Getting it All Done

26
Sep
2013

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Before your anxiety starts to rise, let me stop you and say – I am not a supermom and that is not what I am trying to create by sharing with you ways to “do more”.  In fact, in the past two months I have been very intentional with trying to Simplify my life, I know that this is coming from the Lord and was specifically laid out before me two months ago while I was on my break from blogging.

It is so easy to become overloaded, but I do think there are ways to get what we need to get done – DONE!  Now, I’ve been at this mom and homemaking gig for a few years – 22 years or so.  I’ve had seasons of success and also seasons where I flopped at what I needed to do in order to take care of my home.  We all go through those seasons.

But I think it is critical for us to be intentional with our time and also to be realistic with our expectations.  We can’t do it all – if you think you can you are fooling yourself and things will backfire.  A few simple steps will get you headed in the right direction to managing things better and developing good habits.

The key to getting organized is to develop new good habits.   (CLICK TO TWEET)

Habits

This is one of the key areas we tend to overlook.  In order to make lasting progress, we have to change our habits.  Changing habits won’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process and takes time.  One area that I had to examine was critically looking at how I began my day, where I wasted time and what I could change and do differently; thus creating a new habit.  It is about priorities for me and constantly evaluating them.  I have been focused on getting up to have morning devotional time before my kids get up and that has changed everything for me.  Taking the time to spend a few minutes in the morning in prayer is making the difference to how my day unfolds.  My attitude, my plans for the day, what I get accomplished – it is amazing!

Pick One Thing

Plan to tackle one thing at a time. Often times we can create a list a mile long of what we think we need to do each day.  Don’t try to do it all at once, because you’ll get overwhelmed and give up. Start with the easiest job, so you have a sense of accomplishment that will roll over to the next project. Once things are organized, set up daily maintenance for each area of the house.  This is one thing everyone has loved about the Weekly Household Planner, big tasks are broken down into bite size pieces, homemakers feel successful when they can cross off several.

Clutter

This is a big one – get rid of things that have been piling up, like junk mail, paper and other things you just don’t need.  If you can take a day in each area of your home and just de-clutter a bit, things get easier.  I am much more relaxed when I can see countertops, table tops and the floor!

Take a look at each room and see what belongs and what doesn’t. If it doesn’t belong in that room, put it in a box to be sorted and placed in the right place later. You can even have a box for each person in the family and put things in it from each room as you go through the house. Then they can put all their things away.  It may be time to get rid of some home decor too, that clutters up our eyes and senses too.  If you don’t absolutely love something or doesn’t have any particular meaning to you, perhaps it is time to give it away?

Errands

Organize your shopping trips. Making a shopping list is a start, and many people forget to make one.  If you meal plan, it is a given.  If you forget the shopping list you can come out of the store with a lot more things than you wanted, thus blowing the budget, or forget one important item and have to go back again later, wasting time.  I hate that!  Yes, I forget to make a list sometimes too, and then I am reminded how critical it is.

Just today I had several stops to make, I can sometimes think I will remember them all, but often times if I do not plan it out and write my list out, I will forget things and end up wasting time.  I keep a list in my phone which I can easily cross off as I go.  Planning is another habit you need to get into.

Meal Help

Another great way to help save time is to cook meals ahead of time or what I like to do even more, make a double batch of a meal and freeze the other half.   There are many recipe books that are designed for freezer meals. You prepare several meals at once, freezing them to be reheated later. This saves time and if you buy the ingredients in bulk, can save you a lot of money. Slow cookers are also a great way to help save time. You throw the ingredients in earlier in the day, let it cook all day and then dinner is ready with very little work.  My favorite – pot roast in mine right now!

Divide and Conquer

Dividing up the housework is another way to help get everything done. Even young children can help do some household tasks, with guidance. The earlier they learn to help, the easier it will be later. Make a chore chart and remind everyone that this will help make time for the family to do the fun things they want to do.

It may seem daunting at first, but just like anything worthwhile, it will take time to reorganize your house into a smooth running home that everyone can enjoy.

What is your best tip for getting it all done?

Weekly Household Quick Tip: Purification Essential Oil

27
May
2013

Weekly Household Quick Tip: Purification Essential Oil

Tackling Tasks in the Weekly Household Planner: Using Purification® Essential Oil Blend in Your Home

I love when I find multiple ways to use products that I currently already have. Not only does this save me time, but also saves money and space. I don’t have to store different type of products to do different jobs.

Last week I had one little guy come home from preschool with some new artwork on his shirt. I was a bit irritated, as this was one of my favorite shirts, and I had little hope that I could get the felt tip ink pen out. I was bummed. But after doing a bit of looking around and checking my “oily” Facebook group that I am a member of, I tried using Young Living Purification® Essential Oil to remove the stains.

Here is what the shirt looked like in one area before I began my experiment. I decided to take a quick photo. Not the best, but you can see how it was before I tried removing the ink.

Pen on Shirt

I put a few drops on the spots and rubbed it in. I did it again an hour later and then let it sit overnight in a tub of cold water. In the morning the ink seemed to be gone and I washed it as normal. I was thrilled to pull it out of the dryer looking like this!

Shirt After Purification Essential Oil

Curious How Else You Can Use Purification® in Your Home?

  • Purification® can be used to dispel odors when diffused. It helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities, including cigarette smoke, smoke from fires, mildew, and other disagreeable odors.
  • Remove paint/ink from clothing – this is my top winner right now!
  • Add Purification® essential oil blend to your washing machine to freshen laundry. I’ve done this every few days in my washer and I love the fresh clean smell.
  • Add 15 drops of Purification® essential oil blend to a gallon of paint to mask the overwhelming chemical small. I have not tried this yet.
  • Diffuse Purification essential oil blend to dispel unpleasant odors and clear the air of impurities. I had to diffuse Purification® when we moved into our beach cottage to get rid of the chemical paint, hardwood, and carpet smells.
  • Add 8-10 drops in a small 4 oz spray bottle filled with water and spray to disinfect and refreshen rooms, especially after cooking with strong smelling ingredients like garlic or onions.
  • Add a couple drops of Purification essential oil blend to shoes to help neutralize odors – winner!
  • Add a few drops of Purification essential oil blend to a cotton ball to help eliminate stale air in any room – or place it inside your vacuum bag as you vacuum.
  • Diffuse Purification essential oil blend to eliminate odors after the dog returns from playing outdoors in the rain, yes, with two big beach dogs – this is helpful!

Purification® Is a Proprietary Blend of:Purification Essential Oil

  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Lavandin
  • Rosemary
  • Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Myrtle

Using essential oils in your home is both a healthy alternative to chemicals, a journey of some trial and error, and a learning curve. Critical to the health of your family is education to make sure you are using essential oils which are therapeutic grade and can be ingested as well as topically used. I use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils. To learn more about how to get your own Young Living essential oils, click here.

What is your go-to natural spot remover? 

1, 2, 3 Tidy Your Home

23
Apr
2013


Keeping our homes organized seems to get harder all the time.  I’ve found there are a few simple ways to create a more organized feel and a more peaceful environment in our home.  You may already do some of these and have found they help out with how your home runs.

Listen in as I share tips from my home habits: [Read more…]

Weekly Household Quick Tip

22
Apr
2013


Tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Clean the outside of refrigerator

I love that I can keep my refrigerator clean by doing just a bit each week rather than a huge overhaul.  Although, there are certain times when taking it all out and going through items is necessary, taking a shelf at a time and/or the outside is perfect for a cleaning routine.

This week you just have the outside of the refrigerator to clean.  It is also a good time to clean up any items that are posted on the frig.  Since I have a three year old who loves showing off his work, my refrigerator often gets cluttered with his wonderful projects from home and school.  It is a good time to decide what is being kept and file those away as well as clear excess magnets, papers, lists, etc.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind with regard to keeping your refrigerator clean and things running smoothly.

  • Keep a box of baking soda in both your refrigerator and freezer, remember to change it every 6 months or so.
  • Using clear containers for food storage is helpful for quickly seeing what’s inside – especially when you have younger kids in the house.  Left-overs are more often eaten – I know this from personal experience!  I have been converting all my plastic containers that have gotten stained or you cannot see through to glass containers with lids.  I especially watch on amazon for these sets to go on sale,  I recently got a set of 3 glass containers with lids from Kohl’s for only $7.88!
  • Check the temperature setting regularly in both your refrigerator and freezer.  You will do better if you try to keep them set at the manufacturer’s recommended settings.
  • Have a spray bottle handy (I keep mine under the sink) with your favorite cleaner so you can quickly zap any thieves cleanerspills or splatters and wipe them up.  I just got my Thieves Household Cleaner in my Essential Rewards order this month and mixed up 1 T with some water in a spray bottle I bought at the dollar store.  I love the smell; it combines both Thieves, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

I will be talking more on this soon, Thieves has made a huge difference in the state of our health in the past 3 months, most recently with my daughter who was diagnosed with Shingles.

What tip do you have for keeping things fresh in your frig?

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What a great bundle this week!!  Gardening – I can’t wait to dig into these books and learn some tips to help me save money while having fun raising my own items to use in my kitchen.

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Weekly Household Quick Tip

8
Apr
2013


Tips for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Creating Routines

When someone first looks at the tasks listed on the Weekly Household Planner, they can become discouraged.  It may seem like a lot – but I imagine you are doing many of those tasks already, without even thinking about it!  If you are striving towards fitting in a few more tasks during your day, there are ways to fit them in.   If you don’t schedule your time your time will schedule you!

It really comes down to learning to create routines and flow to your day in order to create patterns of behavior.  When this is part of your rhythm, you have to think less about what comes next.  This is precisely why routines work so great for our children, they know what to expect and anticipate the next action.  We need to do the same.

Let’s take a look at finding ways to create routines.

Time available

Basically, creating a schedule/routine requires that you take a realistic look at the time available and know the tasks that need to be done in that time.  You have to allow enough time in your schedule to transition between tasks, to manage necessary items and also add in flexible items.

Some days are busier than others, so you need to keep that in mind, but if you can have a typical window of opportunity available each day, you can use that to your benefit.  I know in the morning, I have at least an hour to do many of my tasks in and around the kitchen while I help my little one get ready for the day.

Over-committing

You can over-commit even without leaving home!  Seriously.  If you can look at your day and see tasks lined up and the hours beginning to dwindle away, take a look at whether you have over-committed your time.  If you have a needy toddler at home or a sick child, or perhaps you are feeling a bit run down, make sure you take that into account when you look at your day.  When you expect too much you are really setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration – there will be a train wreck in your future.  I’ve experienced enough of my own!

Me Time

Remember to schedule time for yourself.  It’s on the daily task list!  Pamper Yourself – figure out what that means for you and make it happen.  I’ve been trying to lay down every afternoon for 15 minutes as a reward and treat for getting up at 5:30 AM each morning.  If that doesn’t happen, then a cup of tea or a quick walk outside will do the trick.  I need 15 minutes away from little voices – quiet is what I crave.

Be Realistic

Different seasons in our lives require different levels of our “mom” interaction.  When you have little ones at home, you are required to be more present, remember this.  Allow for this – you may not get all the tasks checked off your list each day, but that is okay.  If you have a plan and at least a guide to go by, you waste a lot less time trying to figure out what to do.  This is what I share so often with mom’s who are feeling like they are failing because not every task gets crossed off each day – ladies, not every tasks gets crossed off on my list either!  I love that I have a list I don’t have to create each day, it’s already done.  I can then prioritize what can and needs to get done.  There are a lot of weeks that I automatically cross off several tasks that I know do not need done or wont’ get done.  The next time they come up I can try to get to them.

Grace

Giving yourself grace is key to finding joy while being a mom.  Period!  We often are our worst critics.  Remember to allow yourself to “take a break” is important.  I shared more on this one back a few months ago, maybe you missed it?

When you take the time to create a realistic routine with your day and add in tasks that are important to get done, you will find that you are able to get more done in less time.  Your schedule is the framework that tells you where you want to use your time and by reviewing the schedule, you can see if your plan was effective.  If it is not, then tweak it – we all need to do that from time to time.

Do you have an effective daily routine?

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