June 29, 2010

Spinach Overload

I'm an avid gardener and I get ecstatic when a sprout emerges from the ground successfully.  We plant our regular salad friends but always try something different too.  The greenhouse helps us get a longer season up here in Zone 2.  Yup...up to minus 40 in the winter.  What does that have to do with being organized?  Well, it's all well and good to be organized and grow a garden but you have to take the time to deal with the results when they are ready for canning and/or freezing.  We just had a huge batch of spinach start to seed so I had to move my butt into canning mode before it went to waste.  I read a few recipes to make sure I could freeze it properly and rounded up my tools.  This year Mike wanted to help since he is the one that will be cooking it later. I was so happy with the yield and the size.  Last year it all went to seed very early and the leaves were so small.  After picking six bowls of spinach and eating four salads in the previous days we were ready to blanch and freeze the spinach.  It didn't take that long with both of us in the kitchen and we happily have four small bags of spinach in the freezer for the winter.  Spinach shrinks when it is cooked and squeezed into Ziploc bags.  Maybe I'll grow a few more rows in the later part of the summer for fall eating.  Let's see how the carrots do first!

June 23, 2010

The Sound of Hope

I started to ready this book to learn about Auditory Processing Disorder but also learned that I need to listen in a better way.  I will put some of Lois Kam Heymann's ideas into effect and see if the frustration of "tuning out" goes down.  A great read for every parent.

June 21, 2010

Bottom of the stairs

The bottom of the stairs can easily become a dangerous place when used as a catch all for all those items that we don't take the extra ten steps to put away.  I have seen piles of laundry that would trip a grown man and sports equipment that is damaged beyond repair. By taking extra tidy up time to put things away you avoid a disaster in waiting. We rush through so many things in our day. Take a moment to reflect on what you rush through.  Are you rushing to do something more meaningful or are you getting ready to jump into another task?  Could you slow down and complete a job fully before moving onto the next?  When you find yourself dropping items at the bottom of the stairs or in a pile I want you to repeat this phrase in your head:  "I can take the extra steps to complete this job.  It will not take me that long."  What can you complete today?

June 14, 2010

A Little Help From ...

Sometimes help comes in forms we don't usually suspect.  I think that community round ups can be a great tool to get organized. What better opportunity than one that lets you dump the contents of your house on your front lawn and the city takes whatever remains, after onlookers retrieve treasures from your pile, to the dump at no cost to you.  Some people tell me "I want to save my stuff and have a yard sale" and I tell them that a yard sale may only give you a limited return on the items you are saving. You usually think your clutter is worth more than it is.  Ebay is another method of getting rid of things but is also time consuming with the items and their packaging taking up precious room in your home in the meantime.
So if you get the chance to participate in a community round up... Just Do It!  It just may be the little bit of help you were looking for.

June 4, 2010

Backpacks, Clothing and Toys oh my!


The waning days of school means that backpacks will return home filled to the brim with arts, crafts and undelivered notices. Purge the pack with your child and carry onto the bedroom to sort through clothing, toys and hobbies that have gotten out of control. ( I can only deal with so many special shiny rocks and shells in the bedroom) Let children see you eliminate items from your collections as well. That means shoes, books and movies too. Children will mimic what they see and gain a sense that organizing is a regular family habit.