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The Yearly Clean 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.

Attic/basement. Both rooms probably need some attention when it comes to cobwebs. Also, take this opportunity to toss out anything you’re storing that you know you don’t need any longer – broken appliances you’re never going to fix, tools that are rusted or unusable, clothes you’ll never wear again, and so on. These types of things are simply cluttering up your home and creating even more dirt.Garage. The garage probably needs some attention when it comes to dirt that’s built up in corners. It’s a good idea to pull all your cars and move equipment – lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc. – out of the garage before cleaning rather than trying to work around them. Get rid of things you’re storing unnecessarily, including tools, sports equipment, and so on. After the garage is swept and shelves are washed, take the time to organize some things while putting them back. Group like with like – sporting goods in one corner, camping equipment in another, and so on. This makes things easier to find and maintain.

Closets. If you do your annual cleaning during the transition of a season, chances are you’re taking out some clothes or linens and preparing to store others. Take this time to dust out any corners of your closets. Toss out unused or expired medicines or other items from where you store your toiletries. Go through your clothes, and get rid of what you know you won’t wear. If they’re in good shape, donate them. Toss out the rest.Ceiling fans. The tops of these blades can get very dirty and dusty, especially ones located close to the kitchen, and especially if you have a smoker in the house. Use a long-handled duster, or pull a chair up to them and use a wet rag to sponge them off.

Corners. All the areas of your home that don’t get cleaned regularly – windowsills, entertainment centers, bar, bookcases, tops of shelves and cabinets, underneath beds, etc. – should be addressed during your spring cleaning.Your cleaning tools. Check your tools, including brooms, mops, scrub brushes, toilet brushes, and so on. Some should just automatically be tossed and replaced (the toilet brush, for example).

Keeping Kids Stuff Organized by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

by: Sandra Beck

Let’s face it, very few kids are organized by nature. Keeping their belongings neat and orderly just isn’t a priority to them – if they even know what those words mean in the first place!

As a parent, you probably understand the importance of keeping some order even when it comes to your belongings. Realizing that your kids’ rooms are cluttered and unorganized may give you the impulse to simply run in and purge old toys and toss together everything else, but resist this urge! Your children’s things are theirs, and just haphazardly tossing things away may be hurtful to them, even if they haven’t touched that particular toy or read that particular book in years.

So what to do? How to bring some order to the chaos? Here’s some tips:

Identify the important. The first step in de-cluttering is identifying which toys and other possessions are truly important to the kids. What do they play with, what do they love? Then get rid of as much of the rest as possible, keeping only those they use and love. But remember, you do need to get the kids involved in this process. It’s easy for you to think that a particular toy is no longer used, when in fact, it could be greatly missed.

Children of course are hesitant to toss out anything, not realizing that even if they got rid of half of their items they’d still be left with quite a bit! So be delicate in this process. Ask them to choose one thing they no longer want, then make it two. Have them choose between two toys so they feel as if they’re keeping something, not throwing something away.

You might also implement the rule that for every two new things they get, they need to get rid of one old thing.

Donate! Find a local charity that you can give some things to. This can also help with the child’s attitude of getting rid of things, if they know that their old doll or teddy bear won’t be thrown away but will go to another child that will really love and appreciate it. Older children especially can be taught this lesson of giving.

Leave space. When you put the important stuff back, don’t try to fill up each drawer, shelf or closet area. Allow there to be some space around the objects. It’s much nicer looking, and it leaves room for a couple of extra items later if necessary. Also, this lets the children get used to the idea of having some room, not of stuffing every corner with a “thing.”

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Keeping Everyone Organized by Sonia Nunez, Motherhood Incorporated

by: Sonia Nunez

You’ve got the kids all organized – now what about everything else in your home?

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to keep all of your own things organized. Between work, activities at your kids’ school, your own hobbies, friends, and actually running the household, it can seem like there’s a million things that you need to juggle and stay on top of constantly.

And who hasn’t suffered the consequences of being disorganized? Whether it’s running out of toilet paper or forgetting to pay an electric bill, or just not being able to find that important piece of paper, being disorganized can be a problem and a hassle.

But take heart! Even the busiest, most distracted person can find ways to get organized and stay on top of everything without losing it. Here’s some tips:

De-clutter! The less you have, the less you need to store. Many people could probably be a lot more honest with themselves when it comes to the things they keep. Seriously, what are the chances you’ll fit back into those clothes you wore in high school, or are ever going to fix that broken toaster? So obviously the first step in getting organized is to get rid of things so you have less things to organize in the first place.

If you’re the type to get overwhelmed with de-cluttering, break it down into manageable steps and work at it a little bit every day. Today, clean out one drawer in your dresser. Tomorrow, tackle another drawer. (You can do one drawer a day, can’t you?) Next week, you can take ten minutes every day tossing out items from the garage, or the basement, or the office, or wherever. As long as you make sure you do something every day, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll accomplish over the next few weeks and months.

And if you’re the type who hates to see things “go to waste,” consider donating what things you can. Clothes, household items, small appliances in good working order, all these things can typically be donated to your local Goodwill, Purple Heart, Kidney Foundation, or other organization – and you may get a nice write-off for your taxes as well!

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.

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Organizate

Por: Julia Rodriguez

 

Organizar nuestro tiempo y manejar todos los proyectos que tenemos pueden ser difíciles si no estamos preparados. Mi sugerencia, es organizate antes de comenzar cualquier negocio.  Organizate primero. Piensa en todas las responsabilidades que tienes y escribirlas en tu cuadernode cuando te levantas por la mañana al tiempo que te vaz a dormir. Esto te ayudará a darte cuenta de cuánto tiempo tienes libre para ganar dinero o lo que llamamos tus “horas de dinero”.  Hacer un resumen de tus objetivos es también muy útil. Puedes priorizar lo que quieres hacer primero o qué necesitas hecer primero para comenzar tu negocio. La mejor sugerencia que tengo para organisarte es utilizar Microsoft Outlook, un calendario de papel y tu cuaderno done escribes tus ideas.   La lectura en el blog de http://www.motherhoodincorporated.com te ayudará a recoger algunas puntas y artimañas buenas que usan mamás ocupadas para organisarse que quizás puedas usar tu tambien..  Recuerda toma un paso a la vez, ten paciencia y alcanzarás tu último objetivo.