Laundry Schedule 

This blog post was actually a request by a dear friend who is having trouble keeping up with her laundry. I up until about 7 months ago had a huge pile that took up my whole laundry & my darling mummy helped clear it out so I could start fresh! 

The 1st thing I did after the big clear out which require taking the clothes to a laundry mat to get on top of it, was to put laundry baskets in everyone’s closets. This seperates the washing, keeps socks in pairs, and let’s the laundry floor stay clear. I then created a laundry schedule. Monday is my washing, Tuesday is my husbands, Wednesday my daughters, Thursday my sons, Friday my baby’s and Saturday is sheets & towels. I constantly have laundry going in and out, I never let it pile up anymore. 

I also always take the day befores washing off the line, fold it and put it away when I hang the next load on. This way I don’t have a god awful pile of clean washing lying around waiting to be folded! Doing laundry bit by bit, day by day makes it more manageable! 

My kids put their own washing into the machine on their washing day, pull them out into their basket for me to hang and also put their folded clothes away in their drawers/cupboards. I started getting them to do this once they started grade prep 😊 takes a little work off me and gives them some responsibility for their own belongings 😊

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Day to day Organisation & Planning

I can’t function without my calendars, diaries, etc. If I lost them I would have no idea what’s going on in my life! That’s why I have a system and a back up system 😊

Here’s my family calender that hangs on my pantry door (was purchased at Kiki-k)

  

It goes by month and has columns for each person in our house. I write down important events, appointments, dates on here as soon as I become aware of them. The best part is the kids & my hubby know what’s happening everyday. I even have written what days my daughter has to hand in her dollarmite or when they have sport so I never forget.

I also back this system up with an app called “mom planner” (the free version). 

  

Once again as soon as an event or such is made aware to me I STRAIGHT away input it into the calender. 

  

I even add my cleaning schedule, what day I do menu planning, etc so I’m constantly reminded. The best thing about this app is you can set it up so things reoccur. For example, I set it up so every Wednesday it will display that I need to Hoover & mop! It even allows you to set alarms to once again remind you to do something. 

 

Another great feature is the the to list function. Here I input all the tasks I need to do, such as organise a birthday present or go to Centrelink. You can once again set an alarm to remind you and a date that it needs to be completed by 😊

Thirdly every day I write a little to do list in the morning and tick it off as I complete the task. I just use pen & paper for this. For instance, today I wrote down wash my daughters sheets, check emails, defrost mince, etc. 

None of this would be useful to me or anyone else if I didn’t actually take the time to check the calendars and actually input the things I need to do and remember!

Happy organising!

Sarah (The OCD Mumma) x

Cleaning Schedules

Sounds rather boring this topic doesn’t it…but believe me its worth having a look at & a think about!

In the past I would leave all my cleaning jobs for one day a week and would be totally overloaded on that day! My house would become feral in between that time and it would cause me great anxiety. Enough was enough and I created a cleaning schedule that works for me. Here’s an overview of mine:

Monday: Clean Bathrooms

Tuesday: Dust

Wednesday: Hoover & Mop floors

Thursday: Do a monthly task (listed at bottom)

Friday: Free day

Saturday: Hoover & Mop Floors, wipe down couches (I’m OCD with my floors, most people would only really need to do them once a week!)

Sunday: Do a monthly task (listed at the bottom and if I have free time)

I do the following everyday and usually in the morning after the kids are at school and my youngest naps:

Any dishes

Wipe down benches and kitchen table

Tidy the house (except my kids rooms, that’s their chore)

Make my bed (although its usually just throwing my doona over the sheet)

Laundry

I also will re-do some of the above daily tasks at night after dinner

Here’s my monthly tasks that I try to complete:

Wash rugs/mats/bath mats

Clean oven

Clean windows

Clean skirting boards

Spot clean the walls

The above is just what I find works for me a treat. It may seem as if I’m constantly cleaning but actually I’m not, I really only spend about an hour all up a day (extra spent on laundry) because the work is broken down over the week & month.

There is no need to follow exactly what I do, try and find a schedule that works for you and your own household. Here are a few links to free cleaning schedule printables to help you plan:

http://www.firsthomelovelife.com/2013/02/weekly-cleaning-chart-printable.html

http://zoocutieprintables.com/freebie-friday-operation-clean-house-printable/

Google “free printable cleaning schedules” for more inspiration or just use plain old pen & paper!

Happy Scheduling!

Sarah (The OCD Mumma) x

Menu Planning

Considering I am currently doing this myself, I thought what better blog topic then this!

Previously I would go to the supermarket every couple of days…unprepared. I would wonder the aisles aimlessly, causing myself a panic attack as I had to think on my feet & purchasing items that we just didn’t need. Going to the supermarket every couple of days not only wasted a lot of my time but it also mean that I was only prepared for a few days worth of meals, snacks, household products etc. Something had to change!!

A few years ago I changed my whole game plan and have never looked back! We now only go grocery shopping once a week on Hubby’s pay day. Although we do need to do a couple of quick runs during the week for fresh milk & bread ;). I prepare a menu plan every Tuesday for the 7 nights, which includes dinners, snacks I make for the kiddies, special treats such as pancakes on Sunday or desserts. When composing my menu plan I consult taste.com.au (one of the BEST websites for simple family meal ideas) for new meals and my recipe folder (which is tried and tested meals that I know I can make & the family enjoy 😉 ). I write all of the meals down according to which day I will be making them on my Family Menu Planner which looks something like this (easily bought from Kmart or stores such as Typo & Kiki-K):

menu planner

I stick the it on my fridge and as I make the meals etc I will cross them off, which actually is highly useful to me as I am forgetful and will make two batches of muffins by accident!. I know what’s for dinner every night and it comforts me to know that its one less thing I need to worry about during the day!

From the menu plan I compose the weekly grocery list with the ingredients I need for the meals, etc and add on the obvious essentials. I go as far as to organise my shopping list into supermarket aisles (frozen with frozen, canned with canned) but really that’s just my OCD coming out ;). This way when my husband or I go do the groceries, we are not leaving with random stuff, we don’t forget anything and we are stocked up for the next seven days! No more shopping headaches!

I know of women who do a monthly menu plan and cook up big batches of meals & freeze them or do a fortnightly menu plan. Do whatever works for you and your family 🙂 We do weekly because Hubby gets paid weekly and because I like to use fresh ingredients and have plenty of fresh fruit and veg on hand.

If you think that this is something that would work for you in your household I have posted some links here for free menu planner templates!!

http://www.athriftymrs.com/2013/06/free-meal-plan-printables.html

http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/meal-planner/

And here are some Grocery/shopping list free templates & printables 🙂

http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/grocery-list.html

http://salsession.com/free-shopping-list-template.html

Sarah (The OCD Mumma) x