The ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom 3-Week Challenge ~Day 18


Welcome back to the ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Challenge!  You can find the beginning of this challenge *here*

So here we are.  The last day of this challenge.

We covered so much ground these last three weeks.  We made some year-long goals for our family, broken things down into the month-by-month, learned how to focus on different home tasks each day of the week and finally polished up our daily routines by sorting them by time of day.  Your home management binder may only have a few pages in it at this point, but I’m confident you have all the necessary tools to take things from here. 

In this final post, I’m going to share the secret of getting ANY of your long-term goals accomplished.  Are you ready for it?  Here it goes…

Be sure that every single one of your yearly goals somehow lands on your daily routine.  

Here are a few examples.  Perhaps you want to:

  • Start praying for friends and family more effectively
  • Lose those last eighteen pounds of baby weight
  • Do less nagging and more affirming of your husband

1) The praying goal is more of a daily life change than a weekly or monthly one.  So that one’s easy.  Onto our daily routine it goes!  Would it be more likely to get done in the morning for you?  Or better incorporated into your Before-Bed Routine? There’s no wrong answer.  You know when you’d be most likely to get it done.  Write it down and start ‘checking it off your list’ each day until it becomes a habit.

2) What about losing that babyweight?  Well, you can’t exactly put ‘Lose 18 lbs today’ on your to-do-list.  That’s more of a year-long goal.  But at the same time, if it doesn’t make it on your daily list, it will just sit there out of reach, seemingly unattainable, and taunting you.  So let’s get serious.  Break those last pounds into months.  That’s about one and a half pounds per month.  Can you lose 1 1/2 lb per month?  Sure!  That’s much less scary.  But again, nothing on your monthly list is going to ‘just happen’ unless you also incorporate it into your daily routine somehow.  So onto your daily list it goes…  Exercise in the morning?  Write it down.  Eat HEALTHY snacks in the afternoon?  Write it down… Carrots and hummus, not Oreos.  Do those healthy snacks need to be prepared ahead of time?  Put it on your Cooking Day list.  Not drinking enough water?  I actually have this on my to-do-list, people.  Call me crazy, but it gets done.

3) What about that more-vague goal of becoming less of a nag and more complimentary toward your husband?  Well, that’s a harder one, since it doesn’t fit nicely into any daily routine.  But what you can do is to remind yourself of your new resolution daily.  Write down a few encouraging (or convicting) Bible verses and put it somewhere you can see every single day.  This might be in your binder, directly across from your to-do-list.  Every time you open it, it will be there.

 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

Or perhaps…

 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm. Proverbs 27:15

 The idea is that by looking at it every day, it will gradually soak into you and become a part of you.  Then when the temptation comes, hopefully so will those verses to mind.  This can be done with any character trait you know needs work in yourself.  I had the ‘cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones’ verse written across my binder for years.  It’s amazing how much harder it is to feel sullen about housework when that’s written right alongside things.

For more ideas of what you can organize with your binder (kid-related things, recipes, business information, prayer lists, home decorating ideas, important #’s and addresses, etc), don’t forget to check out The COMPLETE Tour of My Home Management Binder.

And before you go, if you have been following and enjoying this series.  Please do me a favor and let me know in the comments.  I absolutely love hearing from you!  It truly makes my day and is what gives me the courage to keep writing more.  

40 thoughts on “The ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom 3-Week Challenge ~Day 18

  1. Hannah says:

    Thanks for all of the helpful ideas, Kelsey!

  2. I loved your ideas in this latest series. I am a FLYbaby myself, so I get some of them. My one downfall is not looking at my plans. I love to plan and make a planner and then after a couple of weeks, forget about it. 🙁

    • My planner is there to keep me from getting sidetracked. Some days I need that more than others. But just having your goals written down somewhere’s a great first step! Glad to have you along, Stephanie! Thanks for reading.

  3. Amanda says:

    I have loved reading this series, although, I already have a binder put together. Mine is very different, but it works for me 🙂 More than that though, I have enjoyed reading your blog in general. I have three boys under four years old, and am always looking for encouragement and camaraderie. Thank you for using your words as a fountain of life!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Amanda! It does sound like you have your hands full of blessings! Boys are great, aren’t they? I’m wondering what you mean by ‘very different’? I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to binders and planners. I wish I could flip through everyone else’s just for inspiration. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Marielle says:

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this series! Thank you so much for encouraging me to structure my daily life a little better- it does my type-A heart well 😉 I’ve begun incorporating your ideas and have had a much more productive week!

  5. Lucia says:

    Love your blog! It’s in my daily routine to check it 🙂

  6. says:

    Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! This award is also known as the “favorite blog award”. And since I enjoy reading your blog and hearing how you live such a full life putting Christ first I knew I just had to include you in my list of recipients! Check out my post to find out the steps to accept your award, and keep up the great blogging!

  7. talyq says:

    I just caught up with the series today. Thank you so much. It was very helpful to review some (and learn some new) things. I am a mom of 7 (ages 20 to 2), but still am learning new things and tweaking my parenting and homemaking. I have read lots and lots on this subject over the years, tried various methods at different times and stages of our family. Ultimately every family truly has to find what works for them, but reading some principles always helps. I found the first chapters on setting major goals very helpful. After 20 years of parenting and homemaking I have gotten a little tired and lost my zeal and perspective, but since I also have little once, I still have lots of parenting time ahead and so this series helped me renew my perspective. Thank you.

    • My pleasure! I’m thrilled to have you along. I’m sure I have lots to learn from you as well, so feel free to pass along any 20-years-of-more-experience tips that come to mind! 😉

  8. Alicia says:

    I just ran across your blog yesterday and love it! Thanks for posting this challenge. I just read through it in two days while I have been putting together my own binder. Between you and Ursula at Home Made by Carmona I think I will have an awesome binder that will benefit me greatly! I have a 1.5 year old boy with food allergies so food was taking over our lives, but monthly freezer cooking has been a life saver! So I figure organizing the rest of my life will help too. I love the idea of having goals for your life and family plus treating stay-at-home like work-at-home!

    P.S. I love your attitude on life! Your positivity is contagious 🙂

    • Ooh, yay! Thanks for your kind words, Alicia. They’re so very encouraging. I’m glad to have you along for the fun. And I’ve never heard of Ursula at Home Made. I’ll have to check her out!

  9. Lisa says:

    I just read through the series! I absolutely love your ideas. Thank you for the suggestions and guidance. I can’t wait to get my binder in order. I am starting it tonight!

  10. Mona says:

    I have enjoyed your blog. I read this back in October but am just now getting around to setting up the binder. Im a mom of a 21 year old and 8 year old. I worked full time until recently. We became foster parents about 2 years ago and usually have 3 to 5 kids in the house of various ages. I thought myself pretty organized until becoming a stay at home mom. Your blog has encouraged and reminded me I don’t have to be supermom and get it all done in one day but plan and live one day at a time.

  11. Simone says:

    This has been a great series!! I did a crash course in finished it in a week. This will be a great year. I can’t wait to look back at the end of the year and see all that I have accomplished.

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      I’m so glad! Keep those goals handy and read them at least monthly to keep you on track. It’s amazing what knowing where you want to go can do! Have a wonderful 2014!

  12. ltummonds says:

    I really enjoyed this series. I started my 2014 goals before I found your blog. Thank goodness I DID find your blog because it totally re-focused my priorities in the ‘right’ place, a more God-centered place! It feels good to be organized.

  13. Kerry says:

    Thank you so much Kelsey! I live in South Africa and have just spent a misty Sunday going through all of your Challenge posts and have set up my Management Binder. I already feel more organised! You’re a real star. I will be checking back in to your blog regularly. Bless you dear lady xx

  14. wietske says:

    Thanks Kelsey! My Home Management Binder is a fact! I went through all the challenges and I am really noticing a difference in our house already. Thanks again, you’re doing a great job!

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      I’m so glad! Good job putting all that together! It’s a lot of work at first, but has helped me so much! Have fun with your binder!

  15. Sonia says:

    I can’t tell you what a help this has been. I am a new mom and we recently moved states. I have been waiting till we were settled to start my binder, and I am so excited! I love schedules and organization, but honestly I have been a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out how to make it all run smoothly. You broke it down so well. Thanks for your hard work.

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      It was fun! I’m happy to meet a fellow schedule-lover! 😉 I can only imagine how overwhelming the whole moving process AND having a new little one can be. Hang in there and things will settle down soon!

  16. Anna says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas as well as your heart. You are an encouragement!

  17. C says:

    Just finished creating my home management binder by walking through your 3 weeks of posts. I have to say thank you a million times over for making it easier than Fly Lady. I tried figuring out a system by poking around her website, and even subscribed to her emails, and it was absolutely overwhelming. Thank you for your concise and efficient way of getting me organized with littles!

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! My organization style has been heavily influenced by FlyLady, but I think moms of littles just need a different system sometimes. Thanks, C!

  18. Kate H says:

    Hi Kelsey,
    I only found your blog on the weekend, this is my first time ever following a blog and it’s put a real spring in my step this week. I’ve just finished going through your home management binder challenge so am hopeful and excited about getting some more organisation and less chaos in my life! Although with 3 pre-school aged kids in the house we both know there will always be moments of chaos! Thanks so much for all the work you have clearly put into your blog and for taking the time to share it! I’m looking forward to catching up on some of the other things I’ve missed and to reading your new ones.
    Kate (Australia)

  19. Laura D. says:

    A friend and I just completed this challenge… how refreshing to finally have goals on paper! I feel like my head is cleared up so much more now. Of course that doesn’t keep me from forgetting something every once in a while (ok… more like every day, but I have a 10-month-old), but I feel so much more productive now that I have a visual to help me see what needs to happen. The challenge now is to not RELY on the binder more than the Lord to get me through each day. The tendency is there regardless of what method you use to run your home, but I hope that above all else the binder will allow me to be more intentional with the time that I was wasting. Thank you so much for this challenge, it has already been so beneficial for me!

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! The binder is a wonderful tool. Use it to help you follow the Lord and his purpose for you. Thanks for dropping by!

  20. Katy Vincent says:

    I’ve been trying to organize something similar for a while now…I was SO happy to stumble upon your blog! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  21. Jessica Diercks says:

    I love being organized and this made it fun! As a wife and mother it can be hard to remember all the things we need to get done and now I have a binder of my own started to help keep me on track.

    Thank you for taking the time to write this blog to wives and mothers like me! It has been such a blessing!

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