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She Watches Over The Ways Of Her Household Part 2

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

Ahhhh, organization. That sigh of relief when you look at something you have finally gotten in a place of…of…of…whatever the opposite of chaos is. That sweet satisfaction of everything being in its place and having a place.

Then you open that other cupboard…

On the bright side you have just accomplished something awesome and it really does build momentum for the next project. This has been happening with me. I have been able to accomplish much more by simply doing smaller tasks more often. This gives me the motivation to spend a quick 15 minutes organizing something, then every time I see the still undone projects I have a plan to get to them, not that familiar dread wondering if I ever will.

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She Watches Over The Ways Of Her Household Part 1

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

Cleaning is never an easy thing for me. I don’t like doing it. But on the flip side of the coin, I can’t stand a messy house and do not like the feeling of having people over when something is left undone. When I first looked at the topic of cleaning I suggested creating a goal for your household. Mine was to be able to have people over without having to worry about running home to clean first. I have currently reached this goal and am working on creating habits of maintenance. I am also trying to get to the areas where my doors are shut when people come over (the office is atrocious!).

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She Does Not Eat The Bread of Idleness

This journey has been quite interesting so far. I started in August (my dates are off because I began on a different blog before landing here) and now, two months later, I want to see how I have done. So this week I will review the past several weeks. At this time I will also be adding links and adjusting what I have already written.

So, we started with Proverbs 31:28:

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

I have to admit, at the beginning of this journey I had high hopes and thought I would do better than I did. For a while I did not do much. But, recently I feel like I have finally started this journey properly, I am now practicing more of this stuff that I wrote about in the beginning.

Eating elephants, frogs and actually reading my to do lists. Its coming. Slowly, but it’s coming.

One Bite At A Time

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I had to quickly share this tip on organization. When I was searching for Wednesdays Web Sitings I noticed a lot of organization articles and posts regarding jewelry and this post has a unique out of the box solution to bracelets!

One Minute Jewelry Display

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Goals + Five Minutes = Organized Success!

I recently started reading a book called Housework Blues: A Survival Guide. This book has been fantastic and is a great resource. I want to take a concept from this book and from Cobwebs Cupcakes and Crayons which is the five second rule. The idea is that if you do it now it will take only a brief moment, but if you wait it will take a lot longer.

Now this might sound like housework advice, and it is, but we can apply it nearly anywhere. Today I want to look at organization. If I spend a few minutes organizing 1 square foot of space then I am more likely to finish, and finish quickly, than if I save up and try to organize a whole room.

So todays advice is organization works best and builds the most momentum when you have successes. When you tackle those areas that we talked about in my previous post, which is what areas drive you crazy? Tackle those in small pieces first. If you spend five minutes a day working on an area you will be surprised at how quickly you can accomplish what you need to accomplish.

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Through some various random clicks I stumbled across this website and that link took me to another link, which took me to another link…All on the same website! Thank you Cobwebs Cupcakes and Crayons!

Clutter Buster Boot Camp

Daily Five

Fifteen Minutes of Fury

These are just the links I had time to look at, I do believe there are more posts regarding organization and that have helpful tools for getting some of the clutter cleared away.

The following blog is a newer blog but it looks like it would be well worth the follow!

52 Weeks to an Organized Home

And finally another 31 day challenge!

31 Days of Organization

So happy hunting as you make these web sitings! If you know of any others feel free to leave them in the comments. But keep in mind, don’t just browse the web, get up and do!!!

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Shedding Disorganization

The following are pictures of the after of organizing my shed, I forgot to take before shots they are easily imagined. Just imagine a shed that had its doors stuck open all season so the floor is covered with debris, cobwebs, and the clutter of simply tossing in bags of supplies from the store. Then spill those shopping bags, tools and other miscellaneous items into the backyard and you have your shot!

Here are the after pictures:

The Doors to my Shed

The doors can shut and open and open and shut!

It took a lot of sweeping dirt out of the track but I did finally work it so that both doors open all the way and shut completely.

The inside of the shed

The doors open, here is what you see…

The large pipes in the center were too long to fit neatly into a corner, and once the sprinklers are finished I will move the extra pipe to the garage.

Pots for planting

My various assortment of planting pots

I save every pot that I get because I am constantly reusing them. One day I may figure out how to get these on some shelving but for now they are simply stacked inside each other ready for next seasons use.

Organization drawers

All my sprinkler and small items sorted and organized neatly in these drawers

These were some plastic drawers I had in my craft room holding yarn, but they weren’t very useful for that as a couple of skeins and the drawer was full. So I emptied those (now I have to organize my craft room!) and used them to sort through all of my sprinkler fittings as well as a few other odds and ends.

Seeds in plastic bags

Some of my seeds that I am storing for next year.

I wrote in a previous post about how I save the seeds to squashes, I have also done this with tomatoes and several other plants. All these seeds ended up in one of the top drawers. My next step is to mark them with the best planing time and sort them by month.

gardening gloves

These are my gardening gloves in a bucket with some various gardening tools

I had a few odds and ends that wouldn’t fit into the drawers so I put them in a bucket. They are all gardening tools, a garden spade, gloves, and things of the like.

homemade hooks for hoses

My hoses and drip line tubing hanging from homemade hooks

I am most proud of this portion of the shed, and this is an excellent example of troubleshoot that I mentioned in the previous post. A while back when I changed my swamp cooler pads I had some metal rods that seemed quite unnecessary and I could not, for the life of me, get them back into the cooler doors. So I left them out. When I was organizing I knew I needed something to hang the hoses and did not want to go to the store. I looked all over trying to get inspiration when I spotted these metal rods. They already had a slight lip at the top where I could slide them onto the metal fittings in the shed and they were easy enough to bend using my body weight. So I stepped on them, bent them into shape, hung them, added the hoses and they work great!

I have to say once I finished the shed I was so proud of myself and felt so good to have all that clutter finally in a semblance of working order that it motivated me to accomplish quite a bit more that day. I ended up mowing my lawn, picking up the dog…ahem…refuse, cleaning, canning, cooking, and I can’t even remember what else. Now every time I look in the back yard I have the sense of relief of “phewph! That is done!!!”

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I have a dream…it is a dream of a spotless house that stays spotless. When dirt is dragged in, it is immediately swept up, when dishes are dirtied they are immediately put in the dishwasher or hand washed. Everything is neat and tidy and organized.

Then I wake up.

Reality can be a bummer sometimes, but when it comes to the practical things in life it is best to start with reality. My first bit of advice for those searching for some organizational help is to be practical. Don’t try to attain your dream in one day. Start with small tasks that you can accomplish and go from there.

When I am trying to decide which areas to organize next I usually try to think of which area frustrates me the most. Where is it that when I have to get something out of that area, put something away, or simply look at it, that I am instantly stressed out and annoyed? Whatever area you thought of while reading that last sentence might be where you should start next. If you have more than one, pick the one that you frequent the most.

Oftentimes I will ponder a problem area for a while prior to tackling it. This helps me come up with solutions. I don’t always think of the solutions prior to organizing but if my brain has been working on it I know one will eventually come. Sometimes I have to get in there and just do the best I can organizing in spite of the problem areas. Then, a week later, it comes to me. Sometimes I do a search online to see if others have found a solution.

For example, I like to dry herbs and when I am in the process of drying them my kitchen is quite cluttered. Why? Because I would tie the herbs into bundles and hang them on the kitchen cabinet knobs to dry. My solution? A simple shower rod (I had an extra one in the garage). I put it in a shallow closet (it was set up the short way, not the length of the closet but the depth). Then I could hang my herbs in the closet out of the way.

Basically what I am trying to say is to simply get in there and work on the areas and frustrate you most. Work towards solutions to areas that are problems. Take things a little at a time. You rarely hear someone say they are organized. Usually its a work in progress. So get in there and make some progress on that work!

Personal goals this week:
Keep up the daily maintenance I started last week
Organizing the following areas:
Monday: Bathroom cabinet
Tuesday: Under the bathroom sink
Wednesday: Night off
Thursday: Coffee table storage baskets
Friday: Footstool storage area
Saturday: Under the kitchen sink and the TV entertainment center

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Contrary to the title, this isn’t about cobwebs but about websites. Cleaning websites at least. So, if you follow some of the advice found on the following websites, you should have less web sites…forgive the punniness of this post, I am quite sleepy at this time and I always think I am so clever when I am sleepy.

Daily Chores is a site that lists the authors daily chores and how she keeps her home maintained. There are quite a few links on this site (check out the post about prevention) and therefore it is a great resource beyond the simple daily chores list.

Laurel Plum Online has a whole host of resources and just looking it over has helped me realize I need to do a week focus on organization. However, in the meantime, check out this series she did called “Climbing Out Of The Mess” which should help those of us who have gotten to that overwhelmed feeling of never catching up. You can do it! Just take it one step at a time and make sure you Eat Your Frog!

Housework on WordPress! WordPress allows WordPress users to follow the topic of housework so that if anyone posts and uses the tag of housework it will show up in your reader. So there is a never ending supply of new and fresh ideas!

Housework Blues is an ebook that you can order through the link. But there are sample chapters available prior to purchasing (I love the ability to check out a purchase prior to spending my hard earned cash). You simply put in a name and an email and you will be emailed a sample of 8 chapters! I read the first two pages of the first sample and have already decided I will be purchasing the book.

There are multitudes of websites out there. The sites listed above were from a simple google search of terms like “housework” or “daily maintenance housework”. You can always do a search such as this when that oh too familiar feeling of “there’s just too much to do” comes along. Its encouraging and helps us to get that motivation back. You can do it!

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Clean Up Your App

Apps seem to be a weekly theme for me. I have an app for everything! Yes, even for housework. There are several that I like. The first is called Home Routine.

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The pros of this app are that you can set up a very custom cleaning schedule, or use the built in schedules they already have. I like that you can add deep cleaning areas and have it remind you of those. It can be based on a daily, weekly, or monthly rotation of areas. For example, if you prefer to focus on one area and get all your deep cleaning done in that area you would work better with a monthly rotation. If you prefer to work on all the areas more often the weekly or daily rotation is probably better for you. It has endless possibilities.

The cons of this app are that its not free and you have to purchase a different app for your iPhone and for your iPad. So if you plan on switching between the two (which can be synced through iCloud) you will have to pay double. It is not one of the cheaper apps either, but it does have a lite version.

The other app that I use is a standard app that comes with your phone, Reminders.

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This is a simple to do list. It works great for those days that you are wanting to get some specific things done. It is true that you could create daily, weekly, and monthly to do lists, but I personally don’t use it like that. I simply sit down and think of what I want to accomplish that day and put that on my list.

I will focus more on websites in a later post but a simple search will give you many resources. The most difficult part of all of these apps and websites for me is that I will get excited and use it for a while and then taper off. So tonight, after I finish writing this, I am going to start fresh with my Home Routine app and begin to create good habits.

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