Simple Tips To Managing Your Home

 

Managing

When I became a work from mom no one told me the task and responsibility that came with it..  First of all, I am not a list writing, meal planning and schedule writing kind of girl. Having to do some type of home of management totally shocked me. There was no class on how to be a work from home mom.  Through A LOT of  trial and error I am still learning how to manage my household. So I know how it feel for the new mom that feel overwhelmed with the never ending chores and wondering how in the world did time fly and it time to pick up the kids from school and you are still not dress. So I have complied a list of simple tips to managing your home for the working mom.

Keep Home Managing Simple

When it come to home management it best to keep it simple. Don’t fuss with the minor things such as dusting the floor boards or washing the walls. Your goal should be to get you home to look presentable for guest and comfortable for your family.

Time Management. I am not a morning person. Managing my time is something I am still working on. The only reason why I get up in the morning is because I have to take my kids to school and go to work.  So I have learn to go ahead and plan my day. One habit I had to break is distraction.  I would start a project and not finish it.  What I do now is I start a project and I finish until the end. I set up a timer for 30 minutes to complete my task.

Chore Days. I had to learn this pretty quick after I had my last child. I was notorious in taking five days to wash clothes or all day Saturday event to clean out the refrigerator. My cure for this nasty habit was to set up chore days. My chore days are pretty simple compare to the normal chore days some people have. Monday and Tuesday I wash clothes. Tuesday and Wednesday I clean the bathroom, wash and fold the remain clothes and sort out old mail. Wednesday is cleaning mirrors, windows and knick-knack. Thursday is mopping the floors and vacuuming. Fridays is cleaning out the refrigerator (if needed) and shopping. Allow some flexibility in you chore days just in case something comes up. If something come ups you can move your chore that particular day to the next day.

Plan Ahead

Put on Clothes. I know his sound crazy but it is true. Being a work from home mom I put on clothes everyday. I get dress as if I have somewhere to go. Plus it motivate  me to move and to get things done.  When I get my kids dressed and ready for school I go ahead and get myself dressed. This allow me to feel like I have accomplished something and I not in the house all days in my night clothes.

Plan the night ahead. Like I said early I am not a morning person so anything that will help me out the door a little more easier I will do it. So I plan a lot of my stuff the night before. I lay out mini me and big man clothes, pack book bags, sign papers,etc. I do everything the nigh before that I know will suck up my time  in the morning. This help me to make sure that I have a smooth morning for me and my kids.

Expect The Unexpected

5) Expect Hick-Ups. I also made room to expect hick-ups. Life is not perfect so I know there are going to be days that I may not get to one of my chores because that is life. Or I may forget to pack something the night before because I am spending some quality time with my kids. If that happens just go with the flow and start over.

I hope this home managing tips help out the working mom.  There are still somethings I am still learning and so will you but enjoy your time being with your kids because trust me you will never get back those moments with your kids again.  If your have something you would like to add let me know.

 

Until My Friend

Is A Niche Blog Beneficial for Today’s Blogger?

I have had a lot of people ask me which type of blog is better broad or niche blog. I often I tell them it depends on what you are looking for. It depends on what type of audience you are trying to reach.  What type of topic you are willing to discuss?

When I first started blogging I was told to niche down. So I started a blog about healthy living. To be honest, that was one of the hardest blog to write because I wanted to write about other things. I did not because I want to stick with my niche but I felt so boxed in.

I stopped blogging and then change by blogging platform from niche to broad. Which was not a bad thing but my blogging topic was all over place. My blog was not focus and it was not reaching my audience.

What type of blog is best?

 

Well, it depend who you are trying to reach. For example there are some blog sites that talk about couponing and discounts. That type of niche work for them because they have two things on their blog that is about couponing and finding discounts. Their are niche within two categories that is a popular topic.

Then there are other blogs that are so Niche down that finding a topic or keeping the blog engaging can be difficult. I love the example that Carly give on Mommy of Purpose on her blog post: “How narrow does your niche have to be to have a successful blog?”. She gave the example of a stamp collector. The stamp collector can be an expert in the field but email list will grow very slowly.

Sometimes having a Niche blog can cause you to lose out on potential readers. When niche(ing) down on a blog you are stuck with that certain niche and to be honest it is hard trying to write about the same thing over and over again.

Writing a broad blog gives you the opportunity to write to multiple audiences. You are not defining to one category type. For example mom blogs has become very popular. That may seem too broad but the topic on a mom blog is endless. On a mom blog you can blog about saving money, child rearing and marriage, which reach a multiple group of people. With a niche blog you are reaching out to a small group of people who have same interest.

The purpose of a blog is to reach people.

That is why I caution about choosing one specific niche because you may not reach a lot of people. When it comes to gaining sponsors or affiliates the first question a sponsor asks is, “what is your niche?”  That does not mean you have to give a niche down version of your blog but a general area of who your blog reach. There are some blog that has a broad feel but have a niche market which can help can gain sponsors and affiliate.

Another thing to think about with a niche blog is “who is your market?”

In my case, my market is for working moms, age range 30+, who is trying to save money.  If you can get an idea on who you are trying to reach, your market is you niche. Let’s go back to the stamp collector. Her market is simply for stamp collector over the age of 40. That is a smaller market. Now if we look at someone who market is for stamp collector, over the age of 40,   and how to sell on eBay or Amazon that gives the blogger a bigger market.

 

The way I look at a niche is based on the market I am trying to reach. When looking at a niche base your niche off of you market not your blog type. When you can base you niche off of your market you can expand your blog to more readers. If you blog is about lifestyle you can market to different ages, gender, income etc. for your blog. Your brand is your umbrella and your market is the individual small niches or market you are reaching.

Remember when trying to get a niche base your niche off of your market. That will give you a broader topic to write about and give you a bigger audience.

Well Until Then My Friend

Tootle Lou

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The Benefits of A Quality Post

The Benefits of A Quality Post.

Returning back to blogging has brought some challenges for me. Trying to crank out 2 blogs a week and being had and very trying. Till recently when I read a blog post from Taylor Stanford at https://www.taylorstanford.com. As I look over her blog she was not pushing out 2 or 3 blog post a week put she was doing maybe 1 or 2 blog a week. Yet,  her blog post was fill with quality information.

That is the benefits of a quality post. You don’t need 3 post a week to get viewers but having a quality will give you returning viewers.

That was an eye opener for me. I was about to give up on blogging AGAIN. I was not able to put out my 2 blog post like I like. That made me feel like a failure. To be honest that what stop me from blogging before.  I set up myself up for this high standard about blogging but did not take in consideration that I have a life. A very active life. I am blogger, mother of two small children, wife and I work full-time. By the time my day end I am exhausted and tired.

Reevaluating my blog.

So I had to sit down and reevaluate myself and blog and what I wanted out of my blog. What I want is an engaging and active blog that I ENJOY doing. Instead of a blog that I sweating bullets because I don’t have a certain amount of blog post.

My ultimate goal is to use my blog as a full time income. I know that it will take time and I have to pace myself. Where I am not posting two blogs a week, I am updating my Pinterest Site, working on the cosmetic of my blog and taking classes on how to be a better blogger.To me, that is part of my blogging dream.

I have read several; blog post about how to do a blog post within an hour but honestly I feel like I am gypping myself and you the reader. I rather for my blog post to take me a 3 to 4 days to develop but it be a quality post. Then 1 hour and it be a crappy post.

By me taking the route of producing a quality post it allow me to give you the reader a post that you can come back to reference and to learn something. IF that means that my Quality post take a little longer for me to produce then so be it.

I hope this inspire you to write more quality to post. It should be our goal to have more engaging reader.

 

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