Monday, 18 February 2019

My Messy Little Secret- Clutter Cleanout

This weekend, I tackled my messy little secret.  My desk.  In the busyness of every day life, I let my desk became quite the dumping ground.  I threw papers in, with the intention of dealing with them later.  If we had company, I would shove my messes out of sight in my tiny secretary desk.  Needless to say, something had to change.  In addition to the terribly messy desk, my 'command center' in the kitchen had also become out of control.

I think that we have to be honest with ourselves when something isn't working.  My command center was messy and was causing me stress, rather than relieving it.  I had a few hours to myself so I decided to make a change.


I took everything out of my desk.  I have a drawer in this desk that I use, as well.  I threw away any garbage, recycled a lot of paper and moved a few items back to their place elsewhere in our home.

I didn't take any pictures of my command center, but I removed all of the papers from my command center and went through them.  I then moved everything into my desk. My command center binder is in my drawer, along with my budgeting binder and notebook.


This project really brought me a lot of calm.  It is one of those things that I wish I would have done a long time ago.  I now have a functioning desk and command center.  I think that this project will go a long way in making my every day life better,

Friday, 15 February 2019

Frugal Friday- Planning for Your Financial Goals

Every year my husband and I sit down and make financial goals.  We make financial goals for the year that we are in, we set goals for 5 years down the road and 10 years in the future.  Our goal setting helps us to be on the page when it comes to our finances.  Communication is key when you share your finances with your partner.  Today I am going to tell you how my husband and I go about setting our goals.



1.)  Decide on your priorities.  The first step to setting goals is to determine which goals are your priorities.  Is it to get out of debt?  Increase your savings?  Start an emergency fund?  Our first priority is always to do something responsible with our money so that we can increase our net worth.  Last year we decided to increase our savings and become consumer debt free.  We paid off our vehicle early and built our savings account.  I can't tell you the difference it has made for us to not have a vehicle payment.  Our mortgage is now our only payment.  That is incredibly freeing.  This year we want to increase our emergency savings from 3 months expenses to 6 months expenses.

After we decide on our financial priority we figure out how to reach our goal.  We then incorporate our goal into our budget so that it becomes a 'must do' with every paycheck. 

2.)  Decide on secondary goals.  When I say secondary goals, I mean goals that will take a backseat to your main goal.  My husband and I would like to install central air in our home this year.    We are really hoping to be able to reach our goal this year, but it will only happen if our main goal stays on track.  Once again, we go through our finances so that we can determine what we need to do in order to reach our goal.

3.)  Plan for the future.  We have some big goals for the future.  The beauty of setting goals for the future is that you are free to dream big and can adjust accordingly.  We would like to take a family trip to Maui in 2021, remodel our kitchen in the next ten years, and take our children to Disney World in the next 10 years.  We dream big and then decide what it would take for us to reach those goals.  I got a quote from a local travel agent for the cost of a Maui trip.  We also got ballpark figures for our kitchen renovation.  Numbers make it much easier to decide what is plausible.

Our yearly (and then monthly) chats help my husband and I decide how to use our finances and work towards common goals.

How do you set your financial goals?  What helps you to stay on track?  I would love to hear all about it!

Monday, 4 February 2019

January Clean & Purge- Week #4

For the last week of my January cleaning, I tackled our cold storage room.  It basically needed to be tidied up.  I didn't really purge anything from the cold storage, but I did remove items that didn't belong.  I keep our camping supplies, seasonal decorations and books and extra food supplies in our storage room.  I tend to stock up on pantry staples when they are on sale.  Our upstairs pantry can't fit everything, so I put items in the cold storage room.

Before:


After:


Storage Room To Do List:
  • wipe shelves
  • make sure each item belongs
  • check dates on food or drink
  • vacuum (I didn't have time to do this, but I have added it to next weekend's to do list!)
My home feels much cleaner and much more organized.  Thank you for joining me for January Clean & Purge.


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Reveal

This capsule wardrobe is going to be worn until April.  I went with a lot of cozy clothes and I am happy with how it turned out.  I have decided that I am not going to include outerwear in my capsules anymore, because it really doesn't vary much in the cold weather months.  I own 2 winter jackets and 2 pairs of boots.  I wear them constantly because it is winter and it is cold. 





I have 21 tops (a black and white striped top is in the wash).  I do have one more purchase planned and if I get it, I will have 22 tops.  My wardrobe has 1 dress, 1 skirt and 4 pants.  There are 27 items in total.  I am looking forward to wearing these clothes in the coming months.  Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, 28 January 2019

January Clean & Purge- Week 3

I am (mostly) feeling better and am back on my feet.  I tackled our bedrooms and our downstairs closet this week.  Everything looks so much more organized.  I was able to store some items for my youngest daughter to grow into, donate some things that no longer work for our family and return a few pieces of clothing to people who generously handed them down to us. 

I tackled my nightstand and half of the closet first.  I donated a few books and the odd piece of clothing.  I mostly straightened up and cleaned. 

I went through my oldest daughter's closet next.  I boxed up clothes that she has that will fit her in the coming season and boxed up shoes that she still needs to grow into.  This helped to remove the visual clutter of the clothes piled on the shelves.  I boxed up any items that were too small that we plan to keep for my youngest.  I then donated or returned anything else we didn't want to keep.  I took out her art project box and we are now slowly going through the task of gifting her art pieces to family and deciding which few are truly keepers. 

My youngest daughter shares a closet with our portable air conditioning unit (it is the easiest place to store it for the winter).  I took out any items that she has outgrown or no longer uses.  She just turned a year old so there was quite a bit of "baby" stuff that she simply doesn't need/use anymore.  I advertised 2 of my diaper bags that I don't use (I really love my backpack diaper bag with my neck and shoulder issues).  I boxed up the clothes that she will be able to use in Spring/ Summer and stored the rest the clothes that she needs to grow into in the downstairs closet.


I tackled the downstairs closet last.  I put all of my maternity and postpartum wardrobe together in a storage container in the closet.  I also stored all of the clothes that my youngest daughter has to grow into in this closet.  I use diaper boxes because they are economical and a nice size.  We keep our off-season clothes in this closet so I went through those and only kept what we truly use.

I keep the unused portion of my wardrobe in the downstairs closet.  It mostly consists of my work clothes (which I am not using while on maternity leave), tops that currently don't fit or work because I am breastfeeding, bras that don't currently fit because I am breastfeeding and my summer outfits.  I own a range of sizes in my outfits, but until I am sure we are done having children I plan to keep my clothes.  I have worn almost the whole range of my sizes this year and when I finish breastfeeding, many of my tops will fit me again.  I did donate a few articles of clothing that I never choose for my capsule wardrobes and a pair of shoes that doesn't fit me properly.



Checklist:

  • Remove all of the items from the bedroom closets and dressers.  Make sure that each item that returns to the closet/dresser truly belongs there.
  • Wipe all shelves.
  • Wipe all baseboards.
  • Wipe window sills.
  • Wipe down light switches, door knobs and furniture.
  • Move furniture to vacuum the floors.
I am excited to finish tackling the rest of my house!  Happy cleaning, friends!

Monday, 21 January 2019

Sick Day

Hello Everyone!  I should be continuing my January Clean & Purge series today, but I am under the weather.  We took a quick family getaway and when we returned I got the worst cold that I have had in years.  I don't often get sick, but this cold hit me hard.  It also hit the kids so we are just trying to get well over here.  I didn't have the time or energy to tackle everything or write a post.  I hope to be back Wednesday with my next Capsule Wardrobe reveal. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2019 Planning

I am plan to have a much calmer wardrobe palette until Spring.  I am really feeling blues, greys and the odd pop of red.  I want cozy textures, as we are now getting some colder weather.  I am looking forward to snuggly sweaters and sweatshirts.  I came up with some images that represent the colour palette that I want.  I will have my reveal next week.


Happy Wednesday, friends!