Organic Home Gardening

Have you ever considered setting up your own organic home garden? It’s easier than you think and can bring you huge health benefits. It also puts you in complete control of where your food is coming from and how healthy it is. You can be 100 percent sure that the food you are eating is not covered in pesticides or chemicals.

Organic home gardening can offer you numerous benefits. First of all it can be a fun and relaxing activity to take your mind off your daily stresses. It can be a great way to avoid the environmental damages of crops and vegetables that are available in stores. Having an organic home garden means you have a direct source for healthy products such as vegetables, fruits, and herbs. This guide will walk you through the steps you need to take to set up your organic home garden.

  • Become familiar with an organic garden and various types of organic vegetation.
  • Learn the traits and maintenance needs of organic plants.
  • Prepare your soil.
  • Take advantage of cool cloudy days to plant your produce as this will provide them with better growth conditions.
  • Dig holes one inch wider and lower than the roots.
  • Care for you plants and water regularly.
  • Pay special attention to your plants and only use natural water, and fertilizer solutions.
  • Add flowers to your garden to increase healthy bugs and combat pests. DO NOT use chemical pesticides.
  • Be patient as you will see results over time and you will reap the benefits of organic home gardening eventually.

Get an Organized Home – Tip #3 – Manage Your Time

In an ideal world, you would have all the time you needed to organize your home. The shows on TV make it look easy, with full crews working day and night. Unfortunately, if you want to get an organized home, you have to do it while still maintaining said home. But there is no need to worry, this can be accomplished and also start you down a path of organizing your time in general.

Previously, I have discussed starting small and doing a small area to begin your organizing project. This is the best method for attacking a large scale job, as it gets your momentum going and is normally a project that can be completed in a short period of time. It also provides you with an idea of how long the organizing process will take.

Since most of the organization work will occur when you are off work or on the weekend, or some other time-constrained period, it is very important to know how long certain sections will take to organize. Some items, such as sorting through a lifetime of photographs, may take several days to complete. Others, such as clearing out the old, worn-out shoes in your closet, may only take an hour or two.

Many people who want to get an organized home stop after a couple days. While the reasons vary, and often sound like excuses, a large reason is because their momentum is halted. Someone might start out with the best of intentions but tackles a bigger area than they can handle at that stage. If your living room is a disaster area, pulling out the 24 photo boxes and spreading them all over your living room floor is a recipe for disaster. The project simply won’t be done in time. In time for what? Well, in time to get ready for work, or play with the children, or simply relax at the end of a long day.

Having an unfinished project staring you in the face, especially one which impedes your day-to-day activities, just adds to the frustration level which made you start organizing in the first place. This feeling snowballs and soon you feel that it isn’t worth it. And then the entire project falls by the wayside.

These are normal thoughts and a completely realistic chain of events. For this reason, as much as any other, it is important to manage your time from one step to the next. If you want to get an organized home, you have to have the patience to understand it will not be done overnight. And, once your home is organized, the practice of managing your time will translate into other aspects of your life as well. But small steps first…

An Organized Home is a Possibility!

An organized home is a happier home whether you are single or have a household of eight. Having an organized home will make your life and everyone else’s run much smoother.

How do you organize a home? Start with the basics! Since every home has a kitchen make a concerted effort to put everything in its place and enlist all members of the family to do the same. Your kitchen will remain uncluttered and everyone will always know where to find what they are looking for. Set up a system for setting the table, clearing the table, loading the dishwasher, and cleaning up the kitchen after a meal or a cooking session. From time to time, schedule a good cleaning and reorganizing of the kitchen to keep it in tip top shape.

Bedrooms items such as laundry baskets are essential to an organized house. Your dirty clothes go in the basket not on the floor! Kid’s toys can be stored in a toy chest or colorful plastic bins minus the lids for young children. When they are done playing, the toys go in the chest or bin and the room stays clean; the same rule applies to the playroom if you have one.

If you are short on closet space and have gone the shoe rack and shelf extensions route and still need more room, under the bed boxes can be used(can be purchased in any department or home improvement store). Simply put the stuff in the box, slip it under the bed and out of sight it goes.

Bathrooms can be the hardest rooms to organize in the home. Most of them are way too small to accommodate all the daily necessities. If you have room, a tall thin over the toilet stand can hold your extra toilet paper and a few towels and wash clothes. Hair dryers and curling irons can be stored on hooks installed next to the rack if there is room. Cosmetics can be put in a plastic container with a lid or a decorative basket and left in the bedroom when they are not in use. You really have to get creative when organizing the bathroom, but it can be done.

An organized home will not only look neater but it will certainly cut down on all the questions of where to find something. Just be sure to involve every family member in the home organizing project.

10 Easy Steps to an Organized Home Office

Without the structure of an office outside of our homes, it is easy to scatter anything work related all over the house. We still need to complete our work in a timely and efficient manner. After all, the less time we spend working, the more time we have with our family. An organized home office will make for a faster and more pleasant workday. Here are a few ideas to get you and your home office organized.

1) Do you have a home office? You don’t necessarily need an entire room, but you should have a well-defined space to contain all your office essentials and files.

A desk in your bedroom that will hold your files, paper, pens, calculator and of course computer will do fine, especially in the beginning.

If your “office” consists of the dining room table, some of the drawers in your kitchen, a file cabinet in the basement and the computer in the bedroom, you may want to think about organizing everything in one spot.

Are you spending a lot of time searching for a particular document, running from room to room to find it? Consider moving all your files and papers to one central location, preferably close to the computer if that’s where you are doing the bulk of your work.

2) Keep your personal files and papers separate from your business things.

You will eventually have enough paperwork to deal with without having your personal bills, magazines and the kids’ after-school schedule mixed in there. Create a separate spot for those somewhere outside of your home office space.

3) Create a file system that works for you. Remember, you may be working for someone else, but when it comes to your home office, you are your own boss.

Think about how you look for a particular file or piece of paper. What will be the easiest way for you to find it? Then create a file system that works for you. Don’t worry, if you don’t get it right the first time, you can always resort and try again. Sooner or later you will come up with a system that is “just right” for you.

4) Take a good look at your work area. Do you have piles of papers, files, mail, floppy discs and CDs lying around? Do you notice anything else piling up? Set aside a few hours and put everything away. Use your new file system and find “homes” for anything else.

5) Now that you have your office organized, set aside a few minutes at the end of your workday to keep it that way. Try to “leave work” for the day with a clean, empty desk. You will appreciate it the next morning. This will also prevent you from ever coming across a huge pile of papers again.

6) Add a personal touch to your office. Bring in some pictures of the kids; add some pretty plants, inspirational quotes, or anything else you can think of that will make your office a pleasant place to work in. In addition to getting and keeping you in a good mood whenever you step in your office, you are more likely to keep it clean and organized if it is a place you treasure. So splurge a little on some special office d├ęcor.

7) Let’s talk about the files on your computer. You can waist just as much time searching for an online document as for a piece of paper. If your computer is used for work as well as for personal use, create a work folder and use subfolders for particular employers, projects etc.

Again, come up with a file system that works for you and keep your work files separate from your personal files. This is particularly important if other family members access the computer as well. If that’s the case, and you are using
Windows XP, I strongly recommend setting up a separate user account just for work and password protecting it. This will prevent other family members from accidentally changing or deleting your work files.

8) In addition to your regular files, you also want to keep your emails organized. Let’s be honest, we have all wasted time searching for a particular email that contained some vital information we needed fast. Setting up folders for different clients and projects has worked well for me, but again find a system that works for you and stick with it. Sort the email as soon as you read it. It only takes a second or two to drop it in the appropriate folder, but will save you a lot of time if you have to find it later.

9) Now that you have a good filing system (both physical and digital) in place, set aside a little time every few months (or weeks if appropriate) to purge your files. We can quickly accumulate a lot of documents both in our file cabinet and on our hard drive that we no longer need. At the very least, try to purge your files twice a year.

10) Now that your office is organized, you may also want to take a look at organizing your time. Again, come up with a system that works well for you.

I encourage you to start with a few of these ideas to get your office and yourself more organized. You will be surprised by how much time you will save not searching for files, papers or the stapler. Before long, you won’t know how you ever functioned without an organized home office.