Sunday, 5 January 2014

Back To School Organization

     Today marks the last day of our Christmas holidays, meaning that school is back in full-force tomorrow. After a relaxing two weeks I can honestly say that I am heading back to school refreshed and ready to go!

     I didn't realize it at the time, but I was definitely feeling exhausted when Christmas hit. Teaching is a profession that isn't done when the day ends at 4:00pm and I think that it can be difficult to find a balance (especially in that first year when you're trying to "do it all"). This break has allowed me to take a step back from the classroom and focus on myself... my family... my life. It has also allowed me to work on some of the organizational aspects that I've determined I was lacking before!

     Over the past week I have been focusing on organizing certain aspects of my life in order to cut down on some of the stress that is bound to occur once I am in the routine again. Here are two of the main things I've been working on:

1 ) Organizing My Closet into Outfits
- Rather than have my closet organized by type of item, I
  began organizing my closet by full work outfits (complete with
- Now I just need to grab a hanger and know that I'm ready
  to go for the day!

2 ) Pre-Planning Meals
- The other day I spent 4 hours preparing over 30 meals that
  I've frozen and will only need to throw in the crockpot. Don't
  get me wrong, I love cooking, but I am beyond excited to know
  that supper will be ready when we get home! Plus, spending
  four hours of prep for a month of meals works so well for me.
- If you're interested in this idea, I was inspired by this post by
  Katie and even got some neat recipes from her.

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Sauces & spices for over 30 recipes prepped & ready to add meat & veggies!
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Once all the ingredients are in then it is off to the freezer!

     Hopefully these two things will help keep me organized going back into the school-year! What tips/tricks do you recommend in regards to at-home or at-school organization??

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  1. I'm so jealous of all your freezer meals! I want to do that but find it so overwhelming! Not so much the cooking but the shopping.

    1. Thank you! There actually wasn't a lot of extra shopping to do (mostly veggies and chicken), I found that I had most of the spices already in my pantry and my husband is a beef farmer so I didn't have to worry about that. Plus, you really only need to shop once for the month!

  2. I love it! I totally did the same type of thing - I seriously cleaned and organized all of my cupboards and closets. I went crazy at IKEA and bought so many organizing items (boxes, shoe rack, etc). I also built an IKEA desk, chair, and bookshelf!

    I also had a massive cooking day where I filled my freezer - freezer cooking is the best!! I never thought to blog about it - oh well! Hope your first week back is going well. Mine's officially over :)

  3. And I totally used a few recipes off the same website!!! Haha.


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