100!

100 Posts!!! :: maximizingdaysblog.com

This is the 100th post for Maximizing Days! #allthecelebrationemojis

In honor of that milestone, here are a list of 100 tricks, tips, things I love, and stuff I’ve learned along the way.

Think of it like the Cliff’s Notes for Maxizingdaysblog.com.

  1. My all-time, #1 piece of organizing advice for anyone who asks
  2. Being over-prepared can be disadvantageous
  3. The only thing that makes laundry bearable
  4. I would wear these every day if I could.  Right now, I only wear them almost ever day.
  5. How I got my husband to do the laundry
  6. The cleaning tool that gets used everyday in our house
  7. Cleaning a toilet is nasty – make it less nasty with this trick
  8. Seemingly eons ago, I packed a hospital bag for when my son was born
  9. For years, I wished for this every time that I saw it in the Pottery Barn catalogue. Now we have it and it hasn’t disappointed.
  10. Laying in bed when you remember something important?  Don’t get up!
  11. How to make Mondays slightly more bearable
  12. Another way to make Mondays – and all the days – go more smoothly
  13. Under-sink transformer
  14. Most of what I’ve learned about organizing I read here at least ten years ago
  15. No matter how grumpy I am, this sight brings a smile to my face.  Well, this and my kids (unless they were the source of the grumpiness)
  16. We celebrated my husband’s birthday here a year ago.  I want to go back…
  17. The best product for voluminous hair
  18. The second-best product for voluminous hair
  19. So, just what is a capsule wardrobe?
  20. The key to making purging work for you
  21. This makes me long for summer…..
  22. The BEST dresser
  23. How to maintain some order in those aforementioned cavernous drawers
  24. What I learned at the organizing seminar that I taught
  25. Without this, I would get ZERO done every day
  26. These aren’t part of my winter capsule wardrobe, but they’re on my feet 70% of the time
  27. I love my children, but I did not like pregnancy
  28. Next week is my daughter’s half birthday.  Hard to believe this was 6 months ago
  29. Comparison steals joy
  30. How my husband knows exactly what to get me for any and every gift-giving occasion
  31. Target stopped carrying these.  Tears.
  32. Speaking of Target, ours closed. ALL.THE.TEARS
  33. Breakfast.  Lunch.  Supper.  What my kids eat.
  34. Trying to keep my phone as an asset, not a time suck
  35. I didn’t change my son’s diaper on the changing pad until he was at least 6 months old.  Here’s why.
  36. IDHTBPTBB
  37. This is when I knew that my husband and I were meant to be
  38. Christmas gifts, card mailing list, meal prep, and Christmas card albums
  39. The best shoes
  40. The other best shoes
  41. Our kid’s birthday tradition
  42. My favorite cleaning products
  43. When to buy containment
  44. This took me far too long to figure out
  45. Can you be organized & have a junk drawer? YES
  46. Toy packaging repurposed
  47. Baby Gear!
  48. Making dishes tolerable
  49. Save money on dry cleaning
  50. No grocery money left? Start here.
  51. Only touch your mail once
  52. I thought these were a waste of space.  Now I’ve learned that they are key to utilizing space.
  53. Become a capsule wardrobe-er
  54. Feeding your infant doesn’t mean you have to buy a new deep freezer
  55. What you need when you’re sick
  56. I should get a commission for how many times I’ve referred this to other people
  57. Why a ‘Monica Closet’ might be what’s missing in your quest to get organized
  58. The trick to an organized leftover container space
  59. The absolute best leftover containers there are
  60. Grocery List Trick
  61. We have one of these in every closet in our house
  62. Be a bright spot in someone’s day
  63. I’ll admit it.  I get up at 5AM.  Here’s why
  64. Every kitchen should have at least one of these
  65. Real-person Container Store success story
  66. Linen closet #1
  67. Linen closet #2
  68. How we’re able to eat frozen pizza all too frequently without feeling bad about it.  Throw some fruits & veggies in this bad boy, and call it a well-rounded meal.
  69. My favorite reads
  70. Sleep later with the time you will save using this
  71. Christmas shop all year long
  72. Contain the kid clothes clutter – what they don’t wear
  73. Contain the kid clothes clutter – what they do wear
  74. My difference-maker cosmetic
  75. Dreaded k-cups.  Love them.  Hate them.
  76. This might actually make you start cleaning.  Might.
  77. We call them Bucket Lists.  Even though it has nothing to do with death
  78. If you have a toddler, run, don’t walk to buy this bad boy
  79. Make dinner without harming your children.  It is possible.
  80. A functional toy room without a single label.  Also possible.
  81. You’re an adult.  Your house can look like it .
  82. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!
  83. Everything except the kitchen sink
  84. I’m so happy that I live in a world where there are Octobers
  85. Is that cheap flight worth it
  86. They’re for more than just magazines
  87. Have an hour?  Then read about how I menu plan here, here AND here.  Brevity has never been my strong suit.
  88. I don’t even do this anymore
  89. Why you shouldn’t fold your laundry on the dining room table.
  90. Bring on the boots!  A Minnesota Winter Capsule Wardrobe
  91. Why every.single.minute of my day is scheduled
  92. Deep vanity drawers are not ideal.  But that’s no excuse.
  93. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said a thousand times
  94. Don’t bother keeping these unless you can access them
  95. My go-to storage container
  96. THIS is how you keep your house neat
  97. Perfection cannot be your goal
  98. You’re never done
  99. Cheapest & best organizing tool
  100. What this really is all about

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Breast Milk Storage

Breast Milk Storage & Freezing :: maximizingdaysblog.com

If you are nursing and are able, building up a reserve supply of breast milk is a great idea.  When my daughter was born, I was working full-time, so breast milk storage was a necessity for me.

Building up a breast milk supply will necessitate a freezing and storage system.  Because of the nature of breast milk, it’s ideal to have a system where you can easily access the oldest milk.  And efficiently use the freezer space.

I did all of those things wrongs in my first go-round.  But I eventually figured it out.

Breast Milk Storage & Freezing Steps

1 – Decide on a “freezable quantity”.  What I mean by that is decide how many ounces you want in each frozen bag.

When I went back to work, I was pumping more than I was nursing.  Each day, when I came home from work, I combined the milk that was pumped into bigger bottles to take to day care the next day. Whatever surplus there was went in a separate (usually smaller) bottle and was stored in the fridge.  Once that surplus reached 5 oz. – my pre-determined “freezable quantity” – I would pour it in a storage bag.

If you’re pumping solely for the purpose of building up reserves, then you can skip the combining into bottles step.  Just pour the milk in the bag(s) and go to step 2.

*Tip: Even though the bags have ounce markings on them, don’t try to use the bag to measure.  Use the bottles to measure and then pour.

2 – Label the Bag

All breastmilk storage bags have a spot designated to label the important details.  For me, the two that mattered were the date it was pumped and the ounces.  Feel free to include any other information that you find necessary.

I found that the Sharpie Ultra Fine Tip pens worked best on the bag labels, so I kept one in the storage bag box.

3 – Lay Bags Flat in Freezer

This is a game-changer.

Laying the bags down to freeze (ideally, on a flat surface – my favorite was a frozen pizza or the top of an ice cream container) makes it so that the milk freezes flat which is so much easier to store.  If you set them upright in the freezer, then they become blobs with flags and there’s no good way to organize blobs.

4 – Store Flat Bags Upright in Deep Freezer Door

Obviously, this only works for people who have an upright deep freezer.

Originally, I bought this container to store the milk, only to find that it held a measly ten bags.

Breast Milk Storage & Freezing :: maximizingdaysblog.com

A deep freezer door is ideal because it’s the same width as the bags and it made grabbing the oldest milk from the front easy.

When I was adding to the supply, I put the newest milk at the back and it was a good cycle.

Breast Milk Storage & Freezing :: maximizingdaysblog.com

If you don’t have an upright deep freezer, another good option is pop can cases or my favorite bins.

My favorite thing about this process was that it didn’t take any more time to do it this way than it would if I wouldn’t have been so intentional and organized with it.  I only gained time and space.  That’s my ideal situation!

Sidenotes:

*I’ve reached the point where I’m now using the reserves that I had stored in the deep freezer.  At it’s highest point, three shelves were filled with milk, which was a lot, but didn’t seem like it because it all fit so nicely in the freezer door.

*The storage container didn’t go completely to waste.  It ended up being the perfect container to take a week’s worth of breast milk to and from our day care provider (when I was giving her frozen bags instead of thawed milk in bottles).  Once we got to solid food, it was ideal for storing pureed food pouches.

Breast Milk Storage & Freezing :: maximizingdaysblog.com

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