Dress like a professional homemaker [Week 3]

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We are on Week 3 of the Homemaker Zero to Hero process. I can already tell that I am not going to be popular with a lot of people this week because I am going to ask you to take better care of yourself and dress like a professional homemaker.

Imagine you are conducting an interview for a housekeeper. In walks a clone of you on your average day, dressed exactly as you usually dress on your average day. What would your first impressions be?

Here is the thing, when you dress the part, you feel better within yourself and you feel more capable of doing the job you need to do. It is like you are tricking your brain into believing in yourself.

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Week 2: 10 Habits of Naturally Organized People

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Welcome back to Week 2 of the Zero to Hero Homemaker challenge. Last week we created the card file system. This week we are going to look at the Habits of Naturally Organized People and what they do differently from the rest of us and start retraining our brains to think more like them. We will also add a few more daily cards to your index card file.

If we don’t retrain our brains then we will land up right back were we started within a day or two. Without retraining our brain, and the brains of our families, we will constantly be the only ones who do anything in our homes and that is exhausting.

But before we can start, we need to know how naturally organized people think subconsciously that makes them organized. To do this we are going to establish 10 habits.

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Week 1 : Making your cleaning system template

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Welcome to the first week of a brand new year and a brand new home. Before I begin don’t forget to subscribe if you want to receive an email every week with the week’s challenge.

This system is a combination of the ones found in the books: Sidetracked Home Executives, Sink Reflections, Getting Things Done, Organize Now! and other books and websites.

This week we are going to create the template for our cleaning system and add 3 daily activities. What I really like about this system is that it is flexible and can quickly adapt to changes in your lifestyle without needing to rewrite or retype pages of routines.

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Bullet Journal Flip-Through: August 2018

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August was an interesting and difficult month for both myself and my family. My daughter had her birthday early on in the month and it was a great success. Towards the end of the month we all got sick with flu-like symptoms. I didn’t manage to keep up with my Bullet Journal every day (as you will see in the video and pictures), but I did keep up with it most days.

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Deep Cleaning my House: Week 1 – The Kitchen

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Today I challenged myself to begin deep cleaning my house. I am going to spend 1 day a week deep cleaning. Every Friday I will work on a different room of my house, repeating the rooms monthly until my house has been thoroughly deep cleaned. I will document the progress and publish on YouTube.

I will admit that I am embarrassed about how gross my house looks, especially in the parts that nobody sees. But I also remind myself that there are houses far worse than mine.

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Easy Macaroni Cheese Recipe

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This Macaroni Cheese Recipe is my go-to meal when I have no idea what to make my family for supper or lunch. It is one of our family favorites. Mark has got so good at making this Macaroni Cheese Recipe, he can make it in 35 minutes. All the ingredients are pantry stables so I normally have everything I need to make it at the last minute.

Meal variation for toddlers: Give your toddlers some cooked macaroni, grated cheese and baby tomatoes on a plate and let them feed themselves.

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Cinnamon Jam Squares Recipe

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I absolutely love this Cinnamon Jam Squares Recipe. The only ingredients that are not pantry stables are the apricot jam and desiccated coconut. However, in my house we always have apricot jam. Apricot Jam is one of the most affordable flavours of jam in South Africa. I also normally have desiccated coconut because I often bake with it.

Tip: Desiccated coconut’s shelf life can be prolonged by keeping it in the freezer.

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