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Guest Post by Lisa Gessert

This is a great time to get yourself organized.
This time of year everyone is switching closets from summer to winter and getting ready for the holidays that always seem to come too quickly…here are some Helpful Hints and Tips and a few Misconceptions to Keep You Organized.
Myth #1
My home HAS to be clean to be organized:

There are many days my home could use a cleaning, dusting, vacuuming but I am still organized. People think if their home is dirty or messy that it isn’t organized.

Once I organize my closet, draw, or room it should stay that way:

Your closets and draws need attention a few times a year. the more you use that space the more attention it needs. Clothes closets need to be weeded out twice a year, when you change your wardrobe from summer to winter and then winter to summer.
This is a great time to get rid of the clothes you aren’t wearing.
Draws you use more frequently need to be weeded out more often.

Myth #3
I can do my bills anywhere.
Create a spot where you can have some quiet time.
Make sure you have stamps, letter opener, envelopes, pens etc.
Keep a simple file draw or a file carry case and keep bills for only 1 year and tax papers for 6 years.
A simple file system is all you need to keep your bills under control.

Time management and space management is important to live a stress free life. Remember once you have set up a new system to keep organized, give yourself at least 6 weeks to get accustomed to the new routine.

Lisa Gessert is a professional organizer at Organizing Buzz.

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A busy mom doesn’t always have chocolate chips in her family’s kitchen cupboard. So this evening we made some busy mom Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies.

busymomcookies2They turned out great – though I had to turn the temp down a little and we cooked them for 9 minutes.

1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. soft butter
1/4 c. peanut butter
2 eggs
3 c. oatmeal
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together. Drop by spoon onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 2 dozen

Peanut butter oatmeal cookies

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I am not sure where to start when describing how incredibly busy I will be this week.

I am starting a series of mom interviews to feature bloggers and get some of their great tips for organizing and time management for their families this week. All of which will be posted here at Organized Families.

If you are interested in being interviewed please drop me a note through the contact form.

I also have a client blog to complete, an aupair training manual to write for Rod’s new aupair (my boyfriend for those of you who are new to my crazy life blog), another client who needs help getting started on twitter to promote their blog, a fence to finish staining, invoicing, and you know the daily life of being a single mom with three children !

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I stopped by the Household Helpers Blog today and entered to win a free $25 Walmart Gift Card. Stop by and ask Cara your mom management question and you will be entered to win as well.

While you are there check out the HouseHold Helpers Guide to Time Management for moms.

My question was ” What meal ideas do you have for those days when you get the kids home at 5:30 and have to be at the Soccer practice by six !

Of course this is because I am now dealing with this issue every Tuesday and cheese sticks and cold meat just aren’t doing it for the kids anymore !

If you have some quick on the go healthy meal ideas for my Soccer Mom delima please do comment !

Here is the cause of my Tuesday Dinner concerns:

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OK- I have been watching the five minute mom blog prepare for their The Ultimate Blog Party 2008 for a few days and I just can’t help it. I have to join in and share it with you all.

Actually it was the video on their front page that resulted in my children running to see where the music was from and they twisted my arm. So Head on over to the party ….. Click Here

To those of you from the party … be sure to subscribe to my feed. Because you won’t want to miss out Mothers Day Contest next month!

So who is this Organized Mom at Organized Families?

I am a mother of three children – My middle son the “SPY” wanted to share the top secret desk of the Organized Mom …

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