Sponsor Thank You: Davonne Parks, Organizer

The Homeschool Blog Awards wouldn’t be possible without our great sponsors, so we want to take some time to thank them!  Please remember to visit their website and social media links to show your appreciation.

Davonne Parks, Organizer

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Every homeschool parent needs to learn how to manage their time wisely if they want to make the most of their homeschool days. As a fellow homeschool mom, Davonne Parks really gets that.

And, in order to become more efficient in her own life, Davonne learned how to manage her time so she could start being on time. She also spent months learning how to make her home go from chaos to clutter-free, and she’s spent years refining those techniques.

Then she took the tools and lessons she learned and she turned them into incredibly helpful, well written, and easy-to-read eBooks.

Davonne’s books include hilarious embarrassing stories, practical tips, inspirational quotes, gentle encouragement, and fabulous suggestions that any mom who’d like to be a little more organized or timely can benefit from.

For the Blog Awards, Davonne is generously giving away 20 copies of Chaos to Clutter-Free and 20 copies of 28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person!

Plus, anyone who subscribes to Davonne’s blog will receive a complimentary copy of her eBook 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms!

You can connect with Davonne Parks and get helpful encouragement and tips about organization, simplicity, and heart-filled motherhood on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Four Resources to Help You Organize Your Blogging Life

Every blogger needs a little inspiration from time to time, as well as practical ideas for keeping their thoughts organized!

I’ve seen some great blogging organization and inspiration articles this month, and today I want to share some of my own favorite blogging organization resources.

Four resources for organizing your blogging life!

1) My Blog Plan by Hedua.

I love, LOVE this planner. It has everything I need to stay organized with my own post ideas, contributor and guest posts, deadlines, social media, blogging to-do’s, etc. Plus it’s super cute!

If you’d like more blog planner ideas, check out Renee’s post of top ten planners, or North Laurel’s list of favorite FREE blog planning resources.

2) Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer.

This is hands-down the BEST book I’ve ever read for work-at-home moms! Tricia is very real and honest, and in addition to fantastic work-at-home tips and realistic scheduling ideas, I felt like she was giving me permission to do something I love in addition to raising my children.

3) Pinterest.

I have an entire board dedicated solely to blogging and writing! Any articles I read that have excellent marketing ideas, writing inspiration, monetization tips, etc. get pinned onto this board so I can find them easily when I need to.

4) Facebook.

Even though I unfriended everyone on Facebook, having a Facebook account has been vital to my blogging organization. I’m a member of a few closed/secret groups for the sites I contribute to and it’s really nice to be able to simply log in so I can see updates and news from the site owners.

Bonus Item: A tidy house.

While this isn’t technically a physical blogging resource, I absolutely can not be as creative when I’m surrounded by a mess! Investing the time upfront to create a clean environment not only benefits my entire family, but it also allows me to be able to work guilt-free because I know my home was taken care of first.

I wrote a little bit more about how to organize your great ideas here, and I wrote about Pinterest organization here.

And if you’re struggling emotionally with finding a balance, then in addition to reading the book Balanced, make sure to read this short post about when your children just need you.

What’s your favorite blogging organization tool?

Davonne (11 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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What NOT to Forget…When Moving Your Home{school}

 

What NOT to Forget...When Moving Your Home{school} @hsbapost

We have exactly 12 more nights in our home of nine years before we make our next to last move for a while.  Then approximately nine months later we will make a move to what we think will be a mostly permanent home for us.  And by the grace of God, this is the most organized that I have been during a move.  EVER.

One thought is that I’ve had a little bit more notice on this move than I have in the past.  Perhaps it is also because I’m a little older, and know that moving our homeschool in addition to our regular life is a pretty big deal, and cannot be done haphazardly, or we will suffer for it later.

It could also be due to the fact that I am not working outside the home during this one.  I am blessed that my packing is not relegated to only weekends and evening, or vacation days that would be MUCH better spent getting acclimated to the new place.

Or maybe my OCD tendencies are just becoming a bit more refined these days, and this is my moment  to shine!

Either way, I’ll take it, and share with you all that I have learned during the preparation for this move. When we talked about homeschooling a move last month, I focused specifically on how to keep the learning going!  Today, I would like to focus a little more on the logistics of the move itself.  I hope it blesses you the next time you need it!

 

1.  Begin with your list of utilities and services to be disconnected and connected.

It is easy to overlook something when compiling this list.  Trust me.  I started on this last Monday, and our water service still has yet to make it on to the list.

The two places I looked to make sure I hit everything were the files I keep for paid bills and my online banking account.  Somehow water made it past this security checkpoint, so I wonder what else I might have missed if I had only used one method?

Another word to the wise on this one…get as much as you can in writing (email is just fine) from your provider confirming the actual disconnect date.  I have already had TWO services disconnected early because a customer service provider put in the wrong date or simply no date at all, making it seem as though I was ready to get it done now.  Luckily I had backup confirming my actual request.  If not,  I could have been hit with a lot of fees to continue service until the date I actually requested it to be terminated.

The services being connected are just as important.  Nothing would be less fun in a move than to arrive at your new residence with no power or running water.  To make sure you don’t miss anything, just match up services you are looking for to the services you had.  If your current one provides service in your new location, that makes it even easier! None of mine for this particular move are the same, but going down that list has helped make sure I will have everything we need when we get there.

And don’t forget to make the address change with the post office, which can now be conveniently done online!!!

 

2.   Make this as easy as possible on the moving team.

Most moving companies these days provide you a “by the hour” quote as opposed to a flat rate.  This means that the more organized you are = less time it will take them to get you moved = less out of pocket expense for you.

Do your best to label boxes clearly in terms of not only their contents, but their room destination in the new home.  I found these nifty little labels at The Container Store last week, and have purchased two sets of them.  My only complaint so far is that there are MANY more boxes than labels, because of the way the labels are evenly distributed throughout the rooms.  To remedy this situation, I’m going to use as many labels as I can, to get the movers used to the colors that go with each room, and then purchase plain stickers that match these colors and complete my boxes with those.

I also plan to print out a floor plan of our rental (f you don’t have access to this, you could try your hand at sketching it out) and label each room with it’s appropriate name (i.e. Bedroom #2 is Zoe’s Room…Bedroom #3 is the Study).  Then prior to the move I will hang a sign on each door with the name and corresponding sticker color.

And do your best to have as few loose items as possible.  We always move our computers, printers and monitors on our own, to prevent possible damage AND because packing  that stuff is just not any fun!

 

3.   If making a pit stop on the way to a permanent home, decide what you can live without during that time.

I have done a lot of culling in the last few weeks, knowing that we will have to keep many things in boxes during our stay in the rental.  These boxes are still labeled with their contents and the room they were packed FROM, but have a different destination once we get there.

First round was getting rid of things that we knew we were not going to use any longer.  This may sound simple, but many people become so rushed in their packing, that they make the decision to deal with it when they get to the next place.  Most of the time, it ends up adding to the cost of the move and never gets dealt with.  So I am trying to be as thorough as possible in this task,

Second round was dividing everything in to “must have for now” and “could live without for a while but do not want to get rid of” categories, and making sure my boxes are labeled as such.  It will be a blessing to cut down on the unpacking especially since I’m going to have to do it all over again in nine months or so.

 

4.   Avoid the high cost of special packing that can skyrocket your moving bill.

As an example….when the first movers came out to give us a quote, they offered the service of boxing up all of our pictures.  I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea myself.  Much easier than what I  was planning to do.

I shared this information with my husband, and he informed me that not only would it add to the time of the move, but that their picture boxes would be marked up triple the cost that they would be at a box store or local hardware store. So our decision would be to either transport them ourselves before the actual move, or have them already boxed up when the movers arrive.

Either way, we are keeping our costs down with this option.

 

5.   Preparation for your arrival will help cut down the stress.

If you elect to go with the “transport them yourself” option of any of the special packing items OR just anything in general, you could also  take this opportunity to make a trip to the grocery store for anything your family needs once they get there.  Stock the bathrooms with toilet paper, put paper towels in the kitchen….any pantry items you were running out of before you packed….and if the refrigerator is already there and hooked up, get those cold items in there and ready for your first meal.  This eliminates the need to make a fast food run, which we all know is the least healthy option.  You will be exhausted, and your body will need fuel, so let’s get the right stuff in it to rejuvenate you!

 

So there you have it!  My list of what NOT to forget when moving your home{school}!  I’ll be back next month to talk about settling in to a new location.  And I’ll be sure to let you know how this move goes!

Because here is a little secret…this may or may not be the first time I have EVER done these things when preparing for a move.

If you had to guess, which one would you pick?

 

Ellen Pool (4 Posts)

Ellen is a homeschool mom of one who blogs about homeschooling, faith, family and fitness at Grace Tells Another Story. She homeschool an "only", and they have a blast together!! Every day is "girls day"! She and her family live outside of Houston, Texas.


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