Simple Strategies for a Clean and Organized Home

7
Jan
2014

Simple Strategies for a Clean and Organized Home

Hopefully, you’ve managed to grab yourself a copy of the Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner for FREE (and perhaps even grabbed the Supplemental Kit) and are ready to tackle the New Year. I am thrilled with what you all are sharing with me on how your first week went:

This is my second year using your planner and I love it! I also am currently reading The Christian Homemakers Handbook, after you had posted on it this past summer, and I love it! Thank you!!!

LOVE the planner!! I’ve been looking forward to doing my planned “chores” each day and no longer feel like I need to do EVERYTHING EVERY DAY! I suddenly have so much more time in my day and my house is still getting taken care of Thank you so much for offering this to us for free!!

So excited! My first week of the new year with The Confident Mom Household planner was a success. Along with help from my boys, we crossed everything off the list.

Love my Confident Mom planner. I went with the free one and it’s perfect for keeping me organized. Not everything gets crossed off…but that’s okay.  The world won’t end.

So, how can you find happiness and success among your to-do list in the planner?

Get a Plan

Whether you print one page of the planner out a week, or print the entire contents out and put it in a binder, find a method that will work for you. No one likes to get re-organized each week – so pick a method and go with it. My method is to print the year out, take it to Staples, and spiral bind it for $4. I can then write all over it and I actually will keep my previous years planners because of all the notes I’ve written on the pages. I am also a big fan of the “just tell me what to do” version – that is my kinda gig!

 The "Just Tell Me What to Do" Version

Maybe you are a “print each week as you go so you can type in the editable fields” kind of gal – then do that. Post it on the refrigerator or place it in a notebook. I have also heard from moms that have been able to use the planner pages on their tablets:

  • If you have a tablet like an iPad, you can use the Weekly Household planner “paperless” with any app that allows you to “write” on a PDF – for example Notability.
  • On the Kindle, you can download “Note Everything” for free and use it too!

I have not done this myself, and will likely experiment with this, but if you have had success please share in the comments so you might be able to help another mom out. In addition, many have downsized the planner pages by changing the printer settings on their printers, for example – printing two of the pages on one 8 X 11 page. If you have done that, please share here too!

Give Yourself Grace

I especially love the last comment. She is right. If all the tasks do not get crossed off each day, the world won’t end! You need to be real with yourself and have realistic expectations each day. I shared a post on this last year that was very helpful. Your home is not like your friends’ homes or the mom who is sharing on Facebook about how she managed to get all ten of her kids to complete the entire task list for the week in one day – you are you.

You need to realize each day is different and if you do not get it crossed off – oh well! This is a guide – not a mandate! I have placed tasks on the planner in a reasonable order and frequency to allow your home to stay picked up, tidy, and in order, but if you miss a few things here and there – things will not fall apart. Just pick up the next day and move on.

Delegate

You will need to gain help – in one form or another. I shared a post last year about delegating more tasks in your Weekly Household Planner – this is key. You are doing a big favor for yourself, but also one for your children if you bring the entire family into play when helping to keep your home in order. They will earn life skills that will anchor them to be responsible adults when they leave home.

You can use color coded highlighters to delegate tasks for each child – this is one way to share in the process. Allow your children to pick one task out of each day that they can help with and then when all the tasks are done, do something fun together – like a game, make a snack, or get outside to ride bikes. Working together for the better good of the whole is a great family lesson to teach at home.

Quick Tips

For many weeks on end I posted a Weekly Household Quick Tip each Monday as we ventured through the planner the past two years. If you need some inspiration, just type Weekly Household Quick Tip in the search bar in the upper right corner and get some encouragement or find a tip for a certain task listed in the planner. Need a natural Laundry Rinse that is inexpensive and easy to use? How about some ideas on how to begin your quiet time routine, or cleaning the garage? There is a lot of great information buried in these pages – just type a search word and phrase and hit go! 

FREE 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner

26
Dec
2013

FREE 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner

For those on my newsletter list (make sure you get signed up because you will be kept in the loop of all new products and also get a special discount code!), you already got the word about the 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner being available. I was thrilled with your response and excitement.  

For those who looked for the 2013 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner mid-way through the year and didn’t find it for sale, I appreciate that you came back.

Ladies, this project was a labor of love on my part and I felt an obligation and a leading from The Lord to bring it back for you in 2014 – even better and more versatile. I was met with several significant obstacles with my 2013 planner and had some very difficult choices with regard to this product for 2014. After much prayer, legal counsel, advice, and a clear directing from the Lord, I knew the direction to go for 2014. It required a lot of time and work on my part to create a product that you would love and I know would help even more moms, and also – here is the most incredible part – I was to give it away for free.

So, if you haven’t already heard, the 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner is available in two different versions that are completely FREE! Yep, FREE! I am so excited to share this resource with you and the other moms who perhaps could not afford to purchase a planner to help them get their home under control.  

FREE Household Planner with Digitally Editable Fields

You can also digitally customize your Weekly Household Planner – plus receive TWO versions (both for free)! The “blank” version allows you to digitally add whatever daily tasks fit your household. The “suggested tasks” version (or as I like to call it, the “just tell me what to do” version!) has daily tasks already filled in for you, but you can still add, delete, and edit any of the tasks. It’s the best of both worlds!

As always I want to use your time wisely. This weekly planner breaks down household tasks into manageable daily and weekly bite size pieces, utilizing smaller increments of time to keep the tasks from becoming too large and overwhelming. Most of the items can be easily completed in 3 to 30 minutes, and you can select appropriate items to delegate to family members (after all, even with the household planner, you still can’t be “super mom”).

In addition, I’ve created the Weekly Household Planner Supplement to help you further organize your household!

If you need help keeping track of schedules and information in your home, you’ll want to be sure to check this out. It compliments the Weekly Household Planner and gives you a full family household binder. It includes all of last year’s worksheets, plus a new party planner worksheet, Bible bookmarks, and a grocery/menu planner. And ALL the worksheets now include digital fill-in forms making it easier for you to add all your information!

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, hop over to the page to download your FREE copy now. If you are interested in the supplemental kit, you can grab both the FREE planner and the Supplemental kit for only $6 total. Print it out and then you will be set for 2014.

Planner Supplement

I normally print out my entire year at once on my home computer. I print it in color, because I like the added “pizazz” the color adds, even if it is a bit more cost for ink. But you can always print in black and white. I print it on my own home printer and then take the pages to Staples and have it spiral bound for about $4. The other printable forms in the Supplemental Kit can be contained in a 3 ring binder or used separately to create a thick spiral binder and add them into place with the Weekly Household Planner.

Watch the Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner Pinterest board for my new spiral bound version for 2014. I will post pictures and more pictures of the additional forms too. I just didn’t have time to do it all before Christmas!

Are you ready to get organized for 2014?

Information Overload and Anxiety

23
Oct
2013

Young woman reading bible by stream in summer

Before I get to the study today, I wanted to share about the “Getting Real – Conversations that Spark Change” Conference calls which are an optional supplement to this study.

When I was outlining this study and praying about what it would look like, I thought it would be really fun to have some “contact” with you all in a different way than just blog comments and Facebook posts.  I knew how much I enjoyed conference calls, especially when I can listen later as I take a run or pick up kids from school in the car – they are just another format to let information sink in and glean from experts.  So I gathered a group of wonderful ladies who I know you will enjoy listening to share their tips and strategies on being organized, creating a peaceful home and getting rid of the clutter.

So, without further ado, here is our line up!

I am so thrilled to offer these calls – they are going to be so fun!  To find out more details on all the calls you can click over to the “Getting Real – Conversations that Spark Change” Conference call page – you will be able to purchase there as well, these calls are $7 – yes, you get all 4 call access for only $7 – but it gets better.  

Getting-Real-Conversations-Spark-Change

As a special kick off, if you purchase by Thursday, October 24th at midnight, you can get $2 off by using the code early at checkout and access will only cost you $5!

For more information, go ahead and check out the page and then come back over for the information on today’s study!

Chapter Two:

A few key sentences that got my attention:

“Identifying what is the most important piece of information at any given time is actually a skill you can learn.  It involves dismissing the unimportant (at the moment) and narrowing your focus to what is the most critical.”

“Many women stumble over the answer to this question:  What are the top priorities in my life?”

“As purposeful women, our priorities should determine our activities.  However, in our busy lives, the opposite happens:  our priorities are determined by our activities.  When we live an activity-driven life, we are never quote sure what’s more important.  When that happens consistently over time, a low level of anxiety settles in.” [Read more…]

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

21
May
2012


Tackling this task for Tuesday in the Weekly Household Planner:

Organize pantry – earliest expiration dates in front

Here is a quick guide to getting started with cleaning/organizing your pantry – one of those tasks that we can easily procrastinate on!  But when I have an organized pantry I do find it more enjoyable to prepare meals, how about you?

  1. Take everything out of the pantry including food, food storage containers, bags, cook books and junk/trash that may have accumulated.
  2. Dust the pantry, starting with the highest shelf, and then wipe down each shelf one at a time. Be sure to cover the tops of doors, wipe down the surface of the door and check the ceiling for cob webs.
  3. Line up the food items in one space so you can see everything at once. You may want to do this on your kitchen table, dining room table, or even the floor. This way you’ll be able to spot duplicates, determine just how much of an item you have and get a general sense of how much space each type of item will need. [Read more…]