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04 Jan 2016

5 New Year Organizing Tips: How to Get Yourself (& Your Family) Off to an Organized Start

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(Click above to watch the show!) 

Jump start your January and get 2016 off to the best start ever! It’s a brand new year which means a clean slate for turning over a new leaf and getting organized in order to function at optimum speed! I talked with Studio 10 Live host, Stephanie Webb on the first episode of the year about 5 ways to jumpstart your organized year! 

Let’s first start with a few rules: 

The biggest part of organizing is having things you love and use, getting rid of the rest, and then organizing what’s left. 

Two best words: Clutter free. Don’t let clutter weigh you down! Clutter is a constant reminder of how scattered and unorganized you are being. Decluttering your space will lower your level of stress. A tidy space is zen like and can help you and your family relax.

  
Supplies needed to start!

  • Same color file folders
  • A label maker
  • Sharpies
  • Bins
  • Notepads 
  • Garbage bags
  • Clorox Wipes
  • An “I can do this!” Attitude

5 Ways to Start Getting Organized

  
1. Get it together. Make a plan. 

Write it down. Do you have written goals? Make a vision board! If you are reading this at your desk can you put your finger on them right now? If you answered no to these questions, you are not alone. A total of 90 percent of people do not have written goals. Writing down your goals does a number of things for you:

• It reinforces your commitment to them

• It helps you remember them

• It makes you accountable

• It gives you focus

2. PURGE! 

The time is now. I find that I don’t need more space, I really need less stuff. So how do you purge? Simple. Set aside some time. Tackle one small space at a time (before you organize). Make bins or piles for TDRNR (Trash, Donate, Recycle, Not Sure, Return). Ask yourself questions: Do I need this? When did I last use this? Can I borrow or rent? Do I love this? Once complete, remove bibs immediately!

3. Start somewhere!

Anywhere! Do the thing that is most distasteful to you first. Where are you starting!?

Kitchen-

Get that kitchen under control! Reclaim your refrigerator! Wipe it down. Purge all the crazy storage containers. Go through your pantry! Buy one brand of containers so it all fits together. Do you need 15 coffee mugs? Clean out the plastic kid cups. But one per child and that is THEIR cup. Dishes. One set of 8 or 12. 

Example shown: Tervis tumblers are our new cups in the house. One per person and the rest are history!

Organizational Flow- 

A place for everything and everything in its place. Is your routine ready for action? Have kids? How is your morning flow or after school flow? Routines work! A few routines that I do to keep me organized and zen like:

1. Make me bed everyday. It immediately will declutter your space. In seconds. And can instantly set your mood to get ready to tackle the day. 

2. Wipe down my sinks and bathroom each night. 

3. Keep the clutter away before I go to bed. 

It’s a good reset for the morning and your family will thrive in that balance too.

Clean Your Car-

A really good, deep clean. Stay on top of your car maintenance. My rule for my car is “No garbage left behind.” Every day we clean it out. All of it. I keep my necessary items in the glove box along with a smal box in the back that has jumper cables, my AAA card, my kids medical conditions, insurance, registration. 

Office-

New year means new files! Organize by switching over to newly tabbed folders with a brand new color! It makes sorting through the mail piles and organizing super easy when it comes to tracking paper that can easily pile up! Online? Mint for those personal finances. 

Schedule Organizing- 

Writing it down, adding it in to your main source of organization will have you feeling so organized when new things pop up. Stay one step ahead of the game! Is your afternoon schedule organized? How can you make your morning more efficient? 

Kids’ Stuff-

  

  

It’s everywhere! But clear bins or properly labeled boxes will help keep a place for everything and everything in its place.

4. Taking time for you! 

Have you carved out some time for you? Made any New Years resolutions? Or what about time for you and the spouse to reconnect? Set a date night and remember it. Book a sitter (in advance) or have a plan worked out to kid swap so you and your best friend can get some quality time relaxing! Is there a class you might like to take? 

It’s a new year and that can mean a clean slate. Look forward and get excited about what the future holds.

Example shown: FitBook

5. Realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

If you have the time to tackle everything at once. It gets overwhelming. And overwhelming can lead to discouragement. Try a weekly house cleaning schedule. Make a list with that ties into bigger fix items and then prioritize! What needs to be done first vs. what can wait. 

Printable Shown: Weekly Chore Chart

Thank you to Studio 10 Live for having me on!  

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06 Apr 2015

Easter With My People

No Comments Adventures, Lifestyle, Monday Motto, Raising Children, Uncategorized

Monday Motto: Keep it real.

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A simple day. Just us. No fuss. Just family time. We cooked together. We laughed. One of the best holidays.

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17 Dec 2012

My New Normal

3 Comments Everyday, Monday Motto, Random

I haven’t cried.

Not yet.

Not until this morning…when I took my kids to school and learned I had a new normal too.

I did my usual Monday Morning routine of getting up, getting backpacks ready, getting lunches made, making coffee and making breakfast for my kids.

It’s our normal every school day routine. It’s what we know and what we expect.

We got in the car, we talked about how fun the day was going to be… who we were looking forward to seeing and what we were going to do after school. Just like normal.

I thought I was doing good. I had really tried to stay away from the news and pretend like we weren’t really affected by what had happened. I honestly had not cried. It was terrible and I knew that, but it wasn’t effecting my family directly.

However, today was not the normal Monday once we arrived on campus. The first thing my kids did point out the not-so-normal. The police officers standing next to our administration building. The police car.

“Why are they here?”

“What happened?”

That was when everything set in in my mind. This is the normal. This is our new normal. I told my kids that we had a new rule when they got out of the car.

“You have to give me a kiss as well as Shelby and Abby.”

We get rushed. They get rushed out the door. We know we will see each other later. Right? Of course! Like always…

I kissed my kids goodbye…for the day today.

I told them I loved them and I would see them after school… right? That’s what always happens. It’s our normal.

I still have one more left in the car.

I will walk her into school. We walked into school and we walked past the police officers. They said “hi” and they smiled. They gave me a look like they knew that I knew that she was too young to know what had happened. We were on the same page. Protection. They didn’t want to be here as much I didn’t want them to be there. Why did they have to be there? Nothing was going to happen, right? And if something were to happen, they would protect her, right?

Shelby said it best. “Mommy they will keep me safe.”

I could only hope that someone would.

So we walked my last pre-schooler into class. I have her a hug and a kiss and told her I would see her later…just like always…

I went back to the car with the baby and cried. I cried out loud and prayed that my babies would be safe today. I prayed for all the families who could not walk their little ones to school and prayed that all of us who did would see our little ones at 2:30 for pick up.

It wasn’t until this morning that I realized a lot of things are different.

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Having a six-year-old makes me go one step further to only fathom The loss that the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School are feeling today. With their new normal setting in, I can’t imagine what their new normal feels like. I don’t want to.

Today is the first day of their new normal too. They are finding out how to deal with their new normal. And some how, life does move on. Time doesn’t stop. It continues to move on.

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I’m planning a birthday party for my 6 year old this week. She will be six turning seven.

I will get to see my daughter turn seven.

As we celebrate my daughter’s seventh birthday with such excitement and joy, but my thoughts will be with all those parents who will not be celebrating seventh birthdays with their children.

I’m not sure if it will effect my daughter like December 14th has effected me, but I know that all of her firsts will not come for some families. What she will be able to do will not be able to be done by the children who went to heaven too soon. On her birthday each year, I will try to remember that we are still here for some reason. For some reason, it happened some place else and not at her school. We will celebrate being able to still be around on this Earth… for some reason.

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I haven’t cried until now. My new normal will take a while for me to get used to. I cry today because I don’t like my new normal. I’m sure there are many others crying today too because they don’t like their new normal either.

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17 Oct 2011

Monday Motto: What you have, someone else wants.

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Todays Monday Motto: What you have, someone else wants.

I think that this is true for so many reasons.

I wish that sometimes more people would look at their life from the perspective of others. We walk around in a bubble sometimes, thinking that we have it so bad, and that so isn’t the truth. I am guilty about it too. I complain about having to get up early, to make lunches, about getting the kids ready, about the mess my kids make, about the way my daughter won’t stop talking, about doing 15 loads of laundry in a day, about not getting any sleep or that I have to go to work. The list can go on. But what gets me moving through the day, and what keeps me pushing on each day is saying this:

“Someone who is in a hospital with their baby, just wants to come home to do the everyday things we complain about.”

“Someone who is out of work would give anything to have work to go to.”

“Someone who was just in an accident, would give anything to not feel any pain.”

“Someone who had just lost their house, would give anything to clean their house again.”

“Someone who has just lost a child, would give anything to tuck them in and read them a story one last time.”


So the next time you want to complain, ask yourself what are you really complaining about.