Welcome to Managing Mondays: Intro to A More Organized YOU

So here we are, the first MONDAY in February.  It’s so hard to believe we are already down 1 month this year. As I was trying to figure out how to best break up my passions into more manageable blogs, I decided this will probably be the one topic I do on both. For those of you who are working from home, an organized home can help a ton. I’m still working on this, by no means do I have it “all together”, But, I’d love to give you ideas any way I can.

Intro To A More Organized YOU

There are lots of ways and areas that would help you if they were organized. Having a morning routine, a kitchen that runs efficiently, all your needs for getting ready for the day… all organized, can help.

Take a minute to think through your day, what are your chaotic moments??? What could you do to help those moments run more smoothly??? Is it the morning rush??? Maybe it’s witching hour??? Is bedtime crazy??? I want to help you tackle these areas in your life.

Here are 3 quick tips to help you right now:

  1. Spend 5 minutes before bed writing your TO DO list for the next day. I promise this will help you sleep better knowing that everything is written down,. It will also help your focus in the morning and throughout the day.
  2. Focus on one area to make changes at a time. If mornings are ridiculous, spend some time figuring out why, then make a plan to help calm the chaos and implement it. Once you feel confident it is working, you can move on to another area if you need to.
  3. Set a close time for your day. This is one I’m bad about. I like to work until I just can’t keep my eyes open. In a perfect world, I’d get to sleep in later and things would be okay. However, I still have to be up by no later than 8:00 AM, so if I go to bed at 3:00 AM I’m only getting 5 hours of sleep, which is not enough. Shutting the computer down at a specific time, gives you a break and a chance to relax and get to bed early so you are more rested and get more accomplished the next day.

I’m looking forward to helping us all get organized in all areas of our lives. What are your 3 biggest areas you need help organizing???

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Fun Finds Friday: O-Cedar ProMist & Giveaway

Finding and Trying Fun New Things

***Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by O-Cedar. I received free product in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts are my own.

Happy Friday!!! I’m so excited for this “Fun Finds Friday” because I think this is something we can all use. Who doesn’t love a clean house??? Who doesn’t love easy cleaning??? Well, this post has both of those covered, plus an awesome giveaway!!!  Let’s get started!!!

For those of you who are newer to the blog, you may not know, we have a dog. He is the sweetest, biggest baby (and ball of nerves) that ever was. We love him dearly, but with that love, comes dirt… lots of it. The shedding, the dirt he brings in on his paws, the dander… ugh. I had all but given up on ever having a “clean” house, and just settled for not completely filthy.

Enter the amazing people over at O-Cedar. I was contact by them to try out the ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop. I have 3 mops in this house, and all I ever feel like I’m doing is pushing around dirt. The dirt that you just can’t seem to pick up with a broom and dust pan, ugh.

I am beyond amazed at the ease of this mop. Unlike some of the others out there, these are my favorite things about this mop.

  • Reusable Microfiber Cloth. No it’s not as easy as a disposable, but it’s machine washable. My plan is to buy about 2 more cloths and then I can mop half my house, wash and mop the other half.
  • The Cloth STAYS on the mop. I was never frustrated once with the cloth falling off, unlike some mops.
  • Use Your Own Solution. Whatever you use to clean your floors (just no bleach). I used dish soap the first time, but I’m hearing vinegar and water does pretty good too.
  • Store With Solution. This is AMAZING!!! So easy to just grab it and clean up those little messes before they track all over the place.
  • Super Easy. Easy is an understatement. From taking it out of the box, filling it up, and getting started, took about 4 minutes.
  • No Dirty Mop Water. Worst part of mopping in my opinion is having to wring-out a mop with dirty water on it. Cleaning a dirty mop is about the same level of UGH in my opinion.

This mop truly wins for me. It’s easy, economical, great for the environment. I love cleaning when I feel as though I accomplished something. This mop has truly been a win for me.

The people over at O-Cedar truly are awesome!!! They are giving away one of these amazing mops to one of my readers!!!  Here’s how this works:

  • Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents 18 or older.
  • Enter your name and email below to get started.
  • follow the prompts and enter as many different ways as you would like.
  • You can enter daily by commenting for even more chances to win this amazing mop.
  • Winner will be contacted Via email.
  • Winner must send shipping address in reply, to be forwarded to O-Cedar.
  • O-Cedar will be shipping the mop directly to the winner.
  • Good Luck!!!

 

 

Review & Giveaway O-Cedar ProMist

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Real Life Fridays: My House Is Not Meant For Play Dates

Real Life Fridays

I will save you all the long story of how a Facebook post on a controversial topic brought me back to a friend the girls and I haven’t seen in almost a year and a half (mommy life gets busy).  What I will tell you is what happened AFTER said conversation that resulted in a VERY LONG morning, and a GREAT play date.

I am NOT by any means the most logical person in the world, so when a friend I hadn’t spoken with in a while and I decided to let our kids play so we could enjoy some adult conversation I was STOKED to say the least, and didn’t think about the EXACT condition of my house.  Now, let me explain this just a bit further by saying I was raised for the first 8-9 years of my life in a house where my father was a hoarder.  I am starting to learn that children of hoarders don’t necessarily hoard themselves, and yet in some ways, they DO.  When you are raised by someone who sees value in every coffee can, weird shaped jar, or stack of magazines you are either a DIYer/crafters child, or a hoarders child.  As a crafter or DIYer I’m sure you’d have a spot for your projects, AND even if it was a messy or cluttered spot, it is still one area.  When you are a hoarder, you may have GREAT intentions for the 1,000 magazines you have kept over the last 25 years, but they are all over, and nothing ever gets done with them.  As a child, living in a hoarding home for so long, I became rather oblivious to that which normal people those who do not hoard normally consider “junk” or “trash” and throw away.  It’s not that I had a PLAN for the 15 12 pack boxes that sat stacked in my hallway, I just kept thinking I’ll get to those later, and would generally only think about it when I nearly knocked them over, on my way to bed, and would think “I’ll get them in the morning” and morning came and I’d walk right past them as though they were a work of art and supposed to be there.

Being the mom of a 3 and almost 2 year old, by the time my littles go to bed, I’m ready to relax and be DONE with “work” for the day.  So naturally the night we made the plans for a play date the  NEXT day, I was exhausted and figured I’ll get up an hour earlier, and I’ll clean all morning and it will be worth it when I get to see my girls having a good time playing.  I got up and started on those 12-pack boxes, some diaper boxes and the grocery bags that had piled up in my hallway.  I felt much better once the mess had been cleared, BUT there are MORE reasons than just my house being Pre-hoarder material.  We have a dog, our dog sheds… EVERYWHERE.  As in every room in the house is covered in dog hair that unless I sweep ever time he MOVES (I’m talking switches positions, blinks his eyes, breathes… you get my picture, right???) there is just hair EVERYWHERE!!!  Some people are okay with this, others, would seriously give the dog away, I get that which is another reason I say our home is not “right” for play dates.

The last reason our home isn’t the perfect place for play dates is “But Dad” and his smoking habit.  I know, I know, smoking is BAD for you, but let’s just say it would be BAD for all of us if he decided to quit without getting help.  He doesn’t smoke a TON (My ex-husband smoked like 3 packs a DAY, talk about an expensive habit), but he DOES smoke, and he tends to smoke in the house now that we OWN it and we make the rules (I know, I know, some of you are cringing, but it is what it is.)  I completely forgot, being that I have lived with smokers since I was about 9, that some people just don’t like smoke or can’t be around it.  Fortunately for me “But Dad” is very polite and thinks about other people in ways I just don’t think about, and he reminded me that the smoking might make for a shortened play date, and so….

We ended up meeting at McDonald’s where I was able to relax and let the girls play without worrying I was missing some bit of hoarders paradise, missed a BIG bunch of puppy fur, or that the smoke was going to be a put off to an otherwise AMAZING play date.  The kids played, my friend and I chatted, and we WILL be doing this again!!!  I am sooo happy we changed the location, and I really don’t think I will set another play date up at the house until the girls are old enough to help clean and we are living in a bigger place (Hopefully with a “Man Cave” for Mr “But Dad” to smoke in.

Anyone have any tips on clutter???  Throw them MY way 🙂

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