The planner girls collective: How I do my monthly overview

The planner girls collective: How I do my monthly overview

So for me this is the main place I plan. I carry this plan around with me in my pennybridge so I can always check what I’m doing.
Therefore literally everything goes on this! Lol! So it can be a bit busy…. At the moment as we are so close to the start of the month it’s not too bad.

By the end of the month there may be a few more appointments or notes in it so I will endeavour to show you once it is complete.

Due to my planning slump I can’t show you a previous month. So glad to be back into the swing of it all now though 😀

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Organising my laundry room

Organising my laundry room

So have you ever had a space in your house which becomes a dumping ground? I know we did! Our kitchen has a little space off of it that no one really sees where all the laundry is done.  But because it’s out of the way it became a real dumping ground as you can see!

All our washing ended up piled high and in a mess! Things were being dumped randomly and I had no clue what was what!

The cuoboards above weren’t that much better either if I’m honest….

Again things everywhere with no sense of what was what. Yes I had little storage pots but what was in them I really couldn’t tell you!

If this sounds familiar, be reassured things can improve! In fact it only took a small amount of money and a few hours to sort!

So when I say a small amount of money what do I mean? I went to Wilkinson’s and got myself some baskets. I wanted big ones for my work surface to help me sort laundry and some smaller ones to go in my cupboards. In total I spent about £30 on baskets.

I got one big basket for each member of the family’s washing to go in. I haven’t quite got round to labelling them yet but do think this will make a nice touch. And as you can see from the picture below I still need to actually put the laundry away now it’s sorted! But the worktop is definitely much clearer than what it was before!

The other minor expense was £2 on some hooks (also from Wilkinson’s) so the ironing board could get hung up so it was out of the way. I couldn’t quite get my head around the amount of floor space I suddenly had when we hung it up! I was so pleased!

The other thing I changed about, which I am not sure is so clear in the before and after shot, is the gap we had between the dishwasher (in the middle) and tumble dryer (at the end). It was a gap that got filled with rubbish and once I had cleared it out it bugged the hell out of me. I knew it could have been used for cleaning products but with toddlers running about that was the last place I wanted to put them! So I came up with a different idea… I bunched all the white goods together, meaning the gap was now at the end and turned it into a little place for cleaning equipment!

Now onto the cupboards! They were a real mess! I didn’t know what was what or what went where! It really was a horrid place to look! Now I have to say I am much happier with them….

Everything feels so much neater! And having all the little baskets in one cupboard has helped me organise all the little bits I had. I still feel like I need to sort them out a tad more and these will definitely need labelling if I want them to stay organised! But for now it is definitely a step in the right direction! The amount of space I had in the cupboards shocked me when I emptied them! And now seeing them so organised really does make me smile.

So there you have it; a transformed laundry room and I have to say I couldn’t be happier! I know where everything goes now and feel things are that little bit more organised.

I hope this may have inspired you with your organisaton. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

The planner girls collective: my planning style

The planner girls collective: my planning style

So I showed you my array of planners last week and for this entry the main ones I am going to talk about is my personal pennybridge and my A5 household planner.

I won’t go into detail with the pennybridge as the main thing in here is my monthly overview (which will be discussed in detail and revealed next week) and my personal trackers. As I explained last week my trackers were starting in May so today is the start of my journey. I’m hoping the simple tick box structure will make it easy for me to keep track of everything. My determination to be healthier is so important to me now!

With regards to my household planner this has developed a bit over the past week! I have written up all the bills that are due this month and started my monthly financial tracker, and will discuss how my journey with this has panned out at the end of the month in my “Disorganisation of Motherhood” blog. I did not want to show pictures of this as I hope you can understand.

What I can show you is how this planner has now developed further….. I found myself beginning to write “to do” lists every morning at the end of April. With this in mind I felt it would be beneficial for me to design yet another sheet to add into this planner. And this is what I have come up with….

So I have my top 3 priorities for the day, then a “to do” list section. I’ve left space for any phone calls I need to make too. Then I thought a schedule would be helpful so I can map out things that have to be done at certain times; school runs and any appointments etc. I haven’t put a month’s worth in the planner as didn’t want to bulk it out too much. I’m hoping this system will work and again I will review this in my “Disorganisation of Motherhood” blog at the end of the month.

So this is how I plan at the moment! It is constantly changing dependant on my needs but for now this system will hopefully work for me!

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