productive day

I knew it! If I could only have an extra hour in every day I would get a lot more done. Yesterday, in Canada we fell back an hour as a result of daylight saving time. Basically, we got up at our regular time of 8:00 am but the clock only read 7:00 am. What a bonus!

We started the morning off with my favourite pancakes and then made a grocery list. My husband had the brilliant idea to cook ahead and put some meals in the freezer. He recently started a new job and it often means he isn't home for dinner. I was finding that Henry and I were eating a lot of easy, simple things like pasta and eggs because I didn't have the energy to cook a big meal just for the two of us. However, we were all missing a more substantial, tasty dinner.

We decided to make a Vegetarian Lasagna with Ricotta Cheese to which we added some extra steaming veggies and a Sausage and White Bean Casserole which is sort of like a poor man's Cassoluet. My husband got to work on the lasagna while I made the casserole.

After about an hour's work and about three sinks full of dishes we had made two meals for this week and frozen another small lasagna and six extra servings of the Sausage and Bean Casserole.

However, the biggest surprise of the day came when we both decided that it was time to completely clean out our fridge, freezer and pantry. We literally took absolutely everything out of the cupboards and off the shelves, wiped them cleaned, and reorganized. It's amazing what you can find in your pantry when you clean it out. We had two jars of peanut butter and two jars of almond butter going, three cans of tomato paste, four opens tins of cocoa powder, frozen food from last Christmas and more dried fruit than you could shake a stick at! It felt so good to get on top of it and clean it out. I hate being wasteful and it was clear to see that we didn't know exactly what we had in our closets.

I would love to be the kind of person who has perfectly arranged closets but the truth is that our busy lives often get in the way of being organized. I'm usually pretty good at keeping things straight for a couple of weeks but somewhere after that things start falling apart whether it's my clothes closet or my kitchen cabinets.

Do you have any tricks for keeping things neat and tidy? A simple thing you do each day that keeps things organized? I did read once that Martha Stewart says she tries to leave every room as she found it (I assume the room was neat and clean when she entered it!). I find this little thought sometimes helps me out especially when it comes to putting away toys and coats and boots. If you know of any other helpful hints I would love to hear them!

Did you find the extra hour was helpful yesterday?