Posts tagged ‘organization’

July 18, 2013

It’s time to Organize and Simplify My Life!!

Happy Thursday Everyone! Wow! This month has been amazing! My little girl turned 6 and she had the most amazing themed birthday party. Mermaids and pirates in the pool! She was sooo incredibly happy, it made all the planning and running around in Dallas summer heat well worth all the work! From there I jetted (yes jetted!) off to LA with the Healthy Housewives for some amazing meetings in Hollywood! That trip required major packing and choosing all the right outfits! (okay maybe I overpacked a bit)! From LA back to Dallas to focus on getting my studio open! And there are so many details and many things you don’t even consider when opening a business – until you already needed them.

What I’m getting to is that while my life is the absolute best its ever been and just gets better day by day (because I say it aloud and work for it) and I’m so busy which is great for me too! My personal life organization and home organization have fallen miserably sadly out of control.

For example, most nights rather than cook dinner (because I didn’t plan, I end up picking up a (healthy) dinner (expensive – because it adds up daily).  I spend some play time with my daughter and before you know it, its bed time and I’m exhausted – half of the time I fall asleep with my clothes on with no proper ending of the day and no preparation for the following day.  I wake up in rush to get ready and my day has already started behind.

This morning, I woke, started with my rushing around and decided that’s it! Why I’m I always rushing, why can’t I anticipate and plan better? Well, I’m just not wired that way, I’m a creative type, more of a feeler than a thinker. Therefore, I’m always on the reactive! But that is not going to fly now, especially being a single mom business owner, with a very busy child, 3 dogs, a cat, a fish, a bird and oh ya a house.  Time to learn a new way before I sink any deeper! I will be the planner and in control of my time and daily personal routine!

I hope I haven’t bored you all, with my me, me blog but I know I’m not the only one out there feeling overwhelmed and angry with themselves for living this way! Its time to take control and it can be done!

My first step to getting on track! Google – “organization for my life” – after lots of silly tips and trying different search words – I came across http://andreadekker.com.  Self proclaimed “list maker and life simplifier”! Just what I needed! I will call her my Angel of Organization!

Her site has tons of useful information and make sense to me and the way I need to run a better organized life! She has free print outs for your planner with lists that actually keep you organized (not like the ones that come in your organizer – they never work for me) and you can even customize them again for free!

 

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Here from Andrea’s website are her top two tips for getting organized. 

1. Plan Ahead

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a day, you know that I’m a huge advocate for planning ahead — even more so now that I’m a mom.

Menu planning, top-5 to-do lists, cleaning, blogging, family vacations, holidays, etc. — they are all simpler when I plan ahead.

There are so many things we can NOT plan for or predict, so anything you can do in the present to make the future less stressful will ALWAYS help to simplify your life.

2. Do It Now

A.K.A. don’t procrastinate!

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Simple right! Well I know I wont be there overnight but I’m giving myself one week to be fully tuning into an organized, well planned personal routine! Wish me luck!!! And I wish you luck too! Kathy

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January 14, 2013

What’s on your Nightstand?

I’ve always been proud to say I’m a pretty organized person. There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. But I have to say, I have a dirty little secret.

My nightstand is a disaster! watch this video.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CB8-ylLrSSg

So what things do you really need at your bedside table? Think of the things that you mill around the house using before you go to bed. Put a small box on your nightstand and put those things in the box as you use them. At the end of the week you’ll know what you need on your bedside table or in those drawers  every night.

So I cleaned out my nightstand and this is what I have on top and in the drawer.
On the table I have a plant and the picture of my sister who is pregnant right now. It reminds me to think about her and to text her and ask how she’s feeling. Also a coaster for my water or tea, And my iPad and iPhone connection. Since I use my iPhone for my alarm and don’t need an alarm clock.

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In the drawer I have my lip and foot balm, earplugs, throat lozenges, sleep number remote(I’m 45 my husband is 100), and the books for whatever I’m reading or studying at the moment, yoga toe separators, golf ball, and lavender eye pillow, One pen and one pencil As I have realized I only use one at a time and I don’t need five or six.

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Hopefully it will stay this way!

Here are a few more pics of some really cute nightstand ideas.

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Have fun, personalize it and make it your own. Send us your nightstand pics!

Xoxo gossip girl

(I always wanted to do that)
Cheers
Shelly

January 11, 2013

So Many Books, So Little Space. . .

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Hi, there. It’s Brooke here. How many of you like to read? No, not just the latest Twitter feed or Yahoo entertainment news (don’t get me wrong—I like to know how fast Anne Hathaway’s pixie cut is growing out just as much as the next person), but really read? I’ve always adored reading, from my earliest memories of my dad reading to me at bedtime to present day, when I have at least 3 audio books in my car at all times. You know how naked you feel when you go somewhere without your purse or phone? I feel agitated and anxious unless I have reading material stashed close by, wherever I go. This would explain the many piles of books and magazines that follow in my wake. I know this book clutter is a problem, and I’m confident a psychologist would be able to dig out some juicy analysis of my inner failings from observing my daily interactions with these piles, but I do not care. Actually I do care, but that’s between the psychologist and me. Having my beloved books nearby comforts me and makes me feel secure that if the moment arrives in which an answer is needed, I can go directly to the most helpful resource and resolve the crisis—I mean, question.

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I’ve tried to figure out why I have such trouble with accumulating and holding on to things. You may be like this too, but for me to do something uncomfortable, possibly painful, definitely not creative or fun, I have to know the reason why I should. I found this to be true even when dieting down for a fitness competition. Maybe it’s so I can Jedi mind-trick myself into accomplishing the troublesome task, but regardless, it’s how I’m wired. Several clues to why are as follows:

I crave Input, which is apparently a natural-born strength according to Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton, authors of Now, Discover Your Strengths. This is a fascinating book popular in corporate management circles and among people seeking to understand themselves and others. I highly recommend it if you’re the sort who wants to maximize your potential and understand what makes people tick (http://www.amazon.com/Discover-Your-Strengths-Marcus-Buckingham/dp/0743201140/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y). To crave input means that you are intellectually curious and tend to collect things—not necessarily physical objects, but information such as found in books, quotes, random ideas, and lots of facts. You gather this information, stimulating your mind and storing it away, never knowing when it might be important at a later date. As you can imagine, this could swiftly lead to logistical problems for you and the people in your life if any of these “treasures” take up physical space. My husband has told me on several occasions that I have too many books and that I need to get rid of some of them. While I do consider this an offensive statement and an affront to me personally, I kinda agree. I once read an article about organizing the house—wait, I’m sure it’s around here somewhere—and it gave me the following advice: Freeing up your physical space from its clutter (books and other things) creates “psychic” space, or room for your spirit to expand and for new opportunities to come into your life. This sentence sounds just fantastical enough (and not too pragmatic, a.k.a. boring) for me to get my head around.

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Also, as an INFP according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, I’ve learned that I am a strong “P,” which stands for “Perceiving.” In the context of the Myers-Briggs test, Judging and Perceiving are the two ways people deal with their external world. When one is a “Judging” type, one tends to be gifted at closure, organization, and planning. This also means that these folks tend to make a decision and then move forward effectively. These are skills that I’m working on improving—they don’t come as naturally to me. When you are primarily a Perceiving type, you tend to be flexible, open, and relaxed with the world. You like to observe the world rather than order it and prefer to take in lots of information. A lack of closure is easily tolerated because with new information coming in all the time, one never knows when an important piece will come along and a decision will need to be changed and improved. I can’t explain why this is, but it seems to put words to the reasoning in my head. If you want to really get under your own skin and have a few hours to spare (once you start, you’ll find it hard to stop), go online to any number of sites to take the Myers-Briggs Personality Test or assessments very similar to it. Here’s a nice little intro into the science of Typing and you’ll find some links to free testing and great info as well (http://www.developandgrow.com/lifecoach/blog/free-on-line-myers-briggs-personality-tests/).

I hope you enjoy digging into your psyche and discovering some helpful things. You may just be amazed! Wish me luck as I clear up my psychic space and continue to self-diagnose my neuroses. Have a wonderful weekend!

~Brooke

January 2, 2013

Does Your House Need to Lose a Few?

Happy New Year! I’m sure you’ve all proclaimed your resolutions by now and I’m sure many of them include losing weight, but have you ever thought about getting rid of some of the weight around the house? I’m not talking about your extra pounds, but your home’s! Yep, almost every home has some excess baggage, or is bulging at the seams in one area or another.

It’s called CLUTTER!Declutter

I know my house will be making a drastic weight change in the next several months. A cluttered home can not only be frustrating,

it can be very stressful. Decluttering your home can seem overwhelming, but by taking small steps and making a few changes and getting the whole family involved your home can stay in tip top shape!Whether you have a few drawers, cabinets, a closet, a whole room—or your entire house!—here are some great tips I found for decluttering or to create good habits to keep your home at a healthy weight!

SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY!! is one of my resolutions for this year so I absolutely loved this acticle that I found by Minimalist, Joshua Becker. I thought it would be great to share with you to tighten the belt and shed some of those unnecessary pounds that your homes may have 🙂 I can’t wait to check out his book! “Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life”  Happy decluttering!! ~ Sandy 🙂

 

“The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions. They are ready to declutter but some get quickly tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do I begin?

Many begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. That’s too bad. The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, there are a variety of people who have come up with some pretty fun, creative ways to get started.

Consider this list of 10 creative ways to declutter your home:

1. Give yourself 5 solid minutes. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips. Pick one today that sounds appealing. Or better yet, pick a random number 1-18, read the specific tip, and commit 5 minutes to completing it.

2. Give away one item each day. Colleen Madsen at 365 Less Things gives away one item each day. Over the past several years, she has experienced quite a transformation simply reducing her stuff one day at a time.

3. Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.

4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. While this idea didn’t originate with Oprah, she was the one to help give it notoriety. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home (cleaners, toys, linens, tools, hobbies and craft items).

5. Make a list. Dana Byers recommends creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest… which doesn’t sound all that creative until she adds this note, “When you’re done with one area, STOP.” This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.

6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my wife and I… and your kids don’t have to be too old to participate as well.

7. Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light.

8. Experiment with numbers. For example, Courtney Carver invented Project 333 to challenge people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for 3 months. If 33 articles of clothing seems too little, adjust the rules as you need by picking a new number. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.

9. Use your imagination. Psychology Today recommends using your imagination to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself unique questions like, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.

10.The Four-Box Method. As we first set out on our journey to minimalism, this was the technique most often used in our home. As I set out to declutter an area, I brought four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room was placed into one of the four categories. No item was passed over. Each was considered individually. Some projects took an hour… others took days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.

No matter what you choose to help you get started – whether it be one of these ten or one of countless others – the goal is to take your first step with excitement behind it. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter. How you remove it is up to you.”

December 27, 2012

The Best Household Tool for the New Year!

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Here we are about to start a new year! I am so looking forward to 2013, there are going to be some major changes this year for me! As a single mom and home/business owner my life can be a little hectic and overwhelming at times. I will be honest with you, keeping up a superwoman status is not an easy task for me, as it seems to be for others! It can be quite the challenge at times, good thing I’m always up for a challenge! 😉 I am always on the search on how to be more organized especially when it comes to running my household! I’m sure “Getting more organized at home” is a New Year’s resolutions for a few of you! A well-organized household can save  you money and valuable time! Household management can be a full-time job in itself, especially when you do everything yourself.  I want to share with you the best tool I have found to getting my household in order! The best tool for your home is a household notebook!

276267758361346495_QRLGOySt_b A household notebook is a planner you can purchase or make yourself to help organize your home and family! It can include anything and everything to seasonal maintainance schedules for your auto and home, cleaning checklists, household budget planning, garage sale checklist, goal setting for home improvements, or family vacation planning! Now I’m sure there are several apps out there for all this, and if they work for you that is awesome! I, on the other hand, prefer a binder or book that sits out visibly and accessible to everyone in the house. This will serve as a nice constant reminder to do things in a timely manner. Also anytime there is a list involved, you can get a great sense of accomplishment by crossing things off! I keep my binder on the kitchen counter or in the basket on the coffee table. While I’m having my morning coffee I can flip through it and see what upcoming projects may be due around the house and what I need to put on my to do list for the week. This is also a great time to get my thoughts organized for future plans. It’s a way of making plans from where you left off and not having to start over the thought process, (if you’re a mom that is constantly interupted, you will appreciate this one!) Having a household binder prevents things from piling up and keeps things from getting overwhelming. Think of it as a journal for the well-being of your home.

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My new feel good cover!

Pick a binder with a cover or design one that is fun or pleasing to look at. Another great thing about creating your own household notebook is that you can customize it just for your particular needs for you and your family’s home You can have multiple binders for different subjects or simply one with different dividers. There are so many free printable pages on the web! You can go to different sites and download what templates work best for you! Here are some great sites to get you started!

http://www.homelifesimplified.com.au/household-notebook-free-printables-round-up/
http://www.organizinghomelife.com
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/householdsavings/tp/Household_Notebook.htm

 

Time for me to prepare for my major changes, I want to transition smoothly so time to look for some new pages to add to my book! And while I’m at it I think I will add to the kids chore list and lighten Mommy’s load!! Have a Happy, Healthy New Year! from Sandy’s house 😉

November 27, 2012

Where do I begin….

How many times have you heard the excuse (or even used it yourself), I just don’t have time for that. “That” whatever it may be, doesn’t get done, due to lack of “time”.  Yet, we are all given the same 24 hours within a day…so how come some people can make it happen, and others can’t? Time management is a skill that a lot of people struggle with, but with a few simple tips, you can make the most use of your time and get “that” and other things done. Time is what you make of it!

Let’s start by getting out a fresh piece of paper or starting a new note on your phone.

1. Set a goal . What do you need to achieve or get accomplished? This will be the title of your paper in big bold all capital letters. For example: WORKOUT AND EAT CLEAN

2. Set a deadline  and a measurable goal. When do you need this goal to happen by. Goals without deadlines are typically missed opportunities. Write the deadline beside your goal. For example: WORKOUT AND EAT CLEAN: Lose 7 lbs by December 31st.

3. Write an action plan. Come up with five to ten simple steps that can help you achieve this goal. Write these underneath your goal. For example: 1. follow the Healthy Housewives blog and facebok page 2. schedule my weekly workouts in my calendar 3. rid the pantry and fridge of unhealthy food items 4. start using myfitnesspal app to track food intake 5. carry a water bottle with me to ensure I always have water.

4. Follow through with the action plan and create a daily to do list. For example: To do: download app, input food, go to Whole Foods for groceries, post on HH Facebook question about juicing, do scheduled workout…..

5. Find an accountability partner. Find someone who you can share your goal with who will check on you to make sure you are following through with your action items and to do list.

6. Get social….use social media  to post about your workouts, your food, your struggles, your successes…there is great accountability in numbers!

 

Hopefully this will give you a place to start. This can be done with any goal, just not weight loss related. When in doubt, ask us…that is what we are here for…to help you make the most of your life so you can be the best YOU for your family!

 

A great free resource on habits, time management, and being the best you that you can be is

http://www.chalenejohnson.com/30daychallenge/members/