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New Years Lists for procrastinators/slatterns - let there be organisation

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HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 02-Jan-12 12:21:02

Welcome old and new slatterns. All welcome for mutual support and kicks up the bum where nec. Just add your list and report back to let us know how you get along.

JKSLtd Mon 02-Jan-12 13:26:02

Well done smile

DedalusDigglesPocketWatch Mon 02-Jan-12 13:28:03

Sneaks back in and hopes no-one realised she has been absent for ages a little while grin

AliBellandthe40jingles Mon 02-Jan-12 13:36:42

Hello!

Must list today, our friends have gone after a lovely brunch and now it is back to normality, although not entirely because DS1 won't be back at preschool on Wednesday as I though due to the chickenpox!

I am in the process of doing a new list of one off jobs, there are some serious areas of doom in the house that need a proper sort out, but realistically are a full day of effort each. Who knows when I will get a chance!!

DONE
All up dressed and fed
Run DW (100th time since Friday!) and clear up kitchen
Playtime with boys
Wave off friends

TO DO
Hoover downstairs
Decide on dinner
2 loads of washing

DedalusDigglesPocketWatch Mon 02-Jan-12 13:40:13

Another one with a dishy that had been on continuously, at least I don't have to wash up by hand!

I am finally getting on top of the washing, something I have never managed before and I should be getting rid of the majority of the baby stuff in the next day or so. Feels like progress.

changingnicknameforxmas Mon 02-Jan-12 13:59:31

Can I join?

today I have

put the dishwasher on
put the washing machine on
hung up the washing that was in the machine
gone and bought 2 new pairs of jeans which were badly needed

To Do

Hoover and mop kitchen floor and front hall
Sort out desk may take some time
Go and get storage boxes to pack old clothes of DD1 into to store for DD2

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 02-Jan-12 15:40:22

join away.
welcome Changing
will get my list once I get out from under DS

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 02-Jan-12 16:20:21

Right I am now on a decent computer so able to add list properly.

Hi Dedalus - I was on this slatterns thread a year or so ago and came back for December and am staying longer as I found it really helpful to get everything done and have a bit of company with it.

Happy New Year Ali - sorry to hear about the chicken pox. Worth getting it over and done with though. I managed to clear out the pantry with 2 kids running round. Can you set him up with some TV/colouring in while you get some stuff done?

Today
Food shop done
Make tea
DH to clean DS's shoes done
Take more decs down
Take cards down and list who sent em
Sort kitchen
Meal plan for this week
Recycling done

NY resolutions
Look after self (vits/excercise/eating well)
Plan hols etc in advance so don't get stressed
Do meal plans so don't get stressed when get home from work
Go to hairdressers/spa more than 2 times a year

LIST
Check DS's school uniform ready
Get DD's bag ready for CM
Dry washing
Clean mouldy wall in bedroom
Take stuff to charity shop
Clean and re organise cupboard under stairs / aka pantry DONE
Take down decorations / cards / xmas tree
Thank you cards
Go for a walk Done
Put presents away
Take vits Done
Take in some dry cleaning
Pick up laundry
Confirm hen weekend thingy & pay
Confirm wedding invite and babysitters
Get money back off Karen Millen
Check work emails before Wed

Random things to buy in sales
Table cloth
Dinner service
Socks for DD (where do they go?)
Napkin holder

Ooh can I join?

Today I have done ZERO housework related things. But the day before yesterday I blitzed my desk and my dressing table (to make room for lovely new Christmas goodies!) and filed lots and lots and lots of recipes/pictures etc.

To do -
clean my boots and nag the dds to clean their school shoes plus a big pile of
ironing

To buy -
2 lampshades
1 floor lamp
1 table lamp
1 CD rack

Oh and meals are planned and ordered for the week - Sainsbo's coming tomorrow.

DedalusDigglesPocketWatch Mon 02-Jan-12 17:30:59

HMHB, I was Alice previously, so I know you, was wondering about you the other day in fact! (i had a strange dream involving the slatterns thread)

Will do a list later when on my laptop, ready for our first day back to real life tomorrow (DH has had a few days off)

AliBellandthe40jingles Mon 02-Jan-12 18:39:35

Well done on the pantry HMHB! DS1 is no problem, I can set him off doing playdough, or lego or anything really and he will be fine. The issue is DS2, who is almost walking at 9 months and who doesn't nap reliably during the day. Today he has had a total of 30 minutes in 2 chunks and is still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. At this rate I shall get nothing done until he starts preschool in 2 years time! grin

Hello Dedalus, and welcome Remus smile

Haven't quite stuck to the list, but progress has been made and we are all sorted ready for DH being back at work tomorrow after 10 days off!

DONE
All up dressed and fed
Run DW (100th time since Friday!) and clear up kitchen
Playtime with boys
Wave off friends
1 load of washing
Mealplan to Thursday and corresponding top-up shop
Me nap for an hour <bliss>
Dinner

TO DO
Unload dishwasher
Clear up after dinner
Run dishwasher again (remember grillpan and hob tops)
Boys bath and bed
Fold laundry
Another load in the machine to come on first thing
Bed

Minimammoth Mon 02-Jan-12 19:05:27

Hab god sdreamig cold. Done nuffig.
Bleurghh

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 02-Jan-12 19:09:41

Oh dear mini - hopefully it will be gone by tomorrow <disclaimer - there are lots of germs all over the place and these were not necessarily brought into your house by the DGC's although they probably were - sorry grin>.

TimeWasting Mon 02-Jan-12 19:29:03

Hello! And welcome to the new slatterns. smile

I am totally in love with my new Filofax. grin

Tuesday -
- ready for the day
- school run
- post office
- phone calls
- change ds bed
- hang out with baby
- school run
- lunch
- play with kids and potter in kitchen/playroom
- tea
- clean up
- run shock

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 02-Jan-12 19:44:39

Two new slatterns!! -cool!

Welcome Remus - sounds like you are getting alot done already.

Dedalus/Alice - good to hear from you. Slatterns dreams = too much time spent on Mumsnet. I know thats me when I think about 'DS' or 'DD' in my head instead of their names.

Ali - see what you mean re DS2, difficult at that age. High chair for a few mins peace??

The organisation thread is making me feel seriously disorganised. Although my life has changed for the better since I cleared out the pantry. One whole black bin bag of old jars etc. thrown out <cringe>. I now do feel a Nigellaesque smugness when I go in there.

I did mention us on that thread so hopefully we will get some more listmakers on here.

DedalusDigglesPocketWatch Mon 02-Jan-12 20:08:00

I think the dream may have something to do with looking round my house and thinking "Ummm, need to get back to the slatterns!" grin

Tomorrow's list:

Everyone up (in decent time)
Everyone breakfast
Everyone dressed
Empty dishy
Laundry
Get us ready to go into town
Market
Cheap shop for plastic boxes - check sizes
More laundry
Lunch
Everyone ready to go to yard
Horses
Back by 3ish
Get DD ready to go to a party - wrap presents
More Laundry
Feed DS
Pick DD up
Kids bath and bed
DH and I dinner
Put clean washing away
Shower and bed

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 02-Jan-12 21:09:38

Anyone got any ideas on how to keep our bedroom/bathroom walls damp/mould free. It is a v old house with no damp course and I think the damp just gets in all the time. We keep the windows open when we can and the heating on when its cold. What about something to absorb the damp in the wardrobe as I've noticed my shoe boxes getting a bit mildewed. Advice please.

Today
Food shop done
Make tea done
DH to clean DS's shoes done
Take more decs down
Take cards down and list who sent em
Sort kitchen
Meal plan for this week
Recycling done

NY resolutions
Look after self (vits/excercise/eating well)
Plan hols etc in advance so don't get stressed
Do meal plans so don't get stressed when get home from work
Go to hairdressers/spa more than 2 times a year

LIST
Check DS's school uniform ready for wed
Get DD's bag ready for CM on wed
Dry washing
Clean mouldy wall in bedroom
Take stuff to charity shop
Clean and re organise cupboard under stairs / aka pantry DONE
Take down decorations / cards / xmas tree
Thank you cards
Go for a walk Done
Put presents away
Take vits Done
Take in some dry cleaning
Pick up laundry
Confirm hen weekend thingy & pay
Confirm wedding invite and babysitters
Get money back off Karen Millen
Check work emails before Wed

Random things to buy in sales
Table cloth
Dinner service
Socks for DD (where do they go?)
Napkin holder

Thanks for the welcomes.

Halfmum (great name btw) - dp bought some anti damp paint of some sort, which he's used with some success in our bathroom and kitchen. I can find out more from him if useful?

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 02-Jan-12 21:15:00

Thanks Remus. We are planning to redecorate this year so that might be a good idea.

He says it is v good and will have to look in the shed tomorrow tro find out what brand it is.

He also says, 'Does she like, 'The Trumpton Riots?' smile

AliBellandthe40jingles Mon 02-Jan-12 21:59:01

HMHB - can you get a damp course injected? Might be the most cost effective thing to do long term rather than regular redecoration/replacement of items?
We have big built in wardrobes in our bedroom which have a tendency to damp for some reason that isn't clear to me, and I'm planning to get one of those ceramic egg things to go in them - but I think they are only intended to deal with small amounts of damp rather than a major problem.

Finished list shock

Now DH has decided to take everything out of the cabinet under the TV and reorganise it all. So Sky box, Wii, 2 computers, hi-fi etc etc. There are cables and dust all over the place. hmm

TimeWasting Mon 02-Jan-12 22:48:29

Ah, my specialised subject. Mould. <shudder>

When it's cold you need the heating on, but on low and all the time, you need to maintain the temperature of the outer wall.

You can get things like the ceramic egg which are pretty good that absorb damp. You have to remember to check them regularly as they go yuck if overfilled. blush

We got electric dehumidifiers for when it was really bad.

Don't dry laundry in the particularly soggy rooms and move anything that puts out heat away from the outer walls and windows. We had our tv right by the single glazed window and it just ran with condensation.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Tue 03-Jan-12 10:21:24

Thanks for the mould advice. Not sure if a damp course would work as I think the walls are basically rubble piled up with cement on the top?? DH thinks the issue is the secondary glazing upstairs. I will get an egg thingy for the wardrobe (it is a fitted wardrobe over the stairs and an outside wall is part of it IYSWIM.

Today I want to sort the house a bit

Kitchen
Dining room
Take cards/decs down
Entertain DC's
Lunch
Try to get out somewhere although weather horrible.
Get bags ready for tomorrow

AnonymousBird Tue 03-Jan-12 10:24:10

Good morning everyone. And a very Happy New Year.

That organisation thread is shock and ever so slightly scary, but I will take a proper look and steal lots of ideas when I have a little more time and the DC are back at school as I reckon there is some good stuff in there!

They don't go back until a week today, I need activities that we can do whilst there is a raging storm!!!! Agghh.

We are rather late on the thank you letters, has anyone else not done them yet? We went away on 28th, only back yesterday and I forgot to take the list with me so they are in serious need of being done NOW! Good indoor activity now I come to think about it......

So, listing is rather basic for now but have to start somewhere:

Today:

- Up, showered and dressed
- DC to school
- General tidy, make beds etc
- Fill/Run/Empty DW <ready to empty>
- Washing <two loads>
- Hoovering
- Ironing <minimal>
- Order printer ink
- Meal plan and shopping list
- Waitrose desperate!
- Buy chicken food urgent
- Book to library, cash into bank
- Bathrooms <loos>
- On line banking/budget
- Thank you's urgent
- Chickens
- Dog
- Reading with DC
- Make dinner

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