Organized Thursday: Planning your camping schedule

Hi friends,

Here’s a lesson for your from the don’t-make-my-mistake book.

When you plan your summer camping or vacation schedule, take a look at your whole summer together as a block and then decide where you should schedule those times.

We were so excited to go camping and hang out this summer that we accidentally booked 6 weekends in a row away from home, and also there were a few streaks of camping 3 weekends in a row.  It was way too much and we were running around like crazy chickens to get our errands run in between.  It isn’t fun!

So, we are making notes for the rest of the summer and next year on the calendar to say that we will camp one weekend on and one weekend off in the future, and plan home weekends with errand running, company ad staycation fun.

Write it down so that you remember your plan for next summer too!


Organized Thursday: Display your collection

Hi friends,

I love a collection – I have a few: owls, vases and books.

A collection is a group of like items, but they must be limited and organized in order tone a true collection.

To organize your collection, gather all of the items together.  Once you have them all assembled where you can see them, like on your dining room table, get rid of the ones you don’t like as much, or were given to you and they’re not your favourite, or if you have doubles.

Once you have your whole collection together and have rid yourself of the unloved items, find a spot for your collection.  My books are on a high ledge shelf in my office, my vases are in the kitchen alcove and my owls are on the living room mantle.  Once you’ve chosen a spot, you have a limit to your collection’s space.  When it’s full, the collection is closed.

Happy Organizing and enjoy your collection!



Organized Camping Thursday: Snacks to toast over the campfire

Hi friends,

Here’s a foodie organization post for you for camping! It covers 3 bases in one post, lol.

Here are some foods that we have been recommended to try toasting over the campfire (similar to the way you toast marshmallows) and we’ve tried them out and these are the best!

1. Babybel cheese – toast on the end of your stick just until it starts to puff up, otherwise if left on too long, you’ll lose it in the fire.

2. Croissants – so fancy!  Toast until lightly brown.  No need to butter, the butter inside melts who toasting.  If you’re feeling sweet, add some jam once toasted.

3. Garlic bread rolls – slather up a dinner roll with garlic butter and toast over the fire until browned.

4. Bananas – the boys loved sliced bananas toasted over the campfire.

And there’s always the classic marshmallow – dipped in Nutella, peanut butter, or just plain old toasted.

If you have any other ideas, I’d love to hear them!


Organized Thursday: Plan your summer projects

Hi friends,

Do you have a couple of organization projects that you’ve been saving for summer holidays?  Now is the time to plan those back burner projects!

First, identify the one, or two projects that you want to complete.  Mine are re-doing the bar floor, and building a laundry base.

Then, research the materials and write down a project budget.  This is a 20 minute exercise, and it doesn’t have to be fancy or too detailed.

Next, pick a timeline, like I want to complete this project on the July long weekend. I will buy materials the previous weekend.

Last, do your project and enjoy it!


Organized Camping Thursday: Packed Necessities

Hi friends,

Here’s another organized camping Thursday post on packed necessities – the items that I leave packed in my trailer bin for storage and regular use are:

– Mini first aid kit: bandaids, gauze, Polysporin, Tylenol and calamine lotion

– Bathroom bag: non-gender specific body wash and shampoo (2 in 1) – because I don’t want to bring girly ones and boyish ones.  Plus a mini nail kit, mirror, Q-tips, comb, brush and hand soap, towels and toilet paper.

– Kitchen bin: pots, pans, dishes, utensils and cups

– Pantry bin (discussed in a previous blog post – https://organizedcanadianmama.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/organized-camping-thursday-packing-a-pantry-bin/ )

– Bedding (fitted sheets and comforters)

– Cleaning supplies: paper towels, all purpose spray, dish soap, mop, broom, dust pan, j cloths, scrubby sponges and a cleaning brush

Then, all you have to pack on camping day is your clothes backpack and your cooler.



Organized Camping Thursday: Indoor/outdoor packing

Hi friends,

Here’s a camping organization tip that’s really been working for me –

Separate your indoor and outdoor items for packing & storage.

In our tent trailer, we have the fortunate option of a slide out drawer at the front of the trailer, where I can pack all of our outdoor items.  This keeps the trailer cleaner and no running in and out 100 times to start a fire or get outdoor toys.

Here’s what is in our outdoor drawer; if you don’t have a section of your trailer where you can separate the outdoor items, create a bin for the same thing:

– Firewood

– Newspaper

– Lighter & matches

– Crank for trailer legs, wood blocks for hitch, wheel chocks

– folding chairs

– Dog leash & bowls (this is because Bowser prefers to be outside at the campsite and we couldn’t feed him in the trailer – he won’t fit!)

– Hose, folding bucket, extension cord, power adapter

– Baseball gloves, soccer ball, baseball, lacrosse sticks, tennis racquets

– A small bucket that we call the “Oh, sh*t! kit” – duct tape, a rubber mallet, small screwdriver set, paper towels, scissors, a level

I would love to hear about how you pack for camping too!


Organized Camping Thursday: Packing a pantry bin

For Renee, as requested!
Hi friends,

Here’s a way to make camping a little more organized (not to mention easier!).  Look out for upcoming Organized Camping Thursday instalments in the next few weeks.

We recently bought a tent trailer and we have started our camping adventures, so exciting!

I started by buying a lock-top plastic bin, and a list of the pantry staples that we will use most while camping.  It lives in the trailer all summer, and I put a list on top in a plastic sleeve.  This way, if I run out of one item while camping, I can mark it with a dry erase marker and bring it next time.

Here’s my list:

Camping Pantry Tote:

Food staples are always in this tote, and it stays in the trailer (to be used/emptied at the end of each season):

  • Cooking Oil
  • Pam
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Granola bars
  • Salt & Pepper Shakers
  • Seasoning spice blends
  • Can of Tuna Fish
  • Soup – packages or cans
  • Can of beans
  • Bits and bites
  • Fruit snacks
  • Sugar
  • Cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers (or chocolate cookies)
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Hot chocolate packages
  • Cookies
  • Iced tea powder
  • Peanut butter
  • Noodles

Good luck and have fun camping, buddies!