Do you Allows Toys in the Living Room?

Renting a small apartment means limited space and no playroom. In our home we have a living room, spot for a dining table and chairs, kitchen with hardly any counter space, and two bedrooms. That’s it…no playroom, den, or office. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my small apartment. It keeps me from overloading it with unnecessary items and we have a garage, driveway, lawn, and we’re close to the center of town. clean living room collage

Now with a small apartment, my office is a spot on the couch…which is NOT comfortable, but it works. I prefer the other couch, but I have the roll-out electric fireplace that I use as a make shift table. office couch

AJ has a nice sized room, but never plays in there. I can hear AJ in his room and see into part of it from the kitchen. He even has a TV and DVD player. Despite all that he tries to drag all his toys into the living room.

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I put my foot down while cleaning and organizing this summer. I made it very clear that no toys are to be brought in the living room, it’s only for watching TV and movies. I set up a play space for him on the side of the couch near his bedroom door…that was working…for a bit.

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Well as you can suspect it only lasted two days…soon toys were everywhere in the living room, cushions were down and made into forts, and it was a mess once again. Hubby is frustrated as wants to enjoy the living area as do I, but at the same time I understand our son doesn’t want to be cast off in his room. At this point, I have given up fighting him on the toys and mess, though I have limited the amount he brings in the space.

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If we didn’t have that basement door between the bedrooms, we could set up a play area there. That would make a perfect spot for AJ to play while keeping our living room clutter free…but we need to have access to that door at all times.

Where do you let your kids play with their toys?

In the Master Bedroom with FlyLady

master bedroom collage2Last week I wrote about Dino’s room and bathroom organization and cleaning, you can read that here. Hubby did an amazing job last week…he helped so much and made me a happy wife. Who doesn’t love a happy wife? a few chores last week. This week was a bit weird, we did work on Monday, since we were both off, but with the storms and hubby’s hours all messed up Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit messed up. I am sure he’ll get back into the routine today and Friday.

master bedroom collage checked offPicMonkey CollageEven with a small bedroom, I needed a laundry area…and it works now. Under the drying rack I have a basket for delicate clothes, bag for towels and sheets, and all my crochet storage. Eventually I’ll get a nice basket for crocheting supplies.

our bedroomNow Hubby has made the bedroom more of his “man area” which is fine. I don’t get too worried as long as it’s clean…well mostly clean…our bedroom3 our bedroom2Any tips on how to give the bedroom a nicer touch…even if it’s a manly look.

What did you clean/organize this week? How do you split chores in your house? 

In the Bathroom and Dino’s Room with FlyLady

bathroom and dino room collage2Last week I wrote about our kitchen organization and cleaning, you can read that here. Hubby did a few chores last week. This week he has dived in full force and I am so happy about that.We both work full time, therefore we both need to put equal amounts of time into keeping our place clean and organized. I can feel the stress and pressure lifting off of me and in turn making me a nicer wife.

PicMonkey CollageWill it stay as clean as we left it? NOPE, but it gives it a good cleaning for the next few weeks.

Sure Dino’s toys will be all over the place again, but the broken ones are gone and the items he “borrows” from the kitchen and dining area are all back in their correct spots. Sure items will get buried under the bed…then in a few weeks, we will do it all again! 

The toilet is always cleaned (swish and swipe) each night and every few days I clean up the hair and grime in the bathroom with a just used washcloth. I have to clean his bath toys every week, but when focusing on this zone, I give them a SUPER STRENGTH cleaning.

What did you clean/organize this week? How do you split chores in your house? .

 

LET’S GET ORGANIZED BLOG HOP #11

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #11

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

If you follow FLYLADY, then you know this week is the bedroom and our laundry closet.

I do love my hubby, but he snores HORRIBLY LOUD along with our dog, Balboa. I usually sleep in the living room to ACTUALLY get sleep. Some people are horrified and others are jealous that I get to sleep. Either way it works for us and that is all that matters. In the end, the master bedroom is mostly a place to store my clothes, do laundry, and hang up clothes that need to dry. 

If hubby didn’t snore, I would love to be back in the bedroom, but if I don’t get sleep I am can be viscous and irritable…he rather have the kinder wife. Besides with our crazy work schedules, this sleeping arrangement works.

So how does this tie in with Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop? I can’t take pics of our bedroom, it looks terrible..like a man cave….like he’s a bachelor. In his defense though, it does get crazy around here and it the least decorated and styled room. Which is my fault in a way since I do avoid the room, instead of trying harder to keep it more organized. I tend to focus on decorating and organizing the other rooms.  Any suggestions?

From previous posts here and here, you can see that I have a good system of washing, drying, and putting away my clothes, sheets, towels, and Dino’s clothes. Hubby handles his own clothes. I may wash them if they are in the washing machine and toss them in the dryer, but he has to put them away on his won…I mean I can’t do it all.

Instead I’m going to post some great ideas for super tiny bedrooms…apartment bedrooms I found on Pinterest.

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NEXT WEEK…Organizing the living room/hallway closets and shelves…oh boy I better get started on that.

Have any suggestions for future topics?

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LUNCH AND DINNER ORGANIZATION

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As soon as I get our snacks, I separate into smaller bags if I buy a larger bag. This makes it easier to quickly pack lunch or control portions. I also include baggies in his lunch bag with the snacks that come prepackaged. This way his teachers can put the extra snacks in a bag for the next day. I DIDN’T INCLUDE the pics of carrots and grapes already separated into bags…this also makes for easy lunch preparation.

 

snackssnacks2Snacks for this week

 

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Extra snacks for when we run low

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I do the same with my veggies…potatoes that are cut and seasoned…then frozen. I have sliced zucchini seasoned and frozen (pic not shown). As it defrosts it marinates, and ensures that the veggies will last longer.

I do something similar with chicken, but instead I pour the seasoning of my choice in the frozen bag and as it defrosts, it marinates.  I try to separate before I store in fridge or freezer, this controls portions and makes it easier when making lunches, defrosting, and cooking.

potatoesI often run out of ideas when packing our lunches, so by writing down some lunches that work…it makes it easier….for both me and anyone else who has to pack Dino’s lunch.

chartIdeas for dinner this week…though open to changes

  • Sunday: spaghetti and meatballs
  • Monday: goya chicken, rice, veggie
  • Tuesday: Tacos with ground pork mac and cheese, with leftover veggies and chicken
  • Wednesday: tacos with ground pork

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What are ways you get organized for snacks, lunches, and dinners? Do you marinate then freeze? Or do you freeze then marinate after it defrosts?

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Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #9

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #9

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

I’m BACK and things are better.

So on to the topic at hand…What organizational product can you not live without? 

The baskets in my car that my mother bought for me…they work great to keep things organized and looking clean. 

car organization CollageThe rolling carts in my dining area which help Dino to be independent by getting his own napkins and utensils. The top drawer holds Tony’s old notebook. We kept if for Dino to use, but it’s so old…any suggestions about what to use?

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The rolling cart in our tiny kitchen which gives me extra space. Dino knows where to get rags and dishtowels and even puts away the clean ones. That alone makes it a great organizational tool. kitchen drawers collage

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NEXT WEEK…Organizing your bathroom…what do you do?

Have any suggestions for future topics?

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Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #8

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #8

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

NOPE…Not this week. I know I was supposed to talk about organization products that you can’t live without, but I need your help this week.

I am overwhelmed, tired, and need to get better organized. I drive to a few different schools during the week and wind up eating in my car more often than not. I My car is a mess by the end of the day…I need a better way to organize my teaching resources, student work, snacks, books on tape, crocheting.

I often crochet, snack, and listen to books on tape if I arrive to a school early and need to wait a bit. I need these things within my reach, but hate all the clutter and mess.

So I need some suggestions on what to do? How do you keep your car clean? What tools, tricks, techniques do you use.  

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NEXT WEEK…What organizational product can you not live without?

Have any suggestions for future topics?

ALL LINKS WILL BE PINNED TO THE LET’S GET ORGANIZED PIN…here

 

Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #6

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #6

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

PicMonkey CollageWhen I first started blogging I had my own cleaning schedule with daily, monthly, and weekly chores…It was detailed and crazy.

Then after much back and forth thinking, I decided to give FlyLady a try. I know it can be overwhelming at first with dressing to shoes and a shiny sink. There are morning and afternoon chores including and each week we focus on a different area. Before you can even clean, you must declutter and organize. It’s a lot at first, but when all done life is so much easier. 

Am I a perfect flybaby? NOPE

Do I do the morning and afternoon chores all the time? NOPE

Do I have a super organized house that is always clean and tidy? NOPE

Do I have a mom that always finds something that dirty or unorganized? YUP

Do I swish and swipe the bathroom most mornings? YUP

Do I read every single flylady email? NOPE (I set them up to go directly to a folder in gmail and only look at them when I choose)

Do I perfectly cleaned floor with no crumbs and stains? NOPE

Do I have furniture and fans with NO dust? NOPE

Do I have a perfectly vacuumed rugs? NOPE

Do I have a super  clean bathroom? NOPE

Do I have a perfect living room, with clean couches, and a floor without toys? NOPE

I am far from perfect, but I know I can return to my schedule if need be.

FlyLady has teamed up with Cozi Calendar to include her zones into the calendar. This is great. I love to print out the week so Hubby and I know what is going on each week. We can see birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, parties, appointments, and activities.  

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NEXT WEEK…I will be talking an organizational product you could never live without.

Future topics include

How do you organize your kid(s) toys?

HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR A FUTURE ORGANIZATIONAL TOPIC?
WANT YOUR POST TO BE FEATURED?

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LET’S GET ORGANIZED BLOG HOP #5

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #5

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

 

ORGANIZATION…

CollageI am not a purse kind of girl, I don’t like designer bags or one for each outfit. I prefer a good bag that can hold LOTS of stuff. You moms know what I mean, right?

After shopping with my mom, she got me just what I wanted. I large tote to hold what I need…and it zips! A PLUS!

CAM06481I have a wallet purse that I keep in my tote…or wear across my body if I just need to run into the store quickly or don’t want to carry my tote.

CAM06475I also keep an old makeup bag in my tote…it hold EVERYTHING I need.

I have feminine products, hand sanitizer, lotion, pain medicine, pens, band aids, first aid kit, flashlight, toilet seat covers, hand wipes, headband, clips, phone charger, fiber packets, chap stick, lip gloss, notes, and can even fit in sunglasses.

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CAM06480 CAM06481When I go out with Dino I put my makeup bag in his tote and wear my wallet purse.

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CAM06487This makes like so much easier. After so many bags and failed organization attempts…this system works for me? Do you do something similar? How do you organize your bag(s)?

                                                                                           

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FEATURED POST

A Dish of Daily Life

I was so happy when Michelle told me about her purse organization. In this post Michelle talks about and shows us her POUCHEE, the ultimate purse organizer. LOOK how awesome that is… and you should see all the things she gets in there. I SO need to get this for my birthday or Christmas

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So go check it out, you just may add it to your wish list or BUY IT…I know I am dying to get one now.

 

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NEXT WEEK…I will be talking cleaning systems. Do you have a chart? calendar? follow an online system? Create your own?

Future topics include

What organization products could you NEVER live without?

How do you organize your kid(s) toys?

HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR A FUTURE ORGANIZATIONAL TOPIC?
WANT YOUR POST TO BE FEATURED?

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LET’S GET ORGANIZED BLOG HOP #3

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #3

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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A Dish of Daily Life

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  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

 

ORGANIZATION…

With me returning back to work full time, I am stumped on how to find the time to shop for make a shopping list, shop for groceries, and make healthy meals every night. I used Peapod MANY years ago and am thinking this might be a good time to start up again. With Peapod I can…

 

  • Use coupons and have them taken off the next order
  • Coupons get doubled up to 99c
  • Add my items right to the site and that’s my shopping list.
  • If I have it delivered on Wednesday, I can get $5 off the $10 delivery fee
  • I don’t have to leave the house…food is brought right to my door and I can put it away with ease.

Yes, you pay for convenience, but I think in order to be organized you have to make priorities. Between working full time, planning lessons and writing reports at home for work, blogging, crocheting, cleaning and organizing, and being a wife and mom…I just don’t have time to go to a grocery store. Is paying a few more dollars to do one less thing worth the price? YES, to me it is.

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COUPONS: I used to have a big red binder full of coupons, run around to various stores to spend as little as possible on everything…again, it’s about priorities. Now I just keep them in a small photo album by categories. It’s easier to get them out and see which have expired and easier to drop them into the correct category.

So what do you all use for making lists and shopping? Do you go to the stores or shop online? How do you organize your coupons? 

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FEATURED POST

Mandy posted about how she organizes her recipes and sets up a monthly menu. You can see that here. She has a great technology-free system, which looks pretty organized. A whole month of menus…that’s darn amazing and something I wish I could do…but would fail miserably.

Go over and check out her system…might inspire you to rework your menus.

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NEXT WEEK I will be talking about organizing your clothes. Do you prepare your clothes the night before or the week before? Or do you get your outfit ready as you get dressed?

Future topics include

How do you organize your purse/pocket book/totes?

Do you follow a cleaning system? Create your own?

What organization products could you NEVER live without?

How do you organize your kid(s) toys?

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