Episode 188: How to Take Your Home from Chaotic to Clean with Jenny Welsh

Episode 188: How to Take Your Home from Chaotic to Clean with Jenny Welsh

We have all been there.  The constant mess and chaos of our houses can leave us with overwhelm and guilt and can make us wonder if we have what it takes to make our house our home.  But there is good news!  The state of your house does not define you!  I know, easier said than done.  In this episode, we hear how to make that so with Jenny Welsh.  She shares 3 steps of her Chaotic to Clean Method that will help you bring God back into the state of your home and feel like you have it conquered.

About Our Guest

After 6 years as a working mom, Jenny Welsh took a leap of faith and became a stay at home mom after her third child was born. Like too many women, she felt out of place in her own home and overwhelmed by the clutter. Combining her knack for organization with her experience creating operating procedures and processes, she developed the 7 step Chaotic To Clean method for overcoming the clutter in her home. Now, she teaches moms her people-first home organization method, so they can create space for more of what and who they love.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

A recent study shared that 89% of working moms and 92% of stay at home moms felt overwhelmed by their homes. Those numbers get me fired up! It’s way too high!

Too often we associate our self-worth with the state of our homes. We have been conditioned by film, magazines and social media to identify others’ and our own worth based on our stuff. This is such a big lie. You are NOT defined by your things. Your clutter does not define you.

In the first three steps of Jenny’s 7 step Chaotic To Clean method, we work to shift our mindset away from feeling like we aren’t enough because we don’t have the “right” decor or stuff in our homes and focus on doing more with what we already have.

That one thing is God. Only God can fill the void that we are trying to fill with stuff.

Step 1: Pray

Invite God into your home and into your home organization plans. I like to ask what can I do with what I already have.

This is not about copying a look or style found in a magazine, but about creating a home that is perfect for you to thrive in. So that you can become who God created you to be without distraction.

Step 2: Pause

When we pause and really look at why our clutter keeps collecting, we can develop REAL solutions for maintaining our homes. The goal is no longer to have a clean home because we want to fill a void or feel a certain way about ourselves. The goal is to have a home that serves a purpose (and cleanliness is a by-product of that). So, when we pause, we are asking where in the cleanup process am I getting stuck? What about the way I currently organize my home does NOT work for my family’s needs?

Step 3:  Plan

What are 2-4 things that you want to achieve in your home? How do you want your family, guests and you to feel in your home? What are those words? Now, you can set out to intentionally create THAT. Not someone else’s ideas of what our homes should look like, but exactly what you and your family need today.

This is the step where it’s safe to open up Pinterest. But, not to copy. Maybe for the first time ever, you are looking at Pinterest for inspiration on how to achieve specific things!

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Website
www.homeafterthree.com
Social Media Links
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www.instagram.com/homeafterthree

Episode 187: Daily Routines for Your Career

Episode 187: Daily Routines for Your Career

Ready to make the most of your workday?  I mean, if you are going to be there all day and give your attention and focus to it you should make it as effective as possible in reaching your goals, right?

In this episode, I am giving you a sneak peek from our recent training from inside Life Balance Membership.  In the membership training, we went in deep for your career SOPs on the annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily basis. For this episode, I’m giving you all the details on daily planning.  And if you are a member and already viewed the training, there are some bonus tips and details in this episode that I just couldn’t squeeze into the training.

As a bonus, when you join Life Balance Membership in the month of May, I’ll email the full career SOP training and workbook to you right away.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

This episode, I am going to walk you through how to create a different work environment that actually helps you move your career in the direction you want it to go so you can get in, get it done, and then turn it off to focus on other parts of your life.

  1. Create the right environment for yourself
    • Calendar-Set it up to serve your goals and desired outcomes-
    • Expectations
      1. What are you allowing
      2. Boundaries
    • Watch your mindset going into work
      1. Feeding during your commute
      2. Affirmations as you leave your car
      3. Pray over your day
  2. Set up your day
    • Review your weekly objectives
    • Tasks
    • Time
    • People
  3. Close out your day
    • Respect your closeout time
    • Review and celebrate
    • Reminders for the next day
    • Tidy up

Join Life Balance Membership

Ready to create balance in your life?  Life Balance membership contains the courses to help you build the systems of balance for working Christian moms.  Plus, you’ll have access to our Bible study, Setting Goals in God’s Will, planning tools to help you apply everything that you are learning, podcast bonus material, monthly group coaching, community support and more!  Start your free 7-day trial and get access to everything through the Your Life Rocks app or from your computer.

Have you subscribed to the show yet?  Don't miss a single upcoming episode because when you subscribe, you will automatically get it the show in your app.  If you don't have a podcast app, not to worry.  You can download the Your Life Rocks app and get the shows right in the palm of your hand.  Otherwise, click here to subscribe on iTunes or here for Android.

Love the show?  It would mean the world if you would leave a rating and review.  It helps other working Christian moms find the show because if you like the show enough to leave a review, iTunes will suggest it to others.  Click here to leave a review in iTunes.  Just click on "Ratings and Reviews", then "Write a Review".

 

Episode 187: Declutter Your Master Bedroom with Monique Horb

Episode 187: Declutter Your Master Bedroom with Monique Horb

Do you have a place to rest and recharge?  What if you had a place that you could go, like in your own house?  Often, our master bedrooms become a dumping ground so the rest of our homes stay put together.  If you are looking for more rest in your life, this just might be a project to tackle.  The great thing is, you can make this process easy or complex.  Today, we are joined by Monique Horb, a professional organizer at Organizing Your Chaos.  She is going to take us through step by step just like she was right there with you cleaning your space.  This is our last part of our Spring Cleaning series, I hope you enjoy!

About Our Guest

Monique Horb is the owner of Organizing Your Chaos. She helps busy women have more time, energy, and money by helping them organize their home, paper, and schedules.  This is done with in-home and virtual organizing sessions, paper organizing workshops and courses, and one on one coaching so that women can live their passion and purpose.
She began her business, Organizing Your Chaos, because of her desire to help people gain control of their homes and lives. Through life’s twists and turns, she learned that with an organized home she was able to face each day with hope and encouragement. She likes to say life is easier organized and wants to help others achieve that.
She lives in Valparaiso, IN with her husband of 25 years and is a mother to six children. She is a graduate of Taylor University with BA in Sociology & Psychology. She loves sunshine, Jesus, good books, sweet tea, and her family.

 

Action Items and Tips From the Show

Steps to organize your Master Bedroom:

Get the full guide plus more tips for organizing your house from Monique by clicking here.

  1. Your vision. How do you want your bedroom to function? Decide what you want to use your bedroom for.
  2. Take out the trash.
  3. Take out the dirty laundry. Use a laundry basket, this will help contain the dirty clothes.
  4. Sort your clothes to decide what you love. Take them all out of your closet and dresser and try them ALL on! Does it FIT, does it FLATTER, is it FUN? Ask yourself, would someone else get more use out of it than me? If so, let it go: share, sell, donate.
  5. Does your closet function well? Do you need to add clothing rods or shelving?  Do you like the doors on or off your closet?  Can you put a dresser in your closet?
  6. Declutter your drawers, tops of dressers, chairs, cabinets, nightstands, and under your bed. Get rid of everything you don’t want or need in your bedroom. You may be surprised at what you have been storing here.
  7. Are you storing things in your bedroom that doesn’t belong? Remove them and put them away.
  8. Do you need furniture or do you have too much furniture? Does it function well or do you need to make changes? 
  9. Clean your room!

Join Life Balance Membership

Ready to create balance in your life?  Life Balance membership contains the courses to help you build the systems of balance for working Christian moms.  Plus, you’ll have access to our Bible study, Setting Goals in God’s Will, planning tools to help you apply everything that you are learning, podcast bonus material, monthly group coaching, community support and more!  Start your free 7-day trial and get access to everything through the Your Life Rocks app or from your computer.

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Episode 185: Teaching Kids Healthy Friendships with Dr. Maylin Griffiths

Episode 185: Teaching Kids Healthy Friendships with Dr. Maylin Griffiths

Parenting can be hard to navigate especially when we think of all the things that we need to teach our kids in order to raise healthy adults.  Combine that with the big job of balancing everything else and things just get complicated.  To help simplify this (and inspire us), we are joined by Dr. Maylin Griffiths who is a wife, mother, and clinical child psychologist.  In this episode, we are talking about how to teach our kids how to make healthy relationships/friendships.  

About Our Guest

Dr. Maylin is a wife, mother, and clinical child psychologist.  She spent the past 12 years working with children and families in inpatient units, residential settings, and outpatient care.  Through her clinical work, she discovered everyone is really just doing the best they can for the children they care the most about.  Through her personal experiences as a mom, she discovered that parenting is HARD.  Really Hard.  What she also discovered is that being PROACTIVE rather than REACTIVE has made a huge difference in her confidence as a parent and in her relationship with her children.  Dr. Maylin developed Raising Character as a way of integrating clinical knowledge and proactive parenting with the belief that raising children should be fun, enjoyable, and memorable. She’s on a mission to raise children we’ll admire as adults.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

  • Let’s talk values for this:
    • What are your family’s values?
    • What are your child’s values?
    • Why are these values important to you and your child?
  • Next, let’s talk about behaviors:
    • What behaviors show these values?
    • Example if kindness is a value – what behaviors show kindness?
    • Example: if integrity is a value, then telling the truth is a behavior.
  • Finally, let’s link these two together:
    • We seek relationships with those who have similar values to us
    • We show our values in our behaviors
    • Let’s look for friends that show these behaviors we value
  • When our child’s friend’s do not seem healthy we can ask:
    • “Are your friend’s behaviors consistent with values that are important to you”
  • I find it’s best not to use force and to encourage choice to get the desired behavior
    • So encourage your child to make the best choices
    • Versus forcing them to not be friends with someone
    • Encouraging statements versus control and force

Join Life Balance Membership

Ready to create balance in your life?  Life Balance membership contains the courses to help you build the systems of balance for working Christian moms.  Plus, you’ll have access to our Bible study, Setting Goals in God’s Will, planning tools to help you apply everything that you are learning, podcast bonus material, monthly group coaching, community support and more!  Start your free 7-day trial and get access to everything through the Your Life Rocks app or from your computer.

Have you subscribed to the show yet?  Don't miss a single upcoming episode because when you subscribe, you will automatically get it the show in your app.  If you don't have a podcast app, not to worry.  You can download the Your Life Rocks app and get the shows right in the palm of your hand.  Otherwise, click here to subscribe on iTunes or here for Android.

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Resources Mentioned in the Show:

Bucket Filler Series

 

Learn More About Our Guest

Episode 184:  Weekly Prep For Your Kids

Episode 184: Weekly Prep For Your Kids

We talk a lot about weekly prep here on the show because it is one of the main systems we teach to help you create balance in your life as a working mom.  In fact, if you have not yet grabbed our free course, Weekly Success Planning, I highly recommend that you do.  You can get it inside the Your Life Rocks app on Android or iTunes or go to WeeklySuccessPlanning.com

But let’s face it, a large part of what we do outside of work is for our kids.  So this episode was a long time coming.  In fact, the idea for this show came from our awesome community of other working Christian moms.  Are you a member?  Click here to join us on Facebook.

Want to learn more about Life Balance Membership?  Click here.

Get the full show notes on our website.  Click here.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

Areas to help your kids create balance for:

  • Faith
  • Friends
  • Health
  • Family
  • Education
  • Money
  • Personal responsibility for their things
  • Fun

When doing your planning, here are age recommendations for how much to involve your kids:

  • 0-5 Do for them
  • 6-12-include them
  • 13-17 lead them

Practical tips:

  1. Decide what areas of life are applicable to your kids
  2. Set intentions for each of those areas (involve your kids in the process)
  3. Look at the week ahead and try to spot any potential obstacle that could derail the intentions
  4. Remove any obstacles you can
  5. Prep schedule, people, needs, and things. 

Now that we are getting into the thick of this, it’s important to note that there are two purposes here.  1. Teach your kids this life skill. 2. Actually prep for the upcoming week.

If you feel like you are not ready for number one, head straight to number two with no shame.  If you don’t want to involve your kids, you are not ready for that, they are not ready for that or any other reason that you do not need to justify….that is totally fine.

I know that this list sounds long and exhausting.  As moms, we do a lot. And that is why it’s good to involve your kids.  Even if they don’t set the intentions, have them help you do the things.  My older son and I go through his schedule for the week together. He can pull it up on his computer and we go through what he has going on, what he needs, and who is doing what.  It’s a great time of connection. You can also delegate some this to your husband or other caregivers. But you get to direct the show.

So now you get to put this into practice.  You can do this!

Weekly Success Planning Course

Get the course inside the free Your Life Rocks app available in your app store.  Learn all about this critical system to help you create balance, plus begin planning for your success with our weekly planning tool inside the app!

 Click here to download in iTunes       Click here to download on Android

Have you subscribed to the show yet?  Don't miss a single upcoming episode because when you subscribe, you will automatically get it the show in your app.  If you don't have a podcast app, not to worry.  You can download the Your Life Rocks app and get the shows right in the palm of your hand.  Otherwise, click here to subscribe on iTunes or here for Android.

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