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When Things Go Wrong

by Home Heart Strings

We’re all had it happen to us, and it’s more than a pain in the end when it does.

One minute, everything is fine and working as it should. The next minute, it’s not fine, it’s not working, and often we have no idea what to do or how to fix it. And worse, it’s always something we really need and can’t do without.

Most of us also know that having a warranty on everything we own can run into an outrageous amount of money. Who wants or needs that? I know I don’t and I’m sure you feel the same way!

After all, it’s your money and if you’re like me, you want more of the money you work for to stay in your pocket to do what you want to do with it, and not spend a ton of money on home warranties for things you own and need in your everyday life.

I also don’t like having a ton of different things to have to worry about renewing and keeping warranty plans on. Frankly, that’s just too much of a hassle. I prefer having things consolidated – where it’s one plan and a much lower payment. It’s just a lot easier to have everything combined. That way, I save money and I save time. And that means I save a lot of my sanity! 🙂

We’ve been in several situations over the years where things just go out and stop working. That’s life – things break, they wear out, they quit working. The air conditioning has went out in the dead of summer – so hot you could bake a cake in the heat. The washing machine died, the dryer died, the refrigerator died about a lightening storm, the water pump on our well burned up… just a few of the things over the years. But it’s never a good time and it’s never easy when these things happen.

That’s where having a home warranty plan on things you own comes in so handy – things you NEED and use – in your home for your everyday life.

If you’re like me and want everything together to make it easier to keep up with, and if you’re like me and want to save money and not spend a load to take care of your home and family and yourself, then check this out. Just fill out the little form and see how this can help you a lot. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂

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Organized Home, Happy Family

by Home Heart Strings

Organized Home, Happy Family

Experts agree that clutter is costly.  It’s costly not only in the amount of time it takes us to find the things we need, but also in hurt feelings among family members who don’t like clutter.  They may want to entertain but feel they can’t because your house is too cluttered.  When you remove the clutter you’ll have an organized home and a happy family, and you’ll enjoy your home much more.

If you’ve had clutter in your home for very long you may have become “clutter blind”.  You may not even realize how bad it is but your family members may become irritated and resentful because the clutter is keeping them from inviting guests over or being able to find what they need.

Clutter does more than just wear on your family’s emotions.  It may become a way to avoid dealing with what is going in your life – a way to insulate you from something that has hurt you.  Some people hold on to clutter because they’ve had tragedies in the past and are afraid to let go.  Let go, however, is necessary if you want to reclaim your home, your family, and your life.

Many people with seriously cluttered homes may want to clear the clutter from their homes.  However, they are overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff” and don’t know where to start.  Starting to de-clutter is often the hardest thing.  After getting started, they then have to face the task of letting go.

Families that have a lot of clutter to live with may experience any of the following:

  • Frustration and anger over the amount of clutter
  • Family battles over getting rid of things
  • Shame or guilt to the point they won’t let anyone come into their home
  • Depression and feeling stuck in a situation of their own making
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed by the clutter and life

After the clutter is cleared away you may find that you feel relief, appreciation for the items you’ve kept, appreciation for your family and home, clear headed, able to make decisions, more focused, and productive.

There will also be less tension and fighting among your family members.  Everyone will be able to relax more than when the clutter took over the home.  You’ll also be amazed that you’ll actually have more time for your family because you won’t be wasting so much time looking for things.  What’s more, you and your family will be able to actually invite friends over without fear of embarrassment or being ashamed because of amount of clutter in your home.

Clutter makes your home unorganized.  When you are able to let go of the clutter and organize your home you’ll be amazed at the transformation that takes place.  You’ll have an organized home and a happy family, and you’ll feel much better about yourself.



Getting the Whole Family to Help You Get Organized

When you’re the woman of the house, it’s often expected that you’re going to be the one primarily in charge of keeping the home clean and running smoothly.   You may not be able to do everything, however, and really need to get the whole family to help you get organized.

Division of labor in the home is one topic that causes stress among families.  The man of the house often feels that the house is the woman’s domain and therefore he shouldn’t have to help.  And we know what happens when we ask the children to help with chores.  You’d think we asked them to walk over broken glass or something equally sinister.

The problem with organizing the home and delegation of chores is that you may work away from the home as well.  Even if you’re a stay-at-home mom, that doesn’t mean you’re the only one who does the work.  If everyone made the clutter or the mess, it only makes sense that everyone in the family should help to organize and clean.

First, getting the whole family to help you get organized will take some effort.  Be sure not to nag and coerce them into helping just to get to you stop nagging.  They’ll only resent you for it.  Ask them to help, giving them tasks they may find enjoyable, or at least not completely boring.

If you can get everyone to take care of their own messes, it will make your job easier.  Have them put their own clothes in the hamper instead of leaving them on the floor, take their dishes to the sink when they’re done, and clean up anything they spill.  Help them remember that you’re not a slave and that everyone in the family is expected to chip in with the chores.

When your children are younger, you may have to spend extra time teaching them how to clean and organize their own things.  The effort, if they are receptive to learning, will be well worth it in the future.  You won’t have to worry about their being able to take care of their own things, they will be less likely to lose them, and they’ll be better prepared to live on their own when the time comes.

Staying organized, at least as far as being where you’re supposed to be on time, will be easier if everyone knows how to read a calendar.  Whenever the children bring home a paper with an important date to remember, transfer it to a family calendar.  Color-code the calendar so everyone has their own color.  You’ll all be able to look at the calendar and quickly see if you have something to do that day.

To help keep the home organized and running smoothly, you may have to get creative.  Your goal is to help everyone learn personal responsibility even if that means being tough when someone doesn’t pitch in.  Encourage each family member in a way that will appeal and you’re closer to getting the whole family to help you get organized and clean up the house.



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