Habit #6 – Drinking Water Daily

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Habit #6 – Drinking Adequate Amounts of Water
Do you know the signs of mild dehydration? Most people do not drink an adequate amount of water each day. They often feel lethargic, cranky, have headaches, have dry skin, can feel dizzy, and can have issues with your urinary tract.
Drinking an adequate amount can help boost your energy and make your skin look healthier. It can plump your skin up and fill in some light wrinkles. Drinking water can also help curb your appetite and cravings.
How do you know how much is a healthy amount to drink each day? The easiest way I can remember it is to take my body weight and divide it in half. That is how many ounces I need per day.
If the weather is extremely hot or humid, I increase my intake by 10 to 20 additional ounces. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds. You need approximately 75 ounces of water per day. If you are exercising heavily, you will want to increase your water intake to compensate for your sweat loss.
Even in cool weather, you need to drink your water daily. I have a friend who got dehydrated over the weekend because she was not drinking enough water last week. It caught up with her.
Drinking other beverages, especially those with caffeine, does not count toward your water intake for the day. Caffeinated beverages actually cause dehydration when consumed in large quantities. Drinking sugar-sweetened drinks (or sugar substitutes) also does not count toward your water intake for the day.
If you are sorely lacking in the area of drinking water, start replacing your other beverages one at a time with water. If you are drinking a lot of sodas, start weaning yourself down. You will feel better and have more energy as you give your body the water that it needs. You may also see some health concerns rectify themselves when you are drinking an adequate amount of water daily.
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
Your Zone Mission for today is to go sofa and chair diving.
My menu plan for Tuesday is spaghetti and salad.
Have a blessed day!

Habit #5 – Daily Movement Increases Your Health and Happiness

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Dear Friends,
Are you working on your habits and routines as I go through the 12 Habits to help you increase your health and happiness? Read on after this week’s missions for today’s habit.
This week we are decluttering in the Living Room, Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zones 5 and 1 Missions: The Living Room, Front Porch & Entryway
Monday – Declutter in the Living Room
Tuesday - Go Sofa/Chair Diving
Wednesday – Hot Spot Fire Drill in the Living Room
Thursday – Take down Halloween Decorations & Sweep Front Porch
Friday – Hot Spot Fire Drill in Entryway
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!
Habit #5 – Moving Your Body Daily
Daily exercise or movement is essential for a healthy body. It also lifts your mood when you move regularly. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours a day exercising, but you can find 15 minutes in your day to move intentionally.
Your circulatory system needs the daily activity to send blood through your body a little faster than when you are sedentary. Your insulin is better regulated when you have daily movement. Your blood pressure also responds well when you have regular daily exercise. You boost your metabolism with daily movement.
When you feel depressed and have a lack of energy, a brisk walk will boost how you feel. You can even walk inside if the weather or your health does not permit you to walk outside. You can do double duty and declutter around the house and have purposeful movement daily.
A fun way to do this is to have a reverse scavenger hunt. Start with one item that is not where it belongs. Pick it up and take it to where you need to put it away.
While you are in that area, look for something else that is out of place. When you put the second item up, look for a third item that needs to be put away. Do this for 15 minutes every day. You will increase your daily steps, and you will be putting things away at the same time.
If you struggle with a regular routine of movement, call a friend and set up some days to walk together. The accountability will help you in establishing the habit.
Daily movement is a healthy habit that will also increase your health and happiness.
Here’s your recap of the Weekly Zone Missions.
On Monday, spend 15 minutes decluttering in the Living Room. Keep it quick and keep your Holiday decorating in mind. Put away some of the things you have on display to make room for your Holiday items.
On Tuesday, pull the cushions from your sofa and chairs. Do a quick vacuum after you get the bigger stuff out of them.
On Wednesday, spend 15 minutes doing a Hot Spot Fire Drill in the Living Room. Attack the clutter that is around the room and in the corners.
On Thursday, take down the Halloween decorations and sweep the front porch.
On Friday, Hot Spot Fire Drill in the Entryway.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is to declutter in the Living Room.
My menu plan for Monday is chicken and rice.
Have a blessed day!

Habit #4 – Making Your Bed Daily

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Habit #4 – Making Your Bed Daily
Another habit that helps you have a happy and healthy home is making your bed daily. Most of our moms tried to help us develop this habit. Some of us did it kicking and screaming, and in adulthood, the bed is rarely made.
When you make you bed first thing in the morning, you are greeted by a relaxing, pleasant sight every time you walk into your bedroom. It does not have to be made perfectly. Just straighten the bedding and fluff the pillows. It takes a few seconds to do each side of the bed.
Some of you are already thinking of your “what-ifs” in your head right now. For the most part, these are excuses. If your spouse is still in bed when you get up, just make your side of the bed.
If your spouse works a swing shift and sleeps during the day, make the bed when he gets up. If you have a child who naps in your bed in the afternoon, straighten your bed in the morning and after the nap.
You can spend more energy coming up with excuses than it will actually take you to make the bed.
Another way to have a healthy bed is to wash your sheets weekly. This washes away the dead skin, dust mites, and regular dust. You need to use warm or hot water to get rid of the dust mites, but you will breathe better if you bedding is washed weekly.
The easiest way to execute a bedding change is to have two sets of sheets per bed. Once a week, pull the sheets and pillow cases off. Then remake the bed immediately with the second set of sheets. Wash the dirty set, dry it, and fold it. You are ready for the next week. Don’t try to fold them perfectly. Fitted sheets can be folded or rolled, or you can just fold them a few times and store them between your mattress and box springs.
If you have a large household, you can assign a laundry day to each person. They would be responsible to wash their clothes and bedding on that day each week.
Having a clean fresh bed is a healthy habit. You will also be happy when you crawl into a pretty bed each night.
Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter the top of the dresser and dust.
Your Home Blessing for today is to take out the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is take out.
Send me pictures of your progress this week in zone 4!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Habit #3 – Getting Dressed Down to the Shoes

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Habit #3 – Getting dressed down to the shoes first thing each morning
You have a job. Your job is to care for yourself and your family. You may also have a job whether you work from home or outside of your home. You deserve to feel great about yourself. One of the best ways to do this is to get dressed down to the shoes first thing every morning.
When you are dressed down to the shoes, your brain is signaled that it is time to do something. It also changes how you feel about yourself. You hold yourself upright. You feel more confident. You have more energy.
If you suffer from depression, getting dressed down to the shoes helps you feel better about yourself. It gives you a positive feeling.
Think about the days you stay in your pajamas. You feel sluggish. You are not motivated to get moving along on your daily routine.
Your daily routines and habits are the keystones to you having a happy and healthy life.
We like routines. We don’t like to make changes. If your morning routine is lacking in the area of getting dressed right off the bat, I want you to lay out your clothes the night before and get dressed first thing in the morning. Do this for two weeks at a minimum but strive to do it for a month.
Take note if you feel better and have more energy. You should find that you are also more productive. You will also be ready to leave your house at a moment’s notice when you are dressed down to the shoes. You cannot plan for an emergency, but you can be prepared to leave by being dressed.
My morning routine is deeply ingrained, and I don’t even think about the steps of it. I just do it. That is how I know it has become a habit.
Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter the top of your nightstand and dust.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.
Have a great day!

Habit #2 – 12 Habits for a Happy and Healthy Home

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Habit #2 – Declutter for 15 Minutes a Day
(Series on 12 Habits for a Happy and Healthy Home)
We live in an instant society. Things are made to be disposable more than reusable. We are collectors and hoarders of all the stuff. We go out and come back with stuff.
We sit at the computer or on our phones and order more stuff. Well-meaning friends and family pass their stuff on to us. The mailman brings us stuff in the form of mail. We receive mostly junk mail, but scattered in it are important papers and bills.
What do we do with all of this stuff? We are drowning in clutter. It affects our homes, our moods, and our relationships.
Spend 15 minutes each day getting rid of stuff. Separate it into one of three categories.
Throw away.
This is easy. Get a trash can or trash bag and toss the clutter. This is especially helpful for non-sensitive paperwork. But it is also helpful for the stuff you have been holding onto even though it is not even worth donating.
You are holding onto broken things on the off chance that you are going to need a part from it someday. You are holding onto plastic toys that are beyond their usefulness to your children. You are holding onto clothes and rags that are stained, tattered, and torn.
Take a deep breath and trash this stuff. Release yourself from any guilt you feel in throwing it away. You are going to feel peaceful and happy as you let go of this excess trash in your home.
Give away.
This is going to be hard for some of you. The most effective way to relieve yourself of clutter besides throwing it away is giving it away. You can bless someone else with your abundance. You have stuff in your home that is well past its usefulness to you. You are holding onto it “just in case.” You are thinking you can make some money from it by selling it.
Most of the stuff cluttering your home just needs to go. You are not going to make a fortune hoarding stuff. You are not going to recoup the cost of the item.
Some of you were raised without a lot of money or means. You have learned to make do and reuse items. Some of you were raised by parents or grandparents who lived through The Great Depression. Take a look around you. Are you in need? Or are you surrounded by stuff that you don’t use?
Start letting go of the clutter. Let go of the things that don’t make you happy. Find a local charity and drop off your excess.
Put away.
A third way to get your clutter off of your flat surfaces is to simply put it away. Flat surfaces attract clutter. Every member of your household uses flat surfaces to put things down. Part of your decluttering process is to find places for this stuff that is cluttering your flat surfaces.
When you are decluttering area, you can allow yourself to put some of the stuff in a box or basket labeled Put Away. Later, if you cannot find a place for the item, it will need to go in one of the other boxes to throw away or give away.
This part of the process allows you time to decide on certain items. You cannot keep everything, but you can keep the things that make you happy and bring you good memories.
When you bring something new into the house, you need to get rid of at least one item, but for most of you, you need to let go of two or more items to help bring a balance to your home.
Teach your children to bless others with their excess as well. Children can be little hoarders of toys and favorite clothes. Many times, these items end up not being played with and become dust collectors. Organize your children’s toys and clothes and purge regularly with them when they are young. As they get older, give them specific assignments to bring you clothes that don’t fit or toys they don’t play with any longer.
Remember that she who has the most stuff is not the winner. You can’t take stuff with you when you die. Let things go now and enjoy the happiness of blessing someone else with your abundance.
Your home will become a happier place as you have less stuff to take care of and move around. It will be healthier because you won’t be continually cleaning around the clutter.
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter from the bottom of your closet. Donate some shoes.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is soup and sandwiches.
Have a blessed day!

12 Habits for a Happy and Healthy Homes

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Dear Friends,
For the next 12 installments, I am going to share 12 Habits for a Happy and Healthy home. They are not dependent on doing them in order, but they are each equally important in your home routines. I learned these from The FlyLady (FlyLady.net), and they have changed how my home looks and feels.
Habit #1 – Shine your kitchen sink daily
How does one simple thing revolutionize your home? Most of us grew up avoiding washing dishes at all costs. Therefore, as adults, we tend to struggle in the kitchen when it comes to doing the dishes. Even with a dishwasher, we delay doing dishes as long as possible.
We procrastinate. We soak the dishes and pots and pans for days.
Embark on a new habit. Wash or rinse dishes as you cook. Use your dishwasher regularly, if you have one. Wash dishes following each meal. Teach your family how to load and unload the dishwasher. Resist the urge to re-arrange the dishes behind your family.
The goal is to empty the sink immediately after a meal, so you want to establish a routine for running your dishwasher or hand wash the dishes. With a large family, I run my dishwasher after lunch and at night. It is emptied first thing in the morning. Then it is ready to receive breakfast and lunch dishes.
Keeping the sink area clean and tidy helps prevent the spread of germs. Running your dishwasher regularly helps keep your family healthy. During cold and flu season, you can run the sanitize cycle on your dishwasher to eliminate the spread of germs.
When you walk into the kitchen each morning and are greeted with a clean and shiny sink, you will be happy and ready to start your day.
After you shine your sink, set your timer and do you zone mission for the day.
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
Your Zone Mission for today is to attack the clothes pile (put it away or purge).
My menu plan for Tuesday is grilled chicken.
Have a blessed day!

Making Your Bedroom a Place of Peace

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Dear Friends,
Have you started your Holiday Missions with The FlyLady ? Jump in and do a little bit each day to help you prepare for the Holidays.
This week we are decluttering in the Master Bedroom.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 4 Missions: The Master Bedroom
Monday – Declutter in the Master Bedroom
Tuesday – Attack the clothes pile (put away and purge)
Wednesday – Declutter the bottom of the closet
Thursday – Declutter the top of the nightstand & dust
Friday – Declutter the top of the dresser & dust
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!
This week I want your goal to be to declutter in your bedroom and make it a place of peace for you. These missions are not long and complicated. Use your timer and only spend 15 minutes a day on them. If you have a lot of clutter in your Master Bedroom, you can chip away at it a little at a time. Resist the urge to spend hours in your bedroom on decluttering.
Here’s your recap of the Weekly Zone Missions.
On Monday, spend 15 minutes decluttering in the Master Bedroom. Deal with the little piles or the stash and dash. If you have paper or clothes strewn about the room, start in one area and work until the timer goes off. You can assign this same mission to your children to do in their bedrooms.
On Tuesday, deal with the clothes that are in piles or baskets. Either put them away or purge them. Don’t overthink this mission. Use the timer, and if you have more to do than you can accomplish in 15 minutes, you can come back to this mission later.
On Wednesday, spend 15 minutes decluttering items from the bottom of your closet. Spend 15 minutes on this mission. Donate some shoes or other items that are taking up space in your closet.
On Thursday, declutter the top of your nightstand and dust it. If you have piles of books or other items on your nightstand, consider another place for these items. Only keep items on your nightstand that you absolutely need.
On Friday, declutter the top of your dresser and dust. Throughout the month, strive to maintain it. You can do it!
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is to declutter in the Master Bedroom.
My menu plan for Monday is hamburgers.
Have a blessed day!

Keep Your Daily To Do List Short and Sweet

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Dear Friends,
Did you clear out your stash and dash areas this week? Decluttering will help you with maintaining and cleaning your home when you do your Weekly Home Blessings. If you still have some stash and dash areas, spend five minutes a day on these areas.
Do you procrastinate when it comes to your To Do List?
My best advice on your To Do list daily is to keep it short, and then you will experience the feeling of being successful in completing it. If you are homeschooling and have small children, keep your To Do List daily to ONE thing. Yes, that is right. Put ONE thing on your To Do List for the day.
Keep a Master To Do List with your Control Journal. This can be a list that you add to and mark off, but it is always there. Each day, read over the list and pick parts of some of the items on the Master List.
If you have older children, you can limit yourself to 3 small steps from the Master List.
When I am writing a book, I will have Book on my Master List. Then, I will pick something to work on for the book as a daily goal, such as write Chapter 10. Later in the process, it might be to edit Chapter 10.
If I am doing a room project, I might have the room name written down, and then smaller projects listed under the room title. When I do my daily list, I pick one of those things to do.
My daily projects stay around 15 minutes, but they can be larger and take 30 or 45 minutes. They do not take all day. I cannot budget all day to a project because my routines will fall to the side.
Your perfectionism wants you to do it all at once. You have been doing it this way for years and breaking it down into small steps feels strange to you. You can do it! It takes small, consistent steps.
Where do you flounder with your To Do List?
Today’s Zone Mission is to do mop the bathroom floor and do a 27 Fling Boogie.
Your Home Blessing for today is to take out the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is take out.
Send me pictures of your progress this week in zone 3!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Make decluttering paper a daily habit

papers

Dear Friends,

 

Since we are in the third week of the month, tell me how you are doing decluttering paper daily. I have received emails and had comments from many of you who have implemented this routine into your day.

 

Decluttering paper is a necessary habit for us. If we do not declutter paper regularly, it will take over our homes. Papers cause some of you emotions. Papers cause some of you to make decisions on what to do with it. Some of you are paralyzed when it comes to getting rid of papers.

 

What should you keep?

 

What should you toss?

 

Will I ever need it again?

 

Will my kids want to have their papers when they grow up?

 

I need to make a decision, so I should keep this paper.

 

Meanwhile, you have papers you have been holding onto for months.

 

I want you to take a deep breath, set your timer for 15 minutes, and start dealing with your paper stacks.

 

Really try to take action with one piece of paper at a time.

 

Trash it or shred it.

File it. (Set up files if you don’t have anything set up.)

Make that call if needed.

 

Decide how to handle your children’s school papers. You are not obligated to keep every piece of paper your children produce. Keep what is necessary for state laws for homeschoolers. Keep some sentimental papers. Share their artwork and writing with others. Then, whatever is left, toss it in the trash.

 

While you are decluttering paper, keep telling yourself to let it go. Having a lot of paper in your files is not your security. You will be decluttering paper for the rest of your life. Even in a digital age, we produce a lot of paper.

 

Keep practicing this habit. Write it down on your daily schedule. This habit will also help you if you struggle with keeping up with your bills because you will be going through your mail daily. Set up a file or envelope to put bills as they arrive. Make a note for bills that are on auto-pay. Make a note for statements that you receive electronically.

I want you to have cleared flat surfaces and no piles of papers sitting around your house. You can do it!

 

Today’s Zone Mission is to shine the bathroom sink and counter. Toss items from your Stash and Dash.

 

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

 

My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.

 

Have a great day!

 

Siggie - Tami Fox

Tossing Clutter and Expired Medications

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Dear Friends,
Today I want you to focus on tossing items that are taking up valuable space in your home. Use your timer and work on your zone mission and monthly habit wherever it fits best in your day. Spend 5 minutes in the morning, afternoon, and evening if that works for you. The main thing is to just do it. This is anti-procrastination day, so take those consistent steps in getting rid of clutter.
For your zone mission, you are going to check expiration dates on the items in your medication list. If you have expired medications, collect them in a box. You will need to find a proper way of disposing of them in your area. You do not want to flush medications down the toilet, and you do not want to send them to the landfill.
The two safe ways to dispose of expired medications is to take them to your local police department, if they have a pill drop box. Ours has one of these. You can also check with a pharmacy to see if they have a safe way for you to dispose of them.
The only safe way I know to do it at home involves using water and kitty litter. You will need a heavy plastic bag and a large scoop of kitty litter. Dump in the expired medications and add water. You want to soak the kitty litter very well. Let it sit and check to see if things have dissolved. You can dispose of this bag in your trash after this process. The kitty little neutralizes the medications. I learned this from a hospice nurse several years ago.
The second part of your zone mission is to put away the items you have stashed around the house. These are the things that need a permanent home. Spend 5 to 10 minutes doing this. Don’t get carried away and spend hours putting things away.
Your habit of the month is to declutter paper. Spend at least 5 minutes but no more than 15 minutes decluttering paper today. If you are overrun with homeschool papers, focus on those first. If you have mail and bills to sort and shred, do those. Just pick one and start pitching!
Share with me something you are going to do that you have been putting off.
Your Zone Mission today is to toss expired items from the medicine cabinet and put away items from your stash and dash.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is chicken.
Have a blessed day!