Do you write handwritten Christmas cards and mail them? If so, I admire you. I have a long standing reputation for writing cards and not getting them to the mailbox. They are addressed and stamped, but somehow I just don't get them to the mailbox! One time I found baby shower thank you notes when my son was almost one-year-old.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
This is not quite a transformation as much as it is, making something really pathetic, not quite as pathetic. You see, I have a sad tale to tell. I made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up a beautiful, large closet, to my beloved husband...because he seriously has more clothes than I do! The problem is, I am stuck with a tiny closet, and there is not much I can do to change that. Here is my attempt at improving upon it!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Ugh, my absolute least favorite thing to do has got to be folding laundry. I don't mind washing the clothes, it's putting them away that is the worst! Guess what, I started training my kids to put their own clothes away at about the age of 3 (oh yes, it is possible!) It's not always pretty at first, but it's good for them to learn responsibility, right??
Monday, January 7, 2013
Get organized in 2013! The free printable calendar pictured on the left can be found here: The Harmonized House.
I came across a really good list of organizational homeschooling tips the other day at The Well Trained Mind. Tip #8 stood out in particular to me.
What’s the difference between a schedule and a routine? A schedule is generally a timed plan; routines are regular, habitual procedures. Programs and systems that use schedules to get people organized can be wonderful things, and I’ve included some links to popular ones below. If you’ve tried to implement a schedule into your homeschool and found that it didn’t seem to fit with what you were trying to do, try and develop some routines. They don’t have to be done in the same order, or even at the same time each day, but you might set some general guidelines (before breakfast, before lunch, etc.). Experiment with a school routine. Are there things your children can do on their own? Make up a list, and get them in the habit of doing what they can on their own before they come to you. This may take some time to develop, but just as with other worthy habits (diligence, punctuality, etc.), the benefit will be that it will save time in the future.
What about you? Do you have a particular schedule that you adhere to on a daily basis, or do routines work better for your family? I am definitely more of a routine person myself, but sometimes a schedule is what I need to stay on track!
Find lots of free organizational printables at I Heart Organizing
Our friend, Melissa, over at Red Fly Creations
offers a great printable home organizing notebook!
Friday, October 26, 2012
FlyLady.net is a great resource if you are looking to clean your house and don't know where to start!! She has an idea everyday, and a weekly/monthly plan. In this video, I will show you my favorite concept of hers.
The song that seemed appropriate: "Working In a Coal Mine". Cleaning may not be quite that bad, but let's just say it's not my favorite :)
Another great resource for picking where to start is at this link RedflyCreations.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
With iPads, tablets, larger hard drives, etc, the desire to have your movies in an mp4 format has grown. The problem is that you have already paid for your movie and don't want to either buy it again or have Wal Mart convert it for $2. I will show you how to convert it for free on your own.
I am one of the least "techie" people you could know. If I can do it, you can do it!!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Whatever you do, do it heartily as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Children's Bathroom Chores for a 3 year old, chores involve encouraging work ethic and involving them as an activity, so they don't create a bigger mess while I am cleaning.
Natalie is five and learning to wipe the sinks in the bathroom. At this age, it is important to expect her to be able to actually clean the sink.
Friday, July 20, 2012
I really never thought I'd be the mom that let her kids keep so many stinkin' stuffed animals! I always thought an over-abundance of stuffed animals was a little ridiculous, hey, I still feel that way. But, the secret stuffed animal lover that's hiding deep down inside me just seems to cave every time I look into their cute, cuddly little faces. I had seen pictures of the storage system found here and thought it was a great idea! I'm super cheap though, and I may be willing to admit my secret love of stuffed animals, but I'm not really willing to pay money just to keep them around. I had even stumbled upon the tutorial found here, but didn't want to pay for the materials, I just wanted to make something using what I had laying around the house.
Friday, July 13, 2012
We can all agree that it is a good thing to involve your kids in household chores at an early age. My first motivation comes from wanting my children to have a good work ethic and eagerness to help. My second motivation comes when I am trying to accomplish tasks and it seems like if I get farther behind because more mess is made during the time I am cleaning. When my kids are helping, they are engaged and enjoying "helping" Mommy.