When I want to be on top of things, I try to remember to spend a bit of time on Mondays to plan out our meals for the week, writing them up on my weekly planner or in a notebook I keep in the kitchen. When I don’t do it, I find that life feels like that boulder chasing Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. I am Indiana in this analogy, narrowly missing getting flattened. It may end without disaster but I could do without the high-speed chase.Continue reading “Meal Plan Monday”
I am finding my Bullet Journal very helpful in making my days at home feel more purposeful and less aimless. I haven’t yet worked it into my school life as the days go by too quickly and a simple to-do list on my laptop or my to-do list pad seems to work well enough. My BuJo is more of a reflective and fun medium that doesn’t fit in the hectic school day. It doesn’t help that I don’t have a proper space to work – I don’t have my own classroom and the English department office is, let’s say, somewhat chaotic. I need to carve myself a bit of space in there.
As a stationery fiend, I have been eyeing a lifestyle planner for 2016 that I could use for to-do lists, home admin, appointments and anything else that will help me remember what is meant to be happening around me once the new mama haze sets in.
I loved the look of Elise Blaha‘s Get To Work Book but the shipping costs made it prohibitive. Erin Condren’s LifePlanners are gorgeous but again, so pricey coming from the States. So I decided to look this side of the pond and found the Pirongs website. I had bought a non-personalised teacher planner from them when I was a student teacher so I knew that their products we of a high quality. Their Unique Lifestyle Planner was definitely the best option since it also allowed me to personalise what pages to include and which format I want the diary pages to come in. Rich got me a gift voucher for Christmas knowing I would want to spend time choosing the different options (front cover, size etc.)
I chose an A5 size with the hearts cover as it had a stitch design which I loved. I added gold rings, bookmark and elastic holder for a bit of glitz. I covered the predesigned ‘This planner belongs to’ front page (I had already put my name on the front cover after all!) and added the picture of one of my favourite writing quotations instead. Next is a Year-to-View double page.
Next are the diary pages. Each month starts with a Month-to-View double page which I will use for birthdays and any important events.
I chose the vertical Week-to-View design – I like the space for Weekly goals, to-dos and daily to-dos which I will use for important tasks and blog post planning.
Note the gorgeous platinum-plated pen – another gift from Rich this Christmas!
After the diary pages, there are home organisation / lifestyle pages which I chose:
Then there are some holiday planning pages (planning list page and packing checklist).
Then I added some cleaning planner pages where I can list chores.
Finally, I added a pen holder and a plastic wallet at the back in which I’m keeping the stickers that came with the planner. With all the extras and the delivery, it came in under £30 which is not at all bad, especially compared to the cost of buying an American equivalent. I am a happy lady and look forward to busting out the washi tape to make it even prettier on the inside.
I realise that a lot of my quirkiness is just another excuse to procrastinate but I find it extremely difficult to focus on studying without an orderly place to do it. When I was given a day to myself last week I used part of it tidying up our spare room. I forgot to take a proper ‘before’ photo of the whole room and desk – the photo above was taken mid-sort. The piles of books are ones that I am selling/donating. The bag of clothes in the bottom corner are the ones my daughter has outgrown (just the most recent couple of sizes). These are all now folded and zipped into the bag, ready to be put in the loft.
I emptied the ugly plastic six-drawer unit and managed to fit everything in the boxes next to my desk, the baskets underneath the desk and the boxes in the wardrobe behind my desk. I had been saving up a ton of glass jars for some future project but I decided to get rid of these as they were taking up precious space. I gave some to my husband for screws etc. in the garage and the rest were recycled.
The space between the desk and the wall was a dumping ground so I moved some of it into the wardrobe (so that similar types of fabric / supplies were together) and just tidied it up.
I alphabetised all my books so I can quickly find what I am looking for and easily which books I already have. To make space, I got rid of a load of books which I never going to re-read, donating them to charity or adding them to our boot sale pile (most likely, a combination of both).
This was meant to be my tidy ‘after’ picture but the slanty books on the top shelf and the magazine file sticking out on the bottom shelf make me itchy. I might need help.
I used to call this my craft corner but since I now need somewhere to study too, it has become a multi-functional space. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want it to still look a bit pretty so I made sure my craft things were still on display should the urge arise, as well as those other decorative touches that keep me feeling calm and happy.
I’ll feel even calmer when I turn that block the right way up…
My latest blog obsession is blogs about organising. I can’t get enough of them. One of my favourites is IHeartOrganizing and Jen has just shared some brilliant gift ideas. This Ice Cream Sundae kit jumped out at me.
Other blogs I like to browse include Life… Your Way which covers everything from organisation to blogging to decorating to motherhood. They even have a Christmas… Your Way section!
And then there is I’m an Organizing Junkie which is full of helpful tips and inspiration for a ‘clutter and chaos free’ life.