He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

(Proverbs 21:21 NASB)

Simplifying Laundry for Children — Chores

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A guest post about helping children learn laundry chores.

While browsing around for the right prepaid phone plans and finishing two loads of laundry, it occurred to me how extremely challenging it’s been lately to get six kids, a husband, and my own laundry done. It’s always a horrible week when weekends turn into laundry marathon days. So I decided do some diligent research on ways to make laundry less of a struggle.

My goal was to also find ways to get the kids involved without them fighting or arguing. laundry-basket-md

So after consulting various parenting sites, it became pretty clear that it’s so important to identify appropriate tasks for children to do based on their social development and age. It is also just as important to make clean clothing available to them at eye level. This way those children that can put on their own clothes do not struggle reaching various clothes.

I have since compiled seven great tips for simplifying laundry and organizing clothing for parents with multiple kids:

1. Have the oldest children separate mother and father’s clothing into dark and lights. A third pile should contain all socks (I’ll explain the sock thing later). This way either parent does not have to worry about spending unnecessary time separating their clothing; therefore, they can get the laundry done much faster.

2. For those children old enough to, have them separate their own laundry into lights, dark, and socks. It’s easy to mark bins with the terms lights, dark, and socks. Each child could have a different color container so that clothing does not get misidentified.

3. When folding clothing for the children, roll the clothing instead of folding the clothing into neat folds. The rolling technique is something even a toddler can accomplish easily. And when mommy has to get involved, rolling takes up less time than folding. Also, folding allows the clothing to become more visible for children to pick-out daily.

4. When storing rolled clothing into drawers, choose drawers at the eye-level of each child.

5. When selling old clothing to resale shops, consider using the money to restock laundry supplies. This helps take the financial stress of constantly purchasing detergent, softener, bleach, etc, all of the time (out of pocket).

6. On Sunday’s when doing the adult laundry, have the children take part in reorganizing and stocking the laundry supply closet, if they are old enough.

7. Outgrown clothing should be stored in containers divided by gender and size to hand over to other children in the house. Allow the children to choose clothing they like.

This takes us to the sock thing and the days to complete all the laundry. If you begin to separate all the socks from the rest of the laundry, the socks can all be completed in one or two loads. What could work the best are completing all the children clothing on Monday through Friday, mommies and daddy’s clothing on Saturday, and leave Sunday for the socks. By selecting one style of socks for each child such as crew, bobby, or balled ones, each child should be able to recognize their socks.

The most important thing to remember is to include your children in the laundry and organizing as appropriate to their age and social development. Make it fun for the children to get involved and you can save so much time and even a little money.

This is a guest post by Susan Daniels.

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Dot.Mine calendar Review & Contest

I'm absolutely lovin' the options of these planners!

I've had a hard time picking between the Life_Time and the Family_Time. Both offer features I like. 


Dot.Mine offers 3 types of planners so you can have pages you need. I really like the 17 month format. It allows you more flexibility to plan around the school year and the calendar year. I always sit down with my planner and put the school calendar schedule in so I know when the state tests are, snow days, holidays and breaks. It is so nice to know when I make an appointment that I won't be interfering with tests and some of your doctors offices close over school breaks. My dentist is always off to stay home with his kids.

The Time.Mine  6 x 9 inches

Standard calendar features and fashionably functional for the active student or individual.

Family_Time.Mine  8 1/2” x 11” or  5 1/2” x 8”

I love this feature! Inspirational and humorous quotes, margins offer "tear-out" lists, & note pages to make errands a breeze!
The plastic coil, spiral bound, back pocket holds papers in place. The fun colorful reminder stickers make using the unique master schedule / planning guides a quick way to check what is happening that week.
 
Life_Time.Mine  7 x 9 inches
 
The unique master schedule and planning guide to keep home and family on track. I'm hoping to maximize the personal road map and life organizational pages. I'm really, really trying to redirect my life. 


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A contest ending 10/8/11 @ 12:01am to win a Family_Time Planner is HERE 

 

 

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Thank you to the sponsor for allowing me to review their products!

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Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life

Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life [Paperback]

Totally Together uses the Steven Covey prin­ci­ple. Think 7 Habits of Highly Effec­tive Peo­ple put to the mommy test! She uses Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effec­tive Peo­ple to set up her day/week/month tasks to stay “Totally Together”.

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Priorities, Quotations, Goals and Such

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule,

but to schedule your priorities. ~ Stephen Covey

 

Schedules and Planning. Organizing and Prioritizing.

At times it can all seem so, so, spell bounding.

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Coupons, Anyone?! Discount

I like using coupons to save money. I'm guessing most of you do as well. Our local stores are not set up with the iPhone Apps that you can scan. (Probably not going to happen any time soon.) Plus, I don't believe that it will be that automated anytime while I have kids at home.

Earlier last year, I purchased the Coupon Magic Organizer. I have used the wallets for years and they were always aggravating. I wanted to SEE my coupons not fumble. I can organize them into groups much easier with the pockets and sleeves. I have a goal to really get systems that work to organize my home and life this year. Tania sent out a newsletter this week letting her previous purchasers know she had revamped and was offering a sale. Well, I asked if I could share this sale with you. She said, Yes!

Excerpt from newsletter:

It's been awhile since I sent out an email but I'm trying to start this year off on the right foot :) You previously subscribed to my mailing list for savings tips and to be notified of discounts. I hope your year is off to a good start and to help with any new year's savings resolutions, I wanted to offer you a discount off of the Coupon Magic Organizer Savings System.

There have been a few changes to my products so if you haven't checked out my website in a while, take a look here! In the past I sold my Savings System with zippered 3-ring binders. Problem is that I had to charge so much for shipping (package was about 4 pounds with the binder) that I felt I was not contributing to my true purpose of helping my customers save money. Therefore, in the spirit of helping others save money, I have decided to let my customers pick their own binder and save on the shipping cost. There are three different systems to pick depending on your budget and your couponing needs.

Do you have a resolution to save more money this year?
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My Personal List of 20 Ideas To Make This Year My BEST Year

I did the same thoughtful recollections of 2010, that I have done many times before. I have had some real "doosies" as far as ups and downs in the past 5 years. All have been doable, none do I want to repeat. I wanted to put more purpose into this year, being that things have calmed down quite a bit.
I have spent some time reflecting on my New Year's Post: Ok, Are You Tired Of Hearing It Yet?
QUOTE:
  • I am looking forward to the chance to make another year better than the last.
  • I'm not going to tell you all the fabulous things I will promise you and me to do.
  • I do have some ideas that I hope you will like.
  • I do plan to keep blogging and hope to enrich your day.
  • I do plan to work on my bible study blog. Share the Bible with MusingMom
  • I do plan to write more on my spiritual blog. Another Day In Paradise
  • I don't have a bunch of lofty goals.
  • I do plan to work on my organization and family motto.
  • I do plan to accept that my oldest may be getting married sooner than I thought.
  • I do plan to keep being the same caring, hopeful woman I have always been.


This is a very doable list and I want to expand on it. Get to some details. In my next post: Just One Word For Last Year, I chose, Improved, as I re-read as the main one. This year is going to be even more improved with more Peace, Joy and Grace. I have lot of Hope that I can make it that much more improved that last year.

So, let me expand my first list:
  1. I will not say that I "will" do something, if I won't do it.
  2. I will remember my goals
  3. I will keep adding content to my blogs. I may be doing something to incorporate
  4. I will continue to pursue networking resources. hint: I have a Guest Post next week.
  5. I will continue to schedule my day, a little at a time.
  6. I will make a video for this blog.
  7. I will share some of my organization tips and tricks on coupons.
  8. I will share the system I use for bills, checkbook, accounts, etc
  9. I will read more of my bible study.
  10. I am going through my email accounts and removing myself from some of the lists I am on. (I am finding more inspiration from blogs, what I have learned to date, and simple trial and error)
  11. I am going to continue to sift through my Google Reader and share things I like on Buzz.
  12. I am going to continue to be the same caring, hopeful woman I have always been.
  13. I will find more ways to bring Joy into my life.
  14. I will find more ways to bring Peace into my life.
  15. I will find more ways to encourage God's Grace to be shown in my life.
  16. I will write a post about my experience with a Life Coach.
  17. I am going to figure out self hosting my blog.
  18. I am going to figure out Word Press, if it kills me!
  19. I am going to continue to learn new things.
  20. I am going to continue to change the things about my life that I have control over.
I hope you will follow along on this journey of mine.
Write me a comment, let me know how I'm doing or
leave a link to a post that you would like me to read.
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I linked up with Mama Kat. The prompt is "A list of 20 ideas to make this your best year yet."
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OK, Are You Tired Of Hearing It?

I've been trying to decide all day, do I post or not. Well this will be a very different tone than you may have heard.

I am looking forward to the chance to make another year better than the last.
I'm not going to tell you all the fabulous things I will promise you and me to do.
I do have some ideas that I hope you will like.
I do plan to keep blogging and hope to enrich your day.
I do plan to work on my bible study blog. Share the Bible with MusingMom
I do plan to write more on my spiritual blog. Just Another Day In Paradise
I don't have a bunch of lofty goals.
I do plan to work on my organization and family motto.
I do plan to accept that my oldest may be getting married sooner than I thought.
I do plan to keep being the same caring, hopeful woman I have always been.

I hope you join me in my new year of life. What about you? Any thoughts on what you are going to be doing this new year?

 

 

The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II's Man and Woman He Created Them

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Do You Like Motivational Quotes? Speakers? Things To Read?

I have to admit, I am a junkie of sorts for quotes and motivational words of wisdom.

Mark Twain Gives Nine Tips for Living an Extraordinary Life  by Henrik Edberg

This article came by way of a person on twitter that enjoys the candid words of Mark Twain. Mr. Twain was very adept at off-the-cuff statements and matter-of-fact wisdom. I personally enjoy reading the tweets.

 I just need to figure out how to save a collection of various quotes by numerous authors. I went through a very difficult time 3 years ago. I had lost a huge portion of my life. Reading, praying, searching for the underlying purpose of my life is what kept me together. I have always known that my purpose is not one of those, "You Will Be Famous One Day" lives. Being a wife and mother has been a truly gratifying career. But if your faith in a higher power is similar to mine, you know life has a purpose, your existence has meaning, the question is What Am I Doing Here. Well, I figured out some of it, the interactions with each other are the purpose. What you say/do has relavence to that situation. I hope you find was to live an Extraordinary Life in what you read, see and say today! Enjoy!

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Well, I have been busy setting up my new iPhone.

I LOVE IT!! I have been following Flylady.net, it is an order, cleaning, personal improvement website. I found an app that some wonderful person created that uses the Zone principle with Daily, Weekly sections and the ability to add some things of your own. It is called Home Routines.


I have an app that is the Be Good! chart for my kids. They are getting into the habits I have been trying for a long time to get them to do.


Being the mom of 6 can be hectic, if not just utterly Chaotic. My husband calls it "Organized Chaos".


The igoogle app and Evernote are absolutely great apps, as well. If you are thinking about getting one of these phones, the organizational possibilites are endless.


All these apps are available from iTunes App Store, give a gift card as a gift.


iPhone 3GS

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Ok, if you want to get to my deep down true self, I Love Being Organized!!
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