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GRAMMACATHY
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3/26/11 5:37 P

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Yes avoiding the push and crash cycle is so important. I still like using the neighbor kids. Our handyman is in his late 20's but he enjoys helping us and seeing the progress. He knows neither of us are well and he gets a kick out of being useful along with getting some extra pocket cash.

He is so fast, I just tell him I have forty dollars, go do something outside.



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3/26/11 4:11 P

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That's okay; I've been told I ramble on a bit also.
I could probably get it done myself, but, with my health problems some days I can barely bend over to pick something up, and, straighten back up.
My younger daughter would take off work and help me, but, they are having problems with her having had Breast Cancer and the bills that go with that.
I'm afraid what my friends and family would think of me, if I let them help.
Pray for me, that, on my 'up' days I will be able to get it done.
I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatique Sydrome, Irritiable Bowel Sydrome., so, I have quite a few 'down' days.
See, I told you I can ramble on. Probably more than you wanted to know.

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GRAMMACATHY
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3/26/11 4:04 P

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When you find that perfect neighbor or church teen to help. have them start on one room. That is the lovely thing about young people. No preconceived notions. Once the room by your front door is done, then It will be easier to keep it up and do a little extra tidying in the next room.

Be sure to put in writing what they will do. A checklist of what you want them to do, and until you know how fast they work, I would just set them a flat rate for the checklist. My oldest girl could work circles around me. As a ten year old she could have one room picked up and dusted and vacuumed in less than a half hour and re-arranged all your furniture. If course you didn't dare look in your closets or the laundry room. The other two daughters were slow as snails. It was better to pay them by the job. They would probably answer the phone, take messages, get sidetracked by a TV show or want a snack.

So now you know the joys and hazards of teens. If you are willing to spend a little time training a teen, they are absolutely wonderful and fun and economical. I usually put out fruit and some tea for them to snack on when they were done. If they wanted to sit and talk I would sit with them for a few minutes.



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MRSJARI
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3/26/11 2:50 P

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Although I have quite a bit to go, Flylady has helped me. Through reading her book and emails and website, I have allowed myself to let people into my home, to see my mess and still enjoy their company. I even have allowed some people to live here when they had no other place to go. Is my house organize? No way! Is it clean? That's a foreign word to it!! Am I working on it? Yesiree! I am constantly getting rid of things through charity and Freecycle and selling items at cheap prices through local lists. This past weekend my son won a game at a charity auction. We realized the game was too mature for him, and I was able to sell it this week to an older family in the correct field so that it fits them wonderfully, and gave the money to my son. That is one less thing to worry about in the house, and one happier boy who now has a bit of money! The price I chose was less than what could be found on Amazon, and no shipping was needed, so both families won on the deal. This morning my husband was cleaning the dining room/kitchen, which is also the family craft and activity room, and found a box of unfrozen 'popsicles" that our children have outgrown. I Freecycled them and they are now gone from our home already. Bit by bit we have been able to get rid of things, and although I am still hesitant often about people entering our home, they now actually have a place to sit and talk, and even eat if it's mealtime. And games can easily be played, which is good with this family! emoticon

This week I have been ill, with a virus, so my work has been very limited. Yet I have worked in the main room I'm working on, a bit a day, and it does look better. A couple of days all I did was 5 minutes, but it was 5 minutes more than if I hadn't done anything. Maybe you can start with this method, doing babysteps, doing one small bit at a time, and bit by bit you will see a difference and see more space.

Sorry this is so long - When I'm ill I tend to ramble.
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KNUCKLES145
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3/26/11 1:13 P

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ask some of your friends if they would like to help out. have a "cleaning party" I bet they would be glad to help. and if they won't accept money, then you can "pay it forward"

All the so called "secrets of success"will not work ... unless you do.




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3/26/11 8:52 A

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Well, I do have a cell phone. I don't use it a lot or "text" on it, but, if I am ever on the road and need "Help", I can call for someone... Also, my phone that I have now, I can take pictures with, it has a memory card, and I can download them on my computer or take them in to get developed.... My brother is 2 yrs. younger than me and he does not have a land line phone, but, he does now have a cell. He has health issues more than I do.. he does keep minutes on it. It is one of those that you have to go buy a card for where mine isn't...

Our Church has someone in the Church that cleans it and I think they clean once or maybe twice a week...With all the activities that they have going on with meetings and bible studies and such, I think they need to do the cleaning more than once a week..

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3/26/11 8:39 A

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emoticon GOOD MORNING! (CAPS FOR VI)

TALK TO YOUR PASTOR. HE MIGHT KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO NEEDS A PART TIME JOB & WILL DO A GOOD JOB. I'M TRYING TO TALK DH INTO US HIRING A MAN FOR A DAY TO HELP PUT NEW GRAVEL ON THE PATHWAYS. I HAD MAJOR SURGERY LAST MONTH & CAN'T LIFT FOR SOME TIME (SO THEY SAY). I HAVE A FRIEND WHO I'M GOING TO GET TO HELP ME DECLUTTER. SHE'LL GET EVERYTHING WE DECIDE NOT TO KEEP. THIS SHE'LL TAKE TO THE RE-SALE SHOPS OR HAVE A YARD SALE. IT WORKS FOR BOTH OF US!emoticon


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3/26/11 6:31 A

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I am almost 71 and need help de-cluttering. Due to health problems, it's impossible for me to do much!

I am too imbarrased to have anyone to see my mess.

What to do?

"All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose."

Romans 8:28

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3/26/11 12:54 A

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In the place where i live the cleaning women are so horrid. i kept a couple of them, and i had to be constantly present with them to get any work done. Ultimately i thought - "If i am anyway spending so mush time supervising, i may as well do it myself. Why waste money?" Also, they did very shoddy jobs and cost a mint !! Ultimately i got fed up of hiring help and am doing everything myself. This is leaving me exhausted. But what option do i have ? :(


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LHLADY517
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3/25/11 11:41 P

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I live about 1/2 hour away from Branson MO.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV



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3/25/11 11:40 P

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Teens will probably be my best bet. No hotels or motels here close. Everything's over 1/2 hour away.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV



MRSJARI
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3/25/11 11:39 P

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Ah - Ok. Hmmm. Where are you? I'm sorry - I don't remember. Probably the youngster way is the way fior you to go, from a dependable family. I hope you can find someone!


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VJORTEGA
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Maybe a teenager looking for some work or a college student looking for a job part-time.
Are there any hotels or motels near you sometimes the cleaning people there are looking for extra work on their days off.


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LHLADY517
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3/25/11 11:34 P

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Church members take turns cleaning the church. In fact, I don't even know if there is a "cleaning" service around here.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV



MRSJARI
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3/25/11 11:27 P

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I'm with you there - I don't know anyone who uses a cleaning company. Instead, I have many friends who do the cleaning or own the cleaning companies!

I actually hired one for a couple of hours to help us get a jump start on cleaning my in-laws' house when they would finally allow us to help. The place had not been cleaned really in 10 years, and was covered with dust and dirt. And she was having asthma probl3ems every day. After they helped us, we were able to get much more done, and the house is now livable. How did I choose that company? I called our church and asked who cleaned the church. Maybe you could do that, and if you don't want a company, you could ask for a pre-teen or teen to help. My older daughters did help others in this way when they were younger. They tend to be less expensive than the companies


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LHLADY517
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I also don't have a cell phone. I'm fighting tooth and nail with my family on this. I don't want on.

As to cleaning help, none of our friends or even acquaintances use any help like that. So I'm really struggling as to how I will find someone.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV



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I don't want a Smartphone. I don't Like Smartphones. I don't even like Cell Phones, but I do have one. Throughout the years of caring for my children, I have discovered many things to do while waiting on them, including paying bills, writing letters, grading papers, learning to knit & crochet, learn about community events, adjust my budget, sewing clothes, read, and many more. And I don't use a cell phone for any of them.


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VJORTEGA
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Start with friends who have cleaning ladies they trust. Their cleaning help may need more days.


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LHLADY517
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I think I'm going to see about hiring someone to help me get some of the areas of the house under control. It's beyond what I feel I can handle by myself. Now to find someone I trust.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV



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#4 We are poor as church mice, but if Hubby can find money to buy cigarettes, I can find forty dollars to pay the handyman for a couple hours of chores a month. It is worth it.



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Organized, Fit and Healthy
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Having trouble finding the time in your day to stay fit and healthy? Here are 7 methods I live by each day...

1. Designate specific days/times for your workout. During the school year, weekday mornings--before I begin my day-- are generally the best time for me to exercise. I drop my daughter off at school, go to the gym, work out, come home and shower, and then get on with my day. In the summer when my daughter is not at school, I work out in the evening before dinner. My specific schedule won't necessarily work out for everyone, but scheduling definite time will help ensure other things don't take over the time you could be spending working out. Perhaps evenings work better for you, or maybe you can fit in some walking during your lunch hour or after dinner. The important thing is to schedule exercise time on your calendar.

2. Multi-task. Get yourself a treadmill or stationery bike and work out at home while you're reading or listening to a motivational tape. Do some power walking in the mall, before you do your shopping. Take your family to the park and play Frisbee together or go bike riding--you'll be exercising and getting in quality time with your loved ones. Do sit ups during commercial breaks while you're watching your favorite TV programs.

3. Know what you're going to make--before you go shopping. One thing I always do is prepare a dinner menu, and grocery shopping list, a week or two in advance. This way, I know exactly what to buy when I go grocery shopping. I don't waste a minute wondering what to make, or wasting time and money buying unnecessary groceries (or expensive, unhealthy convenience groceries) at the store. Having food in the house also ensures we aren't forced to eat out at restaurants, again wasting time and money, because there's nothing to eat at home.

4. Farm out some of your tasks. On occasion, I pay a gal to go grocery shopping for me. I email her my grocery list, she goes shopping, and returns with everything I need. We also have others help us with our lawn and gardening tasks, window washing, cleaning, and some other everyday chores. If this is not in your budget, don't dismiss the possibility of a less expensive option, like the help of a teenager who simply needs some pocket money for gas and dates. Last summer, we had a teenager trim all our bushes and trees and install edging at a fraction of what it would have cost to pay a professional--and he did a fantastic job. Imagine all the time you can save to play tennis, go dancing, or any other healthy, activity!

5. Get yourself a SmartPhone. I can't begin to tell you how much time I've saved since I bought an iPhone. Now when I'm waiting in the car to pick up my daughter from school, awaiting a doctor or hair stylist appointment, or any other instance when I'm waiting, I can check my email, Facebook, Twitter, enter my calories in my fitness log, check my schedule or To Do list, and so much more. There's no waiting time that is unproductive, and this gives me extra minutes to meditate, cook a healthy meal or call a friend to release some stress. (By the way, I love the My Fitness Pal app available on my iPhone to keep track of what I'm eating and how much I'm exercising.)

6. Have healthy foods available in a snap. As soon as my groceries are in the house, I immediately wash and cut produce so we have healthy veggies to grab in a pinch. A few examples of quick healthy snacks that can be prepped in just a minute or two...

* cucumbers topped with hummus. The hummus can be store- bought or homemade if prepped ahead of time.

* celery with cream cheese

* peanut butter on apple slices

* trail mix (simple mix of cereal, dried fruit and nuts)

7. Make staying fit and healthy a priority. What generally happens is that schedules get so busy, and staying fit and healthy often plays second fiddle to other activities. Make definite appointments with yourself for your healthy cooking, exercising, stress-relievers and other healthy activities and keep those appointments just as you would keep doctor's appointments, and other important appointments. Your healthy--your life--depends on it!

by Maria Gracia, Get Organized Now Newsletter Supplement www.getorganizednow.com/

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV



 
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