The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home. Our family uses the kitchen to prepare meals, eat, and do homework. While we work in the kitchen, we spend time together and we talk and laugh. The kitchen is the center of our home. An organized kitchen is very important since it is used frequently and in a variety of ways. So, how does one organize a kitchen? Some things to consider are reducing clutter, storage, activity centers, clear the counters and cleaning as you go.
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I clicked on the FB link because anything that says simply “Happy” draws my eye.
When I was teaching a breakout session at a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, I posed a general question to my group comprised mostly of women spouses. I asked, “When you first hear that your husband is coming home, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?” A hand darted into the air, followed by a woman emphatically answering, “How the h— did my a– get so big!” As you can imagine, the entire room erupted into laughter…primarily because they were ALL thinking the same thing! This led to a lively discussion about sex, image, and intimacy when you’re finally back together. We discovered that for some couples – often those who had experienced multiple deployments – it was easy and natural to get back to the way things were. For others, this was a time of apprehension, concern and a “nose-dive” in self esteem. Here are some of the suggestions that were offered during the session to help make this very important time better for both of you.
One of the biggest steps one can take in organizing the home office is to manage the paper clutter. Whether you use your home office to manage the home, run your home business or both, tackling the incoming paper is a must! Otherwise, you just get buried beneath it. Have you heard of the FAT Movement? FAT stands for File it, Action it or Toss it. I googled and didn’t find a movement. Let’s start one. Here are some strategies to implement to control the paper clutter in your home office.
Years ago, Cheryl Richardson, life coach and author of Take Time for Your Life and many other books, was booed by the audience of the Oprah Show. Why? Because she suggested that mothers need to take some time for themselves.
Happy New Year! By the time you read this, you’ve probably heard that more times than you can count. But there’s something exciting about each new year. No matter how the previous year turned out, it seems as if January 1st ushers in lots of new possibilities, both in tasks and relationships. These articles I’ve been writing over past months are all about connecting. I look at connecting as improving relationships, with ourselves and others, through tasks and activities. So I guess that’s why I like each new year; it’s a new commitment to improving our connections and relationships.
As Household 6’s, we work constantly to keep the household running smoothly. We manage schedules, lists, and daily chores. It is important that we take time to take care of ourselves. How we choose to do that is entirely up to us. What is it that relaxes you? Do you like to:
This is my kickoff column for Army Wife Network. My goal is to share ideas monthly to help you take care of you in the midst of military life challenges.
December is a month when I tend to reflect on things. I look at all I have in my life and wonder if that’s the true definition of Success. I’m pretty lucky, so most of the time it is. In church last week, the minister talked about how we define success for our own lives, and then he took it a step further. He asked if, along with living a successful life, we were also living a significant life! That was something I hadn’t thought of before – the need to have both success and significance in our lives. If your family is together this Holiday season, then December will be a wonderful time of the year! We also know that it can be a challenging time for families who are separated by deployment.
We have all received an invitation before. To a birthday, a social, a ball or lunch. Invitations come in many ways. You might get a hand written one in the mail, an evite or an oral invite. With the holidays approaching you may have been invited to someone’s home or have invited people to your home. In Kathy Bertone’s book, “The Art of the Visit”, she gives us some tips on being the perfect host and guest.