Saturday, 21 November 2020

Organizing for another end of year

I am very ready to move to a new year. There are some goodness coming my way again this year, but I am fearful of having another bad end of year, like the last one.

I have written a bit about this in my other two blogs on my sites that I share on Google Blogger and organizing for another end of year is something I like to do, to reflect on it and go through changes I want to make that will lead me into a positive new year, and what I truly want to get rid of.

Building Self Confidence The Ugly Duckling

Thoughts and Advice For the Week

I am going to go through my clothes, my planners and my goals I set this year and next year, which I have done already and I have written about this on my site: Everyone Ca Build A Castle. I don't want my stuff in Epsom anymore where I was living and I want it to be given away apart from my Jewellery as I am ready for a fresh start. I want to live with my new love Lee and meet my other members of my family. 

I would like my books to be on TV and have more books published, and grow my blog sites.

A end of year means to me out of the old and in with the new, and so yes I am going to get be rid of all my stuff in Epsom because I know every time I look at it, it will bring back the memory of the last 5 years, which have not been good and I do have a new wardrobe and outfits to wear, I do have the shoes I love and so to organize for another end of year I am ready to be ruthless and let some things go. 

I have changed a lot by being very cagy, holding up my guard a lot, and weary of people as there are people who I was close to that ganged up on me. 

I do see friends as family, but can see that often the ones that put up a front and then mess you around when they want to meet up, I actually giving you a signal saying "I am only inviting you because you feel left out if we don't". Did I feel like that? Yes at times, because I don't like to exclude people myself if they are a good friend, but truthfully since those times when I have felt like that, it is more I like it when people say they want to meet you somewhere and stick to it, and not change it at last minute, mucking me about.

You know that when people do this, they are doing it, hoping that you give up and go home, and last year when meeting some friends my son took a tumble on the escalators and then we met them as I didn't want Henry to be let down, as soon as we left they took pictures of themselves as if we were never there. Okay so we had one photo together but they made a point of say "Look we had a better time without you".

True friendship means not cheating on them with their spouses, not mucking each other about, not allowing yourself be a shoulder to cry on when they do that for you and talking nastily about you, behind your back. 

So soon it will be Christmas and I have teamed up with Amazon to help them launch their Christmas Goods this year and here is a link to a video I have created, showing off their wonderful Advent Calendars.

I have also chosen my charity for this year that I would like to raise donations for. For the charity Tommy's who support families and raise awareness, who have experienced Stillbirths and Premature Births. Here is the link of my JustGiving page should you want to make a contribution:

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X   

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Organising my life to end this year in a bang

I want to the rest of this year to end with a bang, going on the fact at the beginning of this year I was not in a good place, and would like many things to happen.

Never stop organizing your life, as this helps stay on track of what you planned to achieve at the beginning of the year. I always like to write this kind of blog, because if I feel like I am falling off the rails, it gives me a chance to rein myself in, especially if I feel like I am trying to do too much again and recuperate. 

I have come to realise that it isn't about how much you can do at the same time, but focusing on one task at a time. I do organize my life into main three categories, Home, Work and Play. So I can focus sometime on my home, like do laundry, have a tidy up and any other errands, what work I want to get done and have some time listening to music, do a bit of reading or go for a walk outdoors some where.

I don't even consciously do it, I just work it out that way so I do get errands, work and some chill out time, like walking and talking, I just got into the habit of doing these three main things without thinking.

Having good positive habits on a daily basis helps you overall wellbeing, and when it becomes a habit that you don't even have to think about, you know you have organized your life well, and can keep going. 

However even writing is like my down time too, but when you have been writing all day it can make you tired, aswell as reading, and as humans with thrive on variety, rather doing the same thing all the time. Mix up your days too, but keeping to these main categories, and will help you in the long run. 

So I am going to do a bit more work, then do some reading and then have a well earned cup of coffee or a hot chocolate. 

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie X 

Monday, 31 August 2020

Unless the Queen visits, then don't be worried if for one day you have a messy home

There are times where I can be super productive and other times I am not, and can be miss unorganized, where I have clothes over my chair I sit on when on the computer and bags with stuff in them all over the floor. 

I have sometimes fooled myself that I am like Martha Stewart when I know I am not, however I do believe that if you live in a mess it can stress you out, so I do try to declutter, but I no longer false myself to do it but clear it when I am ready to, and there is nothing else to do. 

When I think of being organized I think of Mary Poppins who in the film she clicks her fingers and everything falls into place and tidied away. If I had that power I would be run down on offers by others to tidy their homes too, but as I wasn't given such a skill I have to make do with being the messy cow I so often am, do my best in the process to be somewhat organised, without pilling on the pressure. 

I will get it done, I know I will but as soon as I feel like "If I don't do it now I am a bad person or it will be the end of the world" like saying "Bullocks to it, and do it tomorrow".

So now I will rein myself in as when I am full of energy I will then give myself 16 things to do and then forget that I am only one person and who am I kidding?

I do like to do lists, but often I won't always make a list on paper but in my head, and as long as it gets done then so be it, and remember that it is not how much I do, but what benefit it gives me. 

If it makes you happy then do it, but never false yourself as you are more likely to put it off and it isn't about multitasking either, it's about given yourself time to breath and take in what you see, and if you aren't happy with your home then change it, but don't feel like, as I have done, done it because of someone has done it. Materialistic items isn't always going to make us happy, but making a space our in is, because it is your space and how you like it that matters. 

I think especially with social media seeing pictures of people with the perfect home that we now have to have the same, and adds pressure to ourselves. Never compare and unless the Queen visits, then don't be worried if for one day you have a messy home, because life is about living not tidying.

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie X 

Friday, 21 August 2020

Organizing my weekends


As I have most weekends to myself I make sure I make the most of them. 

I try to incorporate my work, any training I feel I need to do to help me with my work, plan for the week ahead using google calendar as I now have two I work from, my personal calendar so I put in my workout time, if I need to pick up Henry in the week and personal tasks. I even use this to set certain reminders like, wash hair, shave legs etc. Then I have my other one where I put in when I will be working, by block scheduling a time frame of when I want to do my work through the days and the week. 

I usually plan week to week, rather than planning my weeks well in advance as being a mum and having such a hectic lifestyle sometimes, I find things get changed and other things crop up, so I plan my weeks and weekends as they come. 

I am going to try a new APP that I discovered by watching MuchelleB and it is called Notion see her video in this linked below: 

How I Organise and Plan my Life (Using Notion)

Once I have used it I will post my own view on what it is like to use, as I do like to try different ways to see if it suits me okay. 

I make sure I give myself time to chill and relax, as sometimes I often have to catch myself, as I do find I rush a lot when I am not realising it, and blow myself out. 

Fitting in time to clean and tidy my room I find helps me reset for the week ahead and catching up on tasks I am unable to do when Henry isn't with me, as he takes up a lot of my time, like he should. 

Soon we will be back to school and I have already started to plan for that, by getting uniform ready, seeing if I can get Henry into any of the afterschool clubs this year and look for a new school for Year 3, as it has be recommended, because Henry needs 1 to 1 support, for him to go to a smaller size school.

If you didn't know my son has ADHD and so needs help with concentration. 

Anyhow, I am going to get on as I have a few more posts to write and a new book I am writing, WATCH THIS SPACE, and so I wish you a happy Friday and please check out for more blogs at the weekend. 

All my posts can be found on my Blog Network,  

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie X

Friday, 14 August 2020

Toiletries, Hacks and good cleaning products

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Hello and welcome to another Organization blog. In this weeks post I am talking about toiletries, some hacks and good cleaning products I'd recommend. 

So talking toiletries, I have changed my storage for my toiletries I am currently using, and I have rucksack full of items in my wardrobe as I do like to stock up on some items, like body sprays, scrubs, roll ons, sanitary items and shower gels.

The current products I am using is stored in a cool bag I bought from TK Maxx as I was trying out a hack that I thought of, because at the moment in the UK we have a massive heatwave, so I thought I would put all my toiletries into my cool bag with a freezing block to see if that would help keep them nice and chilled, but it didn't work. 

So I am going to do some research and see what else I can do. I could put them in a fridge but the two fridges we have where I live is full of food, as I share them with the rest of my family, as I am now living with my mum and step dad. 

Continuing on about hacks as I am real lover of them, I watched this video by Emily Norris who was trying out some hacks she saw on TikTok to see if they worked.  

Please check out the link below to watch this video:

To keep a room clean I would say to invest in a good polish, Micro cloths, a eraser sponge (they are magic), antibacterial spray and I know some say they are bad for the environment but I love them because its just helps with a quick clean, and that is antibacterial wipes. 

I don't think the Cordless vacuums are that great because the one I used to use when I lived in Epsom would cut out after 5 minutes and steam cleaners I have found don't last long either. 

The mop which you can attach a bottle of Flash floor cleaning spray is good, but I find that they can pick up some of the dirt on a floor but not all. I think the old fashioned way a sponge mop and bucket is still a winner my opinion. 

You can also use natural items to clean your home, example cut a lemon in half and dab it into some salt and rub it all over your sink and sink top and really helps to get rid of limescale, and you just rinse it off and wipe over and can make sink areas nice and shiny clean. 

Also you can use a toothbrush to clean your tiles. When I worked as a Housekeeper for a hotel, we would use a toothbrush to clean the soap dispensers in the rooms, and another hack use a pillow case to wipe mirrors and glass. 

So it is almost the weekend and this weekend we have new beds arriving bunk beds for me and my son Henry to sleep in. This will mean some changes but I am not going to worry too much now and think about having another free weekend to do what I like. 

If you have any hacks and cleaning items you'd like to recommend to me then please do so. All comments can be left below. 

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie X 

Friday, 7 August 2020

Organize your to do's lists

I have many ways in which I write down all my To do's and they rarely stay the same, it is what is accessible at the time. 

One way I do it is I will type up a word document or make a template and then upload to google docs so then I can access it on my phone when I am out, and can view it anywhere, or I will use my to do list APP which you can download and install from Play Store, and there are quite a few out there, or I will use a template from excel. 

If you find that you start to think about tasks you need to do as you put your head down on your pillow to go to sleep, then do a brain dump before bed time and then organize the list in the morning and go through how long you think each task will take and how important each task is. 

I am often guilty of putting the things I know I need to do, but don't want to do at the bottom of the list, but from my experience this only causes more anxiety so I try to get these tasks done first and then go onto others afterwards.

I do have a planner but I tend to jot the weekly things that always get done or if I am going somewhere or having a meeting with someone. 

I organize my blog writing and my books into my bullet journal I created using a notebook, and my finances into my financial planner. 

From my own experience keeping my finances separate helps me to stay on track better with bills I have to pay and what needs to be paid, how much I have spent and money left, and I don't lose sight of these things. 

A to do list is a type of plan of action and the key thing when doing them is to break them down. One way is to circle items that need to be done first and making these into an A list, then B list and then C. 

It's not about how much you do, it is what you do that counts and how it makes you feel once they are done. 

So less tick of our to do's and then at night make time for quiet time and for yourself. 

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie X 

Friday, 31 July 2020

Organization Youtube Channels I love to watch

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Hello and welcome to another Organize for the better blog. This week I have been in some of my blogs recommending some good Youtube channels I love to watch for inspiration and growth and on parenting. 

Please check out these two blog posts below for recommendation aswell as the ones detailed below:

So to follow on this theme thought I would share some Youtube channels I like to watch for Organization tips and inspiration. 

I will say now some may be the same as written in posts above but there will be different ones too.

To kick start my this blogpost, the one person I haven't mentioned is,

1. Rachelleea

I could have actually added this lady to my recommendations for inspiration and growth, but she has been doing a lot of content recently of how she is organising her home and her life, and how she on some days can't be bothered, which we can all relate to, but at the same time still tries to be as productive as she can, and that does mean taking time out for doing more relaxing things aswell as chores and to do lists. 

2. Emily Norris 

I have actually included this lady in my parenting blog of videos channels I recommend, but she does do a lot of hacks, clean with me and routine videos too and getting things done, and so does include organization. 

You need to be organized as a parent otherwise you and your child/children can end up going insane. 

I find her content to be so fulfilling to watch and is so motivating to see her tidying and cleaning up her home.

3. How to get your shit together

This is a new channel I have started to watch and she really has some great tips on decluttering your home and as in the title "How to get your shit together" and she does just that in her videos. 

4. MuchelleB 

I adore this lady as she really is great at lifting your spirits with her content on how to get your life together and be organized by setting good habits each day and resetting your life to begin a week feeling fresh as possible. 

I have also included this lady in my blog posts linked above for inspiration and growth.

5. Do it on a dime 

This lady posts a lot of videos on organization and DIY projects and yes I have also included her in my posts linked above, because I find this lady's content brilliant to watch and be inspired. 

I have watched this channel since I first began watching Youtube because she has so many amazing ideas or making items for your home which is less than a dollar, but look expensive at the same time.

6. Kerry Whelpdale 

This lady posts a lot of meal idea videos. Now you may think that this has nothing to do with organization, but it is, because you do have to be somewhat organized when it comes meal planning and buying food to make meals for your family so all food gets used and doesn't got to waste, and she gives tips in her videos of how to do this, and what great meals you can make on a budget for your family. 

7. The Sunday Stylist 

This channel has a lot of content showing how she organizes her home including great tips and advice to keeping your home organized. She also has tips on good products to use when cleaning and organizing your home too, and how to minimise the amount of items you have in your home. 

8. Jordan Paige 

I cannot stop recommending this lady's videos because they are fantastic. She shows how she organizes her work, family life and money, giving some great hacks along the way, and I love a good hack. 

9. HappilyAHousewife 

This lady does content on how she organizes her planners and I love a planner video plus how she organizes her life being a housewife and a mum. 

10. Kate Murnane 

I have watched Kate's videos since day one of having Youtube in my life, she is a mum of two boys and does clean with me videos, hack videos and day in a life videos aswell as hauls and try ons of fashion items she buys and other items that she purchases for her boys, her husband and home. 

When it comes to Youtube I do limit the amount of time I spend watching videos as I do find that I can get lost in Youtube rather than getting my own life together but use it for inspiration and ideas for my own content, and to help me be productive in my life aswell. 

I of course never copy but research for good ideas and to help promote Youtube in a good and positive way. 

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie X