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30 Days – Day 30: Complete!

30 Mar

And we’re done! It’s been an amazing 30 days covering everything in the house and getting things under control! A special thank you to Tracey Roberts over at Moms in a Blog for creating this guide to get us through the organization challenge that is our homes!

It’s been a great run! See you soon guys! 🙂

Turn to page 33, the final page! Doesn’t it feel great?

If you’d like to join me on my 30 Day Challenge, pick up a copy of 30 Days to an Organized Home.

P.S. This ebook contains loads of extras such as cleaning checklists and pages for your family binder, which we create on Day 10!


30 Days – Day 29: Home Insurance

29 Mar

I’d personally add this into my same home management binder for ease of access as it’ll be one contained file of everything you need to know!

Turn to page 32 so we can complete the home management binder!

If you’d like to join me on my 30 Day Challenge, pick up a copy of 30 Days to an Organized Home.

P.S. This ebook contains loads of extras such as cleaning checklists and pages for your family binder, which we create on Day 10!

30 Days to an Organized Home – details coming soon!

17 Feb

Sorry I’ve been missing in action but I’ve gotten caught up in the mess that is carnival. Really it’s because I LOVE everything carnival! (I feel I gonna play yes!)

I will write up the details of the 30 Days to an Organized Home giveaway by Sunday at latest so that everyone can start entering for a chance!

Don’t forget we’re going through each room of our house in a 30 Days to an Organized Home Challenge where we will have you living in organizational heaven and happiness once complete!

For those of you interested in purchasing a copy head on over to Moms in a Blog to purchase your copy now!

Fly Lady’s Commandments

12 Dec

I get these weekly FlyLady Digests, which void a smart phone I honestly don’t check as much as I used to. My routine used to be I’d wake up on a morning read the email and that’s that, now they’re just piling up one by one and it’s not productive in the least! I save them and try to go through 1 a day and at least get rid of the pile up but it never ever happens! So recently I deleted a whole ton and said ok I’ll start over in December, well I’m still behind! I’m this morning catching up with the one sent on 3rd December!

Anyway so in this one has a summary of the FlyLady’s Commandments and I’ve written them down in nice colours to post up on my notice board because I need to read and re read this daily for sure! Especially 4. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.

I honestly think the computer has become my enemy, I spend WAY too much time in front of it and have made myself very unproductive as a result, as I’m always searching something new! I so need to break this habit as it’s not a good one at all! So that will be my New Years resolution and maybe even my birthday present to myself! Get back a smart phone, check at specific intervals and get back to my life!

Here are the 11 Commandments! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

FlyLady’s Eleven Commandments

1. Keep your sink clean and shiny.

2. Get dressed every morning, even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t
forget your lace-up shoes.

3. Do your morning and before bedtime routine everyday.

4. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.

5. Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away.

6. Don’t try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME.

7. Don’t pull out more than you can put back in one hour.

8. Do something for yourself everyday, maybe every morning and night.

9. Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you
more time to play later.

10. Smile even when you don’t feel like it. It is contagious. Make
your mind up to be happy and you will be.

11. Don’t forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself, you deserve it.


Home Management – The Binder (How is yours going?)

11 Nov

I just found another website called Simplify 101 with a whole other project for a Command Central Binder and decided I’d join the mailing list and take a look at what it has to offer.

I’ve realised this home management binder thing just hasn’t been working for me! I really don’t check it daily, I feel as though I have no reason to honestly, and for me it becomes just another place to store more paper than I do already!

Yes it’s great I can check what I have due now right there in a clear file, but I could do that so easily through my regular expanding file folder so then why bother having two places to keep paperwork?

What I did was anything current I’d keep in my Home Management Binder and then once paid, I’d file it into the expanding file folder, but I realize I keep up to date with – what’s due when – easily by just making a note on my fabulous Home Management Wall Calendar instead! So then I just look at that and can easily check my expanding file folder to see any details (such as account number) if I need! Though honestly my calendar has so much space I put the amount due and anything I need there most times already!

So I think I’m going to get rid of my Home Management Binder, perhaps I really just don’t have as much paper clutter as I thought! (Which of course is a GREAT thing) so one less thing of clutter and one step closer to seeing how my day to day life can affect my ‘needs’ in terms of organization even! My command center IS my Home Managment Binder I’m happy to report! 🙂

In the meantime I’ll keep it here, and after another month of realizing I’m not using it, I’ll do something about it!

My Cleaning Card BOX! DIY Tutorial :)

13 Oct

Ok so I revamped my whole cleaning card system which has been sitting in a box not being seen, and well not being used. And since I brought it out to show you guys I decided that I should spruce it up so that it becomes more functional. I wanted something that was open and right in front of my face so I’d be forced to see it and actually use it!

So lets start
Stiff cardboard – I used corrugated board which I have a sheet leftover from the wedding. This one sheet can do several boxes I made two and still have plenty left!
Hot glue gun – I think if you continue following me you’re going to learn how to be a hot glue gun MASTER!
Decor – anything cute you may like to spruce your box up with, I used ribbon, again cause I had wedding leftovers

You’re going to cut a
Front piece – 6 1/2″ long x 3″ high
Back piece – 6 1/2″ long x 4 1/4″ high
Bottom piece – 6 1/2″ long x 3 1/4″ wide
3 angled sides – which you can cut out a 3 1/4″ wide x 4 1/2″ high to give yourself some wiggle room to cut the angle out.

And now you assemble! Take the back piece and lie flat stick the first angled side, I have made this box to hold my 3″ x 5″ index cards so I placed one on the back and just used it as a guide as to wear to stick the angle side, I’m basically making a little storage compartment to the side of the cards to hold pens 🙂

Then add the ends

Add the base to stabilize the ends which will be a little flimsy, don’t worry once you add the base it’ll be significantly stiffer.

Now we will add the front of the box, stick the bottom first then run the glue along the angle sides to help cement it in. That’s it! You’re done! Wasn’t that SUPPERRR easy! Here is your finished box

I decorated my box just by running a line of hot glue around it and sticking down some ribbon. Just to add a little pretty 🙂 it can never hurt!

Now fill it up with your cleaning cards and pens and enjoy!

Cash Envelope Budgeting

12 Oct

Budgeting, the thing I haven’t even remotely gotten a hang of! It’s so difficult too when you have an irregular income. I actually saw a post on how to do it on Dave Ramsey’s site, but to be totally honest with you haven’t even remotely put it into place! I won’t be lying if I said we’re at a total lost with this whole budgeting thing but I’m TRYING, I’ve made up the simplest system I could think of and that’s just an Income and Expense column (in Excel) to literally say what we’re budgeting for which expenses for the month, so far I’ve been doing ok with it, but when we get an extra income source and it disappears in the same weekend and we have no clue to where you realise you definitely have a problem!

What do you have in place and how do you budget? Do you have a budget template that you’d like to share with us or even some tips and tricks to financial budgeting freedom?

I’ve come across the cash envelope system which basically you get paid let’s say $2000 for the month, you budget it accordingly into envelopes $500 rent, $200 groceries, $500 car loan, etc. and basically when the envelope is empty that’s it! No more to spend, it’s supposed to help in our society today where swiping a card is much easier and tells us we have more, however, for some reason psychologically it’s very difficult to spend cash and you’re a little bit more cautious with it.

I found these two great envelope templates online on Tip Junkie, one that is from Tip Junkie itself and one from Kelleigh Ratzlaff! Both are great, I’ve printed both to see which I prefer I’ll update if I even do start to use it or if it was just a total flop!