Getting organized for the week ahead! (+Printable!)

It’s been a while since we posted a proper post on the blog, and we’ve missed it! Between social media updates and the few organizing sessions with our clients, our blog has been put on hold, but we are back now!
Every Saturday night, I sit down for few minutes fill in the next week planner (you can download here), make sure I’m not missing any ECA, any birthday, playdate, or other important dates! This has been working for quite some time now, but what I couldn’t master no matter how many times I tried was the meal planning part.

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You see in our house, ever since I quit my day job, I was taking it one day at a time when it comes to cooking, and it is against my 5-year-write-it-all-down nature, so I decided to put an end to this! Adding to this, the fact that I got this lovely black board weekly planner from my amazing friend Sara, and I really wanted to use it!

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I started by creating what I like to call “Meals Master List”, basically, I wrote down every singe dish I could cook, from soups, to carbs, to proteins, to Egyptian classic meals. Then I printed this list to keep as reference.

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Then I created another Master List, but this time it was for grocery shopping! If you really want this meal planning to work you need a solid system. So you need to work out a weekly grocery shopping list to help you stick to your meal plan, and since I wanted to save on grocery shopping trips, I figured this list would help me realize what we were short on one time and get it all in one big shop!
Now, I was ready! and it literally took me 20 mins! Brilliant! I sat down yesterday, looked at my Meals Master List for inspiration, came up with 5 dinners (Sunday – Thursday), then took out my highlighter and Grocery Master List (you can download here), and made a quick tour around our kitchen and cleaning cupboards to highlight what we needed to buy this week, and I was all ready! Sunday, bring it on!!

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The most amazing part, I got to use my new black board planner, kids and Hubby love it too!

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Hope this helps everyone, have a lovely planned week ahead!
Yasmine

 

Organizing Kids Rooms-Part 2: Kids Toys!

Organizing kids toys is not an easy task. Should we group them into categories? put them all in the same basket? leave them on display? Truth is there is no one right answer, whatever technique you adopt just make sure it’s working for you and your kids, and before anything that it is easy enough for them to maintain on their own, at the end of the day, you would want them to organize (put back ) their own toys into the right places!

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Organizing Kids Rooms – Part 1: Kids closets!

When we first agreed  (Malak and I) that February will be “Organizing Kids Rooms” month little did I know the amount of work I’m signing up for, as this is by far the most challenging project on our lists!

The amount of stuff we buy our kids is crazy, from clothes, to shoes, to toys, they are always growing and they always need new things. You have to have a strong organizing system to make the most of these things and keep your sanity at the same time, otherwise it will be utter chaos!

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Decluttering the junk shelf!

Every house has a junk drawer, shelf and sometimes closet, it’s necessary, and totally normal. It’s this place where we keep all the things we don’t know where or why to keep, but at the same time these are things we cannot just throw away. The Organizing Queens tip is, have your junk drawer but keep it decluttered and organized!

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Did you start decluttering?

Happy New Year everyone! It’s that time of the year again, when everyone decides to change, be healthier, go more often to the gym, spend more time with the family, or if you are like us add to our long list of organizational projects. The one thing most people try to do at the beginning of every year is start decluttering, or at least decide to go through all the clutter in their house, and this is why we decided to help.

We cretaed this ultimate Royal Guide to help you declutter any sapce in your house, just follow these simple rules and your task will be a lot easier.

Happy decluttering!

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Malak & Yasmine

Surviving Small Kitchens:Go up! Vertical storage ideas

We are still with the Surviving Small Kitchens series, and surprisingly I really like it, it gave me the time to focus on my kitchen, and finish a long list of projects!

I like to keep countertops clutter free, it gives a more spacious feeling to the kitchen, and allows me to cook with less stress! It’s not easy to keep countertops as empty as possible, and it took me a while to find a suitable solution that would work on the long run, but believe me it made a big difference in my kitchen. I simply found the best way is to go up! in other words, by using the vertical space in my kitchen I managed to keep my countertops as clutter free as possible.

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