Autumn organisation for slatterns old and new with support/advice and mugs of tea

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HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 01-Oct-12 09:38:02

I thought it was time for a new Autumnal thread for all slatterns.

This thread is welcome to all who like to write lists or have loads of jobs to get done or if you need a kick up the bum for motivation. Also good for support with relationships, random advice on moths and birthday cakes!

We welcome new slatterns, post your lists here.

Back in a sec with my list.

FawkesoidOrganisoid Sat 17-Nov-12 17:03:48

Bf brought his cat over last night (son of my cat) as we are trying to keep them used to each other to avoid problems if we live together in future.

MY day today began with cleaning and bleaching the bath where it had pooed in there. Nice.

Been on first aid course all day today. Lungs and wrists hurt from resuscitation!

Quite feel like having a bath but will i feel like i am bathing in cat shit after this morning??

FawkesoidOrganisoid Sat 17-Nov-12 17:05:35

Sorry you are poorly jks :-(
Also what is the news on ds2? I saw further back he had had another seizure but haven't read properly since then

JKSLtd Sat 17-Nov-12 19:58:00

Thanks Fawkes, he's alright. No signs of any more seizures, waiting for various docs to decide if they want to do anything.

Eventually saw a doc myself this morning, he gave me some antibiotics. Not 100% sure if i need them but in this case i'm happier to take them anyway. Really have felt wiped out all day, and struggled to do the minimum. Not sure DH is entirely on board with how low my energy levels are either hmm but he has helped with stuff so i shouldn't complain.

Tomorrow (assuming miracle recovery):
- DS2 footie DH DONE
- DS1 to Carer's outing DONE
- PO (must do!) DH DONE
- DS2 birthday party pop in DH DONE
- all out to fireworks/lights switch on DONE
- dc to bed DONE
- tv & bed early (hardly any sleep last night)

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.5 woohoo grin
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?
- to buy; new toy ironing board

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Started
- list what food I've already bought (choc tin, biscuit tin, cracker box, Choc tree decorations...)
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- wait to see if parents book cruise or come to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France Bought; package & post early
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle told Dh to sort
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE
- DH presents; DONE
- Nanny presents?

FeistyLass Sun 18-Nov-12 12:56:54

Ooh, can I join? (waves from behind bombsite that is the sitting room). This is my first MN post although I have lurked for years. I've tried lists and reminders on my phone to try to keep on top of housework but nothing seems to help so maybe public humiliation will?!
My list for today:
1) move Christmas presents upstairs to dressing room (IN PROGRESS)
2) move travel cot upstairs to dressing room (for hiding christmas presents)
3) pack large toys into toyboxes and move upstairs
4) 3 washings (2 DONE)
5) measure ds' wardrobe, drawers and toybox to see if can re-arrange before Christmas
6) build extra toybox
7) put away clean washing
8) hoover grin (I hate hoovering. I don't know why. I just do. If this list makes me hoover that will be a massive achievement)
9) file papers from kitchen

If I press send do I really need to do all this . . .ok, I'm off!

JKSLtd Sun 18-Nov-12 16:08:19

Welcome Feisty smile
One of our original rules used to be you weren't allowed to finish your list grin
Assuming you have no keen-eyed DC looking at the presents today?

I'm hoping to get on with wrapping next week as there are some in boxes in the study that have been there ages now. It's tempting fate.

DH still annoying me, loves to lock himself away in the kitchen batch cooking lasagne, which sounds fine except it means not helping with DC and....the DC don't even like lasagne! ho hum.

Big news though - got DS2 in the bath!!! with me and some water as well. he kept his nappy on though - i saw it as an experiment in quite how big those nappies can get grin going to try again later with DS1 in as well.

Rest of today:
- more laundry (very behind)
- boys school bags
- DC tea, bath & bed
- our dinner & bed

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.5 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?
- to buy; new toy ironing board

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Started
- list what food I've already bought (choc tin, biscuit tin, cracker box, Choc tree decorations...)
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- wait to see if parents book cruise or come to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France Bought; package & post early
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle told Dh to sort
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE
- DH presents; DONE
- Nanny presents?

Slatternismymiddlename Sun 18-Nov-12 16:47:23

Hi everyone.

Not a good day today largely due to a stinking hangover. Before I get in trouble for my even more slatternly than usual behaviour DH and I only ever get to go out and play about 3 times a year and last night was one of them. Good time had however those fateful words were said this morning 'I'm never drinking again'.

No housework done today. Will list tomorrow when I can function again.

FeistyLass Sun 18-Nov-12 18:28:41

JKS, I like that rule smile so far I've managed 1, 2, 5 and 8 . . .oh well, the day isn't finished yet although I feel like I might be.

JKSLtd Sun 18-Nov-12 20:10:16

Well you did 8, the hoovering right? well done you smile

Got DS2 in the bath again, yey. We might be through the anti-bath phase at last...

Rest of today:
- more laundry (very behind); done more, lots to do
- boys school bags DONE
- DC tea, bath & bed DONE
- our dinner DONE & bed

Mon:
- morning routine
- playgroup (maybe some shopping?)
- lunch & DD's nap
- sch runs
- DC tea (& mine if organised)
- Beavers for DS1
- DC to bed, early night for me (DH away)

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.5 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?
- to buy; new toy ironing board

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Started
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- wait to see if parents book cruise or come to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France Bought; package & post early
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle told Dh to sort
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE
- DH presents; DONE
- Nanny presents?

JKSLtd Mon 19-Nov-12 17:31:01

Happy Monday all - still coughing like a good 'un here.

Not done much, although i forced myself to bed for an hour while DD napped, esp needed as DS2 was up at 4.50.

Mon:
- morning routine DONE
- playgroup DONE (maybe some shopping?*nope*)
- lunch & DD's nap DONE
- sch runs DONE
- DC tea (& mine if organised) DONE
- Beavers for DS1 Doing
- DC to bed,
- ironing & watch zombie programme
- then early night for me (DH home late)

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.5 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?
- to buy; new toy ironing board

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Started
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- wait to see if parents book cruise or come to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France Bought; package & post early
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle told Dh to sort
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE
- DH presents; DONE
- Nanny presents?

Slatternismymiddlename Mon 19-Nov-12 19:30:13

Good evening all. Hope the lists went well.

Congratulations on getting the hoovering done Fiesty. Is this a good time to admit that I only learned how to use my vacuum a couple of months ago? No...... maybe not, forget I said anything.

Tonight have done/will do
Ironing
DS homework
Clear up kitchen
Get something out of freezer for tomorrow nights dinner
Grocery shop online

ATourchOfInsanity Mon 19-Nov-12 19:42:40

Crikey, everyone seems to have done loads! Well done JKS for doing it with the lurgy. I have it and have spent last two days being lazy as hell!

Doing my list for tomorrow on here as have it in my phone and it is confusing me with all of the times jumbled up... yes I am that anal that I put times in to space out the chores!

1. Go to doc with DD which will be a mare
2. Walk to nursery
3. Go to Aldi and get milk, sugar and NOTHING ELSE (note to self)
4. Come home to let in handyman to finish laundry room
5. Clean insides of kitchen cupboards
6. Hoover (still haven't bloody done it!)
7. Mop kitchen floor
8. Change bed sheets
9. Appt in town at 1pm
10. Sew cables onto mittens (have a feeling this will be an on going one)
11. Make duvet cover for DD and her friend for Xmas (as above)
12. Put on about 3 washes - hard with no drying space!
13. Get some tasty thing out of freezer for dinner
14. Pick up DD

OK, that is kind of in order. Bet I only get to 9 tho!

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Tue 20-Nov-12 11:04:15

Morning

Hope you are feeling a bit better JKS

Ongoing list
DH & painter painting outside of house and windows
Declutter DS's room, our room and DD's room
Check filing done
Pay accountant £20 why?
Swap kids rooms round! - put up bunkbed
Get sofabed - delayed
Present for friend in NZ ordered and arrived, need to send off!!!!!!!!!!!
Check life insurance policies

Christmas Preparation Zone
Advent Calendar
Xmas cards
Xmas decorations
Xmas present organisation
Buy
Wrap
Deliver
Xmas general organisation

Slatternismymiddlename Tue 20-Nov-12 13:50:41

Hi everyone.

I got everything on my last night's list done so feeling a bit better about my list abandonment over the weekend.

Half Biscuit - I like your Christmas list.

Tonight I am out at my exercise class so not much else will be done but going to try to do the following

Iron at least 1 quilt cover (there is about 5 waiting to be done)
get something organised for tomorrow nights tea
get DS to do a few more Christmas cards
set up online banking

JKSLtd Tue 20-Nov-12 14:00:55

I wish this cough would bugger off. But i don't feel too awful today, yey (low standards).

Feeling mega-organised as have bought DS1's Christmas play costume, yey smile (no chance of making one myself, lol)

Today:
- morning; sch runs, sing & sign, lunch DONE
- Asda trip DONE (though i forgot a few things)
- DD nap Doing
- fill up windscreen washer thingie
- achieve something at home...
- sch runs
- tea x 4 & tidy up
- me out to Governors training session (cross fingers that DC behave and bath & bed ok)
- straight to orch depending on timings

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.5 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?
- to buy; new toy ironing board
- get ready for DH's work do next week & work colleague coming to stay (spare room, eek)

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Started
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- wait to see if parents book cruise or come to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France Bought; package & post early
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle told Dh to sort
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE
- DH presents; DONE
- Nanny presents?

Minimammoth Wed 21-Nov-12 04:14:28

It's v. early. Teeth/face now settling at last. Dentist thinks I may have burnt my mouth! How?
List
Have a day off with DH (working at wknd)
Prep wknd
Tidy bedroom
Change bed
Wash
Dress pheasants that are currently bleeding in conservatory. Urghh
VAT
Year end
Christmas shop
Think about Christmas prep

ThompsonTwins Wed 21-Nov-12 04:29:42

I do so as much housework as possible before I leave for work at 8am (early riser rather than organised). This includes laundry, cleaning floors (all stripped wood downstairs), bathrooms, and that occasional quaint pleasure, dusting. The kitchen gets done as I go along. I make packed lunches in the evenings (left-overs or soup). At presenr the to do list for evenings and weekends includes making items for Christmas - cards, presents etc. I do not have DC at home now and it's all very different from when my children were young.

JKSLtd Wed 21-Nov-12 13:28:42

Mini - sounds strange, burnt on hot food/drink or burnt like acid burn?

Today:
- morning routine DONE
- town trip DONE
- lunch & tidy up DONE
- text to cancel orch as puffed out from shopping
- ds1 sch run, swimming & McDs
- Governors training
- early-ish night (DH home late)

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.5 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?
- to buy; new toy ironing board DONE
- get ready for DH's work do next week & work colleague coming to stay (spare room, eek)

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Started
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- wait to see if parents book cruise or come to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France Bought; package & post early
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle told Dh to sort
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE
- DH presents; DONE
- Nanny presents?

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Wed 21-Nov-12 19:02:13

Evening. You were up early mini. Have you crashed yet.

On iPod so can't copy list.

I want to add make Xmas cards and Xmas food. Although when I don't know!

Thompson are you a new slattern?

Slatternismymiddlename Wed 21-Nov-12 21:19:37

Woo hoo - just ironed 6 quilt covers. Still more to go blush

I can't believe not one but two fellow slatterns were up at 4.30!

JKSLtd Thu 22-Nov-12 12:31:04

Hadn't spotted the early times, you nutters! grin

Think the worst of the cough bug may be over, phew.

Thurs:
- morning routine DONE
- test visit to Jo Jingles DONE
- lunch DONE
- DD nap Doing

- prise self off sofa to do something/anything...
- move laundry forward a bit
- add to online shop order
- sch runs
- tea & tidy up
- walk round block (weather dependent but not done in ages)
- Skype MIL
- DC to bed/Dh home/dinner/bed

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.5 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?
- get ready for DH's work do next week & work colleague coming to stay (spare room, eek & bathroom deep clean)

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Started
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- wait to see if parents book cruise or come to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France Bought; package & post early
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle; to buy Sanctuary stuff & whisky
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE
- DH presents; DONE
- Nanny presents; money & DS1 choice of silly socks

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Thu 22-Nov-12 13:11:30

Hi Slatterns,

JKS - DD has the cough too but is a little better now.

Was Thompson doing housework at 4am???? <boggles>

Ongoing list
DH & painter painting outside of house and windows ( I think they have given up now, front and back is done)
Declutter DS's room, our room and DD's room
Pay accountant £20 why?
Swap kids rooms round! - put up bunkbed
Get sofabed - delayed
Present for friend in NZ ordered and arrived, need to send off!!!!!!!!!!!
Check life insurance policies
Pay CM done
Buy pics of DD

Christmas Preparation Zone
Advent Calendar
Xmas cards - make
Xmas decorations - put up
Xmas present organisation
Buy
Wrap
Deliver
or Post! Cyprus / New Zealand ASAP
Xmas general organisation
Make Xmas cards
Make Xmas food for gifts

Minimammoth Thu 22-Nov-12 16:15:47

I have to confess I was not 'up' the other morning, just using iPad to read . Went back to sleep then. So no medals there. Thompson, no DC at home here either but house still gets into a state. Could their be a common factor?

Minimammoth Thu 22-Nov-12 16:16:11

There. Tch

JKSLtd Thu 22-Nov-12 18:02:22

Mini & Thompson, you worry me you know. I have these great visions of my house once DC have moved out, all minimalist, clutter free and under control grin hmm...

Thurs:
- morning routine DONE
- test visit to Jo Jingles DONE
- lunch DONE
- DD nap DONE
- prise self off sofa to do something/anything... DONE (some wrapping of presents)
- move laundry forward a bit DONE
- add to online shop order too late oops
- sch runs DONE
- tea & tidy up DONE
- walk round block nope cba
- Skype MIL DONE
- DC to bed/Dh home here/bed

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.5 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?
- get ready for DH's work do next week & work colleague coming to stay (spare room, eek & bathroom deep clean, what to wear stress)

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Done More
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- wait to see if parents book cruise or come to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France Bought; package & post early
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle; to buy Sanctuary stuff & whisky
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE
- DH presents; DONE
- Nanny presents; money & DS1 choice of silly socks

Slatternismymiddlename Thu 22-Nov-12 18:34:30

Hello.

I have no allusions as to the cause of my clutter and slatternrly behaviour - me, me and me!

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