The Big Winter Clearout



I know you’re supposed to have a ‘Spring Clean’ but I seem to have the biggest clean and clear out in the autumn. It’s because I know the Christmas decorations are coming out soon, which means furniture gets moved, pictures will be swapped etc, and I don’t want to have to pause during decorating day (it’s a major event in the Herniman House calendar!) to do a bit of dusting or hovering behind the sofa because it hasn’t been done in a year, I mean a month or so.

I’ve also struggled with getting myself into a routine with the housework, I’d like to say it’s since Baby H came along, but if I’m honest I’ve never had one, or been good at regular cleaning. I just seem to let it build and the blitz it all in one go. Not only is this tiring and annoying, it also means I’m scared of having unexpected visitors in case the house isn’t in a good state. And I don’t mean a state that my Nan would be proud of (that would never happen!) but just a general clean and tidy state!

So taking inspiration from the lovely kindly sharing her daily cleaning routines, and from the FlyLady routines and zones, I’ve come up with my own zones for deep cleaning and daily routine. I’ve spent as much time this week deep cleaning the whole house, so I can start again with the routines. Then the idea is to cover a zone a week for deep cleaning, as well as keeping up with the general day to day cleaning. I love a good list, so I wrote them up with little check off boxes. If I’m honest I enjoyed making the checklists a little too much. I’d have made them printable but I started them when the laptop was still poorly, so it was good old fashioned pen, paper and felt pens! Maybe I’ll get round to computerising them soon, but for now they’re in a wipe clean poly pocket, so they’re reusable.

I’ve also started 40 bags in 40 days challenge. So not only am I deep cleaning, but I’m decluttering too. Just in time to fill it all back up again with Christmas presents and Boxing Day sale shopping. I’ve not actually found 40 places to declutter, which I suppose is a good thing, but 26 bags in 26 days didn’t sound so great. And I thought I could add stuff on if I thought of any more.

I’m not looking for a show home, but I’m determined to have a nice clean and tidy home to show off over Christmas and beyond!

Wish me luck!


Mrs H xxx




Winter Survival Guide from the Over Dramatic

Winter Survival Guide from the Over Dramatic

So it’s a little over dramatic, I live in the UK, we’re not going to get more than a few inches of snow (if any at all!), and I’m planning a “Survival Guide”!? I’d say it sounds a lot over dramatic! But there is some reason behind this post. We are a one car family, and Mr H has a LOT of work on, which will run right up to Christmas, so if the bitter winter we’ve been warned about does arrive, I want to have a few essentials around so that I won’t have to drag myself and Baby H out in the cold/rain/snow/wind if I don’t have to, or drag my parents up to us. So here is how I’m planning to ‘prepare’ for winter!

Salt, salt, salt: Even if it doesn’t snow, we’re almost definitely going to get ice or frost, and having to get past the handful of concrete steps in or out of our house can be a bit treacherous, and I’m clumsy enough without having to carry a baby over icy steps. Earlier this year when the cold weather passed, the salt/grit mix went on sale, so we bought a good few bottles of the stuff, I’ve dug it all out and got it ready to go.

Snow shovel: Another post winter bargain, we bought a snow shovel for 75p! It’s out of storage and on standby just in case.

Winter Woollies: I need to dig out all of our hats, scarves and gloves for us, and buy some for Baby H. I want to get them all ready so that they’re easy to get to, not have to search for an hour before going out because one of us is missing a glove or can’t find a hat. I’ve also brought out the blanket throws and given them a wash ready for snuggling on the sofas and watching films, they might help delay the need to put the heating on for a little while anyway.

Food Supplies: I’m not one for panic buying bread and milk when the bad weather gets here, but I was thinking about how I can prepare some basics now, without having to buy another freezer to store bread in. I’ve started making a bigger batch of whatever I’m cooking and freezing a few portions, that way there’ll be something easy at hand at short notice. Also handy if I can’t be bothered one day!

Instead of freezing loaves of bread, I’m going to make sure I’m stocked up on flour and yeast, which I’d have in the baking cupboard usually, and then we can enjoy fresh baked bread. Come to think of it I’d rather do that even if we can leave the house!

Milk…there’s no escaping that; I’m just going to have to freeze a few pints. But I’m not going to go overboard, just a few single pints, which won’t go off either if it’s not all used. I also want to get a little stock of Baby H’s formula milk ready, we seem to live ‘tin to tin’ so I’d like to make sure we always have at least one in reserve.

Blackout Supplies: WARNING, this one is just plain over dramatic. There’s no hiding this one as anything but, however I do want a rough idea of what I can do if the electricity goes down. I can barely remember having a serious blackout, one that’s actually lasted over 20 minutes, but I can’t help it. Maybe it’s the new mother in me, more than likely it’s just my over dramatic/over thinking tendencies. Completely, almost definitely, not needed. But just in case, I’ve put all the candles and matches where we can get to them easily, and brought the extra duvets down from the attic. I’m also trying to keep my phone charged up as best I can, I’m terrible for leaving it run out, especially when I’m out and about, so I should keep it charged anyway.

Now the major, extreme, over reaction, came to me as I was thinking about what I could put in this post. I suddenly realised that every appliance we have to cook food is electric! Electric oven, electric hob, microwave. So just in case, I’m planning to get our camping stove and gas bottle out of storage (at Mum and Dad’s garage) and bring them up here. It just makes me feel better knowing that we’d be able to boil water for Baby H’s bottles, and heat up some food for us (from the stash in the freezer) if the electricity did ever go down.

So there it is. Mrs H’s over dramatic Winter Survival Guide. All the ‘weather people’ are predicting a really bad, bitter, long winter. If it comes I’m prepared. More than likely it’ll be lovely and warm and this post will be completely useless, when was the last time they ever got the weather forecast right!?

Mrs H xxx

I’m Back, Take Two

Well that ‘come back’ was fairly short lived wasn’t it?! Had a bit of an issue when my laptop died, I just can’t write long enough posts on my phone, make my eyes go squirmy and there’s a lot of spelling mistakes

Anyway, I seem to be back up and running laptop wise, so fingers crossed I’m good from now on!!

Last time I posted about my weekly wishes, which were: finish a craft project, plan our winter survival, and take 5 month photos and meal plan more. I’m pretty pleased to say that I managed all of these!

The craft one I may have stretched the meaning a little, as I finished a really small project and not any of the bigger ones I wanted to, but technically I finished.

I’m going to be posting my winter survival later, it’s not as drastic as it sounds, but we’re rumoured to be having a really bad winter. I don’t know if this is true, but I do know that we’re a one car family and Mr H has a LOT of work on, so I’d rather be prepared than left home with the baby and running out or needing to go to the shops for something.

I didn’t take as many 5 month photos as I’d have liked, Baby H has had (and still has) a stinking cold, so his patience was limited, but I got enough. And now it’s almost time to take 6 month photos! Excuse me whilst I take a moment to cry in a corner somewhere!

I’m getting a little better at meal planning, not quite perfect, but certainly thinking about it more, and that’s what I wanted. I’m also going to start planning Baby H’s meals for the week so I stop guessing what to give him or what he’s already eaten.

Ok, so I like to post my weekly wishes on a Monday and have all week to work on them, so I’m not going to make any on this post, I’ll just get round to posting everything else I have planned and get back to wishes next week!


Mrs H xxx

I’m coming back, promise!

My laptop has died! I think it’s only temporary so I will be posting in the next few days. I’ve written up a few posts already so once it’s back working I’ll be able to post fairly quickly. I can’t write that much on my phone, I don’t think it would end well!

Please come back soon!

Mrs H xxx

Weekly Wishes 13th October 2014

The Nectar Collective

Hey blog land, I’ve missed you! There are no excuses; I just haven’t got back into writing since we went on holiday, despite planning to write a holiday diary! Ah well, I’m not sorry, I might not have been ‘productive’ but I’ve been snuggling my baby boy, and who can argue with that!

Well it’s Monday, I’m back at the laptop, thought I’d kick the week off with some wishes.

Finish a craft project – I have so many on the go at the moment, I’m not expecting to get them all finished this week, but I think at least one is a reasonable goal!

Plan our winter survival – I started thinking about this over the last few days, but a blog post by has inspired me to actually get stuff together, and get some kit organised.

Take 5 month photos – I can’t believe I just typed that. 5 months? Seriously?!

Meal plan more – I’ve been roughly meal planning for the last couple of weeks, I’m not great at planning the whole week in advance and sticking to specific days, as I usually don’t ‘fancy’ whatever it is on that day. So I’m trying to figure out roughly what we’ll eat for the week and being able to choose from the selection on the day. The last few days I’ve lapsed, and I’m starving! So I need to plan some more, and get stocked up. This would also help with my winter survival wish too.

Ok, so let’s see how it goes!

Good luck with your weeks and wishes,

Mrs H xxx