Closet Cleanout and Project 333

Spring Blossoms

Summer is nearly here, or wait is it here? I have no idea my plate is so full these days, that I had to go out and buy a platter to compensate for all the “Happenings” on our family calendar.  The biggies are 5th grade promotion and end of year party and my oldest son is getting married!   How do I cope in the chaos?

Don't BE THAT MOM

Well, honestly, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I sit at the keyboard typing and or designing and have a mommy-melt down… complete with soothing Aloe tissues and plenty of tears with a stellar runny red nose.  Some of you can relate, the overwhelmed-mommy-syndrome, she is spinning plates while unicycling to the grocery store for more paper towels and chicken nuggets when she drives over a nail and then BAM, everything is in utter chaos and the only thing left to do is cry it out.

But we can’t cry or umm ( have a screaming fit) all the time, so we have to learn to cope in the chaos.  I cope by organizing things and making lists.

project 333

A friend on Facebook shared an article about this neat idea called Project 333.

Here is the original post,  Minimalist Fashion Project 333 Begins…

It is not a fancy post, with lots of photos and bells and whistles to dazzle the reader’s mind. Really it is a simple idea with a simple list.  Yet, it seems to have taken off like a crazy ( I would say wildfire, but we do not use that term lightly in Southern California).

In a nutshell, Project 333 is perfect for busy, moms. If busy moms can pop into their closet and choose an outfit in 30 seconds or less… just think of the time they could save. If all the kids had the same kind of set up… even more time saved.

PROJECT 333

What you do:  You take the current season  ( currently  late Spring here) and create a fashion capsule using 33 items, which include Clothing, Outer-wear, Jewelery and Shoes. Now, don’t run away yet. It does not include workout clothes and the shoes that you use for the sport, lounge wear and pajamas and the pieces of jewelry you wear every day, like your wedding band and Fitibit, hehe.  Choose your 33 items, box up the rest for using the next time plus consider donating items that you will simply NEVER wear again.  

When I boxed up all the clothes that I really did not like, did not fit well, or did not love I was left with very little. I had so many sweater sets that were getting that fuzzed up look and so many pairs of black slinky dress pants that I had to just consider a complete overhaul.( And I have only just begun today)

My biggest discovery… I have been buying clothes to suit other people’s tastes for YEARS!  For example: I cannot stand collars on stiff golf shirts, yet all my golf shirts have collars and are stiff as cardboard. 

My big fat closet promise to myself is to take time to find the right fit, make sure the piece is on my shopping list for ultimate versatility and most importantly… I have to LOVE IT!

stay tuned for more project 333

I will be working on this project for the next few days and will share my chosen 33 at the end of the week.

I must say I am truly excited about getting up in the morning and just having a few items to look through to decide what to wear, what a time saver.

I am totally psyched for this PROJECT 333 and how it will help simplify my life, less is more, folks, less is more.

Photos coming soon! The graphics are to pretty to look at today, I don’t want to scare them with my MESSY CLOSET photos. haha

Pam aka Momma

 

Memorial Day, Menu Plans and Cleaning List- Plan Your Week

Observing Memorial Day with Your Family

Here is a link to our Memorial Day Post – If you have someone to enter on the list of our Blanket of Freedom leave a comment in the messages.
Memorial Day Post

Organize Your Week

This week we are working on closets around the house.   Closets are the easiest place to find clutter and clutter takes up precious space that you pay for every month in  rent and mortgage.

But we must eat!  Here is our Menu Plan For the Week!

  • Monday- BBQ Chicken Breast, Baked Beans,  Corn on the Cob, Greek Salad and Smores  – Yum
  • Tuesday – Pasta and Meatballs, Greenbeans, and Salad
  • Wednesday –  Siracha Chicken Legs, Roasted Potatoes, Peas and Sliced Fruit
  • Thursday – Vegetable Soup, Garlic Bread and fruit
  • Friday- Chipotle!!! – Dinner Out
  • Saturday – Family Picnic – TBD
  • Sunday – Roast Chicken with Lemons, Grilled Eggplant, Sauteed Cabbage, and fresh strawberries for the sweet tooth.

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Weekly Cleaning List

Monday – Deep Clean Kitchen – Choose wisely on major appliance or area to deep clean. This I suggest cleaning and organizing inside of 4 or more drawers or shelves. Simple yet needed every three months or so throughout the year.

Tuesday - Bathroom – Give the bathrooms and good scrubbing, especially, tubs, showers, sinks and mirrors.

Wednesday -  Dust and Mirrors and Windows -  Dust all the furniture and doodads, shine all mirrors and windows on the inside.

  Thursday Spend 15 minutes filing papers and shredding any piles of papers you have been meaning to get to but never find the time.

Friday - Declutter-one area for 5 to 10 minutes or catch up on anything that was missed during the week. We are working on closets. Keep it simple, Friday is for family and fun!

Saturday-Linens and Extra Laundry Don’t you love the idea of fresh smelling sheets and towels!

Sunday -  Is it breezy outside? Family Kite Day! You don’t need a fancy kite, just one that will get air born long enough for each child to take a turn. Bring along some sandwiches, apples and drinks and make a fun afternoon for your family.

Have a wonderful week!

And thank a soldier in some kind way!

Pam

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Speed Clean Your Home for Memorial Day Weekend!

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There is nothing more stressful than trying to cook, clean and control clutter when you have planned company coming over and especially with the children home during a long holiday weekend.  Memorial Day is this Monday and many folks have their BBQ pits ready and burgers and ribs in the fridge.  And yet, even if you are lucky enough to have your significant other manning the grill, the house and children still need to be taken care of and readied up for company. Here is my method, it is not a perfect method but as long as we try our best and try to enjoy the process we can squeeze enough tidying and cleaning in to feel like we can handle company for this Memorial Day Weekend.

 

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  1. Do not skip your morning routine.  Make the beds and have the children help if they can. Get dressed and put on your momma face. This includes hair, make-up, teeth and whatever else makes you feel put together. Pretend you are about to go out to lunch with the girls. It will be easier to just touch up your make up later than to try to do the whole face at the last-minute.
  2. Gather Your Tools: Vacuum, Mop, Dusting cloths, Spray Cleaners, Rags and the dreaded toilet brush.
  3. Now to the fun stuff. Utilizing your groovy tunes and a timer do a 5 minute pick up of clutter and trash through the house in each room. If you feel as if there is not time to put away the items then put them in a hamper, box or bag and stuff it all in your closet. Guests will think they are bags of gifts hidden from the children if they happen to get so nosy that they end up in your closet.
  4. Clean the kitchen as best you can. You may be in the middle of food preparations, just clean up as much as you can and put away as many items as possible. Clean for 15 minutes and then move on.
  5. Now grab the dust rag and dust the main rooms. Just the obvious places in the entryway, dining area and living areas.
  6. Next: Vacuum up only the stuff you see, usually this is the high traffic areas in the main living areas.  Then a damp mop and mop up only what you see as dirty in the guest bathroom, entryway and kitchen.
  7. The Bathroom: Wipe down the sink, shine the mirror and clean the toilet with the toilet brush.
  8. Empty Trash: Empty all the trash cans. There is something about a full trash can in a bathroom that just makes the room look dirty.
  9. Now look for some finishing touches, fresh flowers, candles or anything with the color scheme red, white and blue. Use what you have!

 

Menu Plans, Cleaning Lists and Inspiration

Organize Your Week

Happy Monday!  We have the Wedding Shower this weekend and it was a blast.

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Now I am on phase 2, getting ship shape ready for the wedding!  And while all this madness is going on around me I still have a grade school child at home getting ready for his first debate and he needs dress pants and a tie to wear to a local college. I am just like all of you! A crazy busy mom. That is why I make lists, lists keep me sane.  And here are our lists for the week.

Menu Plan for the Week

  • Monday- Leftovers from the Shower- Pasta Salad, Vegetable Crudites, Chicken Salad, Deviled Eggs and a Spectacular Greek salad made by my future daughter-in-law’s mom.
  • Tuesday – Grilled Chicken Breast, Cauliflower Mashed with Garlic and a hint of butter, Green beans and a few ears of corn for the boys.
  • Wednesday –  Dinner with the in-laws.
  • Thursday – Vegetable Soup, Garlic Bread and fruit
  • Friday- Chipotle!!! – Dinner Out
  • Saturday – Family Picnic
  • SundayBBQ Skewers with chicken, peppers and onions, grilled tomatoes and hasbrowned casserole. They are called kabob, but my husband calls everything bbq if we cook it on the grill outside.

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Cleaning Plan For The Week - Don’t Forget Your Basics

  • Monday – Deep Clean Kitchen – Choose wisely on major appliance or area to deep clean. This I suggest cleaning and organizing the pantry. It is so much easier to put together a quick pantry meal when the pantry is well-organized and stocked with a few staples.
  • Tuesday - Bathroom – Give the bathrooms and good scrubbing, especially, tubs, showers, sinks and mirrors.
  • Wednesday -  Dust and Mirrors and Windows -  Dust all the furniture and doodads, shine all mirrors and windows on the inside.
  •   Thursday -  Give the inside of the bathroom cabinets a deep cleaning, as you clean organize grouping like items together.
  • Friday - Declutter-one area for 5 to 10 minutes or catch up on anything that was missed during the week. Keep it simple, Friday is for family and fun!
  • Saturday-Linens and Extra Laundry Don’t you love the idea of fresh smelling sheets and towels!
  • Sunday -  Consider a family picnic or a trip to the local zoo or gardens!

 

  • INSPIRATION –  Memorial Day is just around the corner. A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~George William Curtis

    Have a wonderful week!
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3 Simple Tasks And A Calorie Free Drink

As a busy mom, you have to choose your battles carefully.  With children, work, volunteer jobs, husbands, house upkeep our homes will never be totally clean and totally organized all the time. If you are still in that Penelope Perfect mindset you will never feel true peace and will most certainly not find you Momma Groove.

So to keep our sanity we will mostly focus on the Dirty Duo the Bathrooms and Kitchen through the month and the remaining rooms will be addressed in a one to one and a half month cycle.

Hold on to your socks mommas!  We are getting organized.  (Insert hysterical laughter)

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Now on with the show:

Three Simple  Tasks

  1. Empty all the trash bins in the house. Instant clutter fix!
  2. Dust the Light Fixtures in the bathrooms.  I simply use a feather duster. I do not obsess about light fixtures ever.
  3. Wipe Down mirrors and give the floor a quick sweep.  You might want to damp mop the spots as well.

Please divided your three simple tasks throughout the day and when you are finished celebrate with a ice cold glass of calorie free water.

You Rock and don’t you forget that for one minute!

Menu Plans, Cleaning Lists and Inspiration for The Week

Organize Your Week

Happy Joyful Monday Friends! I hope you had a restful Mother’s Day and a fun weekend.  I am jazzed for this week’s Retro Wedding Shower for my future daughter-in-law, which means I am in total TO DO list mode. Having detailed lists for the week have been so helpful with keeping the house out of chaos.  Having meals planned and cleaning list printed and posted helps my family to help me get things done when I am super busy.

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This week we are leaning into healthy family  meals in a hurry!

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Here is our Healthy Fast Menu Plan for the Week

  • MondayBaked Potato Bar
  • Tuesday -  Pantry Meal – Pasta and Meat Sauce with a Lettuce Wedge and Yogurt Dressing
  • WednesdayGrilled Chicken, Grilled Corn, Grilled Pineapple, Chopped Vegetable Salad
  • Thursday - Leftovers, Frozen Soup, Chili or Sandwiches – its Family Diner Night!
  • Friday -  Turkey Burgers, Homemade Fries, Vegetable Tray
  • SaturdayRoast Chicken,  Green Beans, Country Squash,  Mashed Potatoes – I may buy a roast chicken at the Market this week, as a time saver, but this recipe is divine. When you are in a hurry, you can roast your chicken a couple of days in advance to reheat for dinner later in the week.
  • Sunday -  Dinner Out-  Our favorite is Indian Cuisine.  I am curry fanatic.

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Here is the Cleaning List for the Week!

  • Monday – Deep Clean Kitchen – Choose wisely on major appliance or area to deep clean. This week I  am cleaning and organizing the pantry. It is so much easier to put together a quick pantry meal when the pantry is well-organized and stocked with a few staples.
  • Tuesday - Bathroom – Give the bathrooms and good scrubbing, especially, tubs, showers, sinks and mirrors.
  • Wednesday -  Dust and Mirrors and Windows -  Dust all the furniture and doodads, shine all mirrors and windows on the inside.
  • Thursday Give the Dining Area/Room extra attention today by putting away all stray items, polishing the furniture and whacking down any cobwebs in the corner.
  • Friday - Declutter-one area for 5 to 10 minutes or catch up on anything that was missed during the week. Keep it simple, Friday is for family and fun!
  • Saturday-Linens and Extra Laundry Don’t you love the idea of fresh smelling sheets and towels!
  • Sunday -  Consider Family Game Day! Video games, board games and snacks or dinner. A nice long family walk following the event. Please remember to take time for personal renewal and rest!

Here is the Printable Cleaning List 

Weekly Cleaning Checklist – May 11

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Inspiration for the Week

The groundwork of all happiness is health.

Leigh Hunt

Question:

What can you do in your life to give your health a boost?  What can you add to your daily tasks to lay a better “groundwork” for your health?

Would love to hear from you!

Have a rocking day!

Pam

 

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Game Day! Game Day! Game Day!

clutter busting quarter flip

I am sitting in my PJ’s this morning wondering what will motivate me to get the house picked up and a few loads of laundry in and out of the laundry room.  Then I thought Game Day! Join me in a rowsing few rounds of Clutter Busting Quarter Flip and your house will look neater inside of a half hour.  Make sure you turn on some groovy tunes, I am jazzing it up with some old school  Beatles and Elives this morning because the retro wedding shower I am working on has me singing late 50’s music 24/7.

Here is the link to the game!

Clutter Busting Quarter Flip and Game For Super Busy Moms

Enjoy your Thursday! Remember you are all Rock Stars!

5 Minute Simple Gift for Mother’s Day or Teacher’s Appreciation Week

5minute mother's day gift

A simple step by step guide using pictures to teach how to make this awesome Mother’s Day Beach Towel Gift Set.

Supplies:

Beach Towel
Ribbon
Scissors
Magazines
Waterbottle or Wine :)
Suntan Lotion – Pictured is Arbonne’s
A Flat Surface to work on.

Just follow the photo trail to make a wonderful gift for that special mom or person in your life!

 

Step One Gather Supplies Mommacan.com

 

Step Two Fold Beach Towel in Half Mommacan.com

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Step Four MOther's Day Gift Easy, Simple, Kids Art

Make sure to use the slot in the beach towel fold that has formed a pocket to insert your gift items to that special mom for Mother’s Day..

Step FIve Mother's Day Gift Ideas FINISHED SO AWESOME AND EASY

Your Project Is Complete!

Hooray!

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