I share lots of little projects and organising ideas here on the blog fairly regularly. Usually I try to wait a little while to check that they really are as good as I thought before I share, but generally the ideas are up with in a couple of weeks of me doing them. So I’ve decide I should go back through some of my old projects and ideas, and share with you how they have gone in the long run. You know – what things we still love, and what things we have changed or further tweaked.
1. Storing our DVDs in plastic sleeves.
Late last year I wrote several posts about organising toys, and shared the recent clear out that we had done in our play room (See part one here, and part two here). Well half a year later and we still love the new look playroom. The kids find it super easy to tidy up when they need to, and the labels have made is significantly easier for them to know where to put each item. I love that it has reduced what used to be a significant point of tension. I’m sure that the actual toys we have will evolve as the kids grow (the girls have indicated that they no longer use the loom bands and that we could get rid of them), but I think the system has the ability to evolve easily with us. In short, I love our play room system.
3. Labeling our power cords
I wrote this post over a year ago after I spent an hour trying to untangle all the power cords that were under the buffet. I thought there had to be an easier way to work out which cord went with what device. Turns out there was. We don’t go poking under the buffet a lot, but when ever we do, it is super easy to work out which plug to pull. Too easy!
4. Stopping our kids interrupting
I wrote this post a few months back after seeing an article that suggested there was a way to stop your kids interrupting so much. We had given it a go and found that on the whole we were experiencing a lot less interruption from the kids. A few months on, we find that Toby is the best at naturally getting our attention using this method, while the girls need a little more prompting to remember. It has definitely decreased the amount of interruptions we get, but I would be lying if I was to say it worked every time.
5. Once a month grocery shopping
This is a very old post where I explained the process of planning a once a month grocery shop, and how we managed all the details.These days, we have now stretched our grocery shop out to every 5 to 6 weeks. We have dropped the rigid menu planning (you can read more about this here) because it wasn’t working any more. Also now that I work closer to home, we have a little more flexibility when it comes to getting our groceries. The printable list is still a staple of our shopping. We also tend to stockpile dry goods a lot more than we used to. I guess that this also helps to stretch out the shopping trips. Over all we still love doing a big grocery shop less often (though perhaps we just don’t like grocery shopping).
So there we have it. Five things we have tried out over the last few years and how they are working for us in the long term.
Have you tried any of these ideas? How did they work for you?