Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Planning to buy a new house

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buy new house

We are masochists, I know, now that we have almost finished to pay our home mortgage and we have done all the improvements that can be done in a 90 squared meter flat, now, we start thinking about moving to a new home.

We have already found 'the house' and is most than decided, but for it, first we should sell our current home (and, yes, now it isn't the easiest thing in the world). So here I am thinking in all we should do, in just 3 months we reach the 10 years of our home certificate so we will may sell it. Now we are quite entertained looking for what we need to do to sell it and making numbers to buy the other one.

I'm going to make a binder to have a little control about what to do with my current flat and with my future home (yes, I'm getting quite excited with the binders XD).

The first in my To-Do list, it's going to be making some flattering photos of the flat, a cleaning and a list of things that I'm not going to need in my next home and I will try to sell in a second-hand shop :)
And as soon as I could see the new house blueprints, I'm going to calculate if my current furniture can fit on it and what to do with the extra rooms that it will have, yipee! XD

As soon as I progress with my organization I will inform you, let's see if we may get any useful tip (I hope not because I fail on them...)

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Final notice nice kid

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Well, today is the last advent day, so our elves have to return to the North Pole with Father Christmas, anyway they may leave a notice with the final veredict about if the kid has been nice or bad.

As is sure that all the kids has been so good, I have only created a positive notice, here you have it, it has an A5 size to print, just click it, save it and you may print it, as you may see I haven't write any watermark that may ruin it.

Notice nice kid

Let's prepare your calligraphy and don't forget to sign with the Elf's name :)

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

8 habits of organized people

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Have you ever wondered how is to be an organized person? If you are like me, you would have probe it (even taste it, we could say) during a short time before coming back to total chaos, sheltered in the excuses that we are tired, we don't have enough time, etc, do you know what I'm saying?

Really organized people have some routines that helps them to maintain that organization and about those routines we are going to talk today.

Habits organized people

Understanding what organized people does.

Let's be realistic, our days have all the same hours numbers, then, why some people in our same situation (kids/job) have all their tasks finished at 9pm and you finish making the kid's costume at 1am the day before the performance? Well, it's just a better time management.

I must admit it, I have a serious procrastination problem, years ago in the high school, I used to let all the work 'for other day' and the day before the exam I had to study until early morning. So lets be realistic, it's not about the others supposedly having a great luck with longer days, it's about having good routines.

What organized people does.

1. An organized person knows what to do and when.
This is basic, we cannot forget dates, taking control of what we should do and the time that we should spend on it, we may organize ourselves so we will not have to go running from here to there, for instance, if we know that something will hold up us at midday we may leave the lunch prepared at the morning.

2. Priorize.
Ok, we have our to-do list full of things, but there are always things more important, more urgent or complicated. The key, first the very-urgent ones, second the complicated (they have the risk of keeping stuck in the list forever) and then the rest of the list ordered by importance.

3. Divide to win.
This is related with the previous one, if a task may be divided in some smaller tasks, divide it (mainly  if it's a complicated one) we are less lazy to start 1 task that will take 15 minutes even if it's followed by 3 others of the same time, than a bigger one that will take us 1 hour.

4. Think about the time that will take the task.
You always have to think about the time that will take you to complete a task and the time you have to make it, there is nothing worst than start doing tasks and letting them half-made.

5. Don't multitask.
Seriously, most of people (and most of tasks) don't work fine at multitasking, if you don't focus in what you are doing, the only thing may happen is to lose more time than estimated.

6. Delegate.
Really, all of us are supermommies/superdads, nothing is going to happen if you let someone to help you, your partner, the grandpas, is not necessary to do all by ourselves (time ago I was totally against this but with MiniSuperBoy I realized that it wasn't necessary to get so tired)

7. Make things well from the first moment.
My mom always said me 'it takes you the same making things well than make it bad', and now I realize that she was right, those tasks you do quick and not focused, later they should be fixed, so, at the end it takes the same time, and they could be well done from the start...

8. Organize, at least, one week before.
Take your planner the Sunday afternoon and check all you need to do, plan the week menu, your dates (and your family dates), what the kids have to take to school, what you need to buy, and according to what you have and don't, organize your week just to don't realize at arriving home from work at tuesday night that you need the next day somthing for the school and you have to go running for it...

Thursday, 17 December 2015

First Christmas with our Elf at home

I'm going to tell you a bit what are we doing with our elf during this first Advent at home, although those who follow me through Instagram would have been watching it.

The first day was the 1st of December (next year I want to celebrate the advent from the first day...) as it was a new thing, the elf was just sit over a furniture next to the Christmas tree, and in the floor under it, we left the advent calendar and the book with its story. This day I woke the kid up a bit earlier to have time to read the book and to put it a name (Clyde is its name, indeed)

Elf on the self

During the next days our elf went on with its hands attached, taking things.

Elf on the self - Navidad

Elf on the self - Christmas

Elf on the self - Christmas

Elf on the self - Christmas

Now it is with its hands unleashed and changing its position everyday

Elf on the self - Christmas

Elf on the shelf - Christmas

Elf on the shelf - Christmas

What do you think? Do you like it? Is a beautiful idea, and the kids wake up everyday quickly to look for it, even the baby says 'ira! ira!' (the right form should be 'mira, mira', that means 'look, look') pointing at the elf XD