Let’s face it, we are moms!! Time is not always on our side. And since we don’t have an abundance of extra time to get things done, it never hurt to ask how other people for tips on how they do things or what works for them. Nowadays, ideas are only a google away. Pinterest is cram-packed with great, albeit sometimes over-the-top, ideas.
The “Glean & Tweak!” Technique!
I use what I like to call my “Glean and Tweak!” technique. It’s a system I use to creating more order in my house. I don’t always have time to sit down and come up with new ideas for everything that I need to get done. What's great is that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel! We just need to glean from other moms, and then tweak what we learn to fit for our family.
Lots of my ideas are not originally mine. My six week meal rotation came from a friend in Florida. I tweaked it to work for my family, and then I tweaked it again recently to meet the needs of my changing (and growing) family.
My control binder, which I’ll blog about another day, came from Fly Lady originally. I’d never heard of it until then. But it’s awesome to have. Basically, it’s a central family binder with dividers for all the different things you need to have in one place. I’ve helped so many of my friends put them together for their families. I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that I tweaked Fly Lady’s version quite a bit to make it work best in my home.
Find a Home Management Mentor
Titus 2: 3-5 states that an older woman should encourage the younger woman to be “busy at home,” a.k.a. “homemakers”. So, it never hurts to find someone you admire and who has systems in place that mesh with how you’d envision things for your home. This person doesn’t even have to be older.
I certainly do this when it comes to homeschooling. I’ve tried so many different things out in an effort to find a good fit for organizing our family's homeschool — both our space and our day. I learned so much from various homeschool veterans–and lots of trial and error.
I suffer from “Kristi Piles”. That’s what My Man lovingly calls them, “Kristi Piles.” I don’t want to just randomly stash things, so I make piles to go through so that when I do have time I can sort through them and put everything in the right place. It kinda goes along with my earlier reference to me being an oxymoron: I’m messy and organized all at the same time!
When I realized that one of the biggest things contributing to my “piles” was mail and miscellaneous papers that needed to be organized, I decided to seek the advice from my “mentor team”. 🙂 I sent an email out to four of my organized friends and asked them how they dealt with mail and papers. I got four different responses. All had great tips to help me get ideas of what might work for me. It was awesome.
Books, Google & Pinterest!
Books are also great resources! I love books!! I have several favorites. Some are oldies, but goodies. Here are a few that I’ve “gleaned” from over the years.
- Elizabeth George Books: I love her Mom After God's Own Heart, Life Management for Busy Women, & Small Changes for a Better Life
- Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
- Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure
- Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph
- The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight by Heidi St. John
- 365 Ways to Organize Everything by Emilie Barnes
- FamilyFun Home by Deanna Cook
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey
- How to Organize Just About Everything by Peter Walsh
- Fly Lady online tips at flylady.net
I already posted about these in another post, but they need another shout out:
- Large Family Logistics by Kim Brennerman (out of print, but keep hoping they'll print more)
- A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family by Mary Ostyn
If you need help with organizing specific areas of your home, just google it! Pinterest is awesome for finding “pretty” organizational tips. Pinterest is definitely one site I recommend looking at with the idea that you'll “tweak” whatever you find there. Your space doesn't have to be picture perfect–or “Pinterest perfect”. Here are some of the fun organization tips I've found on Pinterest.
Happy Gleaning & Tweaking!!
“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
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Introduction to M.O.M.
Rule #1: Don't Forget Your First Priorities!
Rule #2: Baby Steps!
Rule #3: Get Your Groove!
Rule #4: Clear the Clutter!
Rule #5: Don't Eat of the Bread of Idleness!
Rule #6: Plan Ahead!
Rule #7: Ask for Help!