Thursday, August 27, 2009
My little 5 year old brother loves to cut paper into teeny tiny little pieces and scatter them all over the floor so it looks like it “snowed.” One time when he did this, he was asked if he knew that he would have to clean it all up. He looked up and said very seriously, “I might not have to.” He was told that yes, he would and he replied, “Well, I might not have to. Jesus might come back first.”
Procrastination. It is something we all struggle with, coming up will all kinds of excuses for not doing a certain task. Even a little 5 year old doesn’t have to be taught to come up with creative excuses to try to get out of things! I want to talk about a few tips on how to overcome those habits!
Keep your goals realistic. Realize your limits - you can’t do everything in one day. Set long-term goals, then decide on daily tasks that will help you to reach your long term goals in a reasonable amount of time.
Don’t be a perfectionist. This is probably one of my biggest problems! If I don’t have time to do a task all the way, I won’t even start it. I will mess around, keeping very busy with other little jobs. In the end, I get nothing important done and have huge projects that need done with no time to do them. If you don’t have time to finish something right then, still start it and just get as much done as you can! Then finish it later. (And no, don’t put that last little bit off!)
Make a list and set priorities. Don’t even give yourself the chance to procrastinate on an important project! Sit down and write your list and arrange it in order of priority.Tackle some of the bigger things on your list first. If you can see some progress, you will feel better about what you have gotten done and you will be more motivated to get even more done! If you are like me and have a short attention span and get sidetracked easily, it may be a good idea for you to set an alarm reminder for laundry, downloads and backup’s, or whatever projects you are working on that you walk away from and forget.
Reward yourself! After you have reached your goals for the day, take a break and do something fun!
Remember that no matter how well you plan out your day and goals, things will come up that you can’t help. You just have to be honest with yourself on whether this is something you can’t help or if it’s something you are using it as an excuse.Next time you find yourself thinking about putting something off, remember these little tips and jump right in!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
After all of your hard work spring cleaning and organizing
your home, you certainly won’t want to see things back to the way they
were in a matter of weeks. Staying organized takes a little work and is
certainly a learned habit, but for this small amount of daily effort,
you will have a cleaner home and a happier family. Try some of these
tips to help keep your home looking like you just wrapped up your spring
Keep a small basket in each room for things that do not
belong. Get in the habit of checking the basket as you leave the room
for items that might belong in your next destination.
Keep all of your cleaning supplies together, along with
rags, paper towels, scrub brushes, and any other items you may need to
complete any cleaning task. Using a bucket or cleaning supply caddy will
make grabbing the necessary tools a snap when it is time to do your
Sort through your mail each day when it is brought in.
Immediately throw away junk mail, saving only important letters and
advertisements that you are planning to use. Place all the mail in a
designated area and file the bills away after they are paid.
When choosing containers for storage, look for lidded
boxes, bowls, and bags that are clear. When you go looking for an item,
it will be easier to find if you can see into the containers without
opening each and every one.
Every night after dinner, make sure that all the dishes
are cleaned and put away, or at least rinsed and put into the
dishwasher, until there is a full load. Don’t let the dishes get away
from you or you’ll find yourself in the midst of a marathon cleaning
Wipe counters and tables after each meal, knocking the
crumbs to the floor. Sweep up after washing the dishes each night and
use a damp rag to wipe up and spots, splashes, or spills on the floor.
Always make sure the sink looks clean and sparkling. After
washing the dishes, wipe it out well and dry it to prevent water spots.
Set aside a little time each week or on the weekend to do
a more in-depth cleaning. Check the fridge and pantry for expired food,
wipe the stove, cabinets, table, and counters thoroughly, and clean the
floor well. If you have kept up on your daily straightening ritual, you
will be shocked at how quickly the kitchen cleans up.
When you get up the next morning, you will be able to
start your day with a fresh start (without having to worry about
Ready for more
Spring Cleaning Tips? Grab your copy of the Hillbilly Housewife's
Spring Cleaning Guide today at
This year has been one of the worst years for pollen allergies in our family. They have been so bad, that I am starting to feel like a prisoner of my own home. All of my children, plus myself , suffer from pollen allergies, so this is a very big issue in our home right now.
With this year being one of the worst years we’ve ever seen, I decided to take aggressive action and have been researching the internet on some quick and inexpensive ways I can help reduce the pollen allergens in our home without having to break the budget. I have listed 5 ways that you can get a jump-start on reducing the allergies in your home and these have ALL been implemented in our home and have actually made a bit of a difference for us all.
Please click on the link below to continue reading my 5 step article on e-how.com
e-How Article by Me
Thanks for reading!!