Home Office Storage by Sonia Nunez, Motherhood Incorporated

by: Sonia Nunez

Storage is usually a problem for most people working from their home, but it really doesn’t need to be.

First off, are you keeping a lot of unnecessary things? Tax returns from 20 years ago, magazines you know you’ll never read, and so on? If so, it’s time to purge your office area.

Get creative when it comes to storage. Yes, you may want to keep important papers in an actual filing cabinet or box so that they’ll be easy to access, but for other things, use your imagination. Shoeboxes can be used for computer disks, empty jars for office supplies.

Empty wall space is just wasted space. Install shelves or purchase a tall shelving unit. Use attractive boxes or baskets so that they don’t look cluttered.

Spring Cleaning for the Summer by Sonia Nunez, Motherhood Incorporated

 by sonia nunez

Ah yes, spring cleaning. To some who love to clean, it can be their second Christmas. To everyone else, it’s a dreaded chore.

Spring cleaning is something that doesn’t necessarily need to be done in the springtime, or even just the spring. However, there are certain cleaning chores that should be addressed at least annually, and it’s usually good to do many of these during a time of year when you can open windows for fresh air, and do some outdoor chores as well.

We’ve listed some here to consider; a good suggestion is to read through this material while considering your own home, and making an actual list of the chores you want to accomplish during your spring cleaning. If necessary, break up this chore over the course of two days or two weekends so you don’t get overwhelmed.

Mattress and box springs. Your mattress and especially your box springs can collect dust and dirt. Use a vacuum cleaner hose and attachment and run them over both items.Refrigerator coils and underside. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall and then, using your brush attachment, vacuum the dust from every crevice you can find. Detach the vent from the front and vacuum there, too. While the fridge is pulled out, clean the floor underneath it.

Air vents. Your air vents collect a lot of dust over the course of a year. Unscrew them from the wall or floor and vacuum when you can.Laundry room floor. Move your washer and dryer out from the wall and clean around and underneath. Wipe down both appliances.

Educate and Communicate not Intimidate by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

 by Sandra Beck

This weekend I was the featured speaker at a meeting of top professionals in  Southern California.  I don’t mean to disrespect the members in any way, but their computer and technical skills were far from superior. I watched their eyes glaze over as two of the presenters used  a difficult to follow – yet impressive speech on a technology that no one was familiar with nor understood.  The end result at the break was the agents were frustrated and sadly, many thought they were too “dumb” to understand.  This was a classic case of speaking to impress not to make yourself understood.

When it was my time for the program and my content for the day was very technical about building a business on the Internet I chose my words carefully and simply. I slowed down my presentation watching the faces looking for signs of comprehension and the relief I saw on these faces was palpable.

Did I finish my presentation no, I ran out of time.  Did people understand yes, and they felt good!

Did they want me back — absolutely!
So not only will I profit from doing this once but twice ….moreover, the people who listened understood me and felt confident asking questions. I am going back and I will repeat some content and take this group another step forward. I know that some of them will go home and try to “get on the Internet” and “join a group.”  For some of them, I could see this opened up a whole new world.

Many of us comfortably use terms like RSS Feed, Social Networking and joining on-line groups like it is second nature. This leaves some of our friends and colleagues out in the cold and makes what we do seem impossible.

So the next time you are presenting an idea, or you are just chatting with moms in the park — keep it simple and help them find sites like these online without the brag and boast.  We all had to begin our Internet journey at one time or another …and what makes these sites great is the varied and interesting people who join them.

Office Chair by Sonia Nunez, Motherhood Incorporated

If you’re going to be spending hours and hours in your office, invest in the right furniture as well. Kitchen chairs don’t typically offer a lot of back support and can cause fatigue after just an hour or so.

Look for an office chair that is fully adjustable – height, back, armrest, everything. A good position for someone else is not going to automatically work for you. Getting a chair on wheels is also good, since you probably need to get up from your desk several times per day.

I really like this chair. It’s my favorite color too!  Much better than the kitchen chair I sit on now.

If you need to do work at your desk other than just be at the computer – taking order over the phone, writing things out, and so on – you need a desk that’s big enough to accommodate. A small computer cart won’t be enough.

We hope you find this information helpful!

Mom Trying to Find a Job

It was awful…so many thoughts came through my mind…like the fact of loosing the house (just wondering where were we going to live if we lost our home)…not being able to pay for our vehicles (which we lost one of them)…how will we pay the bills. It’s a very difficult time I felt like I was drowning and there was no escape. I was depressed. But what was worse was the fact that I took out my frustrations on my children (not intentionally) and that is the worst feeling ever (i did apologize for it however that does not make it right). It also created fights between my husband and i considering that we have never faught about financial problems….the fact that we had to go to my mom and brother made it very hard especially for my husband. 

The Best Thing about Being a Working Mom

The best thing about being a working mom is the sense of pride you get of being able to provide for your family. You become like they say the bread earner. The enjoyment that you get knowing that you are able to give to your kids.

Most of all it is nice knowing that you are able to contribute some income into the home and take some burden off your husband. Believe it or not it makes life a bit more easier on everyone.

It’s a great feeling waking up every morning and getting ready for work. It makes me feel important as an individual. I feel like I have a life outside my home. Most importantly, I see it as my alone time. As appose to being a wife and mom that I am.

I enjoy being a wife and a mom…but I also enjoy being a working mom. Because not only are you teaching your children responsibility but that a family works together as a team that we are.

Me being a working mom has as well made our marriage more stronger, I enjoy coming home and talking to my husband about my day at work.

What Does Working As A Mom Tell My Daughter

By me being a working mom I hope to teach my daughter that it is ok for moms to have a   job outside the home and that it is ok for her to go out and make something of her life. That she has that option.

Teach her that sense of responsibility and also the ability of being able to become independent of her own. Not having to rely on someone else to support her or control her life.

I want to show her how good it feels earning your own money and providing for your family (for herself).

I am glad that I work in a place doing something that I went to school for. I would like her to do the same.

And most of all never lower her standards or settle