{Getting back to a new normal} – Start organising

“where are the towels?”

“have you seen the iron?”

“don’t forget, we have a face time meeting at 10pm tonight with the wedding planner”

“I’ve found the cutlery but where are the plates?”

“which wedding location do you prefer?”

“sh**! we forgot to attend the parent meeting at school!”

“wow, the dry cleaning is much cheaper here!”

“well, everything is cheaper than in Switzerland…”

“shall we go to the beach?”
These are just some of the many things you would hear in our household lately….
I have left the swearing and shouting parts out of here, because believe me,
moving house is always a busy and tiring time. And since I was born with very little patience,
my eyebrows are dancing upwards a lot….
Always a sign that some words are about to roll out of my mouth and they are not sugar coated…..
Try moving to another country while planning a wedding in your home country, worrying about a sick parent while being so far away, making sure that the girls are having a new school routine with new activities and new friends, while staying in a hotel apartment (which was great) and than moving to our new apartment, getting groceries from our new supermarket and enjoying our new lifestyle, (which we all do, thank goodness!), while making sure that our new normal has some sort of balance.
Tiring? Yes!
Enjoying it? Absolutely!
Our new situation is making my mind very full with many different details but I’m glad that most of them are happy details.
All at the same time though, but that is Life as we know it.
It’s either running or standing still and now we are in the running face!
One of the things I want to do in this big and still very empty apartment is having our things organised.
(really I will do it, I can see Sweatheart rolling with his eyes in unbelief….).
Creating a place for every item in the house.
Professional organisers love to say ‘a place for everything and everything in it’s place’,
so that is what I’m aspiring to do…. bit by bit…. for real this time…..pinky promise. 
{Getting back to a new normal} – That’s the title of some of the posts coming your way,
because our new normal is now in the middle of the sea and the desert! 
So today I start with sharing a great organising blog which I think is very inspiring!
When I saw the photo above  it made me smile and think,
 “ooh, I want my cabinet insides look like that!”
That’s so great about the web, we can find great inspiration to bring back into our own homes.
The cabinets above came from this post (from another great blog The Social Home)
and are a great example of what tips you can find over at the blog “I Heart Organizing’. 
And yes, I write organising with a “s”, the British way, the American way is with a “z”.
(Ok, I’ll admit… I had to Google it, I really was confused! Organising or Organizing?!)
Anyhoo….
I will love you and leave you with a great quote I keep in the back of my mind these days…
Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by!
Maureen
xx
photo 1: I Heart Organizing from this post
photo quote via Pinterest

21 thoughts on “{Getting back to a new normal} – Start organising

  1. Blondie's Journal

    It’s so good to hear from you, Maureen. it sounds like you are busier then ever! Did I miss a post? I’m wondering where you have moved to. And wedding bells? Please clue me in! Your household sounds a lot like mine, don’t fret. Moving is always hard but eventually everything will find it’s place. It’s good to start from scratch anyway.

    Best wishes to you!

    XO,
    Jane

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  2. It's me

    Ik wil ook zo’n kastje…zouden er mensen bestaan die dat zo hebben ???….hihihihi…fijne zondag liefs Ria..xxx…

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  3. Chuzai Living

    Thanks for introducing me to a new blog, I Heart Organizing. I do, too!! Your story sounds so familiar to me. We go through similar situation every 3 years. You sound like you have a very good positive attitude about it! Good luck organizing and maybe you can post your photos of your organized closets and cabinets in the future. :)

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  4. Debby

    Hi Maureen. Sounds like you are settling in……makes me not want to move. It can be so exhausting. Can’t wait to see pictures. When is the wedding.
    Did you ever get the package I sent you with the books…….I have been reading the blue nosed witch lately. I love the simple old drawings. So temped to make something out of them/
    Happy New Home.

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  5. Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder

    Dearest Maureen,

    Okay, they have forced me for some 29 years now to organiZe with a ‘Z’… But never mind, you get used to it. Being an immigrant shows already that you are flexible and will adapt once more. You are living that now for the x-time. We know the feeling, before you find your way for shopping and all your medical and social needs, that takes a while. But yes, it is exciting and it is extraordinary for experiencing another culture, another language far away from the birth country. You will do fine, however emotional it can be with a sick family member. We lost Pieter’s eldest brother in August and it’s tough for not being able to go to the funeral. During peak season the ticket pricing was out of the roof for next day departure. But we did visit our family 63 times so there is no guild feeling.
    Enjoy your new home and be positive!
    Hugs to you,
    Mariette

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  6. Happy Homemaker UK

    Ha! I thought that quote was from Oprah or Nate Berkus :) You have so much going on – what a swirl! Hopefully the calm will find your house soon. Thinking of you, XOL

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  7. Stacey

    Over a year later and we still have boxes untouched since our move. I feel your pain:-). I have lots to organize around here too, even more so with a 3 year old and 11 month old baby. Happy organizing to you sweet lady!:-). XX

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  8. Beth

    I feel your pain Maureen…but don’t be too hard on yourself. As long as you and your family are happy then the boxes can wait.
    x

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  9. Jen @ The Social Home

    Thanks for posting my pantry! I’ve cme to learn that organiz(s)ing is alife long process and is never “complete”. Just keep doing your best and things will fall into place!

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  10. Connie

    I love being organized, but it is so easy for me to get two or three projects going and then clean up in a hurry up and hide the mess mod. It doesn’t take that much time to stay organized, but it takes a lot of retraining. For me it is an ever lasting schooling and breaking of bad habits.
    I love those labels in your photo.
    Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing. Connie :)

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  11. Sarah Elizabeth

    Glad to hear you are settling into your new life.

    I love organising too. If only I spent as much time organising as I did looking at organising tips online!!

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  12. Celestial Charms

    Hi Maureen,
    Best of luck with the organizing. I find myself organizing one room, and then all the others seem like too big a task. A revolving door of sorts, but then again, I’m not a very organized person…sadly. :( Hope you show us some of your positive results. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Maureen

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  13. flowers on my table

    Hi Maureen, oh my goodness, you have got a lot on. I haven’t been in a little while and didn’t know you were moving. I hope you are settling in to your new home and environment, and wish you every happiness. With much love, Linda x

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