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.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Thu 22-Nov-12 21:39:41

grin

JKSLtd Fri 23-Nov-12 14:17:20

Lol Slattern smile

Was just going to com eon here, say what i'd done then tackle the kitchen but a cat is asleep on my lap so i'm stuck here now grin

Fri:
- morning routine DONE
- pta at ds2's sch DONE
- lunch & DD's nap Done/doing
- wrap presents for lucky dip at fair DONE
- wrap present for DD for sing & sign party DONE

- get DD up
- tackle kitchen (dw, wm, etc.)
- sch runs (DH doing ds1)
- something useful in here?
- dinner/bath/bed/etc.

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)
- give back builder's tray + chocs to playgroup
- label, pack up & take into sch DS1's nativity costume

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; wrap DONE, 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

cikecaka Fri 23-Nov-12 15:45:17

Ladies, How are we?

DD2 changed password on laptop and I had very little access!
Home schooling going well!

TO DO
Unload washing
Load Washing
Load Dishwashers
Clean Counters
Sweep Floor
Wash Floor
Make tea

cikecaka Fri 23-Nov-12 16:52:07

TO DO
Unload washing DONE
Load Washing DONE
Load Dishwasher DONE
Clean Counters DONE
Sweep Floor
Wash Floor
Make tea STARTED

JKSLtd Fri 23-Nov-12 18:04:20

Good to see you back CC smile

Fri:
- morning routine DONE
- pta at ds2's sch DONE
- lunch & DD's nap Done/doing
- wrap presents for lucky dip at fair DONE
- wrap present for DD for sing & sign party DONE
- get DD up DONE
- tackle kitchen (dw, wm, etc.) DONE
- sch runs (DH doing ds1) DONE
- something useful; governor reading nearly Done
- dinner DC DONE /bath/bed/etc.

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)
- give back builder's tray + chocs to playgroup
- label, pack up & take into sch DS1's nativity costume

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; Wrapped, 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 Sat 24-Nov-12 09:54:03

JKS - there is a rule in our house, if you have a cat on your lap you are not allowed to get up. This works best for me because I got my cats before I met DH and therefore they still, all these years later, gravitate to me first.

I spent 4 hours last night setting up Santa's grotto for the school so no housework was done. (However I can sprinkle fake snow in my sleep).

Managed yesterday to clear up my bedroom and removed all random bits and pieces. Of course the price to be paid was that one of the kids rooms was wrecked as I wasn't keeping enough of an eye on them. Ahh well.

JKSLtd Sat 24-Nov-12 11:43:31

With DD around there is always a price to pay like that, sigh.

We have 2 cats and only one really does laps, and he really only does my lap or FIL for some reason. He can be a nuisance though as likes to snuggle under the laptop until i have to move it - makes it hard to MN grin

Sat:
- DS2 footie DH DONE
- DS1 football Doing
- round corner to shops DONE
- DD nap Doing

- try and wrap cardboard box for DD's Jessie cat present box
- lunch & tidy kitchen
- pop into Church Christmas fair with boys if DD naps too long
- laundry?
- dinner x 5 & tidy up
- DC to bed
- early night needed - dd up in the night & ds2 up early.

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)
- give back builder's tray + chocs to playgroup
- label, pack up & take into sch DS1's nativity costume

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; Wrapped, 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 Sun 25-Nov-12 10:47:28

Morning all.

Completed kids room swap yesterday. Every single room in the house was affected. It will take a while to sort. Going out in a Bit to escape.

Slatternismymiddlename Sun 25-Nov-12 19:35:47

Halfmum - what do the kids think of 'the great room swap of 2012'? Congratulations on getting it done.

My weekend has been lost to a myriad of kid activities. Fortunately DH has tackled the ironing mountain and it is now under control.

JKSLtd Sun 25-Nov-12 20:20:35

Yes, well done HMHB smile

Main Sunday jobs of school homework & bags are done, not a huge amount else.

Tomorrow is:
Governors meeting + take back wrapped lucky dip for Christmas fair stuff
return builders tray + thank-you chocs
Sort out Amazon return
Poss PO with Dsis present box
DS1 Beavers
start on clearing out spare room
start on Areas of Doom that have got out of hand
+ usual stuff

Slatternismymiddlename Sun 25-Nov-12 21:35:12

Areas of Doom grin

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 26-Nov-12 12:01:30

Slattern - the great room swap brought up a few issues. First DS had a new bunkbed for his new room and DD wanted to sleep in there too but she is too little. Then DS said she wasn't allowed in his room at all, cue lots of crying from DD. Then we had a 'talk' with DS and said that she was allowed to play in his room especially as it used to be her room and that if he didn't share he would have to go back to his old room. Anyway, we made her new room nice and she was happy with that. Phew

The room swap has enabled lots of tat toys to be moved out of the lounge so the downstairs is going to look nicer.

Stuff still to do
Swap kids clothes/drawers round.
Finish off in DS's room
Rug for DS
Blanket for DD
Get rid of mattress
Ebay play pen. Anyone want??

I shall go and find my other list to add on...

Minimammoth Mon 26-Nov-12 13:40:17

Well done Half. Moving bedrooms is a big big thing for wee ones.
How are you all doing in the wet. We have had some flash flooding but managed not to write car off this time. Rain heading your way HMHB. Am now chained to desk doing VAT, listing later.

JKSLtd Mon 26-Nov-12 20:28:27

Today:
Governors meeting + take back wrapped lucky dip for Christmas fair stuff DONE
return builders tray + thank-you chocs DONE
Sort out Amazon return Packaged & ready
Poss PO with Dsis present box No, but it's ready
DS1 Beavers DONE
start on clearing out spare room no
start on Areas of Doom that have got out of hand Art Area DONE
+ usual stuff DONE

Tues:
- morning routine
- strip beds & bathmats/towels
- put away big pile of laundry
- PO
- Sing & Sign with DD
- home, lunch, DD's nap
- food shopping (yawn, must get back into organised online shopping)
- spare room...
- sch runs, DC tea, my tea, DC bath & bed, orchestra

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)
- give back builder's tray + chocs to playgroup DONE
- label, pack up & take into sch DS1's nativity costume

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; Wrapped, package DONE & 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 Mon 26-Nov-12 22:16:17

V wet here. Roads bad on thurs with A55 closed. Still raining. The fields and hills are sodden and there is nowhere for it to go. It is supposed to be dry for the rest of the week so hopefully it will dry up.

Minimammoth Tue 27-Nov-12 08:23:22

HMHB . How is it now. Managing here but eyes on the weather al the time. Thank god we live on a hill. Fields are just a lake.
Back to the desk today.

JKSLtd Tue 27-Nov-12 08:31:21

Stay safe hmhb, hope no one else is being flooded out. Would make for a killer list sorting out a house after that!

Having 5 mins with a cup of tea while dd trashes the place then it's time to get moving ...

FawkesoidOrganisoid Tue 27-Nov-12 10:31:25

Hope you're not too flooded hmhb. Our school got closed one day last week as the toilets all backed up. Had a slightly hysterical message from school asking us to pick up our dc!

Am at home today poorly sick. Had a flu type thing over the weekend. Went in yesterday but didn't feel great then today woke up with a rash and a very whooshy head so am off.

Trying to catch up on a few admin bits.

Renew home insurance - done
File council tax stuff - done
Rearrange parcel delivery
Rearrange dentist
Sort purse
Sort The Pile - done
Sort and File stuff properly
School data forms - done
Order new recycling bins - done
Fill boxes for school fair - done
Organise donation for school fair - done

Slatternismymiddlename Tue 27-Nov-12 10:56:56

Morning all - hope you are all safe and sound and not floating down your street in your home made canoe clutching your laptops while frantically MNing with your latest lists.

I fell asleep on the settee last night and got nowt done, ahh well. Today is another day but I am at work so I doubt much will be done tonight either. Kick up the bum required please.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Tue 27-Nov-12 11:00:20

Last night I woke up at 1.45am and heard the rain coming down in stair rods. I fretted about the stream near our drive rising and rising up to our house (4-5 feet approx) and that the trees would fall down due to soggy soil not holding them up (I love them trees). But that was daft middle of the night fretting. Anyway this morning the stream is full to the brim and roaring past but not out of its bank so we are OK! Hurrah!

On the plus side my boss is trapped in his village by flood water so can't get in to work grin.

However, I may have to go home as nursery has just rung to tell me DD has a temperature sad poor DD.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Tue 27-Nov-12 11:14:54

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

Christmas Preparation Zone
Buy Nigella Xmas
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

JKSLtd Tue 27-Nov-12 11:59:13

Slattern - gentle nudge is all I can manage smile

HMHB - glad you're all right, hope DD is ok. Think DD is coming down something here, been very tearful this morning which is just not like her. She was very happy to go to bed too.

Tues:
- morning routine DONE
- strip beds & bathmats/towels DONE
- put away big pile of laundry DONE
- PO DONE
- Sing & Sign with DD DONE
- home, lunch, DD's nap Done/Doing
- food shopping (yawn, must get back into organised online shopping)
- spare room...
- sch runs, DC tea, my tea, DC bath & bed, orchestra

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)
- label, pack up & take into sch DS1's nativity costume

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; Coming to us
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars & crackers
- presents for DSis & family in France DONE
- 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

JKSLtd Tue 27-Nov-12 14:46:50

Must get back to online shopping, yawn it's so tedious!

Tues:
- morning routine DONE
- strip beds & bathmats/towels DONE
- put away big pile of laundry DONE
- PO DONE
- Sing & Sign with DD DONE
- home, lunch, DD's nap DONE
- food shopping DONE
- spare room...
- sch runs, DC tea, my tea, DC bath & bed, orchestra

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)
- label, pack up & take into sch DS1's nativity costume

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; Done More
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- early Christmas with PIL prep; spare room (incl loft trip), presents wrapped
- get advent calendars DONE & crackers
- presents for DSis & family DONE
- 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
- try and organise photos of DC for GPs

FawkesoidOrganisoid Tue 27-Nov-12 17:07:12

Have sorted and completely streamlined (I hope) my filing!! I have a fairly complicated but works for me three stage process where I have a 'to do' folder, a couple of box files for open or ongoing stuff (eg divorce papers, tax credits, recent bills that I might need to send off to benefits people, payslips, council tax bill/benefit entitlements (as they send me a new one pretty much weekly and I have no idea anymore what I am entitled to or need to pay), dc school stuff...) and then have a filing cabinet where in theory they all get filed properly every 6 months or so. Except I havent filed them properly for about 2.5 years blush

Started off doing the bits in my 'to do' folder then went to file them in box files and decided to sort the box files. Sorted all those and then decided to file the sorted paperwork properly in my filing cabinet. So went upstairs and emptied out the filing cabinet because I realised that it was jam packed of old stuff. Have a big bag to shred and two bags for normal recycling blush

BF has told me off though as I had today off work to recover and he thinks I have wasted it by not relaxing and doing nothing and that it will take me longer to get better now. TBF it was ok while I was just sat on the living room floor lobbing paper onto various piles but emptying out the cabinet and carting loads up and down stairs did make me tired and cough a lot.

But anyway. MAJOR AREA OF DOOM - DONE!!!!

Now cooking dinner and have promised bf that once I've cleared up from that I will sit and do nothing

Minimammoth Tue 27-Nov-12 20:01:06

Well done Freaki, Down with DOOM, I say. wine

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