Moving Series: Lists

Being prepare for a move is always great, it can minimize the stress. I love lists, always have and I believe it helps a lot to have lists and review them daily so you know exactly what needs to be done, what can be moved to another day, etc……. I use a note book & post it notes for these list making.

For moving I always make lists by floors (Main Floor, Upstairs, Basement, etc…) & then rooms (Kitchen, Livingroom, Bathrooms, etc…). I like to leave bathrooms, kitchen, for later time down the list (closer to moving date) because you still use a lot of items from those rooms, but I still go thru those areas in case there are things that can get pack that I know wont be needed. So top of the list title will be the floor in the house, then list down by room and in order of packing and/or things that need to be done in those areas.

I also, take a look at the pantry, kitchen freezer, & the basement freezer and make a list of what we have in stock and base cooking on those. When moving you don’t want to be shopping for items not needed or for your overflow as you will need to pack and move those as well.

Another list making I do, is of any things left to do (example, cut grass, trash out, what needs to be bought to the trash bin at the garbage dump, etc…..)

I need lists, I live on making list. For the type of person I am list making makes me less stressed, my mind is so overwhelmed by trying to remember things. Less forgetting happens. I like to have things go as smooth as possible and making and having lists help me with that. Of course there will be some stress but why add to the stressful things you may run into. So I can say it more, lists will make life easier.

Another thing I do to help plan to get the things done off the list is, I print calendars and plan what days I can do what, and closer to those days I mark a note in my planner on what list to work on and stick that list with my planner so I am not looking for it. Life is busy and at times somethings wont get done when you want them too, but if planned out you can always be able to move it to another day and continue on.

Who else lives on making lists? I swear I don’t know what I would do without lists and my planner.

 

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How To Be More Productive 

Hi friends,

Thought I would share my tips that help be be more productive to get things done. These especially help me on those crazy does where I don’t have a lot of time to work with. It also helps me on those “lazy days” when you really don’t want to get moving.

  1. Lists-make a list of must do’s, not everything you want to do but of the things that are top priority. 
  2. No distractions, this is a big one. We waste alot of time checking our phones and once we pick it up to check one thing it doesn’t end there. Next thing an 1 hr is wasted. No other electronics either, as something might be interesting and we will stop to watch.
  3. Have routines in place (ex: morning and evening) of chores so you don’t feel overwhelmed when you need to take care of those “must dos” 
  4. On the days you have things you must get done, focus on only those until they are done. If you have time once completing those you can then do something else you would like to do.
  5. Have everyone in your family help thru out the day with chores. (Ex. Gets the kids to take out the trash at the end of the day, get everyone to load the dishwasher of any dishes they use, etc..) if everything is on you alone you will get very overwhelmed 
  6. Get a planner- now it doesn’t have to be expensive a simple one from the dollar store, whatever planner works for you. Plan everything in it, work days, kids events, appt, bills, to do’s. Everything all in one place. Review and plan every night and in the morning take a quick glance at it. This will also help you to not over do yourself. You can see how busy a day is ahead of time and you can change a to do or a list of things around to when it works for you.
  7. Make a list of things you want to do or get to and on less busy days you can go to the list and get a few things done or even just one and even if it’s just one off the list it’s still awesome and that’s one thing off the list. 

These are a few tips that help me stay on track. Since I started working I was over doing things and feeling like I wasn’t getting a hang of things around the house or errands because time was not enough. Now I plan accordingly and a morning & evening routine also help me sooooo much. Morning and evening routines have helped me way before I was even a working mom. I also swear by my planner, a family of 6 and now a puppy, there is always something and could be so easy to lose track of.

Do you have any tips or/& advice you would like to share with us? Comment below I would love to hear them.

Updated: Daily Cleaning Routine

It’s been awhile since I posted my last cleaning routine, so I thought I would share my new one. Since moving to a different house and returning to work a lot of my routines have changed.

Kids still have there chores and the help is more appreciated now then ever!

I still live with my agenda and need it more now with working as I have four kids in school there I always something to prepare for or to remember. I also still make “To Do” lists, sometimes the night before for the next day or sometimes at work while I am eating lunch. I barely do it during lunch at work as I have a new night routine and I like to do it in bed or in my office before turning in for the night. I have a post on Seven Things I Do Everyday you can check out here. I like to do on those days where you have less time to get things done, but don’t want to totally let everything go.

 

Daily Cleaning/Things to do Routine:

AM:

  • Clean up after making breakfast
  • Load & start dishwasher
  • Wipe counter surfaces
  • Prepare coffee machine (My husband & I have coffee after dinner)
  • Quick sweep of kitchen (if time permits, LOL)
  • Tidy up upstairs once we are all ready

 

KIDS After-school Chores:

  • Main floor vacuum
  • All closet stuff including shoes put away
  • 1st floor vacuum
  • Trash, Compost, Recycling takin out
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Wash dishes, containers, from school & after school eating
  • Tidy their rooms
  • Bring laundry down
  • Clean up after dog (outside)

 

PM:

  • Clean up after dinner
  • Load Dishwasher
  • Wash any dishes (not for dishwasher)
  • Wipe counters
  • Quick tidy up all floors once kids are in bed
  • Load of laundry
  • Double check backpacks for papers or containers, water bottles, etc….

 

A few things I also do is;

  • wash dishes as I am cooking, anything used to prep dinner and any dishes or pots used.
  • tidy up bathrooms (once everyone has used it)
  • Prepare coffee machine for next day
  • cut up fruits or veggies for next day lunches
  • lunches
  • Sign school agendas
  • Pick out my two youngest kids clothes for the next day
  • Go thru my planner for the next day
  • Plan anything that needs to done for the next day

 

Now some days some of these things may not get done as this is real life sometimes we are just too tired or something came up. Even the kids chores, sometimes they don’t get all done, they may have more homework, playdate, spend more time outside, etc… & that’s ok as when chores are kept up with normally it isn’t so bad when things aren’t always completed. I have a post on Seven Things I Do Everyday you can check out here. I like to still do on those days where you have less time to get things done but still want the house to look put together.

If you want to see my past cleaning routine you can find it here. Also, the past kids chores here.

 

If you have any tips or want to share your routine comment below.

 

 

 

Getting Back into the Groove of things

Hello, yes I know I have been MIA, but a week of vacation sometimes does that to you, lol. I was finding getting back into the groove of things after returning from the cottage so hard. We had such an amazing, relaxing, family fun time. I did a post on packing for the cottage which you can find here. My mind was always thinking about the beach and our amazing fires at night the few first days back at home.

I was really good with getting things done the Saturday we returned. Hubby and Tyler (my 12yr old son) unloaded the car and I got to the piles of laundry sorted, a load in, washed the dog, & unpacking the rest of things. By Saturday evening I was done all my chores and unpacked. The only thing that went on for a few days was laundry, one week no laundry for a family of six was insane. I am so glad I did my to do lists before leaving to the cottage so that the house chores & cleaning were done and we returned to a clean house. The only thing that needed to be done was vacuuming and mopping the floors, as unloading the car, unpacking left some sand in places and shoes not being take off left dirt on the floors.

The Monday I planned on working on my blog posts but that didn’t happen as my parents came over to spend the day with us since we were gone for a week. Then the rest of the week was appointments, entertaining the kids, and trying to get back in routine which didn’t work out as easily as I thought it would, lol. I think I needed that week off to get things back on track here in our home and getting back into the groove of things.

By last week Thursday rountine and the wanting to get things done started kicking in and now I can say we have return to our normal days. I started by doing one chore a day so that I could work my way back to getting back into things easlier without feeling tired. Honestly this family time was so relaxing for hubby and I. We really need this break from everyday life.

This week, back to school prep continues. Back to early baths for Ava & Madison (3 1/2 years old & 4 1/2 yrs old) and earlier bedtimes for all. This week is also when all labeling of school items get done and our school homework bin gets organized, which I will show you in another blog post.

Lots of time as been spent with my Erin Condren life planner this week as I got things I would like to work on once kids have returned to School this month.

How do you handle getting back into routine after a relaxing vacation? Comment below and let me know.

I thought I would share some photos from our cottage vacation.

Our Cottage Vacation 2015

Calling all Planners

Help! It’s that time of year where I start looking for new planners, but this year I need some help with your advice and picks. Over the years I have used many different types of planners, some worked and some not so much and those were passed along to my daughter or a friend. I would like to hear from you all in which planner or agenda you love and why? I am a stay-at-home-mom of 4 and love my planner/agenda to be able to hold my “To Do’s” list daily plus have room to add events, kids stuff, special dates, etc… Also love monthly calendars. If you would like to share please comment below, I would love your feedback to help me find the perfect one. If you prefer to email me you can do so at realhousewifeandmom@gmail.com

  
I would like to thank you all in advance for your help!

Project Management Book

Since the reno’s have begun, I thought making a Project Management notebook would help keep me organized with wants, ideas and reno’s to-do’s and anything else reno! Lol! I was contemplating between a binder or a notebook, and (as you read) notebook won! These are the item’s I picked up to start my Project Management notebook:

– Notebook (Dollarama)

– Post-It note pad (Dollarama)

– Plastic Holder (Dollarama)

– Paper Tab’s (Staples)

-Paper Mate Felt Tip Markers (Staples)

 I had some of my supplies on hand already, but these are all items that are easy to find and wallet-friendly! So, I have started my Project Management notebook with simple notes and to-do’s, and I plan to organize the book into sections. The sections will be for each part of my house that will undergo renovations. The reno’s are starting from the basement, moving on to the main floor, and then to the upper level and will end at the front yard. On the page where my paper tab is placed I stick a Post-It and write my to-do lists to get myself organized. I re-write everything in the notebook after I know I am not missing anything, and I won’t need to immediately scratch something out.

I bought a plastic holder that looks like a huge pencil case, it’s ideally used for storing paper, but I am using it to store my Project Management notebook, writing utensils, Post-Its, any magazine pages I pull out for ideas for rooms, and colours sample chips. This way everything is always kept together and I can just grab the case and take it with me. Plus, when it comes down to shopping, taking measurements for purchases and ideas I saved, I can just grab my case and off I go! My Project Management notebook is not completed yet but when it is, I will share it will you (:

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