Hiring Help to Simplify and Organize Your Home

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An organized life starts at home.  When I wake up looking at piles of books, laundry waiting to be washed or hung in the closet, dirty dishes in the sink, my stres1226084C-B5B1-43CA-814E-66D2D83E95690.jpgs level goes up and my productivity goes down.

If I work late, I need to know my family is being fed and not surviving on fast food every day.  After working 12 hours a day, I need life to be simple.  I need to be able to spend my productive time without worry or regret that my home is not clean or organized. I need rest time in my safe place, home, without feeling like a failure because the beds are made or the cabinets are empty.

I took a look at my daily activities and decide which ones were (a) not that important to either me or my family (b) relatively easy to drop, delegate, or outsource.  What I found was that there are many household task that can be dropped, delegated, or outsourced.

So when I decided to hire someone to do things for me around the house to simplify my life, I had to decide what exactly I wanted them to do.

There are household task that I can do that makes me feel better about my home, like picking throw blankets and pillows up of the den floor, moving clutter off the kitchen counters, or sorting the mail on my husband’s desk.

There are tasks that should be done but do not have to be completed by me, like laundry, making the bed, and washing dishes.  Then there are those task that should be done at least every few months, like cleaning the ceiling fans and baseboards, which have no place in my schedule.  There are also task that if left to me, with my schedule, would never be done those taskhouse_2016_leak_f are washing the windows, wiping down the light switches, shampooing the carpets.

Now, some of you are thinking, there is no way you can afford to hire help, hiring someone would cost a fortune.  For me I simply calculated what I earn in an hour and then how many hours I was getting up early, skipping my exercise, or staying up late to clean my home.  It was simple math – hiring someone allowed me to be more productive and less stress equaling a simply organized life.

How about you, have you thought about hiring someone to help in your home? I would love to hear what is holding you back from having a simpler organized life.  Do you already have help in the home? If so, I would love to hear how having help has made your life simpler and more organized.

~ Connie Kay A ~

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Using A Shared Calendar and To-Do List

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Welcome to Simply Organized Life, where every day is a new day. My husband (aka the Big Man) says that every minute is a new beginning with me.  I generally have at least three projects going at one time, and another one or two in the planning phase.

Today I am going to talk about how we use Cozi a digital family organizer. I have received no compensation for my thoughts, this is just me sharing what I think about the product.

To help keep us both stay on the same plan we have recently started using the simple digital family organizer, Cozi.  Cozi is easily downloaded to the phone of each family member.
cozi_2Cozi,  helps coordinate and communicate everyone’s schedules and activities, track grocery lists, manage to do lists, plan ahead for dinner, and keep the whole family on the same page.

For us the grocery list has proven to be a prefect match for our shopping habits.  In the past we kept a paper list in the kitchen. Often one of us would stop at the grocery store and not have the list.  We would return home without essentials that we needed.  Now, we keep a running list in Cozi. After making the weekly menu, I simply add what we need to Cozi and whoever gets to the grocery store has the list at their fingertips.  We also keep our weekly menu in Cozi, this allows the Big Man to know what is going to be on the table for dinner and what we are going to share for lunch (we try to have lunch together Monday – Friday).

Between running my own family practice and a free health clinic, operating our boarding kennel, coordinating care of my dad, writing a weekly column for the local humane society, helping out with my husbands re-election campaign (he is currently a quorum court justice) and keeping our fourteen old rescue dogs healthy and safe, my to-do list is always a mile long and often my husband has no clue what I have on my plate.

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allows me to add task to the to-do-listthat I can delegate to others.  I can create a personal to do list, a Big Man to-do list, or a list of task for our staff to complete.

The calendar is also a valuable addition for our family.  Our grandsons play baseball and football. Their parents have access to our calendar so they can add the boys’ events. This helps us coordinate our weekly activities, so that we can arrange our schedules to include the boys’ events.

In our very busy world, where every day can be a new beginning usingCozi had helped us become more efficient and better connected as a family team.

If you are looking digital organizer, I suggest Cozi. Cozi is truly a simple digital management solution for busy families.  I would love to hear about the tools you use to simplify your life.
~ Connie Kay A ~

31 Ways to Simplify and Organize Your Life

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Hey, Ya’ll
Welcome to My Simply Organized Life.

Several years ago I realized that I am busy and disorganized. I started this blog to help me focus on organization. In my busy life, I quickly realized I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with blogging. This little space,  Simply Organized Life,  has set quietly waiting on me to show back up.

We Ya’ll, here I am.  Starting a 31 Day- Writing Challenge.  Over the next 31 days I will be sharing my attempts at leading a simple organized life.

A little about me, I am married to the love of my life a.k.a The Big Man. We have five children and 5 perfect grandsons.
I am a family nurse practitioner, I work with awesome physicians who let me have my own little corner of their world to care for my patients. I run a free health clinic 2 nights a month. The Great River Charitable Clinic has been open for 6 years, we provide medical, dental, optometry and  pharmacy at no cost to those without insurance.  The Big Man and I own an operate Bed and Biscuit Boarding.  We live on a little piece of land, where we love and care for 14 rescue dogs and 10 chickens.  And, in August of 2014 my 87 year old father who has vascular dementia moved in with us.

Are you tired yet???  This is my life ~

Over the next 31-Days I will be sharing with you how I handle this crazy blessed unorganized life of mine.
I hope to see back daily
Connie 

  1. Using a Shared Calendar and To-Do List
  2. Hiring Help to Simplify and Organize Your Home

Lessening Stress Leads to Organization

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Many things have an impact on our health – diet, exercise, sleep, social patterns, environmental exposure, work, and stress, all play a crucial role in our health.  Over the last two weeks I have seen several patients in my clinic who are physsick_puppy_2ically ill from stress.  Stress can cause, headaches, stomachaches, memory loss, and obesity, just to name a few common symptoms associated with stress.

What is stress? Stress is something we cannot put our finger on, we cannot measure it, and often we dismiss stress as not being real. But, in reality our bodies are driven by the nervous system which tries to maintain a perfect balance.  The body is a miraculous creation, we have many built-in options to try to keep us healthy and safe.  But, just like an automobile if we do not take care of our bodies, the options wear out, switches get broken, and safety features fail.

One of my action steps to become organized included reviewing my daily schedule to identify tasks or obligations I can omit to lessen my stress and gain organization in my busy life.

As I spoke with a patient on Thursday night, during free clinic, I realized that I should take my own advice and cut my work hours.  Starting a new family practice has required me to put in 10-12 hours days. Followed by 2-3 hours a night online with students. My stress level has been overwhelming – causing me to quit running, gain weight, and develop some gastrointestinal issues.

Shiloh in T_shirtChange is hard for me – I love teaching, I love knowing I am shaping the future of nursing.
I also believe that God’s message is only heard when we actively listen.  As I set in front of a patient, at the free clinic, discussing how working 7 days a week 10 – 12 hours a day was worsening his vascular status. It suddenly became very clear to me that one of my jobs need to go.

So, at the end of the current eight week session, I will be resigning my position as adjunct professor of nursing.
Do you need to lessen our stress?  Do you need to listen to our own advice?
Connie

31 Day – Writing Challenge

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Hey, Ya’ll
Welcome to My Simply Organized Life.

Several years ago I realized that I am busy and disorganized. I started this blog to help me focus on organization. In my busy life, I quickly realized I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with blogging. This little space,  Simply Organized Life,  has set quietly waiting on me to show back up.

We Ya’ll, here I am.  Starting a 31 Day- Writing Challenge.  Over the next 31 days I will be sharing my attempts at leading a simple organized life.

A little about me, I am married to the love of my life a.k.a The Big Man. We have five children and 5 perfect grandsons.
I am a family nurse practitioner, I work with awesome physicians who let me have my own little corner of their world to care for my patients. I run a free health clinic 2 nights a month. The Great River Charitable Clinic has been open for 6 years, we provide medical, dental, optometry and  pharmacy at no cost to those without insurance.  The Big Man and I own an operate Bed and Biscuit Boarding.  We live on a little piece of land, where we love and care for 14 rescue dogs and 10 chickens.  And, in August of 2014 my 87 year old father who has vascular dementia moved in with us.

Are you tired yet???  This is my life ~

Over the next 31-Days I will be sharing with you how I handle this crazy blessed unorganized life of mine.
I hope to see back daily
Connie 

Growing Organizational Skills in 2014

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As 2014 begins I have a few big projects on my plate:
1. Studying for my Nurse Practitioner Certification
2. Setting up a new Family Practice Office and begin seeing patients
3. Clearing the land and building a new building
4. Opening a dog-boarding business
5. Earing certification for the Diabetes Self-Management Program for the free clinic
6. Running a half-marathon
7. Earning my certification as a Yoga Instructor/Therapist.

So, how will I accomplish all of this????
First I am going to review a few books I have read on organization – check back next week to see how I set up my system.
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~ Connie ~

Staying Organized with many projects

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Organization is a state of mine.  For some organization is making a list, for others it is about establishing order in their surroundings. For me, it is about making a list and keeping order with the items I need to work the list.

I  keep 3 to-do-list.  The first list is for my paying career.  This list is divided into two sections; things to do and things to follow-up on. Now some folks might say that to follow-up on is a to-do so why divide the list.  The to-do is new projects or simply task. The follow-up side of the list is old projects or things I am waiting on.

My second to-do-list is for my volunteer activities (humane society, free health clinic, red cross, and 5K event).  I keep this list in the same format as my paying career list.

The third list is for me. This is the list I keep of things I want to do, books I want to read, topics I want to look up.  I keep this list on my Samsung Galaxy tablet.  I have it with everywhere I go.  I can quickly download a book from my list on the Samsung Galaxy tablet.  I can research a topic (like how to knit a scarf).  I can catch-up on my blog reading (Bloglovin).  It is amazing how finding the right device can help keep you organized.

Check back tomorrow to see how I am going to organize my blog post –
~ Connie Kay ~