Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I am Pinnable - Week 4

Welcome to I am Pinnable - where you link up and I pin you on Pinterest and if you are featured I share you everywhere and follow you ( in a non-stalkery way !)  it is really as simple as that !
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Menu Planning Monday - August 22nd

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Hello Menu Planners old and new, it is my birthday today! As you can guess I am not going to be cooking on this Menu Planning Monday but I will have to cook for the rest of the week so don't let that stops us planning a menu today.


Don't forget to help you Menu Plan I have my Free Menu Planner printable available HERE and my new Freezer Inventory Printable HERE so you can always track what is in your freezer.

So here is this week's Menu


Monday 

 It is my birthday and I am not cooking - no way ! If I was though I would most probably go for my daughter's Prawn and Hoisin Stir Fry with Coconut Rice - Oh my ! it is good and even better Becca can cook it.  And for after I would love a fruit filled Pavlova.

Tuesday 

I do love a good Slow-cooker recipe and this one makes a wonderful Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce it is available HERE on my new website made to host all my recipes. You can check the whole thing out HERE  I spent all day yesterday making it workable so feedback would be great.

Wednesday 

It should be shopping day so Pizza and Home-made Spicy wedges will be the order of the day - I have written out my recipe for Spicy Wedges and made it printable - HERE 

Thursday


I am working on Thursday so again I am relying on my trusty slow cooker - if you haven't got one I highly recommend mine which is a Breville 5.5 Ltr available here it is truly a Godsend for anyone that is working or needs to save time in the evening. I am going to cook my ever reliable Tummy Warming Beef Stew as beef pieces are on Special in Aldi. Shopping the specials saves money which is why menu planning is so important to a busy, working family. 

Friday 


I love this bacon and chorizo gratin recipe it is so tasty and not too difficult to throw together, you can find the recipe HERE

Saturday 

Well, it might be the last summer barbeque we have so I am going to make these amazing pork and apple skewers.  If you are looking for alternative recipes you can see them HERE

Sunday 

Again I am using an Aldi Special for dinner - the Spatchcock Chicken is on special so I will serve it with seasonal vegetables and for after I am going to make this luscious chocolate cheesecake- the best part it is LOW FAT - yep low fat cheesecake :) the recipe is HERE

I hope you like my Menu Planning series - I hope to be able to offer you more ways of saving money and new recipes each week, if you do like it don't forget to sign up to the newsletter where sometimes I offer readers first glimpse at new recipes or printables. And if you are looking for more menu ideas don't forget to check out I am an Organizing Junkie's Menu Monday link up 


Friday, August 19, 2016

Does the Kon Mari Method Work ? - Frequently asked Questions on Friday

I was asked this recently - I did a post over a year ago called How the Kon Mari Method helped me clean up my closet I went into the details of how and why I was cleaning up and of course lots of lovely shots of my cupboards after they were done - but truthfully did it last, are my cupboards the same or does chaos reign again ?

DOES THE KON MARI METHOD WORK ?

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I can't be the only one that watches make-overs and organisational things and wonder how long with that really last ? In fact, I know I am not because a lot of the comments on my pictures especially on Facebook were " How long will it look like that ?" Or "it will be a mess in no time" - I have such lovely friends and family, truth is though I kind of wonder that myself !!
So I am going to demonstrate below exactly if the Kon Mari worked.

 I have taken pictures this morning (and no tidying was done beforehand I promise) and you can decide for yourself.

So here is the first example


Kon Mari in the wardrobe



As you can see - some clothes have been added - some are now gone to the great wardrobe in the sky but yes I kept it up - everything is organised in colour. I actually only have 4 main colours in my wardrobe these are my go to colours - Black , White, Red and Blue with varying shades, boring but works for me and my colouring. As for the organising once it was sorted and I had decided what brings me joy and what does not, I introduce the one in one out policy if I got something new something had to go - I am not a crazy clothes shopper in truth so it wasn't too hard. Also, I hang things up the way the came out, I know exactly which section they came from and that's where they go back.
So Kon Mari Method won that one !

Kon Mari in the Drawers 


So next we have my dresser drawers - did it work ? Well Yes and No, at first I had all my short sleeved tops in one drawer and long in another and it would invariably end up messy after a few weeks that happened until I put them one drawer !
 I realised too much space was not working for the vertical storage method once they were packed in and I had perfected my folding technique it worked like a charm ! Also, I freed up another drawer which now holds my nightwear.
So Eventually - Kon Marie won this one.

Kon Mari on the Shelves 


Yes, I am happy to say my shelves are still tidy - well done Marie Kondo for turning a messy soul like me into a fairly organised person.

I also took her methods and used them in my underwear drawers - this did require some storage though so I picked up these drawer organisers from Amazon ( yes this is an affiliate link)  
And  this is how my drawers look now - trust me they were a mess before


Lastly, I should tell you where the Kon Mare Method doesn't work - A Teenager's room.

 I organised her drawers and wardrobe not long after mine but she still uses the Floordrobe method of looking after her clothes !! It would break Marie's heart as it does mine, but you really can't win with teenagers !


If you are looking to tidy up your life and wish to read Marie Kondo's book it is available here and if you are a teenage or messy person you might like Sarah Knight's bestseller - The life-changing art of not giving a F!*K  

                                                             

Happy reading, have a great weekend and if you want more organising techniques or tips check out my other posts Here or follow me on Pinterest to see Organising Ideas