Mom or Dad’s House?

One of the most difficult aspects for children to adjust to in a divorce or seperation is the new schedule. That is an unfortunate casulty that affects everyone. Kids want to know where they’ll be and they crave structure. It isn’t easy going from mom’s house to dad’s house and it can be confusing. I have a personal calendar in my planner that has the weekends and days that my daughter is with her dad. Anya  has expressed interest in wanting her own calendar to keep track of where she will be. At first, this made me sad, since my daughter is six, but then I realized that it would be a useful tool for her. She does deserve to know where she will be.

Depending upon the age of your child and your own personal situation, you may want to consider buying them a calendar to hang in their room, so they can keep track of when they will be at dad’s house. Make it fun, let them pick out the calendar and maybe use stickers to designate and distinguish between the days they will be with you and when they will be with their dad. Encourage them to write other events on their calendar, such as holidays, birthdays, school events, parties, etc. A calendar also encourages organization in your kids at an early age.

I don’t believe switching between mom and dad’s house is made all better by giving your kids  a calendar, but it does inform them and gives them a sense of structure that will at least help in the transtion.

ReUsing The Old

This is one of my favorite pitchers and unfortunately got chipped. I’ve tried to glue it back together, but it just isn’t cooperating. But, I couldn’t bear to get rid of it just yet so I used it for my kitchen utensils and it worked perfectly! Look at how you can can reuse some of the things you have in your own space, you’ll be surprised at just how creative you can get!

Organization is a Gift!

Organization is a gift!

About 4 years ago, I got bit by the organization bug. I devoured books about organization and came across a book written by Donna Otto, Secrets to Getting More Done in Less Time. I became obsessed with organizing, I craved order in my life, especially since everything else was so uncertain and organization was exactly what I needed to give some structure. I began to buy storage bins, magazine holders, binders, and anything that would help organize my belongings.  Now, I am so grateful for organization and it has become a gift to me at this time in my life. Unfortunately, I’m going through a custody case, and as exhausting as it can be I can’t imagine how much more painfully exhausting it would be if I didn’t keep my records orderly and have the information I need at my fingertips. I’m going through the discovery process and it is amazing how much I have to gather together for the lawyers. It is a royal inconvenience, but worth it because this is for my daughter and for her I can endure anything!

The one lesson I’ve learned is how crucial it is to keep my life orderly. I can’t imagine the tizzy I would be in if I couldn’t locate the documents I needed, it would just add more stress to an already stressful situation. I’m so grateful for those binders that house my important papers and has made this process a bit less overwhelming. I bought 50 plastic coverings to place the documents and copies in and I have 10 left and I still have some more items to fill them with! It is frustrating pulling my life apart, but I’m happy that God placed the desire in my heart to get organized when I did. So ladies, take some time out and file those W2s, receipts, insurance forms, and anything else that should have a home, you never know when you’ll need it. Hopefully, you won’t, but in case you do, take some stress off yourself and be prepared with a little pre-preparation!

What to do with your Kid’s Artwork?

 I have tons of artwork from Anya. Some pieces are on canvas which are hanging in her room and others are on paper which can get really out of hand. I have a line in my basement that runs almost the whole length of the space. I got some clothes clips and clipped her artwork up on the line. She loves seeing it when we’re downstairs and I change it often.

Keep Your Kitchen Sparkling!

Families and friends love to gather in the kitchen for conversation and food. The kitchen always needs attention. If food is overflowing from the cabinets or the junk drawer is junkier than you can handle here are some simple ways to bring order and cleanliness to your kitchen.

Organizing Ideas:

  • Drawer Organizers- Are you tired of rummaging around for your cutlery? Put a drawer organizer in to hold all of your silverware. Draw organizers also work great for the junk drawer. You can have miscellaneous items in a drawer, but they don’t have to be unorganized.
  • Containers- Use containers for opened boxes of pasta, cereal, beans, rice, flour, and sugar to save space in your cabinets.
  • Pot Racks-If you lack cabinet space, racks provide a great alternative for spare storage for your pots.
  • Storage for Under the Sink- The space under the sink is always neglected. Purchase some inexpensive bins to store dish soap, sponges, scrubbing pads and cleaning products.
  • Food Cabinets and Pantries- These areas tend to get messy. Try this four step approach.

 1. Empty the Cabinets– Take everything out of the cabinets, wipe each shelf with a damp cloth or use a dust buster to vacuum any crumbs left behind.

2. Discard– Discard any canned goods whose expiration dates have passed. If you have multiple boxes open such as pasta put them in canisters and discard the boxes.
3. Categorize– Separate your food by category. You may find categorize the most used items together works best for you.
4. Arrange– Designate a specific place for your cans, boxed foods, breads, and condiments, along with items such as wax paper, sandwich bags in your cabinet or pantry.

Cleaning Tips

  • Wash dishes daily. Avoid leaving dishes in the sink until the next morning, this only creates more work. Make it a household rule if you use a dish, you wash it. Save time, energy, and water by using the dishwasher, instead of hand washing your dishes.
  • Always clean the sink. Use baking soda to clean the sink and shine it up with Windex. A sparkling sink will motivate you to clean the rest of the kitchen.
  • Clean your refrigerator once a month from the inside out and top to bottom.
  • Clean your oven once every other month unless you have a self cleaning oven. Clean grime from burners and knobs on a weekly basis.
  • Every two months clean your cabinets.
  • Scrub your floor once a week or once every other week. The Swifter is a great alternative to getting on your hands and knees or using messy mops.