Let's be real. You're probably reading this while cooking dinner and kids yelling at you to help with homework because you have to multi-task to get it all done!
I feel ya..
Which is why I wanted to share with you my best tip for saving time and getting everything done on the to-do list.
It all starts with the night before. Look at what's on the calendar for the next day and see what absolutely has to get done tomorrow. Those items go on the to-do list for Monday (for instance).
What needs to be done in the week? Maybe certain items can be moved around to another day and combine the errand/running around time.
You have all heard of food prep. Yes, it takes some time and it's usually on Sunday when I food prep until Wednesday. It honestly saves a lot of time to cut all the vegetables at once. Lately, I've been making a meal for about 4 people. Let's say a small pan of lasagna. I eat one slice right away, eat the next piece the next day, and freeze 2 pieces in snapware in the freezer to use at a different time (usually a week later, I will pull out these leftovers and reheat in the oven for another 2-meal dinner.
Sundays are my Prep for the up-and-coming week with the schedule, with food prep and even with ironing my outfits for the week. Yes, I'm a little OCD in the planning department!
During the week, I have a set schedule of waking up, time with God, getting my mind right for the day, exercise and then the work day can begin with my coffee! Mornings are blocked off for phone calls leading into the afternoon of paperwork. Afternoons consist of appointments and showings. My goal to be home around 7:00 pm at night to relax and watch TV and begin again.
Fridays – are always clean up everything from the week and what didn't get accomplished Monday through Thursday.
This schedule works pretty well for me. You need to decide what's important for you to accomplish during the week. If you decided to take on exercising 3 days a week, GUESS WHAT? You need to put it on your calendar.
Buying a BRAND NEW home may seem daunting when you can get a resale for a couple hundred dollars less a month but let me tell ya, buying a new home can actually SAVE you money in the long run (plus a few other benefits!)
The word NEW is the key here because everything in a new construction home is brand new.
This includes a 1 year warranty on everything PLUS a 10 year structural warranty. This comes in handy when appliances break or the foundation of the home starts to shift. If you don't buy NEW, then you will have to pay out of pocket for those items. New construction homes are VERY low maintenance in comparison to buying a resale home.
When you buy a new construction home, you have the ability to have ALL or part of your closing costs paid, this saves you money INSTANTLY.
New construction homes are also energy efficient which means you will be saving LOADS of money on your electricity bill whereas a resale home doesn't offer this same benefit.
You can customize EVERYTHING when you build a new construction home - from flooring to backsplash to faucets and light fixtures. It will be custom tailored to YOUR liking and exactly how you want it.
No need to worry about replacing that hideous tile flooring throughout the kitchen of a resale home or updating light fixtures that are outdated.
Also - most new construction homes also come standard with SMART features which are very convenient in this day and age.
New construction communities offer other benefits like superior drainage, which makes it much less likely to flood compared to an older community.
Builders also don't sell to investors, so the newer community will retain its integrity for a longer period of time.
Most people who purchase a new construction home plan to live in that home rather than rent it out every year or so. This means that you'll get to know your neighbors and your property value is protected.
Ask me how we can get you into a new construction home today!
|Test smoke detectors||Monthly|
|Mechanical water softener||See manual|
|Drain off sediment from base of hot water tank||Monthly|
|Vacuum under refrigerator and dust condenser||Quarterly|
|Inspect bathtubs and sinks for caulking and leaks; repair as needed||Quarterly|
|Turn mattress, wash mattress covers||Quarterly|
|Clean oven||As needed|
|Check operation of water pump and sump pump, if applicable||Quarterly|
|Defrost manual refrigerator; or if automatically defrosted, wash off shelves and clean||when frost is 1/4" thick|
|Major cleaning||As needed|
|Review emergency procedures and practice fire drill||As needed|
|Survey carpet and flooring and clean as needed or quarterly||Quarterly|
|Change furnace filters||Monthly during heating season|
|Humidifier: thoroughly clean water in reservoir||Each week|
|Chimney cleaned for wood stove||As needed|
|Remove and store windows and doors||Annually|
|Window cleaning spring and fall||As needed|
|Window caulking (especially for air-conditioned rooms)||Spring and fall or as needed|
|Plans for outside care, such as washing or painting siding||Annually as needed|
|Defrost manual freezer annually||annually before new preservation seasons begin|
|Check home canned foods, plan meals to use remaining supply before fresh produce is available||Once in March or April|
|Clean, air, and store winter boots||Annually|
|lean all woolen clothing and store properly to prevent moths||Annually|
|Air winter coverlets and bedding before storage||Annually|
|Clean air conditioner filter||Monthly or as per manual directions|
|Clean home canned pantry area, arrange items on hand, and prepare space for additions||Annually|
|Check canning supplies and have dial-type gauge on canner tested for accuracy||Annually|
|Heating system services||before system is needed|
|Chimney cleaned for wood stove||See manual|
|Remove leaves from gutters||Once or twice during fall|
|Clean and store yard tools, discard or store yard chemicals properly||As needed|
|Clean fire extinguisher, refill or replace as needed||Annually|
|Turn off water to outside faucets (this is not necessary on those with extended line)||Annually|
|Sort, clean, pack, and store holiday items||Annually|
One of the things I advise my clients to do before beginning their home search is to establish their purchasing power by getting pre-approved with a reputable lender.
As a buyer, getting pre-approved for your home purchase—before actually starting your home search—is imperative because it allows you to determine what homes you can actually afford. You may be surprised to find that it is higher than you think! Getting pre-approved is also becoming a standard practice these days and puts you in a much more powerful position as a buyer when you bring an offer to the table; sellers are more likely to take your offer more seriously when it's backed by a pre-approval and they know you are well-qualified to purchase their home.
In addition to helping you determine how much house you can afford, your lender will show you a variety of different types of financing and how much you qualify for with each type; determine what your down payment will be based on your available funds; and determine what your monthly payment will be to ensure you are comfortable with your total monthly payment.
I would be happy to provide you with the name of a dependable lending professional. I know experienced and reliable loan agents and lenders whom I can recommend with confidence as they've always offered first-class service to my clients.
I shared with you yesterday my journal entry from January 1, 2020 and my thoughts and frustrations. (See Youtube Video - https://youtu.be/88iIoL1jpSI)
Tip: Sometimes you just need to clear your mind of the negative thoughts and feelings and write them down. That's a step that helps me process some of my emotions.
I also shared with you one of my closing statements that I wrote which was, "If it's got to be, it's up to me"
Next Statement in the journal – "Go BIG or Go Home! Leave a Legacy!"
I was raised in the Christian Reformed Church. Later in life, I attended Ada Bible Church. I will never forget the guest speaker Marvin Williams. His message was titled, "
You see a tombstone and the tombstone gives you a birth date and a death date and there is the dash in between.
Back to the title – What are you doing with your dash? What are you doing with the time in between birth and death? God created you for a purpose on this earth? What is it? What will you be remembered for? Are you a good person? Do you try to help out others? Honestly, I believe that everyone could do a better job with showing kindness and being a good person, myself included. It is a daily decision to show up this way.
I honestly do this every year when looking at my new year's resolutions and I have shared this hack in the past but I wanted to share it again.
If you could create the BEST LIFE in the next year, what does that look like? Go ahead, dream big. What does the BEST LIFE look like for you?
Usually there are main categories to consider when looking at goals: Health/Physical, Mental/Education, Spiritual, Career, Social, Financial, Family. Sometimes I group these together. For instance, Social and Family… I called Friends/Family or Relationships.
Taken directly from Dean Graziosi's book, here's some questions that will help you think through the perfect life this next year.
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Super easy read with a ton of valuable information!