I should drag myself off to bed so I can get my beauty sleep and prepare myself for tomorrow's set of jobs!

Night x

A little info about me!

I thought I would start this blog as a place where I can get out my thoughts on day to day life!

I am Danielle, I am married to my gorgeous husband Shane. We have a beautiful little boy Oscar and another one on the way! I am currently 14wks pregnant and due sometime in July. I have been given 3 different dates being 3rd July, 15th July & 20th July. So I am aiming for sometime during that month!

Shane and I have recently moved away from our friends and family by the beach as we bought our own business which is walking distance to the Mighty Murray River!! It is very rewarding but very stressful and time consuming as you can imagine. Business is booming and we couldn't be doing better but it is stating to take it's toll on us, so we are trying to get organised with more staff etc so we can step back somewhat.

We have 2 gorgeous dogs... Mitchell who is a 6yr old Black Lab and Emmy who is a 4yr old Tan Staffy. They are confined to quite a small backyard at the moment and aren't getting walked regularly so they are tearing the backyard apart!

Anyway... that is enough about me and my family and life. Will try and post regularly!