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I live in South Florida, home to beautiful palm trees and bright sunshine. So why was it that the temperature gauge inside my car read 34 degrees?

Why is it that my 5 year old complains he is freezing when he gets out of the shower when it’s 100 degrees outside but then proclaims it isn’t too cold for shorts when it is 34?

Feeling especially bad for my older guys who have open air hallways at their school and the high temperature only reached 50 today. And on top of that their official school uniform outerwear is a flimsy windbreaker?

Kudos to my 7 year old daughter who brought in another bag of her used toys to the toy drive today. She wants to help poor children to have a better holiday. So sweet or maybe she is thinking that Santa will replenish it all with newer toys. Who knows but the thoughts in her mind are there and I am not complaining.

All done with Christmas shopping for the most part. Now if everything ships like it is supposed to then we will all be happy campers on Christmas morning. AND I am paying cash for everything so no unhappy credit card bills in January!

Hello to all of my wonderful followers….

I’ve been getting some really sweet emails and comments from people who are worried about me because I have not blogged and been on facebook much these past few weeks.

The truth of the matter is that my dear husband was laid off from his job a few weeks ago so I have been spending a lot of my spare time trying to help him look for employment.  It’s tough and most people are so kind and have been helping us out tremendously. I cannot thank everyone enough.

He has had a few interviews but everyone knows how things are out there with hard economic times.  The positive side is that there are jobs out there to be gotten.  Unfortunately there are so many people looking for jobs that the competition is tough.   But I am keeping faith that things will turn up and we will hear something positive soon.

In the meantime I promise to get back to blogging and facebooking…so stick with me and stay tuned. I have some great new things on the organizing horizon!

Happy Friday everyone!

Hello fellow blog readers and facebook fans,

I am writing this blog post to ask you for some much needed input.  I am in the process of writing an e-book on organizing for busy moms (dads too!). I am also developing some outlines for future organizing online workshops and real live workshops in my community.

However, my problem is that the content does not feel original.  It just seems like the same ole same ole such as tips on how to declutter, how to organize your drawers and closets, etc.  My goal is for my workshops and e-book to be helpful to my target audiences. 

So I am reaching out to you in an effort to get over this block I am experiencing by asking you for your feedback.  If you were going to an organizing workshop or view one online what topics would you want to be covered?  What kind of information would be important to you?  What are your daily organizing struggles that you need help with?

I would love to hear your feedback and if you could help me by leaving a comment or suggestion I would be ever so grateful.  It will help me with content immensely.

Thank you so much.

Love,  Terry aka  The Mommy Organizer.

After 17 years of being a mom, I believe I have mastered the art of doing laundry which is probably why it is one of my most favorite chores.  It’s one of those chores that you cannot put off till tomorrow because if you do we all might be walking around naked.  So I decided that instead of fighting that fate I would just try to make the most of it.  Hence, my quick and easy method for doing the laundry.  It goes something like this:

First I get my kids to gather the hampers from around the house. Yes I even have the little ones do this part because it is easy and also because I believe that this should be a part of the kids chores.

Second, right at the washer I sort between darks and whites.  It doesn’t matter to me which pile goes in first.  The washing machine gets turned on and I go about my business. I am lucky because my washer has a beeper on it that tells me when it’s done.  I then empty the washer into the dryer and immediately start my second load of washing.  (Always check the dryer lint filter as a full one always makes the dryer work harder).  My dryer also has a beeper when the clothes are done.  When I hear the dryer beeper, the first load is done.  Here is where it gets efficient.

When the first load is finished drying, I immediately sort and fold right at the dryer.  I do not put the clothes back into the hamper for folding at a later time.  The reason I don’t do that is because a) if you let the clothes sit in a hamper for any length of time, they get wrinkled and need to be ironed (unless you like to look like a wrinkled prune!) and b) it’s too easy to walk away and procrastinate.  The concept is rather quite simple.  As I pull the clothing one by one out of the dryer immediately they go into piles on the floor…a pile for Daddy, a pile for each kid, and a pile for me.  When the piles on the floor are done, I pick up one pile at a time and put it on the dryer and fold right then and there.  When the first pile is done I start the second pile until all of the piles are done.  Then each child (except for the littlest one) is responsible to take his/her pile and put it away.

By the time this first load of sorting, piling and folding is done the second load in the washer should be ready to go into the dryer.  You repeat this until all of the clothes are folded.

This method may not work for everyone but it sure works for me.  I have been doing my laundry this way for a few years now and have never been backed up on laundry in any of its stages.  And everyone is happy. They don’t have to run around naked.

I promise

Posted on: March 17, 2010

to get back to my organizing posts but I would hate to deprive you of yet another really creative eat-clean food story I experienced today.

Last night as I planned out my food for today I knew that I would not have to bring lunch.  I have an all day work meeting and therefore a lunch is usually brought in.  Therefore I only brought my cooler with an apple, pear and my peanut butter in it.  I didn’t know what the lunch would be so I guess I was just taking my chances.  As we broke for lunch I realized that the lunch was meat lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and cannolis for dessert.  All very delicious but most are not on my eating plan.  You might be saying “come on give yourself a break” and one day I will but for now I am 3 weeks into eating clean and still not ready to have easy days.  I am still working on making all of this a habit. Any set back now could be a problem.

So I approached the meal very carefully trying to figure out what it was that I could eat and stay away from the rest.  The lasagna was out. I couldn’t have that.  Interestingly there was a side pot of meat sauce to put on top of the lasagna so I decided to get a small bowl and eat the meat sauce.  It was pretty meaty so I felt as if I was getting some protein there.  Because I wasn’t eating the lasagna I decided to have a breadstick with the meat sauce.  This was my only real cheat but not really because the breadstick was small and I only had one.  I then ventured over to the salad and obviously got a plate of salad with salad veggies and balsamic vinegar.  I skipped the cannoli. 

I guess I just wanted to share that through a bit of creativity I was able to turn a meal that I could not eat to something I could just by thinking through my food choices. 

I do believe I did not get enough calories or protein so I will make up for it either at my mid afternoon snack which is a pear and peanut butter (I will double up on the peanut butter serving) or make up for it at dinner. 

I feel great though and am proud of myself for turning what could have been a problem and into a positive without compromising my progress and feeling bad for it.

Do you have any situations like that where you felt you didn’t know what choice to make?  Or maybe there wasn’t a good solution at all?

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