Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May is for helping Mom

The whole month of May should be dedicated to helping Moms.  What better way to help her then chipping in with the chores around the house.   Here is a list of things you can organize for her.
1.  Ask her if she would like you to go shopping for her or computerize  a shopping list on her smart phone.
2.  Organize her photos so she can order on snap-fish.
3. Write out a itemized list of cleaning tasks you can help with or hire some help.
4.  Clean up all her clutter on her emails
5.  De clutter the garage or your room. What's ever is worst !
6.  Plant some flowers in the garden and make a list of how to maintain it.
7. Give a gift of a professional organizer !!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Preparing for a Panic-Free Pesach

The best part of this holiday is making it simple and stress free.  How do you do that?  You begin with having a good list.  A list of cleaning tasks, a list of menus for meal planning, a list for grocery shopping, and a list of ways to make it easy and relaxing.
Create a notebook to gather your notes and lists.  Write out our menus and what ingredients you need to complete the recipe.  Keep the list in your iPhone or take the notebook to the market. 
Secondly, begin with the end in mind.  Think of what you would like to do the day of the sedar.  Schedule your "to do" list accordingly and work backwards with your tasks, cooking and cleaning schedule.  Make recipes in bulk and storage in clear plastic throw- away containers.   Use zipper lock plastic bags for space saving storage in the refrigerator.  De-stress by using paper and plastic plates so you don't have to slave away in the kitchen. Involve your family in the preparations: cleaning, food preparation and divide up the responsibilities.  Reward your kids with presents, money or praise.  Make the holiday fun loving and don't forget to reward yourself with flowers or something new.  Whatever mood you set in your home is everlasting and your family will remember if always.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baking Cabinet

My favorite area in the kitchen is the bake center.  I personally love having a cabinet above the counter so I can store my "baking containers" at easy reach.  By using clear containers you can see how much is in each container.  I put a measuring cup in each to make for easy pouring  and measuring. If there is space I put the mixing bowls and trays under the cabinet. The drawers are a good place to put smaller baking utensils.

Organizing an art room

The best way to get an art room organized is to empty everything out first, sort and save only the supplies you wish to keep.  Buy clear plastic shoe box size containers and contain your supplies.  Label the containers for easy identification and then stack them.  Remember there is always going to be a high level of maintenance and  teaching your kids to put back each item and supply after use.

Monday, January 12, 2015

No Left-Overs, Make Right-Overs

In the early years of my meal planning endeavors I came across an unique idea.  I thought up the idea of making "Right-overs" instead of "Left-overs".  The case scenario was that every Sunday night when I tried to give my children dinner they always complained that it was "left-overs" and they were tired of looking at the same chicken that they ate all weekend.  So instead I decided to make new and different recipe on the same night that I did all my cooking (Thursday night) but instead I took out separate aluminum tin or a casserole dish and put chicken in it but I changed the recipe, sauce, or ingredients.  For example, while I was making Lemon chicken and rice, I also prepared BBQ chicken in the extra pan and cooked it at the same time but I didn't serve it Friday night or Saturday.  So when I brought it to the table on Sunday night after a day in the park or an outing, the kids would say "When or where did you make that?"   They got so excited that it wasn't warmed up two or three extra times and it didn't look old.   I just smiled at how "organized" I was and said "Surprise"  Enjoy.  So Sunday night dinners were painless, it felt like we were eating out and I didn't have to cook.  It was better then taking something out of the freezer and it was exciting to see the smiles on their faces.  So next time you are preparing a weekend or shabbos meal, think of Right-overs.  They are not "Left-overs" and they will never be any left over.
P.S.  You can freeze your real left-overs into a small  containers for "emergency meals" when someone is sick and needy.