Cleaning/Organization, Other

What…Organization??

Organize

Organization?

What is that?

What language are you speaking?

Organization is something I strive for but rarely get. I have some really great ideas in my head but when it comes down to actually being organized those are just dreams!

Organized

Since having my own home based business and since I started blogging from home I have learned a few things:

  • Being organized is a lot of work!!
  • Being organized takes a lot of time!!
  • Being organized is exhausting!!!
  • Being organized is just not for me!!!

Wait, what?

Okay I am not a huge fan of being organized or should I say becoming organized!  I am working on this daunting task little by little.  My cousin, Jessi would laugh at me right now because this is an area in which we are complete opposites!!  She loves lists and I make them and lose them.  She can go through her day on schedule and I forgot where I put my schedule.  She has a nice neat home with everything in its place and I have a home that has stuff in it somewhere!!

Not organized

All joking aside I know that being organized is very important especially if working from home.

So since I mentioned that I have learned a few things I would like to share with you what I have really learned and what I am in the process of changing as we speak.

First and probably the most important step is to be prepared.  I know what areas of my home I need to get organized and into place so I need to prioritize these areas into what I want to work on first.  Then I need to have a plan and create steps.  Then (for me) I need to break each step into smaller steps so I can have a plan for what I need to do each day and even what I need to do during the day to accomplish my goals.

Now that sounds really complicated but I can tell you from personal experience that it is much easier than you think even if you get easily distracted like I do!

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One of my favorite apps on my phone is a planning/organizing/cleaning tool.  It is called Cozi from Fly Lady  which you can check out here http://www.flylady.net!

It also has a web version but I need to take it with my so I prefer the app.  The features it has are:

Calendar Cozi calendar

Shopping  Cozi shopping

To Do Cozi to do

Journal Cozi journal

and if you purchase the Gold package: Contacts and Birthdays.

I use it to put  in all of my appointments, keep track of my grocery list and know what my to do items are!

One of my favorite features of the calendar is what the Fly Lady adds to it each and every day.  In just 15-30 minutes each day can really get a lot accomplished!  She has each week set aside to clean  one section of your home.  Then each day she breaks down the section into small tasks in order to get that area done in a weeks time.  See below so you can understand my mumbling!!

Cozi weekly cleaning

This is the weeks section which she breaks down into Zones-Master Bedroom

Cozi daily cleaning

Today is Mission #1 of Zone 4 (Master Bedroom)

Cozi daily cleaning 2

This section I couldn’t get in one screenshot but it explains exactly what to do.

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I am one who needs someone to just break it down and tell me what to do.  It can’t get any clearer than that.

Now I can know what I need to do each day, what groceries I need to buy when I go to the store, where I need to be and when, and exactly what I need to clean today to keep my house in tip top shape!!!

I hope you all find something useful in this post but I also LOVE ideas or tips on how to stay (or become) organized so please share with me your thoughts, ideas and tips!!!

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Faith, Other, Parenting

An Adoption Story

As some of you may know I used to work for an agency which helped people become foster and adoptive families. My glorifying job was to license the families and to offer support to them during the initial process and thereafter.  I thoroughly enjoyed this job.  I met many amazing families and friends along the way.  Some of the people I had met I am still friends with today!  One of those families is very dear to my heart and I was so very blessed to be a part of their large family. Once they because licensed foster/adoptive parents a sibling group of four was placed with them and to make a long complicated story short they ended up adopting all four beautiful children and then they were blessed with two more biological (with some assistance) babies in which one beautiful little baby girl is with our good Lord in Heaven.  And to keep making the story “grow” they adopted an adorable little boy.  One amazing couple that was unable to produce a family is now living in a very large house with six beautiful gifts from God.  There are so many others that are in this same situation.  Please take the time to pray for the parents out there are so desperately want a family of their own.  God knows the trials they face and will be there to comfort them!

As you can see adoption holds a special place within me and I will support anyone I can in their journey to adopt .  With that said today I have a guest post from a friend who also supports adoption.  Sunu Philip from Clothed In Scarlet shares a wonderful post below…

ClothedInScarlet.org

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is

this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep

oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27

This is one Bible verse that God keeps bringing back to mind very often.

It’s not one I’m comfortable with, but God keeps drawing my attention to it. We think we’re doing our part as good Christians – we pray, we read the Bible daily, we go to church, we even take the time to teach our kids about God’s love. Oh yes, and we also pay our tithes and contribute to missions work around the globe.

But James is quick to remind us of what true religion is all about: taking care of the widows and the orphans.

God has always stood for the cause of the weak, the hungry, the sick, the disabled – essentially those who are not able to take care of themselves. And while most widows are self-sufficient, or have family to rely on, that’s not the case with orphans. They have practically no one to turn to. Here in India, we hear stories in the news of infants left in the dumpster, or by the roadside. It’s saddening to hear such things, but it’s even worse when we don’t do anything about it.

I believe God calls each of us to support orphans in some way or the other. I wonder what would have happened to the story of Esther if Mordecai hadn’t taken care of her when she was left without parents. Every child on this earth has a God ordained destiny, and God gives us the privilege to be a part of that, sometimes.

While some infants are without parents, there are many more who are considered unwanted, unloved, and a burden. There are a growing number of babies who are put up for adoption because their birth parents are not in a position to care for them. I admit, not all of us are called to adopt. But all of us can be of support, in some small way or the other.

Today I’d like to share with you a cause that is very dear to my heart. My friend Mandy Kelly, is in the process of adopting a baby, and I’m blessed to be able to support her in this.

Would you take a few minutes to check out her donation page, and give as the Lord leads?

http://www.gofundme.com/7k6mls

Her latest update is that they need $1,500 to move on to the next stage of adoption. Every little bit counts. I encourage you to consider making a small donation to bless the Kelly family in their adoption. And as a token of my appreciation, here is a small book of adoption quotes that I created for anyone interested in the Kelly adoption. Do feel free to share it with a family or friend who has adopted, or is in the process of adoption.

You can download The Little Book of Adoption Quotes here http://www.marriagemotherhoodandmissions.com 


Sunu Philip

School teacher turned internet marketing consultant, Sunu Philip is a Certified SEO Specialist. She founded “Clothed in Scarlet to help women discover their unique God-given strengths and turn their talents into profits online. She offers subscribers of Clothed in Scarlet a Free Online Business Startup Kit to help them start their online business from scratch. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Faith, Other

Pay Attention

God really does speak to us. We just need to pay attention. In my current Bible Study the memory verse this week is a new favorite of mine:

“My son, pay attention to what I say, listen to my words carefully.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” ~ Proverbs 4:20-22

Over the last year I have learned to really listen and pay attention to what God is saying to us. Mostly from his words in the Bible which is the most important book you will ever own. It is our instruction book for life. Everything we will or have ever faced is in this book. Studying and really learning what God is telling us is so crucial to our lives!! I have been doing some reflection lately on the words I say and how powerful they are. Over the past few weeks God has really been trying to show me the importance of my words. Just to show you how God has been working in my life involving my words, here are some things I have run into (and not by accident my friend)!!

I had been part of planning my 15 year class reunion and there were many people with negative comments.  There were many things I wanted to say back to them but God reminded me that I really need to be careful with what I say.  I need to make sure that the words I say reflect who I am and not just spew out a few words that I think will make me feel better.  I actually felt better by not saying anything!!

Lather I came across a blog which talked about using your words in a kind way and not to hurt others!!!

Then my devotion a few days later was about words.

I just kept running into talk about how to use my words.

You see God was talking to me and reminding me that the things we say are more than just words, they can make or break you and they can hurt or help others.  We need to be very careful and we MUST think before we speak.

God teaches us exactly how to behave.  We must listen and truly listen, then do what we have heard.

“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.”

~Matthew 15:18

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”

~Matthew 12:36

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

~Proverbs 16:24

“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

~Colossians 3:8

May God bless you in all you do and SAY if you are obedient and you turn your life over to God!  Have an amazing weekend:)