ORGANIZING LIFE HACK: Lamp Timers!

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Do your littles wake up and come into your room at the break of dawn? Do you need some more sleep? Or do you need some “alone time” to yourself before you have your kids out of their rooms?? Well, look no more!!

Have you ever thought about setting your kids lamps to timers to go off in the morning?

My kids have lamps that turn on in the mornings (7AM) to tell them when it is time to get up and come out of their rooms each morning. If it isn’t on yet, bedtime isn’t over yet!

This helps me either get the sleep I need, or allows me to get ready all to myself before they come out and I need to be “mom” for the morning!

My son likes to wake up really early. But since implementing this lamp idea, he falls back to sleep or plays quietly in his room or even looks at books until his lamp turns on!

I like using lamps instead of actual alarms (especially for those who are too young for school) because if they need to sleep in, they can! They just know to come out when they wake up and see that the lamp is on!

It has been a life saver in our household! We taught this as soon as we transitioned each child out of the crib.

Have any of you tried something similar?

I would love to hear about it!

Organizing Tip: No Shoes in the House!

Do you have a “NO SHOE” rule in your house?

For me, I don’t like having all those germs tracked in our home. So I created a way to let others know to take off their shoes when they enter!

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Having something simple by our front door allows guests to know it is a “no shoes allowed” house and gives them a space to put their shoes and other items! (TIP: keep a pair of shoes you RARELY use and always have them by the door. It’s a great signal to those visiting your home!)

And what about shoes from your own household? It seems like every household has this problem: kids run in, drop their shoes and jackets and the parents are left with this big ol’ pile of mess by the front or garage door.

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In our house, we made this super awesome shoe rack. (find it on our website HERE!) If you don’t have a very big space, a couple storage bins or even a couple shelves in a coat closet to store your shoes and jackets can be a lifesaver!

What do you do for your home?

ORGANIZING TIP: Which one is my cup?

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Are you sick of washing so many unnecessary dishes at night? Do you have a problem with family members using several cups a day?

What about setting out coasters and claiming one spot for each family member?

In our home, these coasters stay out all day, everyday. Our “claimed coaster” spot never changes. (Mine is always the second spot😉👌🏼) By doing this, we have saved so many cups from being used throughout the day! Once a family member is done with their cup, they simply put their cup on their coaster. Then they go back for it when they need another drink! Easy Peasy!

Everyone knows which cup belongs to them and mom is happy she does not have a sink full of cups that were used for two sips of water!

BONUS: Coasters are cheap!! What a great inexpensive way to organize a little part of your life!👍🏼👌🏼😍 #oohlahlahdesigns

ORGANIZING TIP: THE PRAYER JAR

Hey everyone!  I am going to warn you.. this is one of my more “serious” posts because it is something close to my heart.. so now that you have that warning, read on 🙂


Have you every felt like your prayer life is a little “unorganized”? I know that I have gotten into a slump with prayer before and so I wanted to do something to change that.I am a firm believer that prayer changes things. I have seen it happen in my own personal life, and others around me. (They may not think it was prayer that changed their situation- but I do, because I was the one praying for them!)  Anyways, as you all know I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my children and work when I want/need to. We are not rich by any means- we garage sale for pretty much EVERYTHING and we both work hard and do our part to allow us to pay the bills. So, as a stay at home mom, I have the job of  picking up toys, teaching children to share, clean up crumbs on the kitchen floor, scrub the toilets, clean up messy diapers, comfort sick children, and kiss boo boo’s good bye.( you get what I am sayin…) I also have the opportunity to teach my children that God is their best friend, who loves them dearly and wants to have a relationship with them. One way I can teach them this, is not only letting them see ME pray, but by teaching THEM how to pray. So, for me, my husband, and for my kids; I have created a Prayer Jar.

I have been working on praying with my son before a meal and before bed ever since the little guy was born. I want him to know that God is first in our life, and I want him to look back at his childhood and know that God was here with us every step of the way whether it felt like it or not. Continue reading

ORGANIZING TIP: DATE NIGHT JAR

Need a great way to “organize” your dating life with your spouse?? Here you go!

So my hubby and I just celebrated our five year anniversary. We don’t like to spend a whole lot of  money for things like this (It has normally been a tradition to just do take out pizza and a bottle of wine), so we usually try to be a little creative with our gifts. Since the traditional things to give on your five year anniversary are wood, silver, and the color turquoise, I decided to use those three things somehow in my gift to him. And this is what I came up with-

wood= Popsicle sticks

silver=The lid from the mason jar

turquoise= The lettering on the jar


This project was the reason why I bought the mason jars in the first place. It is called the “Date Night Jar.” In my husbands card I gave him for our anniversary, I explained that I want to continue to “date” him throughout the rest of our marriage; because I think a person is always changing throughout their life, and it is important to grow together with one another. And since we don’t have money that grows on trees, (wouldn’t that be sweet?)  We need to do thrifty dates so that we can do them often. (hopefully once a week!)

As you all know, we have a toddler and a new baby. We do not get out much.. These ideas can easily be done from home once the kiddos are in bed! So it is cheap AND you do not have to pay for a babysitter! Double Whammy! Check it out!

 

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