The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Saturday, January 24, 2009

LaZy or Efficient?

Thank you readers for commenting on the "lazy day" meal below. I hope you are able to create it for your family, and as some of you said, if it goes in the oven or on top of the stove, it IS homemade! :-)

I was invited to be a guest writer on two new blogs that embrace the concept of making life easier for ourselves, not because we are truly "lazy" but because there are so many more important things in our lives to focus on. If you click on the "Lazy Moms" button on the right side bar, the authors will be posting housekeeping, cooking tips, etc...that can streamline your life so that there is more time for the important things that REALLY matter. On "Project Create a Home" various writers will be posting entries on decorating your home, cooking and housekeeping, and ways to live a purposeful life. As much as I love a clean, orderly, and inviting home; my focus should not be on the things that make up my life, but on WHO is in my life....friends, family, and those we love!

So, in light of this, I say the meal in the post below wasn't for lazy moms, just efficient, time conscious women who know where their priorities are! :-)

Let's face it, things, papers, and stuff pile up quickly. Here's a quicky tip that I have used many times when someone unexpected calls and is coming over in a few minutes. Remember: Laundry baskets are your friend! You can never have too many for the following reason...when you need to pick up fast take all your piles of papers, kids' toys, shoes, etc... and stack them all in a laundry basket. Then your laundry basket can be stored in the laundry room or garage until you have time to sort all the stuff later. Here's how I use it when there is no time to sort and put away...

This mess...

Can be all contained here...

And doesn't this look much better?

It's Saturday! Do something meaningful with your family, and go use those laundry baskets! :-)


Jemm said...

I have been known to do this! Thank goodness someone else does too!!! I like your take on life--it's about the people, not the things. I keep telling myself this but it is hard to remember. Thanks for the reminder.

Sue said...

You rock Girl!! Congrats on the new writings.... can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve. I love the laundry basket idea. :-)

Have a fantastic Saturday. I'm off to lunch with my girls.

Love ya

It's Always Something Around Here said...

We are definitely not lazy!!!! Just busy moms with busy lives...trying to get it all done.

I love the laundry basket only problem is mine are either filled with clean or dirty laundry LOL.

Lou Ann

Kim said...

I have used the laundry basket idea before in a pinch. I think my counter was still messy even after it though :-0

Thanks for the great reminder. Don't sweat the small stuff! Love ya-

Blue Castle said...

I like this tip. It would be easier to put everything away if you could carry the basket around from room-to-room. :)

Your meals look great, I'm off to check them out a little closer. :)

Cheryl said...

Congrats! and Thank you thank you a thousands thanks...I LOVE IT MY SWAPS...Ok now I am loving this idea here I need to go shopping for some laundry baskets. lol
Have a Beautiful Week
Peace and Blessings
Cheryl...Snatch Joy!

Darlene said...

I have done this! I also have a cabinet that desperately needs to be cleaned out from just sticking "stuff" in it! Maybe I should post a picture so it "MAKES" me get it cleaned out!!!

Momofgirls said...

Amen!! and hail to the laundry basket! I do this all the time, then when everyone is in bed I get it out to sort through my "stuff" while I watch TV!!

I LOVE clean countertops..{and laundry baskets}

Melissa said...

I don't usually admit this BUT, I keep a large drawer in the kitchen mostly empty for the same reason...I stuff it full when I am in a hurry then empty it on house cleaning days. Same basic idea, works like a charm!