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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 ~

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

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 ~

Organizing for the Puppy Sitter

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his week has been a challenge for me. I have new projects at work and we had family at home for Easter. This week we are leaving on vaction Thursday.

Remember I am mom to 12 four-legged babies. Being a mom to four-legged babies requires planning just like being mom to human babies.

Our youngest human daughter is going to babysit for us. The following is a list of tasks to prepare for our time away from home.
~ a list of phone numbers including the vet
~picture ID of each four-legged baby
~ a list of what to do in case of a basic emergencies (like where we keep the first aide kit and leashes)
~ instructions on who can play with who (not everyone gets along)
~ a stock of food and treats

Now if I can remember to have fun and not worry about the babies.

Prep time Easter Lunch Planning

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Good Morning World. I have a busy blessed day ahead. Just like you prep for a good meal we should prep for a good day. Spend some time every morning reviewing your schedule for the day. Planning makes you feel in control even when an unplanned task shows up.


Today I will prepare for Easter Lunch All of the kids but two will be home for Easter. Lunch for 16. Please leave me suggestions for what to cook.
Have a simple organized blessed day ~ ConnieKay

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Monday’s Schedule –

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Organization is a skill – but so is living a simple blessed life.  Using a daily-to-do-list helps me stay organized.  I also use my iphone calendar synched to my Outlook Calendar.  I know the simple task of keeping a calendar is not rocket scientist work – yet sometimes I look at my calendar at the end of the day and ask myself: What did I accomplish today? Where did today go?

In Simple terms – I kept my work obligations, shared my blessing with my community work, and had a little me time.

 

Today is Monday, my schedule probably looks like many of yours – dogs to walk, morning meetings, board meeting, Grandsons ballgame, dogs to walk, papers to grade, and exercise.

What do you wear that will move from board room to ballgame?  Today the dress is black capris, gray t-shirt and a black sweater with black flats.  Simple jewelry – diamond studs, wedding ring on the left anniversary ring on the right, watch and my favorite bracelet, Brighton Charms

If you do not want to spend big bucks on jewelry but want to look elegant check out Bamboo Pink