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5 killer tips for Ramping up your Productivity

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By Blogger Heather Eigler. Heather lives, writes and parents from just west of Calgary. Her blog
hometoheather.com focuses on decor, food and family.

Ever feel like you run around in circles but never get anything accomplished? Feel like you have a lot on
your plate yet sit on Facebook for far too long? You’re not alone. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to
get a project rolling and keep it rolling. Here are a few tips to ramp up your efforts.


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How to host a last-minute get together

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By Helen Jane from HJ Entertains

So your Mother-In-Law (or Mom) calls and says she’ll be there in 30. You’re expected to be company ready, but you’re most certainly not. What’s the bare minimum you can you do to make your guests feel welcome (and maintain your sanity)?

1. Set a timer for 5 minutes and straighten the bathroom that guests will be using. Make sure the towels are straight, the tub toys are safely hidden behind the shower curtain and the mirror and counter tops are free from toothpaste splatters. This takes far less time than you think it will.

2. Get the drinks ready. Either heat up the kettle for tea, get the coffee pot ready for brewing or simply put some water in a pitcher and tuck in the fridge so it is chilled for your guests. Having a beverage ready for your guests can help your guests feel warmer and fuzzier.


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How to get your kids to part with their toys before the holidays

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Laura is a wife and mother to three great kids, lives in Alberta, Canada and is an addict of all things organizing, especially containers. She is addicted to the high that comes with living a life of order and simplicity and is always looking for her next “fix”. You can find her blogging regularly and sharing her passion over at I’m an Organizing Junkie, and her organizing book, Clutter Rehab: 101 Organizing Tips & Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It!, will hit bookstore shelves in December 2010.

This post isn’t so much about how to organize and contain your kid’s toys before Christmas but rather how to get your kids to part with their toys before new ones invade their space. Think it’s impossible? Are you ready to just grab a garbage bag and head on in to their rooms while their at school to get it done yourself. Not quite so fast. My experience has taught me that the only thing that teaches your children is not to trust you. Let me assure you that the more you involve your children in the process of organizing (and purging!) the more they’ll acquire the necessary skills to make it an ongoing habit that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.


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How to deal with school paperwork

Categories: Balancing Act, Getting Organized, Kid Matters

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By Gwen from Left Coast Mama

This year my eldest son started kindergarten, and along with everything else this has created an enormous amount of paper coming home crumpled in his backpack. Even though I am a teacher by trade, I have been away long enough that I had forgotten how much paper comes home almost every day. How do you deal with the amount of paper that comes home from school?

I have a place near the front door where my son is to put his backpack everyday. I admit this is a work in progress, though he is getting better. Once we have everyone in the house, I take a look in the bag and take out his snack dishes for him to bring upstairs while I take out the paper. I need to have a place where I put the things that need to be signed, gone over, and sent back to school. I also need a place to put the worksheets that my son brings home to show us, so that his dad actually gets a chance to see them before they are recycled.

I have toyed with many ideas including file folders, a couple of baskets and I have come to the conclusion that a couple of binders with pockets is the best solution for our family. I like this system for a few reasons.

  • One of the binders becomes a scrapbook for my son’s art with small or odd shaped pieces going into clear plastic binder sleeves.
  • The other binder keeps scholastic book orders, field trip forms and a record of all notices sent home. I think that when my youngest is also in school the binders will be a lifesaver so that nothing gets lost in the shuffle and we also have a place for his artwork.

Once you have these two places carving out a few minutes each night or every couple of nights to go through the paper, put dates in your calendar, and fill out what you need is in order.

One other thing that I really suggest, and made my life much easier as a teacher, is to put important paperwork and any form that also requires money in a small ziplock bag with your child’s name. Even when your child is older and more responsible, the ziplock helps to keep things together and out of the mess of their backpacks.

Are there any ideas that you find work for you?

Learning Activities for Your Kindergartener

Categories: Getting Organized, Kid Matters

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By Linda from All & Sundry

I never in a million years thought I’d have anything to do with homeschooling, but, well, you know what they say: never say never again. (Bond. James Bond.)

We decided our oldest son wasn’t quite ready for kindergarten this year (he turned five on the cutoff date), and he’s been in daycare/preschool since he was an infant. When I started working from home this September and no longer needed to rely on daily childcare, I decided-after a LOT of hemming and hawing-that we’d try doing school at home for a year.


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5 easy steps to more free time

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By Shauna Glenn, author of Relative Insanity

You know how these days we’re all busy…Too busy to shower…Too busy to shave…Too busy to eat sitting down…Too busy to pee…

Really, I could be here all day. You get the point.

Truth be told though, we do it to ourselves. We extend our reach until there’s nothing more to give; we say “yes” when we should say “no;” and we’re always first to sign up for whatever some overachieving volunteer leader needs us to do. And then we wonder why we’re exhausted and drunk by four in the afternoon every day.
OK maybe you’re not drunk, but I am.


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