Praises of a Wife and Mommy was created for mom's like me. I like to share secrets, parenting advice, deals, the many arts and crafts that we do at our at home preschool, and most importantly share my faith. My many roles go beyond mom they also include, preschool teacher, Children's church teacher, youth pastor, wife, and one role I love Christ follower. Praises of a Wife and Mommy started small but is cotinuing to grow. I love to review products and hold giveaways.
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You might picture a home office as a perfectly Zen space that’s free of distractions and stress. However, this is rarely the case. Many people find their personal lives seeping into their home offices and their professional lives seeping out into the rest of the home. Fortunately, this problem can be solved with a little organization. By following the three steps below, you’re setting yourself up for a clean workspace that allows you to spend the rest of your time focusing on more important things. Give them a try and see how they work.
It’s easy for your desk to get messy throughout the week. You might set something aside and accidentally bury it under plans, contracts, and notes. Not only does this make your office seem smaller, but it can overwhelm you and make it hard to keep your priorities straight.
Invest in a small paper shredder (there are plenty of options at Office Depot) and spend the last 10 to 15 minutes of your Friday reviewing all of the papers on your desk and in your office. Shred what you don’t need, file away what you do, and prioritize the important items. Once your space is organized, grab a notepad and make a list of Monday’s priorities. This way, you will know exactly what needs to get done when you sit down at the start of the week.
Invest in Quality Filing Cabinets
If you manage a business that’s significantly paper heavy – like a law office or accounting firm – then you might find stacks of papers building up throughout your office. This is an easy way to lose important documents and cause undue stress while you look for them. A filing cabinet is an amazing tool: it allows all of your files to live in once place where you can easily reach them. If you don’t have one in your office, then you need one now.
Even if you do have a filing cabinet, you might still be due for a new one. Many desks have cabinets built in that aren’t big enough to handle the workings of an entire business. The teams at Office Depot and Office Max can help with this as well.
Get Creative With Labels, Notes, and Colors
Just because you have a home office doesn’t mean it needs to be as boring as the rest of corporate America. Stop by Hobby Lobby and look for unique labels, file folders, and stamps that you can use in your office. This will make you more inclined to actually use them throughout the week, while boosting your happiness around your work. It’s your home after all, so why not make it fun?
If you’re still struggling to focus at the office, ask yourself what’s distracting you. You might have a bad chair that makes your back hurt, or maybe loud noises pull you out of your work zone. By solving these problems, you will soon have an optimal office space that maximizes productivity.
Since you all loved the other cookie giveaway I did last week I thought a St. Patrick's Cookie Giveaway would be another great one for those of you who have a sugar tooth. :) This giveaway is sponsored by Gourmet Cookie Bouquets ! I personally have not tried these cookies but looking at the pictures of all the cookie bouquets made me ready to try them! I absolutely love the creativity in all their Holiday Bouquets! 2 Lucky winners will win a fun St. Patrick's Day Bouquet that is valued at $50. GOOD LUCK! I hope one of my readers wins!! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter the St. Patrick's Day cookie giveaway. The mandatory entry is commenting on this post, but once that entry is completed, various other entry options will become available. Any option is acceptable, but the number of entries per person are limited to the number indicated in the contest rafflecopter form. Entries will be reviewed and duplicate or uncompleted ones will be removed
MY MEMORIES SUITE Review and giveaway! (#1 rated scrapbook software) The above is one of the scrap pages I have created. Super easy and super fast. I only took a couple minutes to create a 8 page photo book. I am still going to do some more with adding more embellishments! The below is one I created all from scratch and it only took me about 5 minutes! :) SO EASY! Here is a great video explaining more about the product. There are also tutorials available on youtube.com I am not sure if you are like me but I have spent hours online trying to upload photos to the web to place them into something I was trying to create. THE BIGGEST BONUS to My Memory Suite is the fact that it is downloaded to your computer so you do not have to wait forever for a picture to upload! It made my experience much quicker then other programs I have used online. The scrapbook software was very easy to download on my computer and did not take long to learn how to create. :) One feature t
Last week we tried out the fizzing sidewalk chalk- click here to read that review. This week it is liquid chalk spray. They are a bit similar but yet different. Here is how to make it: Supplies: 1 tsp. washable tempura paint 1 cup of hot water 1/2 cup of cornstarch squirt of dishwashing liquid 1 squirt bottle- I found them at the dollar store 1. Add cornstarch to one cup of hot water whisking to mix so that there are no clumps. 2. Add one teaspoon of washable tempura paint and a quirt of dishwashing liquid. Mix well. 3. Pour it into your squirt bottles and shake well. 4. Go have fun!!! This kept my daughters attention much longer the the fizzy chalk last week. I also think this was easier to work with and just more fun in general. I love seeing the chalk wet but then to see it dry. I think it dried darker so it was fun to see the changes. :) Ready, Set, Go! Have some fun! She is my little model... she kept saying "take my picture mom." She is like her