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    nabowla
    Change A Week Challenge
    • #1
    • 14th Jul 06, 7:02 AM
    Change A Week Challenge 14th Jul 06 at 7:02 AM
    I used to post here regularly and was well on my way to becoming a professional OS'er. However, things have slipped drastically over the last few months and I'm going to have to start all over again.

    Rather than making lots of sudden changes that I won't be able to keep up, I'm going to make one small change a week. Hopefully these changes will gradually build up to a complete change of lifestyle. Does anyone fancy joining me in my 'Change A Week' challenge?

    For me, changes are going to be very basic at first - things like keeping a spending diary, making a proper breakfast every morning, cooking two evening meals from scratch each week etc. For those of you who are already well on the way to the OS lifestyle, it might be things like having a go at HM bread, taking up a new OS hobby, getting an allotment etc. It's not a competition - your changes can be as big or as small as you can manage, based on your personal lifestyle. Each weekly change will start on a Monday morning.

    Last edited by MSE Archna; 18-07-2006 at 6:51 PM.
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    • Chipps
    • By Chipps 14th Jul 06, 7:16 AM
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    • 14th Jul 06, 7:16 AM
    Hi Nabowla
    This sounds like a good idea. As I have pretty much always been a bit OS, but falling off every so often, the changes are more likely to be "get back up on the wagon again" type of thing! ie things I have done in the past when times were tougher, but really ought to do again so that we have a bit of a financial cushion - if that makes sense.
    I will have to think about where to start....
  • ASG
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    • 14th Jul 06, 7:18 AM
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    I'm in, just haven't a clue where to start!
    • gwinnie
    • By gwinnie 14th Jul 06, 7:44 AM
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    • 14th Jul 06, 7:44 AM
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    • 14th Jul 06, 7:44 AM
    Hi nabowla, I'm in! For me it's tackling the clutter problem ... it's everywhere! I used to be quite an organised person with a tidy home, until it all went to pot over the last six years with the arrival of DH, two big dogs, our home office, and finally DS.
    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 15th Jul 06, 8:03 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 8:03 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 8:03 AM
    Hi, Nabowla, Chipps, ASG and Gwinnie!

    Great idea, OP! I'm in. We've been OS for a long time - grow our own food; keep chooks; reduce, reuse, recycle; make compost; cycle and walk whenever we can, in preference to the car; cook most meals from scratch; camp.

    However, we're not the tidiest family, though I'm pretty organised. Our homelife can best be described as organised chaos - I can lay my hands on most things that we need.

    I'd like it to be organised order from now on, so that's my challenge. That'll be a big task, so I'll split it into smaller ones, so that there's one a week.

    First week - the pantry. I'll be clearing out items that haven't been used, and either dispose of them, or plan an imaginitive meal. Any ideas for 3 jars of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil?

    Penny. x
    Sheep, pigs, hens and bees on our Teesdale smallholding
  • lizzie12
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:10 AM
    Weekly Challenge
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:10 AM
    Hi All

    I am all for the weekly challenge.

    Have made a list of everything in the cupboard , fridge and freezer, just need to plan the weeks meals for three of us!!! One fussy eater also to contend with.

    Not sure about others but I can be a devil for saving articles etc from papers and magazines for "Just in case I need them later" - now have stacks of them and not read half of them - forgot I kept some of them. Need to get shot of most of it. More for the recycle bin.

    Bfn
  • Anastacia
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:21 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:21 AM
    I am in too please Nabowla.

    I have completely gone to the dogs lately. I need to focus & I dont seem to be able to do it alone.

    Anastacia
    ....another happy bug.........sorry,blogger embracing the simple life
  • roxi_chick
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:43 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:43 AM
    Brilliant idea, maybe if I start to change things slowly I will actually keep to what i say! Good luck decluttering then everyone!
    Roxi xx

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    • gwinnie
    • By gwinnie 15th Jul 06, 9:43 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:43 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:43 AM
    Good morning! It's happy chaos for me too, but it makes it harder to clean and once I HAVE cleaned it, I've run out of energy to do the sorting. But my mum is coming to stay next week and I want to do something that is noticeable straight away, so it's got to be dealing with the surface clutter in the room we spend the most time in, which is our office/kitchen/diner! This means scaling the paperwork mountain ( ), clearing the kitchen work surface, tidying my shelves and finally shifting my old vids on top of the bookcase.

    Penelope -- to use those sundried tomatoes, how about making a red pesto. Are you vegetarian? If not, how about a stuffing for a roast too give it a mediterranean twist.
    • skylight
    • By skylight 15th Jul 06, 9:44 AM
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    skylight
    I'm in too!

    Already keep a spending diary and every penny is accounted for!

    But the house is a joke. Its a tiny house (2 bed) with 6 people and its cramped. Hence, too much stuff (I do clear out and freecycle a lot!) but it is never ending!

    So. My challenges are going to be a good clean up. We need to desperately as FIL is going to put in a false wall in our front room - halving the space - so OH and I can have our own bedroom! (oh, the luxury.........) so half the living room has to just disappear somewhere!

    I kind of made a start a few weeks by doing a corner a day - but only got as far as one........

    So - Monday - the Books. Ruthless. I did this a few years ago and got rid of half of them. Need to do the same again. We are avid readers, but some of the books I now have are daft - Like "The Illiad" in ancient Greek and a "How to Learn Ancient Greek" book! I got as far as page 7 on The Illiad before giving up!!!

    I bought loads of Art books about 8 yrs ago when doing an Art History degree - never looked at them since! And so on.

    The kids can do the library more. I think we only need a good selection of books at home and do the library every week. Its not like I do anything else as a SAHM!!!

    The ones I am keeping will go into a cardboard box and the garage, ready for the change!


    Tuesday - Filing - sort it. I do not need half this stuff. Shred and recycle.

    Wednesday - Computer Desk

    Thursday - Cupboards under the wall units. Most are filled with junk/rubbish that is not used. When the room is changed, this space will be needed desperately.

    Friday - Having off!

    Great idea!
  • Icemaiden
    Ironing is my bug bear. I have to admit Iam a bit of a clean freak when it comes to washing and wash everything all the time, clothes only worn once, all bedding once a week, bath towels used once, you get my drift. So I always have a megga pile of ironing which I can never seem to get to the bottom of. Do people allot certain days/times to do their ironing? Mine is just whenever.

    Also baking. I can make/cook anything in the savoury department and we are very much O/S in this area and always have been but would love to be able to bake more sweets, biscuits, bread, cakes without having a disaster on my hands or burning down the house. Any ideas??

    Ice
    x
    • gwinnie
    • By gwinnie 15th Jul 06, 11:23 AM
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    Hi Icemaiden, I usually like to iron with the telly on, so normally it's either early morning or mid evening. DS is now 6mo and sitting up in a wobbly fashion, so now I iron in the middle of the day when he's playing so I can supervise.
  • Mrs A.
    great thread,
    im going for the declutter next week, not an easy task in my house
    good luck everyone
    regards
    mrs a
    total debt jan 06= 15441.97 dfw nerd no 112 proud to be dealing with my debts.
    • Chipps
    • By Chipps 15th Jul 06, 8:54 PM
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    Chipps
    Hi Nabowla
    This sounds like a good idea. As I have pretty much always been a bit OS, but falling off every so often, the changes are more likely to be "get back up on the wagon again" type of thing! ie things I have done in the past when times were tougher, but really ought to do again so that we have a bit of a financial cushion - if that makes sense.
    I will have to think about where to start....
    by Chipps
    I have been thinking about it:
    On Monday I will do a menu plan. Please don't let me get away with not doing it!!!!
    • gwinnie
    • By gwinnie 17th Jul 06, 8:58 AM
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    gwinnie
    Chipps! Time to do your menu plan!

    I'm about to start decluttering in our office/kitchen/diner. DS is having his powernap so I'm going to whizz around NOW!
  • ASG
    After much deliberation - a spending diary it is. Money is not particularly tight ATM but a little control could help it go further.

    BTW my good intentions usually run out by Wednesday lol!
    • nicki
    • By nicki 17th Jul 06, 12:19 PM
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    nicki
    I'm in. This week it's to keep my to-do folder empty! I have one thing I need to work on for OH to do and thats it so my plan is to not procrast this week and keep ontop of the paperwork - could prove interesting as it's the last week in school and I just know DD is going to be bringing all sorts of papers home :rolleyes:
    Baby steps and organisation....
    Declutter 2016 in 2016 : 1534/2016 (Actually left the house!)
  • astonsmummy
    Can i join in too? I HAve not long started a new job, so have a bit more income but i dont wnt to waste it, Shopping is my worst!
    I am working night shift tonight so will have the time to sit down +properly and sort my finances etc out, then will do my shopping list - am hoping to spend £100 pm for me and DS (age2) - currently been spending up to £40pw! on cr*p!!
    Baby boy Number 2, arrived 12th April 2009!
    • Floss
    • By Floss 17th Jul 06, 2:12 PM
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    Floss
    Ironing is my bug bear. I have to admit Iam a bit of a clean freak when it comes to washing and wash everything all the time, clothes only worn once, all bedding once a week, bath towels used once, you get my drift. So I always have a megga pile of ironing which I can never seem to get to the bottom of. Do people allot certain days/times to do their ironing? Mine is just whenever
    by Icemaiden

    I always used to do my ironing on a Sunday evening - DS x 2 school shirts, my stuff etc - after my BF had gone home or when I had come home from his place. Then when my mum was ill last year I was off, so washing went on the line, ironed & away (kept me occupied!)....now, i have a pile under the stairs that grows & grows!

    I need to join in, coz I am moving to my BF's in Blackpool in a couple of months, and we need to consolidate 2 x 3-bed semis into 1! So I currently have the remains of my loft all over the landing & charity shop bags in the spare room - and no space to sort anything!
  • nabowla
    So, how's everyone getting on? I eventually decided that my Week 1 challenge would be to have a proper evening meal every day. I've been eating really badly lately and I'm sure it's affecting my energy levels. If I can start eating properly then perhaps I might have enough energy to tackle a few more challenges in the weeks to come!

    I don't think I'm brave enough to do an OS meal every night though. Some nights it might be an M&S healthy ready meal As I said in the OP, it's going to be baby steps for me!!!

    Can't think what to have for dinner tonight. I have to go to the supermarket so might pick up some fresh fish. Not sure what to serve with it though - any ideas? It's too hot to cook!
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