Years ago I wrote a post about how I became obsessed with organisation and how (looking back) easy it seemed at the time. As a singleton, I had a small 1 bedroom flat that I deep cleaned every night (steam cleaner, the works)…easy when you have the floor space of a postage stamp and you’re only cleaning up after yourself! Fast forward through a marriage and 2 little people and my show house dream couldn’t be further from reality.Continue reading
January is stereotypically a month for decluttering and organising every aspect of life. I’m a big believer in tidy house, tidy mind (which is perhaps why I’m feeling out of sorts, as we’re living on a building site at the moment and I’m finding the mess rather overwhelming).
I’m not one for New Year resolutions, but I need to get back to my organised roots once the house is pieced back together. We are all very busy, especially with a new baby in the house. So just where do I start?! Continue reading
Ah January…famous to me for one of 2 things…planning or decluttering! All those grand plans to make more memories, do some DIY and finally finish the house. The New Year seems to get everyone geared up and I love seeing everyone excited about the year ahead….Bring it! Continue reading
In Scotland we already have a regulation which means retailers and businesses have to charge 5p for carrier bags. This same regulation will hit England this October. This applies everywhere from supermarkets, clothes shops to even McDonalds. So are you ready to reduce & reuse?
I have to say, with a year of the ruling under my belt, you’d think I’d be use to being prepared for each shop by now. Despite everything, we have yet to get into a good routine and make sure that we have bags when we get to the checkout.
However we were contacted by the lovely people at Trolleybags to try their innovative bagging system, which is made in both standard (£19.99) and express (£16.99) trolley size and I jumped at the chance. I’m a bit of an organising geek, so the ease and compartmentalising of the system really appealed to me. I’m actually quite excited to introduce this to you, as I just love when something works and really makes you more organised.
We took the new express size for a trial run and even though we weren’t scanning as we were shopping, we found that placing the items in the bag system whilst shopping made for more efficient packing at the other end. Plus Mr found that he could get more in the trolley as everything was securely stacked and not just chucked in aimlessly. We even got quite a few admiring looks from other shoppers.
The trolleybags are attached together with velcro and can be detatched easily for loading into the boot of the car. Again we found that this added better security as the bag fit neatly in our 4×4, so no more escaping apples on roundabouts!
Once emptied and reattached, they are easily rolled and stored for your next trip. No more scrunched up tatty Tesco bags for us!
To head off my 2nd blog anniversary, trolleybags have kindly offered up a set of express bags for one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter below…Good Luck!
Disclosure: We were sent the trolleybags to review, but all options are 100% honest
Things have been so busy lately at the Life With Munchers house. Renovations, work, cleaning and blogging have had me running around on autopilot for months now. But if there is one thing that I always try to make sure is that the weekend is for family and me time. It’s all a bit of a squeeze (especially when something like a renovation upsets the balance), but I find we all work well together to try and achieve this.
With both the hubs and I in full time work, Munch goes to nursery 5 days a week. There isn’t much in the way of quality time in the morning, with us all rushing to get out the house, so we like to make the most of a time in the evenings. Right up until bath time, we are running around playing ‘tag’, trying to cram as much family memories in as we can.
Once Munch is in bed (currently 7.30pm) the week nights are used for cleaning, blogging and general ‘me time’. I find the way to get anything done is to create a habit. I know this works for me and I usually stick to it long term if I can just get into the habit in the short term. So it might sound a little regimented, but here’s my typical evening activities, all in aid of a free weekend for all:
Monday night – TV night. I love my soaps.
Tuesday night – Hair wash night & cleaning
Wednesday night – Blogging night
Thursday night – Hair wash night & cleaning
Friday night – Blogging night
Saturday night – Date night
Sunday night – Me time (you can find me washing hair, tanning and doing my nails)
Hubs sorts out the food shopping, cooking and laundry, which I’m very grateful for. If he didn’t do that, then I’d be beyond snowed under.
One thing that I’m sticking by this year is ploughing on and not going to bed without having made sure I’ve put clothes in the right place, or cleaned away dishes etc Can I be bothered….absolutely not! But I plough through and do it. It makes the cleaning tasks so much easier!
Then I can live for the weekend and enjoy it. It’s a tight ship around here, but it’s that reward at the end of the tunnel that makes it all worthwhile.