Organizing Sports Schedules

August 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog, Family & Friends, Time Managment

The Sports season is upon us…how do you organize your schedule with sports?  Or do you?

Johnstown Big Red Band

So it is not hard enough to deal with the crazy mornings before school?  But we can have equally if not more hectic schedules after school.

Homework
Dinner
Sports Practices
Piano Lessons
Family time

Our time after school has turned into homework, sports practices and trying to squeeze dinner in there somewhere.

Johnstown football

My two older boys aren’t a problem…they are on self sufficient mode. T who is a senior has band after school, then does his homework (of which there “is no homework mom”….yeah sure.) and then takes off on his bike (small town) to hang out with his friends.

Ernie Reyes Karate Johnstown Ohio

D who is a junior has band, then runs in after band…grabs something to eat and takes off to teach karate at the karate school. He is also working towards his 3rd degree black belt.  I’m not sure when he is doing his homework, but I assume in the evening. He is a straight A student taking honors classes.

The triplets… the week we have them, I pick them up after school. We come in and they work on their homework if they have any. They are in 4th grade. One of them takes a little longer working on things and needs a little more repetition getting concepts down…so usually I work with him some. Then I have to get them something to eat..basically a dinner at about 4:30.  The boys have football at 5:30 – 8:00 2-3 nights a week and E has karate every night other than Friday and Sunday. (They are free to go as many nights as they want..but she wants to go and as long as you pay monthly and not per class…we figure lets get the most out of our money)  But she and her brothers are on what is called the XPT team …they are more advanced and use weapons and do demos places.  Right now they are purple belts.

On the night that they boys don’t have football they do karate.  Crazy huh?   Oh …and since my hubby is assistant coach on the football team, the week we don’t have the kids, he still picks up the boys and takes them to football and is gone those evening…and then the games are on the weekends.

One of the advantages of having triplets is that you can request them (the boys) to be on the same teams!  So at least we don’t have the problem many families do with different teams.  When E did cheer leading (all 3 years since Kindergarten..but she wanted to concentrate on karate this year) we did have that problem. She would be cheering at other games the same times the boys played. I would take her.

So…now that you have read the craziness of our household you might be wondering why the heck I am mentioning all this stuff.  I just want to let you know that I UNDERSTAND!!  LOL  The sports schedules we have no control of.  They can be crazy…. pictures were supposed to be the last 2 Saturdays but because the kids jerseys weren’t done…they got cancelled at the last minute.

So what do you do to keep the Schedules Organized?

All we can do is plan the best we can. Make a schedule for homework and dinner.  But realize that those might change and be flexible.

Make meals that can be eaten anytime (crock pot is great) or something that can heat up easily..that is the least amount of stress.  It is important to try and eat together as a family…but we different schedules sometimes that can’t happen every night.  So my suggestion would be to make that family time in the evening before bed…instead of watching TV.

School work is first priority. One of the triplets did not go to karate last night because we had work that he was not understanding and needed some extra time with.  I started working with him, but when DH got home from work then he took over and I took the other 2 kids to karate.  Yes…there were some tears, but we explained he wasn’t being punished…but school comes FIRST.

DH said he will be there early enough today today to pick them up from their moms before FB to make sure he has his school work done before he lets him go to FB practice.

Tell me your crazy schedules!  What are some things you do to keep life calmer during sports practices at your house?

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Charming CHARLIE Fashion Store

What kind of store will attract an Organizer? A store that is organized by Color!

Charming Charlie StoreThis store uses two of my favorite organizing things

1) Organizes with color
2) Organizes with Cubbies

I love how they organize their whole store by colors.  There are items in several places. There might be a necklace or purse that you like in pink, but you need it in green…. go over to the green zone and you may find it!

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charming charlie store polaris Fashion place

Be sure to check out my whole post on Charming Charlies that also have a video on my Explore Ohio with Sandy blog!

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Organizing School Mornings

August 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog, Family & Friends, How To Organize, Time Managment

Is there screaming and nashing of teeth on School Mornings at Your house?

I know for many people that is the case – I know it because I read it on twitter..dah? LOL

But your mornings do not have to be chaotic, filled with screaming and crying (you maybe! ).  It all comes down to organizing your school mornings with a little planning.

Sleep

First off decide how much sleep your child needs.  Kids really should have 8-10 hours of sleep at night. If your child is only getting 6-7….right there might be part of the problem – they are tired.   But decide on what that bedtime needs to be and stick to it.  Start getting that shower or bath in plenty of time before bedtime. If it takes an hour to get your child to bed….then start the routine an hour before bedtime. Sounds simple doesn’t it?  Then why if bedtime is 8:30pm and you hear moms saying it takes an hour to get Billy in bed…are they just walking up the stairs to bed at 8:20?  Start up those stairs at 7:30 so they are ready to sleep by 8:30pm.

Prepare the night before

Clothes - Have them lay out their clothes they plan to wear the night before.  This solves several problems. You know if it is clean & ready, you can say…”No you can’t wear that to school” the night before and the fight can ensue then (instead of in the am) and there is no last minute..”I can’t find my….” in the morning.

Lunches – Make them the night before and have them ready.  Actually my kids make their own lunches (with guidelines). The triplets have been making their own lunches for a year now. They are 9. They started working with their dad to make the lunches about 2 years ago and he gradually started having them do it on their own.  Z actually asked yesterday at about 4:30 if he could make his lunch for today. He knew he had football practice later, so he was planning ahead! I was thrilled!! I said…”Of course Z..that is a great idea.”

Homework and Book bags - Their homework should be completed and in their folder and in their book bag ready to go the night before. Make sure any papers you have to sign and any other projects or items are in the book bags. Then in the morning all they need is their lunches.

In the Morning

Waking up – You need to figure out how long your morning routine takes.  How long to get up, get dressed, make their bed and clean their rooms, get breakfast, do any other routines they do and get out the door.  Does it take 45 minutes? 60 minutes? 75 minutes?  When you are figuring the time, figure it out in a relaxed state…not a crazy running around time mode.

Then you take that time and make them set their alarm clocks for that time. If they want to use the snooze button then they need to set their alarm that much earlier.

Getting Dressed & Rooms – If the kids have laid out their clothes the night before, then this is easy. They just get up and get dressed. Figuring out times in the bathroom if you have several kids can take a little planning. We have 5 kids and 1 bathroom. But our 2 teenagers leave an hour and half earlier than the triplets…so that makes it much easier.

Making their beds is a requirement here. They just know to do it automatically. Yes…there is always 1 that I always have to ask if he made his bed and picked up his clothes – and most times he runs back up the stairs to do it. They have to have their rooms reasonable picked up. Dirty clothes off the floor and into their laundry hampers, etc..

Breakfast – Plan your breakfast the night before.  We have big breakfast on the weekends. But during the week, the kids get cereal or toast and fruit in the morning. They make their own. (we breed independence…can you tell?  Another post on that coming up soon).  But make sure they have time to have breakfast. They need the energy

Reading or other activities - My kids (9 year olds) have to read 20 minutes each day. We have been doing that the last couple years as required in school. We kept it up through the summers…and they just know its required. If you have any activities like that …spelling test practice etc… make sure you allot time in the schedule for it.

Backpacks - They just grab their lunch and they are ready to go.

Big key here: KEEP THE TV, COMPUTERS AND GAME STATIONS OFF!!!

Here is our time schedule for AM (approximate times) :

7am – Kids up. They make their beds, get dressed and pick up their rooms

7:15 – They come down. Breakfast and Reading Usually one does their reading first thing, the others are getting their breakfast and then they switch. They can decide what order they do it in…they know what they have to do.

8:00 – Book Bags are ready. Double check on lunches in book bags, homework in book bags, everything done, shoes are ready to go.

If everyone has everything done and they are ready to go – then I will let them get on the computers until we are ready to go.

8:20 – Tell everyone to get ready

8:25 – Walk out the door so I can drive them to school. It is a 5 minute drive (but far enough they can’t walk or ride bikes yet…hopefully next year) and they have to be there in their seats by 8:45. Doors open at 8:30.

As I am writing this I have one of the triplets eating her breakfast, the other is finishing his reading and the 3rd is getting his shoes on after finishing breakfast and getting ready to read.

We have very few crazy crying chaotic mornings. It makes much mornings much nicer!

(Yes..our top picture was posed. I asked them to give me a picture of them screaming and yelling….this is what I got. LOL )


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Rubbermaid Reveal Mop

August 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog, Cleaning, Reviews & Giveaways

Winner of the Reveal Mop

Random.org #6 is Emma Horton! Congrats Emma

Rubbermaid reveal mop

Mopping made easier

I don’t know about you..but I don’t like to mop.  Rubbermaid has made this chore a little easier with the Reveal Mop. But as we organize, we need to clean. Our floors can get incredible dirty..even if they were clean before we started the job.

Here is a view of the new Rubbermaid Reveal  mop.  Please keep in mind that your mop will come already assembled if you purchase it in the store. It will come with 1 pad and only 1 refillable bottle.  (not 2)

I usually try to do my reviews on the same amount of info that I might have just walking into a store. I like to be “you” if that makes sense and not have all the info under my belt before I do the review. I want to feel fresh when I see the product. But sometimes like this…it can mess up my video a bit because I realize that I may mess up some of the info a bit.  But that is it… only 1 bottle, 1 pad and comes already put together when you buy it in the store.

Here are some “recipes” for cleaning solutions that Rubbermaid provided me with for you.
Cleaning Solution 1
2 Tablespoons ammonia
½ cup white vinegar
½ teaspoon of baby shampoo
Fill the rest with hot water
This solution works well on hardwood floors.

Cleaning Solution 2
2Tablespoons white vinegar
2-3 drops liquid soap
Fill the rest with hot water
This solution is perfect for glazed tiles, vinyl, soft tile, cement, brick, and laminate.

Cleaning Solution 3
2 Tablespoons baking soda
2-3 drops liquid soap
Fill the rest with hot water
This solution is great for unglazed tiles, marble, stone, and slate.

Cleaning Solution 4
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Fill the rest with hot water
This solution also works well on hardwood floors.

Please follow all manufacture recommendations when choosing products to clean your floor.

The pad is made out of microfibers that are ultra-thin. They are 1/100 the thickness of a strand of hair. (wow!) the wide pad reaches further into cracks and crevices to pick up 50% more dirt than sponge mops according to Rubbermaid. This pad also helps your floor to not only get cleaner, but helps them to dry faster.

To Purchase:

You can find the Rubbermaid Reveal Mop online here or at Home Depot. They will be coming to Walmart and Target in August (so start watching your store for it!) .

To Win a Rubbermaid Reveal mop:   **CONTEST IS CLOSED**

To ENTER:  Go to Rubbermaid Reveal Mop online and watch the video then tell me how much money on average you will save per year by owning a Reveal Mop **Be sure to come back here and leave me your answer in your comment. Your e-mail has to either in your comment or on your profile.

 

You can see my other giveaways going on here:  Bissell Lift-Off MultiCyclonic Pet Vacuum (ends 9/16)

Disclosure: I was sent this Rubbermaid Reveal mop free of charge.  I used their recipes for mixture and used some of the information about the pad for my desciption.  The pictures and video and opinions are all my own.

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Organizing Kitchen cupboards

August 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog, How To Organize, Kitchen

Don’t you wish you had more cupboards in your kitchen?

I know I sure do! Insert SlideDeck So how do you organize those kitchen cupboards when you  have a small house with 7 people living in it? Believe me….I know it isn’t easy!   This cupboard looks ok now….but you should see it if one of the kids or my hubby puts dishes away.  The bowls aren’t stacked anymore….you might have that big yellow one on top of the smaller ones.

On the left…forget putting the lids in the slots they are supposed to be in and the plastic containers were they go. Aren’t you supposed to just throw them in that side?

Organizing can be really hard to maintain, especially if others aren’t as on board as you. It is all about the maintenance, but we aren’t going there today…today we are just talking about some ways to try and organize those cupboards.

Baskets

I love using baskets in cupboards.  You can see the red ones up on the upper shelf.  That is a hard place to get to things and it is a narrower shelf, so it doesn’t hold as much.  Those baskets hold the other plastic containers and lids that you accumulate.  They make it very easy to pull the basket out and get to what you want. They help keep things confined so that it isn’t falling all over your cupboard…and they are inexpensive!

Do you use it?

If you find there are things in your cupboards that you haven’t used in ages ….or you don’t have a lid for it and because of that you don’t use it (and you will!!) then get rid of it.  Why should you use that precious space on items you don’t use anymore?  The general rule is if you have not used it for a year or more then get rid of it.

Organizing kitchen cupboards isn’t necessarily hard to do.  But keeping it that way can be what is hard for many.

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Organizing Under the Sink

Easy and Efficient Under Sink Storage

What have you tried to store under your kitchen sink? The space is different in each house depending on where the water lines and disposal end up.  You are lucky to get one skinny container on one side of the cabinet.

Then there is the mix of cleaning products; dishwashing liquids, powders and tablets; trash can liners; rubber gloves; and assorted scrubbing doo-dads. The shapes and sizes are a nightmare to organize and contain.

When you are in a hurry, something is bound to topple over.  Gooey spills, dishwasher detergent powder, and spider webs conspire against you to make a sticky, dirty mess under there!

Let me offer a few suggestions. You are free to mix and match to come up with a solution that fits your unique circumstance.

  1. Store only what you use in the kitchen here. If you have an adequate pantry or space in your laundry room, keep the majority of your cleaning products there. This also helps cut down on the danger of poisons a child can reach (locks are necessary, but should not be the only safeguard!)
  2. Move trash bag liners to your plastic wrap area. These boxes should fit in the drawer on their side.
  3. Cover the floor of your cabinet with a rubber mat or shelf liner. The spills and grit will be easy to clean with a wet sponge. Once that cheap particle board gets wet, it is never the same. A pristine cupboard looks good when you get ready to sell.
  4. Use a slide out container with a stable bottom. Choose solid plastic, mesh, or metal stripping that is less than ½” apart to avoid tipping.
  • A 6 qt plastic shoebox with no lid will do for the side of your cabinet that has the most head room.  This is the frugal organizer’s option.
  • The Rolls Royce of pull-outs for the tall side is the 11” X 21” chrome Lynk Professional Kitchen Under-Sink Rollout Double Drawer.  There is an 11’ X 18” version as well.

Once you make these changes, you will be surprised at how easily and efficiently you can access everything you need from your now beautiful under sink storage!

Martha Clouse is founder of Organized For Life, a professional organizing company.     After moving 11 times in 20 years as a military wife while raising four children, Martha shares with you what she learned “under fire” about coping with change, using time to your advantage, and how to create a calm oasis out of chaos.

To learn more about setting up rooms for maximum utility while retaining a spacious feel, the basic systems you need in your home office to guarantee productivity, how to save an hour a day consistently, and to receive access to the free e-booklet “60 Tips to Get Organized NOW!”, visit Organized For Life.

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Blogher 2010

August 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog, Conferences & Events, Travel

Collective Bias Friends Together in New York City

I had such a great time in NYC for Blogher.

Much of my time other than the Brand parties was spent with all my friends from Collective Bias. They are my Social Media family.

sandy jenney

Courtney Velasquez

sandy jenney and courtney velasquez

Melissa Garcia

blogher 2010

Monica Brady

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John Andrews and Ted Rubin

john andrews and ted rubin

Enjoy my video

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Hanes and Organized Undies Drawers

August 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Bedrooms, Blog, Celebrities, Closets

Is your underwear drawer Messy or Organized?

I was in New York City for the big BlogHer conference for bloggers.  I was invited to this Hanes party and what do you think I thought when I saw this display? LOL  Yep…right up my alley!

This place was decorated so cute with underwear on pillows and umbrellas made from T Shirts. But they had a display showing a messy underwear drawer and an organized underwear drawer.

And then an organized drawer.  Aren’t these cool?

Now…here is the kicker. They were having contest to see who could organize a drawer the fastest. They were giving out gift certificates. They had one more contest and of course my friends nominated me.  Ok…this was too much pressure. I am the organizer…of course everyone would expect me to win… and I should right?  LOL

There was a laundry basket of underclothes, sweatpants, underwear, socks, tshirts and bras. We had to take them and fold them and organize them in our drawers the quickest. The fastest time before our last group was 1 min. 50 some seconds (I think).

My hands were shaking!! Literally.  But….. I didn’t win. The girl you see in the picture beat me by a split second. I think our time was in the 1 min. 30 second range….so I also beat the record. Does that count? LOL

But it was fun….

Michael Moloney from Extreme Home Makeover was there as the MC. He was so nice!  And of course very nice looking! {drool}

But it got me thinking. My underwear drawer is not really very organized. I have everything in it’s “area” of my drawer, but I don’t have any official boxes or “sectioned off” areas.  Hmmm….I might have to do that especially with the new fun undies and bras that Hanes gave me as swag.

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Closet Organizing

August 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog, Closets, Guest Post, How To Organize

Closet Organizing

by Melanie Dennis CPO

Today’s Guest post is by a fellow local Professional Organizer, Melanie Dennis CPO (certified Professional Organizer). I consider her the guru of closets. Not only does she plan them out and organize them, but she installs it all herself! Ok…that is way beyond me. I wanted her to tell you and me some of her closet secrets!

You use your closet twice a day.  Some of us do the happy dance, and some of us feel contempt for the piles on the floor, the poorly used space, the spouse who hogs the rod, or shelves and rods bowing from the weight of it all.  The good news is that it can be better.  Lots of today’s melamine and wire kits can be installed with a few basic skills.  It can be overwhelming staring at the closet hardware at the store and know what you need to get the results you want.

Where to Begin?

Start with graph paper and a tape measure. Draw your closet shape and size.  After purging and donating the old clothes, measure the amount of clothes on the rods in the following categories. Hanging space is either long hang, short hang, or double hang (two short hangs one above the other.) Count sweaters and shoes. When planning your space don’t forget the non-clothes things stored in the closet like cameras, memorabilia, binoculars, or luggage.  Here are some of the magic numbers closet designers use to customize your space.

24” – how wide to leave between clothes hanging on each side of a closet for a person to walk through.  This is also the average depth of a reach-in closet.

21” – how much room you need from a wall to hang clothes on a hanger

34-36” -where you should hang the lower rod to hang slacks on the bottom of a double hanging wall.

75-80”- where the top rod of double hang goes.

67” -where contractors hang a long hanging single rod leaving an awkward amount of space not used wisely.

7-8” -amount of shelf space needed per each pair of shoes.

12” from the back wall is where a rod generally hangs.

2’ -how much long hanging rod space the average woman needs unless she long hangs her pants by the cuff or waist.

0’ -how much long hanging most men need.  A hook for a robe will suffice. I am a fan of hooks for everyone.

45 -average number of shoes a woman has. I am above average and that is all I am saying about that.

2-3 -sizes of clothes in most women’s closets. Yup…you are normal.

No drawers should higher than the eye level of the closet owner.

Piles of clothes should not be more than 12-14” high because they will topple easy- use more shelves with shorter piles will ensure better long term organizing. Some systems have supports for piles of clothes and purses to hold them upright.

Don’t fuss with systems that offer corner solutions.  Hanging in a corner is not efficient.  It is better to take one side all the way to the corner and hang the adjoining wall rod two feet out from the corner.  You can tuck rarely worn clothes in the corner.

Finally, splurge on matching hangers.  It makes a huge difference.

Melanie Dennis, CPO® is the owner of

Neat Streak Professional Organizing in Columbus, Ohio.  She has designed over one thousand spaces both as a as a closet designer for The Container Store and later as a professional organizer.

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Organizing in a Hotel Room

Do you even bother to try?

I know for some a hotel room is a free ride to be messy! No worries that neighbors will drop in, someone will make your bed for you in the morning and bring you fresh towels…

What do you do when you stay at a hotel?

Do you put your clothes away or live out of your suit case?

This is what I normally do to stay organized in a hotel room.

I like to unpack right away.  When I first get in, I like to get my clothes out of my suitcase as soon as I can to keep them from being more wrinkled.  I hang them up and use the drawers to put them away.  I think like to hide my empty suitcase in the closet.

I get my toiletries and put them in the bathroom, set up the needed electronics for my computer and phone by my bed.

I like to try and keep my room neat….but you know what? If I’m in a hurry..I too have been known to just throw stuff on the bed or not put clothes away if I am running in or running out of my room. I am certainly not neurotic about it.

This last week it was almost impossible to be organized. There were 3 of us in the room and we were racing from one event to another…..literally we might be in to grab something or to change like a quick change artist and run back out to our next event.  Of course all the while dropping off bags of swag that we were given.

I did unpack when I first got there.  My roommates prefer to just open their suitcases and live out of those.  That is fine…that is how they like it. You take that….and 3 people in a small bathroom with no counters and tons of swag bags all around and you don’t have an organized Hotel room…you have a very messy one.

Did it freak me out…nope.  I was fine with it.  It was a crazy week and we had crazy stuff coming into our room. I didn’t fret or do my freak out thing (I can’t stand all this stuff!!!….aaggghhhh).  Now…if it was a long term situation…it would have been different. But it was just a temporary mess….

We had fun..and spending fun time with my friends was more important than trying to figure out how to have a neat room.

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Organizing for Conferences

Or should I say organizing for Craziness!

I attended another blogging conference last week called Blogher.  It is a huge conference and was held in New York City.  I thought I was organized going into it….but soon found out that all of my best efforts still not enough to handle the craziness of this fun filled pack 4 days.

This is a conference that you have many unbelievably good teaching sessions going on, you have 2 levels of expo hall to go through and see all the Brands…and then you have the Brand parties.  Lots of them….overlapping times….subways and taxi’s away from each other…..the craziness.

There are some open parties that anyone attending the conference can go to. But most everything required RSVP’s.  Then you have the Brand parties that either you were invited to or another blogger was able to invite you to as a guest.

My schedule on Thursday was the worse.  Trying to decide what to go to, figuring out the times and the worse part of it is trying to get from one to another on time.  For the most part on the schedule I was on….I couldn’t get to everything I wanted.

I had printed out all the party invites and information.
I had mapped out the locations on paper
I had loaded all the addresses of each place I had to be in my Droid X phone to use the map feature
I had printed out a step by step list of times, locations of parties and times.

I am glad I did what I did…because without what I did…I never stood a chance.  But  even with all of that….I still felt kind of lost…overwhelmed.

I think I felt like I wasn’t fully in control of the situation….like I feel comfortable with.

Just saying that even with the best laid plans….sometimes we can still be overwhelmed  

Do you ever feel like that with situations?  Just wanted to let you know…you aren’t alone.

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Working Outside the Home

August 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Family & Friends, Offices, Time Managment

Working outside the home and raising kids isn’t easy

I have been very lucky in my lifetime.  Since I had my 2nd child, I have not had to work full time outside the home.  So I might not be the best authority to write about Working outside the home.

But….I do know the challenges that I have had to go working part time outside the home.

First off – if it is what you want to be doing and you love it… All the more power to ya.

If you are doing it because you have no choice (like so many people I know) and you wish you could be at home….I sympathize with you.  It would be very hard to keep up with all the cleaning, cooking, laundry and chores of the house…along with school projects, sports, open houses at school….etc, etc, etc….

I can see how the house can become a mess…how clutter can build up faster than you can imagine….and how you can be completely over whelmed.

What is the solution?

I’m not sure of that honestly. I wish I could wave my magic organizer fairy wand and make everything easy and wonderful.

But I do know that if you are organized in your routines, where things are in your home and are disciplined to do what you need to do…when you need to do it – it would make things go much smoother.

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Working from Home

August 4, 2010 by  
Filed under How To Organize, Time Managment

What does Working from Home look like to you?

(This picture was actually on Black Friday morning (I also had a mini computer up and running to the left.  Normally I only work on one computer. LOL)

It is a dream of yours to be able to work at home?  Do you work at home and wish you could get out of your home?

Jennifer talked about balance yesterday in her post. That is so true – it is hard to keep the balance.  But I want to talk today about what you hope to accomplish out of working from home?

Do you think you are productive working at home…..or not disciplined enough to be productive.

For me….it is a blessing.
I have worked and still do out of the home – in nursing.  But majority of my work is out of the home now.  My organizing business is of course a combination. I organize in other people’s homes….but I can still make my own schedule.  But I have been doing more blogging, social media work now than actual in house organizing.

With having 9 year old triplets I still have to get them back and forth to school (we don’t have busing any more), so this allows me to take and pick them up without a problem.

I admit that you have to be disciplined to work out of your home.   Here are a few tips that help me:

1) I keep the TV and radio off.
2) I make lists of what I need to accomplish
3) I try to keep my phone calls to a minimum unless they are work related
4) I try to schedule specific days that I get my laundry done etc.

I don’t know about you, but there are some days when I am highly motivated and can throw back all kinds of work.  Then other days when I am just not “there” and don’t get nearly as much accomplished as I had hoped.   But what is nice is that on my  ”off” days I can go slower…and on my “on” days I can work extra to make up for it.  In an office or official away from home job – you don’t get that luxury.

My husband and I have an on going joke.  He asks what I did today.  I frequently will say…. “I put my feet up and watched Oprah and ate bon bons hun”.

Actually my husband is very supportive of my blogging and social media.  Since it isn’t bringing in enough to pay all the bills yet….that is a good thing!

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Balancing Work at Home

Work at Home Balance

by: Jennifer  Ascher


More and more women today are work at home moms. Balancing both running a household and a business can sometimes feel like a juggling act. Even as a Professional Organizer and always being good at time management. I can’t help but remember back when I started my own work at home journey how overwhelmed I felt trying to balance both worlds. But over time and a lot of trial and error I discovered that it is possible to do both. Here are some suggestions that will hopefully help you balance being a work at home mom.

  • Take the time to research and invest in a good planner. Tweak it to meet your needs.
  • Spend time on the weekend planning the upcoming week.
  • Identify your time wasters and get rid of them or at least cut them down
    • Keep a log for one week of all your activities. You might just discover that you spend more time than you thought watching TV, surfing the net etc. Those are all extra hours you thought you didn’t have to invest in your business or home.
  • I discovered that having check lists for various things such as cleaning, business tasks etc. where very helpful when it came to planning my day and week.
  • Menu planning and cooking ahead is a huge time and sanity saver.
  • Have daily routine in place and stick to them.
  • Don’t force yourself to get up earlier or stay up later. Know when you are at your peak and use that extra time to work on your business.
  • Make sure to schedule time for yourself everyday even if it’s just 10 minutes.

At the end of the day the most important thing to remember is that you are a mom first and your kids will only be kids for a certain amount of time. Remember to take time everyday and just play.

Jennifer (better know as the Organizing Geek) is the owner and founder of Organizing Without Limits a Professional  Organizing Company in Oakland County, MI. As a busy work at home mom with 2 boys, Jennifer believes that  organizing goes beyond pantries, closets or even time management it’s about taking control of your whole life.  Organizing without Limits offers both hands on and virtual organizing services to help you gain control of every aspect  of your life. You can reach Jennifer at Organizing without Limits or for more organizing tips and tricks visit her  blog at  Organizing without Limits (blog)

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