Happy New Year!

I hope everybody is having a great New Year so far! James and I are. We are trying to start the new year right and build some great habits. :)

I have missed the blogging world and wanted to dive back in posting so many times, but the past few months have been tough! I don't want to complain, but James and I definitely stayed busy and then of course the holidays happened. :) We loved spending some extra time with our families and having a chance to slow down a little for that.

I'm trying to start this year by putting less on my plate (that is unnecessary) and re-focus. I want to make a priority of things that have to get done, while still making time for the things that we enjoy. Please tell me I am not the only one who struggles with finding balance?

I try not to put it all out there, because I like to keep things positive, but there were days in 2016 that I thought, "I have done many things this month (due to necessity), but don't feel I have done any of them well!" That is hard to swallow after a busy, full month, haha!

So anyway, all that to say I have been trying to do things differently in 2017 and work on my time management skills. :)

Would you like to hear about my day today? Great, because I was going to share it anyway. ;)

With work during the week, I sadly don't get much more done than maintenance (usually) so the weekend is my time to catch up on housework, organizing and laundry. So my Sunday ended up being a busy one, but it feels good to get things done!

I worked on my meal planning for February and making my grocery lists. I had to go to the store today to grab everything for this week's meal plan so I was also double checking my stock in the pantry and refrigerator. I'm going to be talking more about meal planning later this week so stay tuned for that. It has been such a huge help for me in 2017!

I was behind on ironing and I'm sure my husband does not want to go to work with wrinkled slacks and shirts so.... 2+2 = ironing.

Back from the store and replenishing my food bowls. :)

Sometimes I am amazed that 2 people can create so much laundry! But it has to be done and I don't really mind the job. :) I also decluttered the laundry room some while I was at it.

While I was working in the laundry room I went on a labeling spree. This was needing to be done for a while.

It's a good thing this bin was full of cloths because I had some dusting and mopping to do today. I had been wanting to get to it all this week, but ended up not having time after work.

I was able to check some things off my chore chart after my cleaning spree! That felt nice. :)

They reside here in the kitchen where I can keep up with them easily. I am a paper person in this digital age - it just helps me keep track of things better than relying on the ol' noggin.

The easiest job on my list today was cleaning the microwave. Just a few minutes time and it was looking so much better. I always just heat up a small container with half water, half vinegar for a few minutes and then wipe it all down with a microfiber cloth. Good as new! Ignore the burn mark in the back of my microwave....

I also cleaned the bathrooms, but I didn't take a picture of that, haha. Maybe I should have?

It was time to start cooking dinner after all the cleaning.

On the meal plan for dinner was blackened tilapia, dutch oven potatoes and zucchini. I started by prepping my potatoes and tossing them in the dutch oven with butter, salt and pepper.

Then you gotta put the lid on so the steam helps them cook. :)

James grabbed the camera and took this picture of me cooking.

I never see myself from the back. So that's what my hair looks like from the back!

Ready for the oven!

And all done! Ready to eat.

And now I'm perched in this spot on the couch with some hot tea while I work on a baby shower I'm helping with in February. :)

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Talk to you later this week. :)

How to Clean Your Fridge

I'm stopping in for a quick post and a tip that has been hugely helpful for me!

Back in February I really wanted to completely clean out my fridge/freezer, but without the pain I experienced in the past of getting water everywhere while cleaning the shelves. My kitchen sink is rather small and it was always a mess trying to get these things clean.

Well, I had an epiphany and told my husband to bring in 2 of my plastic bins. I washed them out with hot, soapy water and then I filled one with super hot, soapy water for washing the shelves and the other with plain, super hot water for rinsing.

I had my sweet, little assembly line going and just took each shelf one by one and washed it in the hot, soapy bin and then transferred to the hot bin and then wiped it down before putting it back.

I got rid of all the expired items and wiped down the inside of the refrigerator at the same time (with some Mrs. Meyers all purpose cleaner and a rag). I also bought some Fridge Coasters on sale and I have to say I love these things! I tossed those in before putting all the food back in and they are awesome. Not being paid, just like them. ;)

I can't believe I didn't think of this idea years ago. It saved me so much time and prevented so much water on my floor!

I like to clean out my fridge/freezer every month and doing it that often keeps it clean and makes the job easier than waiting a long time between cleanings. I have used this method since then and it is so much better than the old days of dripping water everywhere!

Next time I do this I'll have to get a before and after picture of the fridge! I didn't think to do that the past couple of times, but it's amazing what a difference a quick cleaning can make. :)

And in the case that you have a super nice, spacious kitchen sink and don't have this problem - you can just ignore this whole post, ;) haha.