Post Comment Love 16th - 18th August

Post Comment Love is here! It's Friday so get linking and sharing the love in our little linky hosted by myself and Stephanie. Always welcoming bloggers of all kinds and whatever topic you choose - we can't wait to read.

Okay so there hasn't been much from me blog wise recently - with it being summer holidays it's a little more difficult to get anything done. The house is somewhat tidy, the boys are occupied (albeit briefly), and I'm taking a moment to get this post done.

I have all the good intentions in the world when it comes to summer holidays, I vow I'll get lots of blogging done and it never happens. But you know what? My family comes first and spending time with them, watching my boys grow and have a good time is more important. Come September I'll be back to a regular routine and be able to get so much more done.

So for now I'm going to sign off and go enjoy the holidays with my boys.



What have you been up to during the holidays?




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Post Comment Love 9th - 11th August

It's Friday people! And that means it's also time for Post Comment Love - our little linky hosted by myself and Stephanie. All bloggers are welcome to share their posts with others and read what interests them. Comment on the ones you like, share the love, and help each other get posts out there.  The linky opens every Friday and is open throughout the weekend. Will you join us?

With the kids at home things have been hectic and I'm struggling to keep on top of the housework. But that's just the norm for the school summer holidays. Days out, visiting friends, and a tween who refuses to sit still for even 10 minutes unless he's playing games has me feeling wiped out most of the time. By 9:30am I've done so much I want to sit all day and there's plans so I can't. Needless to say I'm looking forward to normal routines when the boys go back to school - then I may be able to catch up on all the rest I'm missing out on.

On a positive note though it's lovely spending so much time with my family. We've got safari parks, escape rooms, and day trips on our list, and with 3 weeks still left to go there's plenty of time. Last week we walked along the River Trent into Nottingham and had a lovely chat while walking in the sun. It's what summer is all about isn't it?

So despite being wiped out I'm going to carry on enjoying the holidays and hope that I don't falter before the holidays are over!



How have your holidays been so far?




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How to create zones to organise your home

Having an organised home can make the difference between feeling overwhelmed by everything or feeling like you've got it all together. Being organised isn't about having a clean and tidy home all the time either, your home can be a mess but also be organised - and being organised is what makes your home easy to tidy. That's why creating zones to organise your home can transform your days.

Back when my boys were younger (they're now 10 and 15) I was the overwhelmed stay-at-home mum. My house was persistently untidy, I felt like it was all too difficult to keep on top of and most of the time just gave up. I would tidy the boys' toys and try to keep some sort of order but inevitably it didn't work and I ended most days with a list of jobs to do that I was never going to get through. 



How To Create Zones To Organise Your Home |  Get the kitchen shelves organised and you'll smile every time you see them.



Then one day I decided to have a play zone in my home - an area where I would keep all the toys and the boys could get out as many things as they liked, and I could still tidy up in a short time and have at least some order in my home. With boxes to keep toys, and plenty of space for the boys to play, it was an easy thing to do, and actually transformed how I managed my home.





Organising is a journey, not a destination.

Anonymous





After that I used the same idea for the rest of my home. I had zones around my home, for dining, for sleeping, for gaming, all the things we loved to do had an area in which to do it. I organised everything so that it was easier to clean, I made it easier on myself to tidy up and then I found I had more time! Having more time by creating zones I organised my home and it made my life so much easier.



How to create zones to organise your home



  • Think about your home. Sit down and think about how you use the areas of your home - where you eat, how you use the lounge, the best places your kids play, etc. 



How To Create Zones To Organise Your Home | Sit and write a plan.



  • Make a list of the different areas you need. After you've thought about your home work out what areas you'll need. Play area for the kids, somewhere you want to sit and chill out without worrying about the kids' toys. For example, we have an area the kids play and a separate area where we sit and watch TV. The two don't mix.

  • Take a moment to identify storage solutions that will help you keep your zones organised. Think about how you would store the kids' toys, think about what kind of storage might help you keep things organised. 



How To Create Zones To Organise Your Home | Keep everything in place.



  • Decorate the zones. In the kids play area put bright pictures on the wall, make it look like a kids' play area and your kids will love it. If you have an area you like to sit and chill, make it a lovely place to do so. Hang things on the walls, decorate with scents or cushions. 




Organise each zone in your home



  • Lounge / Chill out area. The place you sit and chill, the place you entertain guests. No toys, no clutter. In my lounge I have a coffee table on which stands a lovely flower arrangement (faux of course). Coasters to keep mugs and glasses from ruining the table, somewhere to keep remotes for the TV, and cushions on my sofa all make it a lovely place to sit and drink my coffee each morning while I watch news on the TV.





Clutter is nothing more than postpones decisions.

Barbara Hemphill





  • Kids / play area. Think about how you want to store your kids' toys. It could be a toy box, a shelving unit, or a unit that holds many toy boxes. In my boys' area I have a few different storage solutions including a toy basket, and a unit that holds boxes full of toys. Make sure you choose the storage that works for you.

  • Kitchen / dining area. The place you do all your food preparation, eating, etc. Again my storage solutions vary. In my fridge I have a place I can keep cans so they don't take up a lot of space. In my cupboards there are wire shelves so I can have a little more storage room on the taller shelves. I've organised the cupboard I keep my coffee too - it's really helped keep me organised. I know where everything goes and it looks so much better than it did. 



How To Create Zones To Organise Your Home | Get organised, and you'll get more time for you!



Once you have your home zones sorted and your organisation solutions in place you can begin to think about how you keep your home organised. I find it's best to stay on top of things by doing the cleaning little and often. I spend about 10-15 minutes in a morning cleaning my kitchen and this keeps it clean and organised so I don't need to worry about it come meal time at the end of the day. This also gives me the time to spend on other chores around the rest of my home. So why not take a little time to work out what your routine could be to get your home organised.



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Post Comment Love 2nd - 4th August

Friday again, and that means it's time for Post Comment LoveOur little linky, hosted by myself and Stephanie, is where we welcome all bloggers to share their posts with others and read what interests them. The linky opens every Friday and is open throughout the weekend. Will you be joining us?

As it's the summer school holidays it's been both a busy and a quiet week. We had a few days at home enjoying quiet time but we also took the boys to Nottingham and had some fun. We have plans to see family next week, which will be good, and there are a few more plans in the pipeline. I'm looking forward to it.

In the back of my mind is getting ready for back-to-school time - I know there's still a few weeks away but I do like to get organised before I need to. I am looking forward to the next year or two, there's still lots of changes our family will be going through but I think we can deal with them all. LP is going into Year 6, and then onto High School - BIG changes. BP is going into Year 11 - which means GCSEs as well as next steps whether that's staying in 6th Form at his school or moving onto college.

Do you have any big changes happening over the next year?



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Robin is a step-mum to two boys, now in their 20s. She started blogging money-focused and spent her time on SEO. Now she runs 4 different blogs and loves the creative process. She describes herself as introspective, curious, and loyal. Stop by Stephanie's blog to read her answers to our Blogger Showcase questions.


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