week 3

Christmas Count Down Week 3

Welcome to week 3 on how to be organised for Christmas.  I hope you are enjoying the ideas so far. My Christmas shopping is starting to take shape now and my hiding place is getting rather full but I am not ready to start the wrapping just yet. I need to be a little more in the festive mood to begin the wrapping with a good Christmas film on the TV and a glass of fizz.

Gift Wrap

Now is the time to get out and purchase gift wrap, bottle bags and tags.  There is such a huge choice when it comes to gift wrapping but in the past I have found that some of the nicer patterns do sell out fast.  So if your having a theme which runs right through to your gift wrapping then this is the week to go out and find the right paper for you.  Don’t forget the bottle bags and the matching tags.

Christmas Cards

I am finding I am get less and less cards these days and more festive messages through social media.  But I still love Christmas cards and find they are a tradition that should stick. A card can mean a lot to some people.  Purchase your cards and make sure you buy enough.  For the children work out how many children are in their classes and get your child to join in by putting together a list of the names so they have a list ready for when they come to write their cards.  Also put together a list of who you are sending cards too and check international posting dates. Always have a few spares in case you receive cards from people that you haven’t planned to give one too. Its always nice to show acknowledgement.

Don’t forget to buy your postage stamps and check you have updated your address book.

Make kitchen Space

The Christmas foods are now in the shops inciting us to buy.  It great to pick up a few bits every week to help with budgeting. Clear out a kitchen cupboard ready for Christmas foods such as chocolates, nuts and snacks

Take stock of your pantry and baking staples. Add flour, spices, and sugar to your shopping list, as needed ready for that Christmas baking.

Freezer de-clutter

Now that you have made the kitchen cupboard space its time to start thinking about freezer space too.  Give you freezer a good de-clutter. The freezer is a cold and desolate place that’s home to forgotten, icy food its time to remove all unusable food, and salvage the rest. Maybe spend a week eating what you actually have in their rather than adding to it so you have a clear space ready for those frozen party nibbles.

Getting head of the cleaning

Plan some time into your schedule to take a day of work to give your home a really good deep clean before the decorations start to go up. Also you may want to consider professional cleaning services too like having your carpets and windows cleaned all ready for the festive season.

For those of you that don’t like to think about Christmas too soon my Christmas planning and cleaning calendar starts on November 25th

Hope these small weekly steps are helping to give you a more organised Christmas.

Thanks for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

 

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Return home from holiday organised and refreshed

We all love going away on holiday spending a week or two exploring new cities or relaxing on the beach but the build up can be pretty busy and stressful. Packing can be daunting and its important that you don’t forget any of those essential items.  Following a simple packing guide can really help and involving the whole family. It’s not just down to one person to get everything in order.

Unfortunately though, we all have to come back!

Good preperation before going away can really help. I mean who wants to come back to an untidy house with baskets full of laundry and beds that need changing?

I have put together a few ideas that can make coming back from your holiday a whole lot easier.

Deep Clean

Give yourself time before you go to have a really good deep clean. Its will make all the difference when you return home and allow you to focus on the unpacking and holiday washing. Empty all your bins add new liners and make sure all the toilets have bleach in the pan so they are continuing to kill germs and smell lovely and fresh when you walk in.

Make sure your laundry is up-to date

There is no better feeling than an empty laundry basket and a non-existent ironing pile. This can be rare for busy families but challenge yourself before you go away to ensure you are up to date.  You are going to be coming home with a big pile of washing and ironing and you really do not need to add to this pile. If you are struggling for time there is no harm in using the launderette or a local ironing service. You may also be coming home and then the children go straight back to school so you need to make sure all their uniform, stationary and bags are ready.

Declutter as you pack

Now is a really good time to tackle any declutter. When you are packing for your holiday use this time to pick bits out of the wardrobes that are no longer worn and create a pile for reselling or charity. You will be surprised at what you find you no longer need or will wear. Don’t just stop there file away that build up of paperwork along with any old magazines and newspapers that will be out of date upon your return.

Food Delivery

If your like me and have a regular food delivery organise this before you go so you don’t have to go to the supermarket and do a full weekly shop. Ask someone to drop some fresh milk and bread into your home just before you return so you can at least have a cup of tea if you haven’t got much else in.

Plan a meal

Cook up a health meal and pop in the freezer before you go so you can defrost and enjoy when you get home.  Holidays normally mean over eating and not eating so well so you will be probably be craving a home cooked healthy dinner. Knock up a quick Bolognese or a stew packed with vegetables.

Let your neighbours know your going away

If you get on well with your neighbours or have a friend that lives close by ask them to put the bin out for you and to water the garden flowers. This can really help as you don’t want to come home to a full bin smelling awful or dead flowers that you have been keeping  so well all summer.

Don’t jump straight into socialising

Give yourself a few days before you start to out again with friends and try not to organise any gatherings at your house. Ease yourself back in gently.

Back to work

If you can and have the flexibility book an extra day into your diary so you can give yourself time to adjust after your holiday. There is nothing worse that coming home in  the early hours of the morning and then having to be at work for 9am.

Keep your out of office on

Use this tool to your advantage and don’t switch it off until you have caught up.

Check your family calendar

Look at your calendar a few days before you are due home so you are not surprised by meetings or events that are going to sneak up on you for the up and coming week. Being prepared always help,

I really hope this little tips help you. Don’t forget you can get my holiday organisational printable CLICK HERE

Happy Holiday
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

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Back to School Essentials Check List

The summer holidays may of just started but many of us will already be thinking about Back to School.  Most of the shops will have the Back to School posters up with uniform strategically placed at  stores entrances.

We always go away the last few weeks of August and I like to have everything done before we go so as soon as the holidays start I start to pick bits up for my 3 and I use this checklist and mark off what I have brought.  I find this way I don’t forget anything.

The worst thing you can do is head into town a week before they go back as most stuff will be gone, limited sizes will be left for school uniform so get out there early and be prepared. If stores don’t have your sizes they will have plenty of time to order for you or for you to go home and order online.

I have designed a back to school check list that you can download here Back To School Check List

I have also put together a few ideas for those back to school essentials

Back Packs For Girls

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For younger girls
JoJo Siwa Bow Backpack Ruck Sack Sholder Bag Large Pocket Print Back Pack Rainbow, Clouds and Glitter.

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KS2 Girls
FRINGOO Girls Boys School Backpack Waterproof Travel Bag Fits Laptop 17” (Unicorn WiFi)

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Secondary Girls
Adidas back pack

Back Packs For Boys

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Younger Boys
Paw Patrol Back Pack

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KS2 Boys
Marvel Back Pack

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Secondary Boys 
Vans Back Pack

Stationary

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YIMOJI Large Capacity Pencil Case, 72 Slots Multi-layer School Stationery Pencil Eraser Ruler Bag for Student Boys and Girls

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Smiggle Pencil Case

My son would absolutely love this and if he behaves this summer I may treat him, his addicted to smiggle stuff.

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Maths set

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Casio Calculator

Love the classic casio calculator. Perfect for in the home office to. 

For school uniform I always find that Next and John Lewis offer the best range of sizes and styles. Plus if your have older girl New Look have a great teenage range with more tailored clothing plus a good selection of practical bags and shoes.

To help stay organised this summer with your home maybe look at joingin in with my 5 Minute Challenge or use one of my cleaning calendars

Personally I love Back to School shopping so have fun and enjoy.

Thanks for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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Getting Guest ready this Christmas

At Christmas time visitors can make the festive season all the more stressful, but a few simple steps will help ease the pain.

Guest preparation is the key at Christmas time. Always make sure you are as organised as you can be so you can relax and enjoy special time with your friends and family. Think of your visitors, there is nothing worse than ignoring them because you preparing food in the kitchen or tidying up and in turn they are sat twiddling their thumbs in the lounge.

Make sure if you have guests coming over for a meal that you are fully prepped. (ie) The table is set, extra chairs have been brought in, food is nearly ready, drinks are ready for pouring and you are ready.  No dashing off too quickly get changed or apply your makeup!

I really enjoy playing host and will spend weeks getting organised. It’s so important that your guests feel welcome. If you have invited friends or family to stay then think about offering them privacy and a few home comforts.  Have the guest room ready or a dedicated area to accommodate them.

Always have a few spare generic Christmas presents wrapped up under the tree in case a gift is given to you but you didn’t buy them one.  You do not want to get yourself in an embarrassing situation.

The Guest room 

Having a space that guests can make their own allows for a much easier stress free visit. Your spare room may also be a bit of a dumping ground passing off as a home office, or a place where you dry your clothes so this is a good chance for you to have a quick declutter and organise. If this room isn’t used much you may not have the radiators switched on so get these switched on ready and warm the room.

Allow your guest some storage space, make room for their bags and a space for them to hang their clothes. Leave them a few spare hangers.

Leave a set of clean towels at the end of the bed.

Leave them a set of mini toiletries

If you have a family staying in the room invest in a few airbeds so a family can all stay together.

20 Minute Mad Guest Dash

We can also have unexpected visitors where little notice is given, Here are some of my top tips for getting you guest ready within 20 minutes.

Start with the Entrance Hall 

Start by clearing the entrance to your home so guests don’t fall over shoes and coats when they walk in and make sure your door mat is clean by giving it a shake and sweep any dirt away. Open the windows to let air through the house and to get rid of any smells.

Next the Kitchen

Next, clean the kitchen. Put any dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher and make sure your tea towels are clean. Another quick, simple tip to make your kitchen appear cleaner is by spraying some air freshener and emptying the bin. Spray a damp microfibre cloth with all-purpose spray and use it to wipe over kitchen surfaces and brush crumbs onto the floor. Once you’ve finished, speed-vacuum yourself out of the room starting in the furthest corner. Vorwerks wet and dry duo clean is great at cleaning kitchen floors as it vacuums and mops at the same time, saving you plenty of time. Genius idea!

People always migrate to the Lounge

The living room is another area of your home where guests are likely to spend a lot of time. Tidy away any clutter in your living room such as books and magazines, and if you have a pet, quickly rub your furniture with a damp rubber glove to remove pet hair. Spray your sofas with a fabric refresher and turn your cushions over instead of vacuuming them to save time. Dim the lights and use lamps where possible to hide any dirt and hair on the carpets.

Your Bathroom must be clean

The bathroom is an area in your home where your guests will spend time alone and will make judgements about how clean it is! If you only have a few minutes to get your bathroom ready grab some fresh clean bathroom towels, and if you lucky enough to have a Sonic Scrubber grab this too as this is perfect for tackling any hard limescale areas.

1. Grab a clean cloth and a good bathroom cleaner and  wipe down the sink, the toilet seat and underneath the base of the toilet. Keep some handy cleaning wipes under the bathroom sink so you can just grab one quickly when in and out of the bathroom yourself.

2. Scrub the inside of the toilet and add some toilet bleach.

3. Leave the window slightly open

4. Light a strong pleasant scented candle.

5. Replenish Toilet paper.

Lastly, if there’s a room in your home that you don’t want guests to enter, simply closing the door will make them less likely to go in.

I really hope this post has been of some help to you and don’t forget I have a few FREE Christmas printables available and an organisation calendar. Just take a look here.

Thanks for reading and wishing you all a stress free organised Christmas. 

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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