Creating a Happy and Organized Home

7
Jan
2014

Clean-Organized-Home

Hopefully you’ve managed to grab yourself a copy of the 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner for FREE {and perhaps even grabbed the Supplemental kit for only $6} and are ready to tackle the New Year.  I am thrilled with what you all are sharing with me on how your first week went….

This is my second year using your planner and I love it! I also am currently reading The Christian Homemakers Handbook, after you had posted on it this past summer, and I love it!   Thank you!!!

LOVE the planner!! I’ve been looking forward to doing my planned “chores” each day and no longer feel like I need to do EVERYTHING EVERY DAY! I suddenly have so much more time in my day and my house is still getting taken care of Thank you so much for offering this to us for free!!

So excited! My first week of the new year with The Confident Mom Household planner was a success. Along with help from my boys, we crossed everything off the list.

Love my Confident Mom planner. I went with the free one and it’s perfect for keeping me organized. Not everything gets crossed off…but that’s okay.  The world won’t end.

So how can you find happiness and success among your to-do list in the planner?

Get a Plan

Whether you print one page of the planner out a week, or print the entire contents out and put it in a binder, find a method that will work for you.  No one likes to get re-organized each week – so pick a method and go with it.  My method is to print the year out, take it to Staples and spiral bind it for $4.  I can then write all over it and I actually will keep my previous years planners because of all the notes I’ve written on the pages.  I am also a big fan of the just tell me what to do version – that is my kinda gig!

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Maybe you are a print each week as you go so you can type in the editable fields kids gal – then do that.  Post it on the refrigerator or place it in a notebook.  I have also heard from moms that have been able to use the planner pages on their tablets - 

  • If you have a tablet, like an iPad you can use the Weekly Household planner “paperless” with any app that allows you to “write” on a PDF – for example Notability.
  • On the Kindle, you can download “Note Everything” for free and use it too!

I have not done this myself, and will likely experiment with this, but if you have had success please share in the comments so you might be able to help another mom out.  In addition, many have downsized the planner pages, but changing the printer settings on their printers, for example – printing two of the pages on one 8 X 11 page….if you have done that please share here too!

Give Yourself Grace

I especially love the last comment  - she is right….if all the tasks do not get crossed off each day – the world won’t end!  You need to be real with yourself and have realistic expectations each day {I shared a post on this last year that was very helpful} – your home is not like your friends’ home or the mom who is sharing on Facebook about how she managed to get all ten of her kids to complete the entire task list for the week in one day – you are you.

You need to realize each day is different and if you do not get it crossed off – oh well!  This is a guide – not a mandate!  I have placed tasks on the planner in a reasonable order and frequency to allow your home to stay picked up, tidy and in order, but if you miss a few things here and there – things will not fall apart.  Just pick up the next day and move on.

Delegate

You will need to gain help – in one form or another.  I shared a post last year about delegating more tasks in your Weekly Household Planner – this is key.  You are doing a big favor for yourself, but also one for your children if you bring the entire family into play when helping to keep your home in order.  They will earn life skills that will anchor them to be responsible adults when they leave home.

You can use color coded highlighters to delegate tasks for each child – this is one way to share in the process.  Allow your children to pick one task out of each day that they can help with and then when all the tasks are done, do something fun together – like a game, make a snack or get outside to ride bikes.  

Working together for the better good of the whole is a great family lesson to teach at home.

Quick Tips

For many weeks on end I posted a Weekly Household Quick Tip each Monday as we ventured through the planner the past two years.  If you need some inspiration, just type Weekly Household Quick Tip in the search bar in the upper right corner and get some encouragement or find a tip for a certain task listed in the planner.  Need a natural Laundry Rinse that is  inexpensive and easy to use, how about some ideas on how to begin your quiet time routine, or cleaning the garage?  There is a lot of great information buried in these pages – just type a search word and phrase and hit go! 

Summer Survival Mini Challenge

28
May
2013


Here we are, wrapping things up with the Summer Survival Mini Challenge that Hello Mornings has put together!   If you need to get your summer organized, grab a copy of my  Summer Survival Calendar and join us.  It won’t take long to catch up!

We have this week’s homework tasks for week 3 – finishing up everything and getting ready to kick summer off with a bang!

We are sharing Week Three ideas, if you missed week one, or week two – hop over to review them now!

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Summer Survival Mini Challenge

21
May
2013


I’ve decided to continue sharing the great tips and plan that Hello Mornings is sharing with regard to getting on track with summer using my Summer Survival Calendar.  Why mess with a good thing.  I will be sharing their homework tasks for the week and my additional tips in my audio this week.  I hope it helps kick-start you into SUMMER!

We are sharing Week Two ideas, if you missed week one, hop over to review it now!

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Weekly Household Quick Tip

20
May
2013


Tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Delegating

Now, there is not a task in the planner that sates “delegate” but today I will share with you how critical it is for a mom to share household tasks.  Face it, we can not do it all and if you think you can be the super-woman-mom type, you will quickly exhaust yourself and feel failure festering.

I have all types of moms use my weekly household planner and they tweak it to fit their needs.  For example, a Stay at home mom may be able to accomplish all the tasks one week because her schedule is a bit more open, she has no outside appointments, a rather slow social calendar that week, etc – and she is effective at getting those who are in the home to help cooperate.

A mom who works outside the home as well as performs all the regular tasks caring for her home, will most likely have to cross some tasks off that just aren’t that important.  I encourage you to do this at the beginning of the week, just as soon as you’ve turned that page for a new week.  We all need to be realistic!

A single mom – well……you probably really need to evaluate your time at the beginning of the week and determine what is critical for that week.  Who can help you manage some tasks?  So, some tasks that maybe could get skipped this week could be:  organize the pantry, clean out your purse, wiping baseboards, decluttering drawers – those types of tasks.  When your time is stretched in many directions  you have to be smart with where you decide to spend it.

As summer is fast approaching I encourage you to give a few more tasks to your children to share in the household responsibilities – that old saying, “work before play” can be truly lived out this summer.  Develop a routine that has some tasks completed first thing in the morning so that you can enjoy the day.  You are really doing your kids a big favor by allowing them to participate in the keeping of your home, these are life skills that they carry out into the real world.

What tasks are you giving your kids this week?

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Weekly Household Quick Tip

13
May
2013


Tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

15 Minute Evening Pickup

There is nothing that can beat getting up to a picked up house.  Do I have any others that agree?  There are certain tasks that are just ones that can be built into great habits and will have you feeling happy to get up and get your day started, I share several under the daily tasks each day in the Household Planner.  Running your dishwasher each night, cleaning your kitchen sink, changing your dishcloth and doing a quick evening pickup. [Read more...]