Family Organization Task Tips For Mothers and Grandmothers For 2019

organization tips I’ve been trying to organize my life, work, home, office, etc…for (let’s just say) awhile! 😉

I keep telling myself that I’m just like my mom <3 ~~ My Sis agrees with me. 🙂 Mom always had (small) piles of paper everywhere in the house; as far back as I can remember.

That’s certainly WAS NOT a (bad) reflection on Mom’s character!
She was a beautiful, pleasant, (and the most patient) lady I’ve ever met, with so many other good qualities.

I miss her every day! 🙁

So, what’s my point??

My point is: I’m NOT an organized lady. However, that’s not to say I can’t offer YOU tips and advice on becoming organized, grandparenting tips, frugal living tips, OR, anything else I put my mind to. 😉 I’m a writer by trade. I made a portion of my income by doing just that…writing. Notice I said, “Made.” 😉 lol

I’m also kind, pleasant to be around, funny at times, an awesome grandmother, proud of my grands, a little shy at times, married to the best, learning more and more about live streaming on Facebook, AND…having a blast with My Avon Business while doing it!

So, maybe organization and making lists/task sheets are labeled as overrated?? Well, maybe so. Although, I DO happen to think the information offered in this blog post is valuable.

So, back to The Topic at hand. Organization Tips For Mothers and Grandmothers

Grandmothers: There are quite a few grandmas that provide childcare, and actually have their grandkids living with them permanently. There are also some that have them staying with them a (portion) of the time; over a year, month, or week. Well, the same goes for grandmothers. This organization task list works for and applies to them as well.

 

Organize Tasks/Chores List For Each of Your Children/Grandchildren

 

What Is Required?

There are a few ways to organize family tasks that can be adjusted and readjusted. If you’re not a mom or grandma that does spreadsheets, you can delegate with simple, large, desktop or hanging calendars. Another idea would be magnetic erase boards that could be displayed on the fridge or just a simple one to hang on a wall. Actually, there are all kinds of ways to organize your life, home, and family.

It's your choice, and how important (you think) organization is to you. 😉

 

For tech and app-friendly mothers and grandmothers, there are all types of apps and excellent programs available. It’s really a matter of preference and ease, and whatever method that you feel most comfortable.

 

Work Up a Points Journal or Spreadsheet For Each Child

 

You could virtually do the same with a points system for your kids. A calendar, journal, spreadsheet, or erase board would also be ideal for calculating points. Really, you could use a simple, (large or small) notebook to do this.

Although, it is best to display a point system for behavior-challenged or young children. 😉 There is something about them seeing actual points tallied for THEM! It helps with a sense of accomplishment and also, helps to establish a feeling of “usefulness” and well being.

For Starters – Delegate For Basic Clutter – Have each child put away their toys, clothing, computers, tablets, and other personal things at the end of the day. After the kids are all tucked in for the night and asleep, inspect the house and their rooms for belongings that are not in their designated places. Reward with points accordingly. For things that are left out by one of your children, take those items away for a week or so, and make them work for getting them back. Don’t make this too hard on them; however, just enough to get the message across.

For the younger kiddos, encourage help, and always go through a nightly routine (with them). They need to be guided and praised for their self-esteem and learning capabilities.

 

Delegate For a Hand With Food and Meal Preparation

Healthy Snacks in Baggies – The awesome thing about this idea is that they are all “self serve foods.”

Small Pretzel Twists – Purchase a large bag of pretzels and divide them up in plastic bags. This snack choice is easy, healthy, and doesn’t include extra sugar.

Grapes: They are an awesome fruit that is also a healthy choice. Do the same with these.

Trail Mix: Trail mixes are a top pick for deciding what is good for you and your family. This snack is loaded with vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Divide them out in the baggies for quick access.

Encourage Eating Veggies With Baby Carrots and Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Carrots – Your local grocery store usually provides packaged, baby carrots, so no need for cutting.

Cherry Tomatoes – These are tiny tomatoes that are excellent for portioning out.

Choose between your children to help fill these goody bags. 😉 This will also encourage healthy eating habits.

Have Your Kids Take Turns With Setting The Table – Choose between your little ones that are best suited for this task.

 

Older Kid’s Chores

 

Large Ingredient Meals…Such as Vegetable Soup, or Big Salads – Select older children to help cut up ingredients for these type of meals. A good idea is to let the younger ones observe to help teach them.

* Doing Dishes – This is also a task for the older ones; however, an ideal chore to delegate.

* Neat and Tidy Bedrooms – To encourage your children to keep their rooms clean, you can maybe pick the weekends to help each child to get into the habit of doing just that; clean and tidy (their own) rooms. For example: Have them empty all trash, pick up all dirty clothing, make sure all toys and tech-type items are in their appropriate places.

* Dusting – This isn’t too hard of a task, so all the kids can get into this cleaning chore, with careful supervision. Choose for them specific rooms to dust.

* Cleaning The Basement and Garage – This job could also be a weekend event. Sweeping needs to be done, and, tools and supplies need to be organized. Hand out those jobs according to age and level.

Remember, you are teaching your children and grandchildren to be responsible, clean, and organized adults. <3

Put Yourself on The Task List – This actually shows your little ones what all YOU do to keep an organized house and home. It displays and teaches what all is involved with organized, clean living. It is important to list EVERYTHING that you do, it may take a little time to get it all posted; however, it is worth it for your kids to see. <3

And Finally…

Realize that your children/grandchildren will need some time to learn and adapt to any type of family organization program or schedule, especially if they are young. Also, assigning a task that is too difficult for them will only be burdensome for both you and them. Start small on delegating tasks for each child. As they get older, you can always adjust for various levels and ages.

I certainly hope these tips were helpful! Chime in with your thoughts. 😉

Thank you for reading. <3

Hoarders Anonymous: Take The Step Towards A Decluttered Home

We’ve all been there. It could be a particular room in your house, or maybe your hoarding habit has taken over your whole home.

You may not think of yourself as a hoarder, but has that ever become a topic of contention between you and your adult children or grandkids? Do you have a box you’ve been keeping in case you need to use it, but haven’t opened it years? You’re not alone, we’ve all faced the daunting task of decluttering our house.

Staring at a pile of junk, knowing you have to throw away, organize, or otherwise clean the contents of said junk pile can be downright overwhelming. With anything in life, the best way to join ‘Hoarders Anonymous’ and declutter your life is strategically. You’re not insulting old memories by organizing your life. Think of it as making more room to have your grandchildren spend time with you.

Start Slow

Take a deep breath, you don’t have to get everything done in one day. Giving yourself enough time to take things slow, do it right, and little by little get it done will help you stay calm and focused on the task at hand. If you try to declutter a house or even just a room in a matter of a day you will likely end up feeling overwhelmed and you may not even finish. So start slow and move steadily to keep your momentum.

Stock Up

You’re going to need a few things in order to effectively declutter your life. A few of the essentials are: garbage bags (lots of them), cardboard boxes (to hold donation items), and cleaning supplies (decluttering can reveal some pretty gross things), a music playlist (for motivation), and a list. The list is to help keep you on track.

Plan, plan, plan

It may sound weird, but plan out how you’re going to attack the clutter. If you step in knowing exactly what you’re going to do, all that’s left is to do it. If you try to clean house and declutter with no plan of attack you can end up getting sidetracked or worse, not finishing at all. So before you start, make sure you write down which room you will start with. You can even get as detailed as to write down where in that room you’re going to start. Plan a day to go to a thrift store or donation box to get rid of the things you don’t want, or plan a garage sale. If you are getting rid of old appliances you can contact scrap metal buyers, who will buy and pick up items from your house. Planning really is the first step toward a decluttered life.

Get to It

Now you can get down to the nitty gritty. Start in one corner of the room and work in the same direction so you make sure you cover every inch that needs decluttering. Don’t leave a single drawer unopened.
If you don’t even know what you have stored, or where to find it then it’s not of any service to you.

Soon you’ll be able to open up your home so your grandchildren want to be in your living space. They’ll have more room to play and you may even open up space to set up a guest bed for them that didn’t fit before. These memories you can create now can be more rewarding than finding use for that 40 year old toaster oven. If you’re like the rest of us and you’ve let your life get cluttered beyond repair, don’t worry. If you start slow and move steadily, nothing is impossible to declutter.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

Should You Clean or Declutter Your Grandchildren’s Rooms?

Deep Cleaning Cleaning and decluttering is all fine and good, however, when it comes to your grandkid’s things, you need to be aware of any boundaries set.

Boundaries set by your kids needs to be followed and respected.

For some grandparents…that may be a big issue

Some grandparents have a (natural) habit of cleaning and decluttering. Could it be that most grandmothers have this trait in their character? There are many Grandmas that have this natural need to clean and organize; even in their children’s rooms.

However, this could easily turn into a heated debate fast and furious!

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Some people have a huge issue with their parents who just straighten up, or perhaps, take out the trash. I say, that’s going a tad bit too far in my book. However, there again; there are boundaries. 😉

This could be a major disaster if you have two children sharing a room…especially if the older child is up in their teen years. It’s natural for (some teenagers) to have a certain feeling and obsession about “their stuff,” and to be quite vocal about it!

So…what does this mean for grandparents that have an over-powering urge to clean and tidy up?

Below are (6) things to consider for grandparents that have an oever bearing need to clean, tidy up, or declutter.


1.

Know and respect boundaries

2.

Keep the lines of communication open at all times with your kids

3.

Always listen to what your grandkids have to say; regardless

4.

Always clean up (after yourself) with any messes made in the house (by you). There are those that don’t bother 🙁

5.

Try to encourage your grandkids to clean up after themselves; especially in their own bedrooms. Your kids will begin to notice the tidyness 🙂

6.

If you’re an old fashioned grandma, always refrain from your need to organize, pick up scattered clothes, and even doing laundry

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According to your kids, you are there for one purpose. That is to love, nurture, and take care of everything that pertains to your grandkids; period!

I know that’s blunt, however, things have changed since back in the day when (most things) were accepted and grandparents had a say in how their grandkids should be raised and taught.

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Tips For Cleaning Kitchen Cupboards

It is a good idea to clean out the kitchen cupboards after you’ve moved into a place (or right before you move out) and before putting the dishes in. This way you can be sure that you’re not inheriting any of the previous owner’s old and forgotten belongings or any dust and dirt. Even if you’ve lived in a place for quite a long time, a periodical cupboard cleanout never hurt anyone.

Do the clean one cupboard at a time. Open each one, finish everything you have to do with it, and then open the next one. Do not try to take everything out at once and clean all of the cupboards in a single go as this will make everything unnecessarily complicated. When you’re dealing with each cupboard, take everything out of it. Then, wash each cup, dish, pan, utensil and leave everything to dry on a towel on the kitchen counter or table.

 

 

While all of the dishes are drying, take care of the cupboards themselves. Usually, a simple wipe down with a damp cloth will do. Occasionally, though you may find mold, mildew or spider webs in your cupboards. This isn’t a testament to your house-keeping skills, these things do tend to happen in old homes and even new ones if there is too much moisture.

If you do find a spider web or two, grab the vacuum cleaner and simply vacuum out the offender, then proceed as normal.

If there is, indeed a problem with mold or mildew, you will need to get a mold killer. These products are sold in most supermarkets and hardware stores. You will need to spray the patch of mold and wait for a few hours (or however long the instructions on the bottle say) then wipe away the mold and clean the cupboard as usual. Be aware that if you use a mold and mildew remover, you should not put back the dishes or utensils immediately. You will have to leave the cupboard open and let it air out overnight, or until the chloride smell disappears. Afterwards, you can proceed as normal.


If, by any chance, your cupboards have glass doors, you can usually use a good all-purpose cleaner and a micro fiber cloth to wipe off any dust or stains from these. If there are any grease stains, you may need to use a more concentrated dose of all-purpose cleaner. There are also specific detergents on the market, which are designed to deal with grease stains. These can, however, be toxic and are therefore not a good alternative.

Something else you could throw at the problem is a bit of simple dishwashing liquid. Simply get a sponge, lather it up and rub at the grease stain. Since dishwashing liquid is designed to deal with exactly this kind of substance, it should work like a charm. Afterwards, simply clean off the foam with a damp cloth and let the cupboard dry and air off with the doors open.

Once you’re finished with the cleaning routine, simply put back the dishes or utensils and repeat for all of the remaining cupboards. Do not put back any items that are still wet, as this can be the cause of mildew or mold. This is a fairly simple cleaning routine. All that is needed is no more than two spare hours a fortnight and your kitchen cupboards will be left clean and spotless.

Nicole is a housewife and a passionate writer. She enjoys writing about House Cleaning and Organizing. You can visit her and read more tips and ideas at http://www.0800housecleaning.co.uk/.

Organizing the Laundry Room – Guest Post

 

Is your laundry room notoriously the messiest room in your home? You aren’t alone in this! Keeping the laundry room clean may be the most daunting task in cleaning your house, because it seems like there are always dirty clothes piling up, no matter how often you do your laundry. Thankfully, there are crafty people in the world that have shared with us how to clean up the laundry room while still making it look like part of your home, instead of like a storage closet.

On Ana White’s homemaking blog, she shares a great idea for a laundry basket dresser. It’s a pretty simple idea, but it’s borderline genius. The laundry baskets act as drawers in a dresser. You can label them however you like for easy sorting. You can even stack them if floor space in your laundry room is at a premium. The blog comes with full-fledged directions for building this dresser, and they’re very easy to follow. Using simple woodworking tools and wood you can get pre-cut from most stores that sell lumber, it was a fun and simple build that worked out very well for my laundry room!


It’s understandable if you’ve never worked with woodworking tools, and the thought of doing so for the first time is a little daunting. There are still other great ways to keep your laundry room organized. Have you ever seen those great antique-looking (or maybe actually antique) wooden crates? They were formerly used as shipping containers.

Now, you can find them in many great antique malls, or even online. Consider stacking these on their sides against the wall. Secure them together some way, even if it’s just by tacking them together with small nails. They can then be filled with smaller-than-ordinary laundry baskets, plus you can save a couple for storing your laundry detergents and fabric softeners.

Are you into sewing? Maybe you’ve seen these neat wall-hanging sewing organizers with pouches to help you separate your sewing tools. Think of one of these on a larger scale! Using sturdy fabric, you can sew on even larger pouches, creatively label or embroider the front of the pouches for easy sorting, and hang it up on the wall. Just make sure you really secure those pouches!

Get creative! There are lots of great, crafty ways you can clean up your laundry room and get those piles of clothes off the floor. Think of creative ways you store things around the rest of your house, and do it on a larger scale.

 

You can reclaim your laundry room in no time!

 

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoyed finally putting her woodworking tools to good use with this project. Next, she plans to learn to build custom kitchen chairs! Read her work at http://www.eatbreatheblog.com/.

 

 

You can find more cleaning tips Here.

Grandma Needs To Declutter!

This is a live pic of my work desk this morning 10-10-11! Yes, I need to take a shovel to my desk and reorganize. This will be on my schedule either (should be today)! or tomorrow. LOL 😮

1 Excuse…honestly I had my grandson all day Saturday and Saturday night and all I got was 30 min sleep. I spent my Sunday resting. And really honestly, no excuse at all! 😉

It’s of course overwhelming me!!! How can I get anything done? lolololol!

I will take a new pic on Wednesday and see if there is an improvement??

I edited the post and made it “before” and “after” 😉

Before

After