Summertime = Project Time


Summertime means checking off the project list! Our homeschool closet has been screaming for help for a while now. I installed a second shelf and now boxes are no longer falling out every time we open the doors!

There are many benefits to organizing…you are able to find things quicker which in turns helps with time management. When we are able to grab what we need within seconds it reduces our stress because we no longer need to turn the house upside down to find a stick of glue, and one of my favorites is the eye appeal. I love the look of a clean and organized house!

What are you waiting for? Pick a project a day or one a week and feel the positive effects when completed!

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Throw It Away

IMG_1397A youth leader once told me, many years ago, “tell me what your room looks like and I can tell you how your spiritual life is.” You have to know she was talking to a group of high school students, we all know high school students aren’t the cleanest bunch, but I personally think this can be true for adults too.

We have an abundance of “stuff” in our house, to the point it’s hard for us to focus and to manage our daily activities efficiently. I would love to purge our entire house in a day’s time, but that’s not possible. So, today we started with the school, gathering bags, and bags of trash (three little girls equals lots of random art work, did I say LOTS). We also, bagged items to give away. I dusted the fan, blinds, desks and the air vent. Taking this time to invest in our house and get things in order, brings clarity and productivity back into our home. The room looks amazing and my spirit is beaming inside.

Don’t allow that overwhelming feeling, like where do I even start, come over you as you look around your house. Take one room at a time, a day or even a week at a time.

The same goes for your spiritual walk. We allow “distractions” to sit on the shelves of our heart and negative thoughts to take over our minds, like dust and cobwebs, making everything filthy. It’s time to clean house, spiritually. We must spend time with God, purging the “stuff” of worthlessness out of our heart and mind. You know what I’m talking about…anything that speaks against God’s word…
I can’t forgive…THROW IT OUT!
I’m not good enough…THROW IT OUT!
My marriage will never change…THROW IT OUT!
I’ll never find a job…THROW IT OUT!

What are you waiting for, it’s time to clean house literally and spiritually.

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
~Phil. 4:13

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
~Romans 8:37

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”
~1 Corn. 6:19

Friendly Reminder (for kids)

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Getting into a routine can be challenging at times for anyone, especially kids. They wake up sleepy and forgetful. Parents are busy with their own routine and can also forget to remind their kids of the things they should be doing. By pinning up a “Daily Reminder List”, I am able to take the stress off of myself and the kids. Now they can check the list instead of me asking them if they have done x, y, z.

Are you wanting to set your family up for success? Then give them the tools to do so. Click this link,The Friendly Daily Reminder List, to see our list up close. You can revise it to fit your family’s needs.

 

One Project Done!

Are the house projects adding up, leaving you to feel hopeless and discouraged? Then it’s time to put all your DYI and Organize My House Pins, from Pinterest, to use!

Sit down and make a list of all the projects you would like to accomplish this year. Projects as small as cleaning out a linen closet, to big projects like renovating the kitchen. Now take a calendar and plan as many projects as possible. For example, Pantry on Monday, book shelf on Tuesday, Master Closet on Thursday, and Garage on Saturday. Make sure to give yourself enough time to complete the project. Some projects may require an hour, while others two or three days. After finishing the project, mark it off your Master List. By visually seeing each task being marked off as completed, it will enable you to keep moving forward.

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Set a daily goal and you will achieve your yearly goals!
CouponingLast night’s project…clip all coupons and organize them in a folder. (DONE)

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty…” 
Proverbs 21:5

“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” 2 Chronicles 15:7

Kids’ Cabinet (kitchen)

Creating a kid friendly space in our kitchen, was one of the best things I could have done, for the kids and myself…they are able to put their dishes away when they empty the dishwasher, it saves time from them asking me to get their cups, plates, and bowls, it teaches them to be more independent, and my favorite, it is organized in one space.

Kids' Cabinet in the Kitchen

*(1) Threshold Global Folio Bin-Dark
*(2) Threshold Global Media Bin-Dark
I purchased all three baskets from Target when they were on sale.

#35 Time Management Tips

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Time Management Below are 35 quick tips to help you manage your time more efficiently. Try adding one a day or three a week, into your routine. They are in no particular order.

1. Make a monthly menu calendar.
2. Plan your week out on sunday night before bed.
3. Schedule multiple appointments on one day.
4. Buy groceries for the week.
5. Have the kids lay out their clothes the night before.
6. Set timers for activities like social media, email, Pinterest, etc…
7. Turn the dishwasher on before you go to bed at night.
8. Pick one or two days a week to do all the laundry, including putting it away on the same day.
9. Pull out the meat to thaw in the morning, before breakfast.
10. Use a crock pot at least once a week for dinner.
11. Delegate chores between the kids.
12. Make up the bed first thing in the morning.
13. Have a set bedtime for the kids.
14. Don’t stay up late.
15. While folding laundry review your kid’s school work for the day or week.
16. Have the kids set the table, while you are making dinner.
17. Start your day early.
18. Limit your extra curricular activities outside the home.
19. Get dressed for the day first thing in the morning.
20. Limit time on the phone.
21. Wash and cut fresh veggies and fruits right after your grocery visit.
22. Have set places for toys, towels, shoes, clothes, linens, basically everything.
23. Put things back in there place when you are done using them.
24. Exercise and Diet
25. Prep for laundry day the night before by sorting all the clothes.
26. Schedule bills a month in advance.
27. Run errands only once a week.
28. Have a regular cleaning schedule.
29. Learn to say no to outside distractions.
30. Write down your plan for the next day, the night before.
31. Tidy the house before bed.
32. Read one tip a day on time management (this will help keep you motivated).
33. Do the worst, most dreaded task first. Once completed you will notice a burst of energy!
34. Value each day, each hour, each minute, and ask yourself is this task worth this much time.
35. And last but not least, KEEP MOVING. Body at rest stays at rest, body in motion stays in motion!

1 Timothy 5:14 I desire that the younger women…guide the house.

Lord give us wisdom on how to manage our time and our days more efficiently. May we see the true value in each day and honor it with the time you have given us. In Your Name Amen