Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Training Little Ones to Keep a Schedule

Training Little Ones to Keep a Schedule

If you have been reading OMF for long you know one of Becky's top organizing tips is to keep a schedule!  Whether its her own weekly cleaning routine, or her kids Schedule, she keeps much of her home and family running by being consistent about her schedules.  In this post I will share a few ideas for how to train your preschooler to be more independent in keeping their daily schedule.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Essential Kitchen Cleaning


Essential Kitchen Cleaning

I LOVE my new kitchen, but I'm going to be completely honest, it's more work to keep this kitchen clean than my old kitchen! I think it's a combo of surfaces that need cleaning, new pots and pans with different care, and the fact that I actually care that it looks spotless most of the time!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Organizing For A Medical Emergency: Your Personal Health Record

If you have ever had to go to an emergency room you know it can be quite stressful.  When I worked as a patient advocate in a local emergency room I got to see all sorts of personalities in all kinds of emergency situations and I’ve learned a few things that can help you be a little more organized for your next medical emergency.  Creating a personal health record for yourself and your family is the single most helpful thing you can do to be prepared for a visit to the ER.   

There is nothing more stressful than getting to the ER while applying pressure to your child's bleeding boo boo, your child  in tears and then you realize you don’t even have what you need to get registered! Being prepared will help you to focus on comforting your family member rather than fretting in the heat of the moment.     


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Step 4 - Find a Faithful Friend: The Mom's Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free

Last week, I shared the third step of getting your home organized and clutter free, which was letting go of clutter. You might be thinking, "letting go of clutter might be easy for some, but not me." I'm here to tell you that if you struggle with hoarding and/or are a clutter bug, I've got the fourth step directed especially for you. Find a faithful {organized} friend. Yes, this is very important. You need to find a friend {or if you really can't, hire a professional organizer} to come and help you to let go of clutter.


Step 4 - Find a Faithful Friend: The Mom's Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free


Look at your home with fresh eyes this week - WALK THROUGH your whole home and start looking at the piles of things everywhere. Actually look at it - pretend you are a visitor in your own home. Are you horrified? Or is it pretty good? Look around carefully. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Quick Tip: Cleaning Cast Iron and More

One of my recent discoveries in the kitchen has been cast iron. I have found that cast iron is probably the longest lasting and most efficient types of pans to cook with. Cleaning cast iron can be tricky, as you can't just throw it into the dishwasher or let it soak in the sick since it will easily rust. 

Degrease cast iron with lemons

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Step 3 - Let Go of Clutter: The Mom's Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free

Today is the day. Are you ready to start looking at things differently? In the Mom's guide to getting your house organized and clutter free, we started by simply getting into the habit of sitting down each evening and planning out our schedule and routine each week. Second, we started meal planning. Those two things are vital habits to form in your home in order to get your whole life/home organized and clutter free. And, did you start these habits? How are you feeling about them? Is it making a difference?  Today, I want you to start looking at your stuff differently.

Step 3 - Let Go of Clutter: The Mom's Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Quick Tip: Make Lettuce Last Longer

This is a quick tip I wanted to share with you to keep your lettuce fresh and lasting longer - it's a trick I've learned all on my own. You ready? Here is a photo of my lettuce that was in the back of my fridge for TEN DAYS. I just took it out and cut it up and put it into my salad - honestly, it was forgotten in the veggie drawer! 

How to Keep Lettuce  Fresh for Up to 2 weeks!


So, how to I keep my lettuce SO FRESH for so long - up to two weeks?

OK, here it is - it's super simple. 

1. Wash the lettuce and get it nice and dry.
2. Get a clean, dry terry towel  - I got mine at Costco or here.
3. Wrap dried lettuce tightly in terry towel then put into a gallon-sized ziptop bag. 

Keep Lettuce fresher, longer


That's it! The terry towel keeps the lettuce from getting soggy and still keeps it fresh. So, if you like to make a little salad everyday or don't get to it right away, it keeps it fresh! 

Do you have a great way of keeping vegetables last longer? Please share!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Step 2 - Meal Planning: The Mom's Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free

This week, we're going to explore the next step to getting your house organized and clutter - and becoming more of a home and your life much calmer. Meal Planning.

Meal Planning is truly vital for us Moms, it's the second step to helping you get your home organized and clutter free! Like step one, getting into the habit of doing this on a regular basis will help you the most. You need to decide how often you want to meal plan and how often you need to grocery shop. I have a weekly plan, since we have two teenagers and need food often! Let me help you with this simple weekly step:

Step 2 - Meal Planning: The Mom's Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Step 1 - Calendar: The Moms' Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free

Last week I told you that I am going to get you ready for the new year and coach you to get organized and clutter free. I've got everything a mom could want to know to get your house and life organized. This week we're going to start working on just life in general. You have to decide what kind of calendar person/family you are going to be. For me, I'm all digital {paperless} but I have a large family calendar, too. For you, it might be that you've tried several different ways and you've been unsuccessful, but until you make it a habit EVERY SINGLE NIGHT to sit down and work through what your day will need to basically look like the following day, or weekly sit down and plan out meals and family business, you aren't going to be able to even attempt to keep your house clutter free or organized. 

Step 1 - Calendar: The Moms' Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Moms' Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free

Today is the day! This year is YOUR year! You can get your house decluttered and organized - I'm here to coach you through it! We're going to answer all your questions and excuses for not doing it. Are you ready?


The Moms' Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free


First, let me say, if you don't really want to be organized or clutter free, you won't. It's like trying to make someone lose weight that doesn't want to. It's not going to happen. You have to WANT to make changes. You have to WANT to get organized. You have to WANT to get rid of the clutter. 


The Moms' Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free


Second, this is not a challenge. I know there are lots of "challenges" to get organized in so many days, but I'm not necessarily a big believer in these for everyone. It probably works for some, but my goal is to help you develop solid, long-lasting habits that will help you to stay clutter free and organized. So, if you're looking for a challenge, this isn't it. 

Third, start thinking about what you want for your home. I am adamantly anti-perfectionism. If you are a perfectionist, you absolutely have to give up that thinking - imperfect organization. That's a big topic I'll be talking about throughout this journey and series. 


The Moms' Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter Free


What area of your life do you need to organize? Your schedule, your kitchen, your whole house, your whole life? Share this with your friends and tell them where you hope to get organized this year!



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Friday, December 30, 2016

6 Ways to Conquer Letting Go of Meaningful Things

“But,  What If I need It Someday?”

6 Ways to Conquer Letting Go of Meaningful Things


This is a common thought we have when we want to declutter and get organized.  I would bet that if you have a small (or large) problem in your home with clutter that you (or someone in your home) has used that phrase once or twice. This thought can sometimes even paralyze our ability to get rid of anything.   

My grandmother was born to a poor family in 1930 and spent her childhood playing with bits and pieces of scraps and junk in the yard rather than the playhouses, swing-sets and electric ride-on cars that her great grandchildren enjoy. Unlike many of her generation, who struggle with hoarding, she kept an immaculate home all of her life.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Label Up!

I have been compensated by DYMO MobileLabeler to share my opinions. 

If there is ever a tool that is important for organizing, it's a label maker! I love having a label maker. So, if you're getting ready to make a resolution and want a quality tool, think about how a MobileLabeler from DYMO would be so nice to have - for the professional organizer, the office worker, or just someone like me who labels all things necessary! It's got the potential to make labeling all those things possible and with style and class! So, it's time to Label Up!


Get Organized and Label

Friday, December 9, 2016

3 Ingredient Baked Egg Casserole

Weekday mornings can be crazy and I'm always trying to make thing easy for breakfast, but I don't want store made or processed food for our family. So, I've found something easy that my teenaged son, who has to leave at 6:30 each morning for school, can make himself and I know he gets a good breakfast.

3 Ingredient Baked Egg Casserole


This is an Easy Bake Egg Casserole and you only need THREE ingredients!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Making the Most of "Leftovers"

Do you like leftovers?  If not then you probably haven't made the most of them!  I used to think that the best way to handle leftovers is to pack them up and send them to work with my hubby, but now I've actually started cooking extra on purpose so that I can use the leftovers for another meal all together.  





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas in the New Kitchen

Now that we've got a new kitchen, I figured it would be important for me to get some new decor in there for Christmas, of course! I wanted to share how I decorated in there and maybe give you some ideas for your own home, too!

Christmas in the Kitchen