Blackout

So earlier today, I was going to make myself a chai tea latte and start blogging. As soon as I finished washing my milk frother, my roommate had informed me that he no longer had any power in his room.

I thought of how lucky I was that I had just had enough time to finish making my latte.

Thankfully this wasn’t my first black out, since I was pretty much was alone. My boyfriend was at work, and my roommate went back to his room. The last time I was in a blackout, I was with my Grandma about four years ago. I was glad I was with her because my Grandpa was at the store, so at least my Grandma wasn’t alone. I remember her saying that during a power outage, you never open the fridge or freezer, because that’s how the food can spoil. She told me that if you keep the doors closed, your food won’t spoil.

Since it happened during the afternoon, my phone was only at 41% so I knew I had to preserve the battery life since I wasn’t sure when the power was going to be back on. I messaged my boyfriend letting him know, that he should be cautious about using his phone, just in case mine dies, before the power is restored.

I made my latte last as long as I could. I lit a candle for a bit of extra light in my room, and because my bathroom doesn’t have a window so I would eventually need some light. I placed my latte next to the candle, so it would stay hotter longer. I had my book light, that runs on battery, so I was able to read a book for a bit.

Two hours later, my boyfriend came home from work, and we ordered dinner. While we were waiting for dinner, he went to our neighbour’s house and ask him if he had any power. He had said no. But our neighbour said he looked online and knew that the power would be restore in two or so hours.

This power outage made me realize that I may not be as prepared as I thought I am. I have a lot of blankets on hand, candles, as well as water bottles. Although I only had a couple of snacks (like chocolate and cookies), and not actual food that can be made without power. I also don’t have a flashlight. So I would be adding those things to our grocery list.

This whole experience was an eye opener about how to prepare for the next one power outage. I did some research and on many websites it recommends that you unplug everything but your fridge and freezer. I only did my laptop charger and phone charger. So I should have unplugged other outlets, in case they had gotten damaged during the outage. And this is also a good way of knowing if things got damaged since you would be able to see any fray wires. It is also recommended that you wait a bit to plug everything back in.

I am so grateful for this experience because it ensures me to be more prepared for the next one.

Daily Cleaning Schedule

What makes my weekly cleaning schedule easy, are the things I do everyday. If I spend some time everyday, it all helps. And doing these chores helps if and when unexpected guests show up.

  1. Make the bed. I always make the bed every day. It is important for me to make my bed since it sets the tone and atmosphere for the day. It’s the little things that make the big difference. If you accomplish one thing, it snowballs to make you want to accomplish the next thing, and the thing after that. It gives you a desire to want to get more things done. And who doesn’t like to curl up in a made bed after a long day?
  2. Wash the dishes. I wash the dishes after every meal so they don’t pile up. For me, it is important to have a clean kitchen. I just could never work in a messy kitchen. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the house.
  3. Put things away. I have a home for everything, so whenever I am done with something, I just put it back. This not only saves me time but, it allows for me to remain organized.
  4. Attend to spills right away. For instance if something spills in the fridge, or anywhere else, I always clean it right away. It is so much easier to clean something when it just happened, instead of waiting for the spill to soak in.

“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

-Admiral William H. McRaven

How To Organize A Closet

I was first inspired by this post when my boyfriend and I were deciding what he should wear for when he was going to my grandma’s for dinner.

So we were standing by his closet when his brother walked by my boyfriend’s room and he asked us what we were doing. I said that we were discussing ways to organize a closet.

I started telling my boyfriend how I organize my closet.

On the leftest left I have my baby clothes, then blouses, dress pants, leggings, skirts, top and skirt sets, dresses, tank tops, short sleeved shirts, plaid shirts, followed by sweaters and my blazers.

Then each subcategory is then sorted by colour starting with the light colours and then finishing with the darker colours.

I feel so organized because my boyfriend and I organized his room and my room just got done the day before.

Today I will spend time organizing at least one thing.