Organizing 8 – Hubby’s Desk Drawers

I have always felt OVERWHELMED by having to sort or organize drawers! It always seemed impossible to make much difference to them. I’d take all the stuff out, throw out a bit, put it all back – and then within a couple of weeks same mess – discouraging!

Then I read Organizing Junkie‘s wonderful method for organizing.

So here we go:

My hubby’s desk drawers were in need of attention.

after many years!

So, I emptied everything (carefully) into a large box! I love this – it frees you from that feeling of being overwhelmed at the endless amount of stuff to sort through!

I cleaned the drawers…

and then my favourite part – …CONTAINERIZING! (got out my stash of little plastic containers and fitted some in like a jigsaw)

Then I slowly added back the stuff, consulting hubby for what could be tossed …computer stuff in this drawer,

and stationery in this one.

The best part about this is that its so easy to maintain!

Thank you Laura!

This post is linked to:

My Organizing Journey so far:

Part 1 – Organizing!

Part 2 – Recipes & Cluttered Surfaces

Part 3 – First Set of Drawers

Part 4 – Crafts and Art Folders

Part 5 – The Fireplace

Part 6 – Puzzles and Activity Boxes

Part 7 – Recipes into the File

Part 9 – The Whole Office!

“Thy mercy, O LORD, [is] in the heavens; [and] thy faithfulness [reacheth] unto the clouds.” Psalm 36v5

The Beautiful Peace of God

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4v7

The peace of God that passes understanding – what a powerful picture of God’s all-encompassing peace!

The time that I have experienced God’s peace in the most tangible way was on the night when my dear sister-in-law passed away.

I am weeping as I write this – both with sadness at the loss of our precious sister and with the incredible beauty of God and His peace.

It was night-time near the beginning of December 2010.

My brother and his wife lived in the USA and she had given birth to their first baby 3 days before – a little girl called Abigail.

Earlier that evening my brother had sms’d us to ask us to pray for Roz as she was going back to hospital with great pain in her chest. Later we were told it was an infection in the bloodstream – and a strep virus that had attacked her heart.

I felt a great urgency to pray for her at about 3am and I got up to pace the room and cry out to God. That turned out to be the first time her heart stopped.

God spoke to me that night and showed me things of comfort and of concern – to pray for my brother, for his dear wife and their precious little baby.

Finally after falling asleep, I awoke at about 5:30am with the most tangible presence of God and his incredible indescribable beautiful peace surrounding me like a thick blanket – and I saw a brilliant white powerful waterfall sparkling in the sunlight. God’s peace was so close and so real that I felt I could touch it – and touch His heart.

I started to weep because I knew. I woke my husband and told him that I knew the peace I was feeling wasn’t for me – it was for Roz. I knew that she had gone to be with the Lord.

What an awesome taste of the beauty and peace and wonderfulness of our God – a tiny taste of what she was experiencing. Such a gift and such a comfort to me as we faced the devastation and pain of losing Roz.

Please pray for my brother, Ian and his little Abi as they face life without their precious wife and mommy.

Thank you.

If you have lost a loved one, or are hurting…  I pray that God’s beautiful peace and comfort would be present with you – and would keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.”

Psalm 104:1-4,24 KJV

Toddlers & Little-Uns Learning to Pray

How are our little ones learning to pray? We pray out loud alot during the day and our children learn to pray too as they think of things. We want to teach them something about the depth of prayer and help them learn what we should pray – so we’ve come up with 5 starters to help them pray during bible time.

Here we go  –  5…

just 5,

easy 5,

5 fingers…

… 5 sentences to help us learn to pray!

So here is number…

1. Lord I praise you because you are….

(they choose how to complete the sentence  …great, mighty, strong, faithful, everlasting, our creator, loving, etc.)

2. Lord, I thank you for….

(my family, my brothers and sisters, specific animals, my pets, food we eat, providing for us, our car, our home, our Dad who works hard to provide for us, etc.)

3. Lord, in Your Word (the Bible) it says…

(they can quote any part of their memory verses.)

4. Lord, I ask you to bless…

(specific person’s name, our family, the people in ___________ country, etc.)

5. Lord, please help me to…

(obey Mom and Dad, obey your word, do my best today, work hard, love you with my whole heart, have joy and peace today, etc.)

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Even our 1 year old can do this with a bit of help and they love it!

Have a look at Works for Me WednesdayLiving Well Wednesdays and Raising Homemakers for some wonderful links!

“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

1 Timothy 2v8

Part 3 – Easy Crafts for the Creatively Challenged Mom

1. Foil Creations – we did Wild Beasts!

Grab a roll of foil and squish and twist away!

  • Then we made moon rocks – balls of foil. Toss them around the room and get your toddlers to collect them. You can also wrap a tiny sweet or marshmallow in foil and hide them around the room for a yummy treasure hunt.

2. A Paper Pioneer Town.

These little houses and hotels and livery stable are gorgeous!

  • Print out the templates here and cut and colour, fold and stick – very cute!

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3v15

Random Mommy Tips 1

  • We have a 7 year old, a 5 year old a 2 year old and a one year old. For the two little ones – they sleep twice a day during the week – 1 hour in the morning about 10:15 to 11:15 and 1.5 hrs in the afternoon (sometimes the 1 year old sleeps a bit longer. They also sleep 7:30 or 8pm till 7am. I find this keeps them happy and not sleep-deprived or grumpy. Sometimes they don’t sleep and play quietly on their beds for this time but usually they fall asleep and sleep until I wake them. This also ensures that they are not grumpy for evening family meal table and are able to stay up a little bit for daddy time (till 7:34 or 8pm)

  • Also they are good and fresh for the weekend when we see friends and family, have lots of activities and generally a change in routine. They thrive on routine but I find its okay to change their routine on the weekends without too much effect. They can then have just one sleep that day from about 11 till 12:30 on days we have an afternoon outing or they can be up longer in the morning and sleep from about 1:30 till 4pm if we are busy in the morning. This also helps me to have more time to focus on school with the older ones while the little ones sleep during the week.
  • When they wake up from naps during the week I have a snack ready to go – usually fruit and nuts in the morning bananas apples raisins and dry popped popcorn (with olive oil and herb salt) in the afternoons. This helps them recover from after nap potential grumpiness. Also if they wake up from their nap grumpy I just put a few toys in cot or books on bed and then they can wake up slowly and play quietly till they are ready to be up.

  • With regards to discipline – what really helps me is having pre-determined consequences (see Teri Maxwell’s awesome book on Homeschooling with a meek and quiet spirit)  and then to see each interruption of disobedience or grumpiness as a chance to invest in my child’s eternal soul. This is always such a rich bonding time. We all grow in character together and then I don’t get irritated by the interruption. The older ones know what to carry on with if I am busy they also have fun folders to do if finished while I talk to the offender.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11v29

Organizing 7 – Recipes into the File

It seems to take an event to get me going – like when we went away last week and I needed my recipes so I had to finish organizing them!

You might remember, here’s what they looked like before

and after we cleared away the clutter, we had a nice space all ready for the completed file!

So, I finished typing up the recipes and printing them out – very plain at this stage – but first things first!

Then I laminated them to prevent them getting dirty and curling at the edges.

Punched them…

and put them into a file.

I have some tab dividers in the file, so the next stage will be to sort them into categories, sort them and my daughter is going to decorate them all with little pictures! (then to finish writing my recipe book!)

I placed the file ready to use in its place of honour! As you can see its a very plain white file – but it has a plastic sleeve in front – now I have to get creative and do a scrapbook page to put in front.

Check out the great post and links on Organizing Junkie!

My Organizing Journey so far:

Part 1 – Organizing!

Part 2 – Recipes & Cluttered Surfaces

Part 3 – First Set of Drawers

Part 4 – Crafts and Art Folders

Part 5 – The Fireplace

Part 6 – Puzzles and Activity Boxes

Part 8 – Hubby’s Desk Drawers

Part 9 – The Whole Office!

“She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household”
Proverbs 31v13,14

Carob Chunk Spelt Cookies

CAROB CHUNK COOKIES WITH SPELT FLOUR  – very yummy!

We usually take these in the car when we go on holiday.

They are so quick and easy – mix (by hand), roll into balls and bake!

Here ya go:

1 ¼ cups spelt flour

¼ t salt

1 t baking powder

½ t baking soda

¼ cup xylitol or sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

1/3 cup olive oil

1 t vanilla extract

1/2 cup carob chunks crushed

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1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).

2. Line a cookie sheet with baking paper.

3. In a bowl, mix together the spelt flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.

4. In a second bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract.

5. Add the oil mixture to the flour mixture and stir to make a firm but not solid cookie batter.

6. Crush the carob chunks with a rolling pin.

and mix them in…

… till you get a good consistency.

7. Drop by tablespoonful’s onto the cookie sheet.

8. Bake for 11 minutes then allow to cool

ENJOY!

day2day joys

“And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. ” Genesis 26v30