31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 17}: Being Available

When you're able to work from home, you don't have to worry about asking your boss to take off when you need to.  Maybe where you work, it's not a problem for you.  But over the years, I've worked in places where it seemed like being off work was frowned on unless there was severe sickness or death in the mix.

It's nice to know that I have the freedom to make my own schedule.  As long as I get my work done, it's up to me when and how I accomplish that.  So far, I've been able to be off work every Friday.  Scott's also off on Friday's, so it's been nice being able to hang out with him before we head to our regular football Friday night games.  And this week, I'm going to take my mom to her doctor appointment out of town.

So working from home will definitely allow me to be available to my family when and where needed.  I think that's a great perk!

This is Day 17 of 31 Days of Learning to Work from Home 

31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 16}: Feathering My Nest

I love a clean, well organized home.  But what I love even more is putting those final touches on a room.  I love to piddle around the house, feathering my nest as I go from room to room.  I'm always tweaking things and swapping it up.  I don't think a room is ever completely done.  

You need good bones to a room and it needs to be functional, but it's the little things that really make a room speak for itself.  It's the little ways we feather our nests that give our homes personality.

My home is an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary with some retro elements.  I love to decorate each and every room ....and I've learned to do it on a budget.  

I'm a lucky girl to have a husband that enjoys thrifting, DIYing, and antiquing.  We save alot of money by doing this and have had so much fun in the process.  We do trips like "Peaches to the Beaches" and the recent "100 Mile Peanut Pickin' Yard Sale".

I'm always on the lookout for unique finds and conversation pieces.  Flea markets and yard sales are an excellent place for this and I highly recommend them.   

Because I'm now working from home, I'm looking forward to having the extra time to feather my nest.  Especially now that we've made some major changes and purchases lately.  Pics coming soon!


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 15}: Keeping it Clean

I believe there are many things that I am going to enjoy about working from home.  For one, I think the sheer fact of actually being home more will make it easier to keep up with regular housework. There's nothing worse than working all week on your paying job and then having to spend your entire Saturday cleaning house.  There are so many other things we all want to do and enjoy on the weekends.....house cleaning is not one of them.  At least not for this gal.

Over the years, I've used different cleaning schedules to try to get everything done in a more consistent way.  Even if the entire house is not spotless, just knowing that none of it is a complete wreck always makes me feel better.

The problem with these cleaning schedules is that when you work outside the home 40 hours a week, you're too tired to have to clean something that evening when you get home.  Having a family complicates that even more.

So now that I'm learning to work from home, I've been thinking about doing another cleaning schedule so that the house work still can't pile up.  But I know I need to pace myself and make sure I don't spend so much time with cleaning that I neglect other things every day.

I recently found another blog that has so much helpful information for Living Well Spending Less. And isn't that what we all want to do?  We want to help provide for our families and give them all they need and some of what they want.  We also want to have well kept homes - and we need to do all of these tasks without breaking the bank.

Living Well Spending Less is full of great household tips, easy recipes, easy DIY, and so much more. I recently found a cleaning schedule that I like more than any I've seen or created before.
I think this master list will be an excellent starting point for me to get a handle on all the household cleaning that needs to be done regularly.

I also love that there are monthly, quarter, and yearly reminders of things that should and need to be done.  So, go on over and check out Living Well Spending Less and let her help get you more organized in your household cleaning.  Whether you work from home or away from home, it all needs to get done anyway.  Why not be more organized about it and feel good about having everything taken care of?

Now that I think I've got a handle on my new job responsibilities, I'm ready to tackle this and keep my house in shape.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Happy cleaning, y'all!


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 14}: Lazy Days

I don't know how the weather was today where you live, but in my part of the world, today would have been a good day to be lazy at home!  It would have been a good day for footie pajamas!

No...I don't actually have any.  And I didn't even stay home today, but when you work from home, you have that as an option on rainy, dreary days like today.

We had severe weather alerts for most of central Georgia, so had I not had an important meeting scheduled, I would have most definitely enjoyed doing all of my work from home today.  

Luckily, the weather improved while I was out, but I'm seriously thinking about getting some of these for this winter [hee hee].  They say it's gonna be another cold one, so a girl needs to be prepared, right?  

And while we're talking about lazy days, I have to say, it's been nice sleeping until 7:00 every morning since I started "working from home".  That's late for me, and I'm sure I won't do it indefinitely, but Scott's had some different work hours the last few weeks and hasn't had to be at work until 9:00.  So why should I get out of bed when I can snuggle up with him for a little longer? :)


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Days 6-13}: Permission to let things go

So.  I guess you've already noticed that I've not been posting everyday in October for this series.  I've been very disappointed in myself for not doing so, but I finally decided it's ok to give myself permission to let some things go.  Even good things.

Although I'm technically working from home as of October 1st, I'm having to go through a training period to learn my job responsibilities.  This training has required me to be away from home sporadically the last couple of weeks.  And when I have been at home, I've been so bogged down with work and learning my job that I just couldn't seem to get everything on my to-do list done.

Blogging is not the only thing that I've been absent from.  You should see my house!  That's why today I made my top priority to get my house clean and back in order.  

The last two weeks have been a struggle just keeping things picked up.  I've not cooked every night...or exercised at all :(  And my devotion times still aren't what I'm shooting for.  But I'm done beating myself up about it.  Sometimes when you are leaning something new or you have a major change in your life, you have to give yourself time to get your footing.  

I've been so tired at night that I've fallen asleep at the drop of a hat.  But it's a good tired.  I'm really going to love being a support coordinator.  And although I'm having to travel a good bit this month, it's not the norm.  So I expect things to calm down soon.  As a matter of fact, I can already tell that I won't know how to act in November and December when I'm really able to be home most of the time.  
I'm looking forward to getting this "working from home' thing down pat.  And I'm looking forward to sharing the things I learn as well as some projects here around the house to help make working from home even easier.  

So, I hope you'll stop back by for a visit.    And by the way, I'm so excited about how my little office area is turning out!  I'll be done soon and share a few pictures with you :)


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 5}: More time with God

For so many years now, I have dreamed of the opportunity to work from home.  I have dreamed of how awesome it would be to be able to set my own schedule.  When you are able to plan how your days go, you are able to prioritize what's really important to you.  

One thing that means alot to me personally is being able to carve out a daily quiet time with God.  It can be a challenge to do that, even on the best of days, so being able to have a flexible work schedule can make a big difference in making this time happen on a consistent basis.

At Day 5 of this venture, I will be honest and tell you that I have yet to make this happen like I've planned it in my mind.  Of course, some time with God is better than none at all, but I long to be able to have a more meaningful prayer and study time each day.

My plan is to let this be a priority first thing every morning.  It's been a challenge these first few days of October because my schedule is not set just yet.  But I feel sure that within the next week, I will be able to better see how my days need to be planned out and I'll be able to make this my top daily priority.

It's hard for me to allow myself extra time to do what I want when I feel the pressures of learning new job duties and so many other things going on in my life right now.  There have been alot of new things for me in the last couple of months.....new job, new church, new ministry opportunities.  But it's an exciting time and I'm working hard to get a daily/weekly schedule in place to accomplish everything.

I would also like to encourage you to make time to spend with God each day.  I'm totally convinced that when we do, we are better able to sense His presence in our lives and are armed with what we need to accomplish our daily tasks.  


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 4}: Learning from others

There is tons of inspiration out there to help those of us who are learning to work from home!  I've been inspired by other bloggers for a long time, so I thought today I'd share a few of my favorites with you and why.

Learning to work from home and making it work is all about getting organized!  Right now, I'm still trying to get things set up so I can function.  I would have loved to have everything in place when I started this process a few days ago, but I guess that would have taken all the fun out of this whole process.  

If you could see my house right now (and my calendars/notebooks), you would think I'm the most disorganized, messy person you know.  And believe me, I feel that way right now and it's driving me crazy!  And we're only in day four!  But when I'm learning something new and my schedule is crazy for a few days, it really takes some time for me to settle in and know what I actually need and what system will best help me stay organized.  It's kind of like when you have a new job.....you don't know what you don't know....right?

This is what my work area looks like right now:

Yes...I've got stuff in the office area of my room....and on the kitchen table!  A big no-no, but right now I can't help it.  Things have to get done and because everything is not in place for me to work in my office area, I'm just being flexible and putting it all out on the table....literally!

I went to Office Max the other day after my first day of training.  I was overwhelmed at the choices, but not really knowing what I needed made it hard to purchase anything.  I picked up a few things and think I made good choices, but I'm ready to go back next week and pick up a few more items.

So, I said I was going to share a few of my favorite blogs with you today.  So here we go!

One of my favorite blogs to inspire me to get/stay organized is I Heart Organizing   Jen shows us beautiful and functional ways to organize our homes. She also shares some practical tools and one of my favorites is the free printables she offers on her site.

I have been using her free printables for a long time now and I absolutely love them!  So go check out her site and take advantage of all she has to offer.

Edie at Life {in} Grace is also another of my favorite bloggers.  Edie gave up a career (and major income) in medicine to stay home with her girls and home school.  She offers a ton of practical advise and inspiration for not only working effectively from home, but to help us create beautiful and inspiring spaces to live and work.

Another go-to for encouragement and inspiration is (in)courage.  I've been blessed to have a couple of my articles published on this blog.  But long before that, I was going here for encouragement and inspiration for daily living.  And let's face it....don't we all need that?  At (in)courage, you'll discover ladies from all walks of life offering their best advice and encouragement for many of life's situations.  So be sure to check them out as well.  

My article: The Samaritan Woman in Me

I hope these three resources will help you as much as they have helped me.  Hopefully in a few days, I will be able to show you my very own beautiful and inspiring work space, so I hope you'll visit again later :)

This is Day 4 of 31 Days of Learning to Work from Home.