Archive for March, 2011

Organizing the Fridge!

I have confessed I don’t like to cook, so I will confess that means I often have food in my fridge I bought, meaning to cook with it, that has gone bad and clutters it up.

So when I saw the Project Simplify had a new challenge this week of cleaning up the fridge, I had to do it!   I also found this other Orgnanizing Site Organizing Junkie, that has a 52 week challenge and while I am late in starting in, I may try this too.

So killing 2 birds with one stone – here is my

CLUTTERED FRIDGE

Cluttered Freezer

I have a love/hate relationship with my fridge.  I love having water on the door, but hate having a side by side fridge/freezer.  The freezer is not intuitive to organize.  Also as a funny side note. I found 6 bags of frozen peas scattered throughout my freezer.

I took everything out and threw out quite a bit of it.  Then I organized like with like.

Last summer I made a condiment box, which I loved.  We eat outside a lot in the summer and grill.  So I put all the things we bring outside in a cute box, which the boys carry out.  Works great!

So I decided to make “lunch boxes” where I put the boys lunch supplies in one and my lunch supplies in the other. It has been working great this week!

Then I put the things back into the fridge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Freezer – I used the pizza boxes to make a shelf above the baskets and that helped a bit.  And I put all the peas together!

Now I know what I have and know what I need too.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am trying the A to Z challenge!

I thought this A to Z challenge would be a good way to boost my new blog and get a groove going!

So stay tuned through April and watch me cruise the alphabet, while I share tips and fun info about my family.

I love this idea of bribing!

I do sometimes bribe my boys to do things.

I have paid Jax 10 cents to put Luke in bed.  I love that it only takes 10 cents!  I would pay lots more.

Maybe I can follow Making Family Life Fun’s example and bribe for comments and followers!  It is super hard because I can’t tell my friends to read my blog, so how do I get readers?

I need to remember it hasn’t even been a month since I started.

New Computer Rules for ALL

We have always had pretty media lite kids, except for Harry, who we made exceptions for on the computer, because he was doing “useful things” and “learning”  Such as making movies, learning to program, etc.

  1. But now all the boys are Media Free Sunday Night – Friday Afternoon.  No TV, iTouch (except to listen to music as a family via speaker in kitchen)  or Computer (except to use the computer for school work)  The boys do have “boring” MP3 players to listen to music as desired.
  2. When they want to use the internet they must be on the Mac in the kitchen.
  3. They can use the other computers in the office to play games, write papers, edit movies, etc, but NO internet.
  4. We also had a Family Home Evening to review and sign computer rules.  I love Common Sense Media for advice with this.  Here is a link to a nice sample.
  5. I also love Common Sense’s app to help Kyp understand what appropriate movies/tv shows are for various ages.  When my boys now want to watch a movie, they automatically check this app to see if I will say yes or no.

Harry is computer free, except for typing papers for school.  Which he does in the kitchen.

  • He has actually enjoyed his time off from the computer.
  • He has more time to do other things he wants to do.
  • He has found it liberating.

It makes me almost glad this happened.

I love this story of faith and healing

I love the blog Sit a Spell, this family is in Haiti serving the people there.

She shared a story of how her son had allergies to all but 4 foods and how he was healed.

It is a beautiful story of faith.

Securing the Fort – Internet

Fort Ross blockhouse
Kyp and I are researchers. We got to work researching that very night to find the best way to secure our home.

While Harry had snuck through a loophole, we knew we needed a tighter security to help prevent this from happening again.

Computer Location

I started researching desks to put into our kitchen.  I had heard this advice a thousand times before, but I didn’t really have room or want it there.  But now I saw the wisdom.

We had an open office door policy.  But the door was open when I found him.  So that didn’t really work.

I had to adjust to the idea of a computer in our kitchen.  Buying the right desk was the first step.  Deciding which computer to put there was next.  The Mac won that lucky spot.

Kyp started researching different blocks for the computer.

Global Coverage Via DNS

I admit I don’t really know what DNS is, but Kyp was impressed.  So our first step was OpenDNS.  There is a free version for families.  It helps block things on a global level, including anything going through your wireless, including iPod Touches, etc. That may have helped when Harry bypassed the individual computer solutions.

Individual Computer Coverage

Then we installed Safe Eyes on all the other computers, except our new Mac and I put a password on my Laptop.  For the Mac we went with NetNanny, we heard that worked better with the Mac.

So far I will admit I prefer NetNanny over SafeEyes and when our Safe Eyes expires we may switch all the computers to NetNanny.

iTouch Coverage

It amazes me how many parents give there kids a cell phone or iTouch or something like it and put no safeguards on it.  Our boys have one iTouch that they all share.  It is downstairs on the charger every night and it is played only on the weekend and in public locations.  But when I started researching, I realized we need some sort of protection on the iTouch.

The first few things we did were easy and free

  • Go to Settings
  • Select General
  • Select Restrictions – set up a password
  • We made it so the boys can’t use You Tube or Safari
  • We could set levels for the type of music they can buy, the apps they can buy, etc.

We also installed a Mobicip App which gives us added control.

Sometimes I HATE Legos

YES I do want to get rid of them, you know I want to!

However my boys love them.

I love to read organizing blogs, but it is hard to actually do what I read.

However when this weeks challenge was kids toys, I automatically thought of our Lego Table and how badly I wanted to declutter it!   I got this Hot Wheel Table (think Train Table) for $17 one year and it makes a great Lego table, when used appropriately.

Before - dumping ground of random things - and Legos

Mind you, these are just the Legos in Luke’s room, most are hand me downs from his brothers.  Not only does the top look like this, the drawers are just as bad, though mostly just Legos.

Sample of one of the drawers

So I took EVERY Lego out of the drawers and off the top.

 

I put non-built Legos on a giant sheet.  I learned this tip somewhere and already had quite a few in the sheet, in one of the drawers.  Easy way to

  • move them around (think giant Santa sack)
  • play
  • quick clean up too.

All the Legos in Luke's Room

I put all the non-Lego things into a pile that I then organized and threw away or put away.

The built Lego Sets either went on top or into a box in the drawer.

Actual Models that haven't been destroyed

I am also a little geeky and sorted the people and their tools/weapons into this cool organizer I had from Ikea.

I ended up having to divide the Legos into 2 sheets to have them fit back into the drawers.

I totally want to buy a Box4Blox to help me organize them better. I will add to my wish list.  Though I think my boys don’t care.  They are fine sifting through the giant pile.

It took about an hour, but I was happy with the finished project.

Ahhh, so beautiful.