You Can Keep Changing All Your Passwords OR You Could Just Do This…

Target, Albertsons, and Home Depot are just a few on the list of major retailers affected by security breach hacks this year.  We’ve all heard about celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, having their private photos dispersed around the globe due to hackers breaking into secure icloud photo storage.

How do we protect ourselves and what can we do to secure our own information?

Emails hacked here, passwords distributed there.  Experts say change your passwords!  But guess what?  Those so called experts don’t even follow their own advice!

I’ve done my fair share of research and discovered that the best defense is a good offense when it comes to your own personal security.

Stop worrying about changing ALL your passwords (you really only need to change the one that is affected by the breach) and instead create a SECURE password to begin with!

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  1. Create a secure password. (yes I know I’ve said that all ready but it’s important enough to repeat)

The components of a secure password are:

  • Upper AND lowercase letters (start with a lowercase letter, symbol or number)
  • Use numbers but not consecutively ie: 1234 or 3456
  • Use special characters such as: !@#$%^&*(+)
  • Minimum of 8 characters in length but preferably 10-14
  • Do NOT create a dictionary word password or the obvious:  p@$$w0rd. This is NOT a good password no matter how clever you think it is, hackers will figure these out.
  • Do NOT use any part of your user name as your password.  In fact do not use any name at all!  Especially your spouse, child or pet.
  • Do NOT use anniversaries or birthdates or any year for that matter as part of your password.
  • Something that only you would think of.  Choose something easy for YOU to remember but no one else can guess.
  • Choose a phrase and mix it up:
    I like apples  =  iL!k#@pPl3$    or
    I like spicy Mexican food for dinner = iL$M+f4d#r
  1. Do NOT write it down and keep it anywhere obvious such as a post-it note on your monitor or in a notebook in your desk. (I can’t tell you how many desks I’ve worked at that had papers with passwords written down or scribbled into the drawers!)

  2. Never, EVER give your passwords/credit card info/account info over the phone or via email to ANYONE! When in doubt call the company directly if you are ever contacted asking for your personal information.  No matter how convincing they sound.  Rarely will a company call you or email you asking you for that info directly.

  3. Do NOT use the same password for different accounts.

  4. Do NOT make it impossible for a trusted loved one to take over your account when your pass away. This may seem contradicting to what I’ve been saying, but after working in telecommunications for 10 years, I will say that it was heartbreaking when a spouse or loved one called in and just wanted to take care of a deceased persons account for them but were unable to simply because they didn’t know where they kept anything.  Make it easier for them to take care of the bills, whether your hospitalized or deceased by authorizing them on your accounts and letting them know how to access those accounts online. At the very least give it to your lawyer along with your will & testament.

  5. Did you know it’s just as important to have secure email as it is to secure your password? I love gmail because they have a two-factor authentication. No one can sign into my gmail without an additional code that I get through my smart phone.  Most accounts are hacked through emails because that is how a password reset is sent. Imagine the possibilities if a hacker can hack into your email!  That’s how almost every single account is set up!

So now that you know you need a secure email, why not have SEVERAL emails?  Really give those hackers a run for it!  For non-business owners you should have one for personal, business, and financial use and create one just for spam accounts like entering giveaways.  For business owners you really should create your own domain name emails to help separate and organize your inbox. ie: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Here’s **an informative video** that can explain how to set up your emails and forward them to your gmail account.

By now you may be thinking “How am I supposed to keep track of ALL of these passwords?!”  What you need is a password management tool such as F-Secure Key.  It’s easy to set up and you can use it across multiple devices.  I’ve all ready installed it on my iPad, my iPhone and my PC.

I found it easy to install, and simple to use.  You will too.  But hey you don’t have to take my word for it.  Here’s a coupon code for two free months of the Premium version.  That way you can sync your passwords between devices and it will do the work for you.  Now if only did dishes and laundry….

F-Secure Key is free on one device. The PREMIUM edition syncs all your devices and costs just over $1.50 a month USD. But for you my lovely readers you get two PREMIUM months to check out for FREE!


Go to F-Secure Key download it FIRST from your IOS or Android device.
If using Android: Go to Menu-Help- Enter PREMIUM VOUCHER
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*Once you redeem offer on your mobile device PREMIUM will work on your PC/Mac as well

*Check back next week for your chance to win a 16GB iPad Mini and a 12 month subscription to F-Secure Key!

If you need a more visual/audio reminder of password management, you’re sure to get a kick out of this ‘presidential’ video….

**Thanks to Dan R. Morris of Blogging Concentrated for use of his informative video.

****As you know I am a work at home mom.  Occasionally I write posts that are sponsored and I am compensated in payment and/or product for my hard work and research.  I provide you with my honest opinion and quality info and my family doesn’t have to live off top ramen and beans.  It’s really a win-win situation don’t you agree? :-) ****

Top 10 Reasons Your Home Office Lacks Productivity|#WhatMatters

I have spent the last month focusing more on how I can be more productive in my personal and business life.  I’ve come to the conclusion that these improvements will likely not be an overnight change but instead a process of learning from my mistakes.productivity|software|organization|wahm|home office|goboxi|whatmatters|small business|entrepeneur|mompreneur|success|emails|inbox|filter|tips|advice


There comes a time when we need to step back and ask, “What we can do to improve upon ourselves?” I have found that if you are lacking in one area it usually flows over into all other aspects of your life. Like a slow leak that becomes the flat tire leaving you stranded.

I don’t think there is a failsafe rule to becoming and staying productive.  But I do believe that we can become what we set our minds and hearts too.  The trick is to remember that it will take time and perseverance.

So with that in mind I give you…..

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1) You still haven’t filed away your taxes….from 2010

2)You have shoe boxes full of receipts dating back over 10 years.

3) Your kids school craft projects are mixed up with your overdue utility bills.

4) The paper avalanche on your desk has been declared a national emergency.

5) Every single paper your child has scribbled on is stacked in a pile on your desk, lest your child catch you throwing it away.

6) You paid your visa with your MasterCard.

7) Hoarders called and want you on their next episode.

8) You confused the “shred pile” with the outgoing mail pile.

9) You grabbed the glue stick thinking it was your chapstick

10)You have last year’s calendar on your wall…still.

I may or may not relate to some most of these on the list.  Tell me which of these do you relate to the most?  Have you found a way to manage your home office more productively?

I for one am very excited for the launch date of Goboxi.  I really need to get my inbox in better shape and right now you can sign up to be one of their first users!

*Disclaimer: I have been compensated for my time by GoBoxi however all opinions are my own.

10 Steps to Productivity Working from Home|#WhatMatters

productivity|software|organization|wahm|home office|goboxi|whatmatters|small business|entrepeneur|mompreneur|success|emails|inbox|filter|tips|adviceSometimes in our quest to be productive, we find ourselves spinning our wheels.  These past few weeks have been a whirlwind for me and I know that for most of you, working from home has it’s pros and cons.

The upside to these conversations on productivity, I have found, is that it has forced me to take a long hard look at how I’m running my life on a personal and business level.

I think one of the hardest things about working from home and running your own business is maintaining a sense of professionalism, when in reality your personal life is upside down and topsy-turvy.
In an effort to continue the conversation from last week, I’ve condensed ten tips from ten talented bloggers who offered their best advice on how they personally stay productive while working in their homes.

  1. Prioritize your to-do list for each day.  Finish the HAVE to’s on your list first.
  2. Set a timer for each task.
  3. Include time for breaks, meals and cleaning.
  4. Create a spreadsheet of your next day’s tasks so you don’t overdo it at once.
  5. Keep your work and personal tasks on separate lists.
  6. Use Google calendar to sync your appointments and work schedule with your phone.
  7. Keep a notepad on your nightstand to jot down any thoughts or reminders. (or use a notepad app on your smart phone)
  8. Eliminate distractions by turning off the TV and logging off of your social media accounts….yes even Facebook!  GASP!
  9. Do all of your social media work at the same time each day in blocks of time.
  10. Stick to a schedule and keep your work time separate from your play time.

Need a printable version of this list? Here you go! ==> Productivity <==

I LOVE it when my readers SHARE their tips!  Which of these tips did you find the most useful?  Are there any that you have all ready implemented?  If so, share how they have helped your productivity while working from home.

If you need to get your inbox in shape as well as your home office, than I highly recommend signing up to be one of the first to try Goboxi!  I’m so excited for their launch!

*Disclaimer: I have been compensated for my time by GoBoxi however all opinions are my own.

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How Do YOU Stay Productive Working From Home? 10 WAHMs Offer Their Advice|#WhatMatters

Last week we discussed my quest for productivity and I challenged you to come back with some tips to share with our readers on how to be more productive working from home.  I asked around in my blogging circles, to share how they stay productive working from home.  These ladies came through with flying colors for me!  In fact I had to turn some away as I had too many for one post!

These 10 women are amazing bloggers who work from home and have offered some great advice for us all!  They are all moms who know of the struggles we go through all too well!

productivity|software|organization|wahm|home office|goboxi|whatmatters|small business|entrepeneur|mompreneur|success|emails|inbox|filter|tips|adviceJessi Sanfilippo of Shuggilippo

I structure the different activities I need to accomplish in order of priority (deliverable deadlines, phone calls, responding to emails and sending emails (always do those two in separate blocks of time), meals, free breaks, power cleaning, etc.) and have an extensive alarm system set up on my iPhone depending on each day’s in-office/out-of-office activities.

Some things I know will take 15 minutes, others an hour or 3.

I also have an excel spreadsheet that keeps my upcoming next day to-do’s orderly so I don’t try to overdo it on any given day.

Nicole Howell of NurseMommySuperwoman

I have two young children so my work schedule revolves around their schedule.

I have set times, such as their quiet time and a couple hours after bedtime, that I use to work on my site and business.

To stay focused during my work times I use my phone alarm. I give myself a set amount of time for each task.

For example: fifteen minutes for Pinterest or thirty minutes to edit pictures etc. The timer keeps me on track so I accomplish most of my tasks. 

Donna Biroczky of Dangerous Cupcakes

I’ve worked-at-home since the mid ’90s and some days I think I have it nailed; others, not so much!

I use a blogger organizer I created, I have lists all over (one for work tasks, one for biz tasks, one for household tasks) and I keep a Google calendar actively synced to my phone with all my meetings/events, both biz and personal. 

I keep paper next to my bed and write lists at all hours, it helps me sleep without worrying about forgetting something.

I work at my day job (at home) 8-5pm but I use my lunch to squeeze in a work-out or run errands and as my husband goes to bed on the early side (9-10pm) as he’s up at 3:30am, I use that time afterwards to write more.

Working from home is a juggling act no matter what!

Amanda Smith of BusyMama911

I stay productive when working at home by limiting distractions.  Sometimes that takes a bit of planning.

For example, I make sure everyone is fed and all pressing chores are done. Then I turn off the TV or retreat into a quiet corner and……….GASP………..log out of Facebook until I get my work done!

Limiting distractions helps me to focus and get things done faster, which increases my productivity.

Elaine Griffin of Elaine Griffin Designs

I get up at 3:00 am most mornings so I can get a decent amount of my work done before the kids get up.

I spend the first hour or so, on social media, planning posts, sharing, checking email, etc., and then I get a good three solid hours of work time in.

Then when I do have the kids here, I don’t feel like if I take breaks I will fall behind.

Kathleen Clegg of Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Do all of your social media work at the same time each day in blocks.  Don’t stay tied to your computer all day long.

Be organized.  If you’re writing a blog post, have all your photos edited first, then write up your post.

If you’re working on a craft or recipe, gather all your items at the beginning of the project instead of as you need them.

Nicole Elliott of Wyoming Girl Coastie Wife

Set a schedule and stick to it. With 4 jobs and 2 kids I have to make sure every minute of my day is scheduled out in advance.

Be smart about it though and build in free time and down time and time for those little things that eat up minutes each day that you don’t plan on!

After a few weeks if you discover you haven’t been able to keep to your schedule at all it’s time to step back and re-evaluate! Doing this might even surprise you just how much time you’re sinking into your work that you didn’t realize!

Try, if at all possible, to keep work time for work and play for play.

If you’re a blogger, writer, or have anything to do with social media in your job it’s so easy to blur the lines. You log onto Facebook to check a few messages and spend 15 minutes reading your friend’s dumb survey results.

If you’re working on a page only a great trick is to login as the page admin on Facebook instead of your personal profile, that way you won’t be distracted by your personal notifications and newsfeed.


Anne Newsome of The Saturday Evening Pot

Work away from your phone if needed and close out all your social media tabs to eliminate distractions.


Lisa Cash Hanson of Mompreneur Mogul and SnuggWugg

When you have so many things vying for your attention it can get overwhelming, whether your blog, social media posts, business, etc; Lists are great but I segment mine.

Take the most important things that HAVE to get done and add those at the top. Work through that list and at the end of your day when they are finished you’ll feel very productive.

I find that with the distractions that naturally come from working at home, a list is great for keeping me on task.

Maureen Fitzgerald of Blogger Success Tips

My productivity tip is to batch your tasks – as in do similar tasks all together.

Need to take product photos? Do all of them for the week at once.

Need to film videos? Do them all in one sitting – just change your top for each one. Plus then you only have to do your hair and makeup once!

productivity|software|organization|wahm|home office|goboxi|whatmatters|small business|entrepeneur|mompreneur|success|emails|inbox|filter|tips|adviceNow that you have all these fabulous tips what will you do next?  For starters make sure you sign up to be one of the first to try GoBoxi and get your email inbox back in order again!  They are set to launch very soon!
Now it’s YOUR turn!  Share below in the comments how YOU stay productive and save time for what matters!

*Disclaimer: I have been compensated for my time by GoBoxi however all opinions are my own.


My Quest for Productivity: Part 1 #WhatMatters

By now, many of you have figured out that my primary focus is promoting work at home mom businesses and helping them find the tools and resources they need to succeed.

Often times I look into my own personal experiences as a work at home mom, to determine how I can best help those in similar situations.

Lately one of the things I seem to be struggling with is staying productive.  It seems like I’m always working on something work related every single day, yet when I look back on my day, week or month, I have a hard time determining just what I’ve accomplished.

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Like a hamster in a wheel, I’m working hard but I don’t always feel like I’m getting somewhere.

In the meantime because I’m constantly working that means I have less time for my kids than I would like.  I would really like to save time for the things that matter; my kids.

So my next thought process leads me to; how can I correct this endless cycle? (pun not intended)

A few weeks back I wrote about home office organization.  This has been one of my own setbacks I admit.  My office has been the dumping point for every piece of paper, science and craft project my kids bring home from school. 

Then one day they brought home E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. they had left from school.  My office hasn’t looked the same since.  Like a paper avalanche and school supply store suddenly imploded.  Not…pretty.

My first goal will now be to create a better system for their paperwork, schoolwork and every piece of paper they scribble on that I am required by the laws of Motherhood to keep. 

In addition I will create a more functional office environment for both my business and my creative workspace that I crave.

Once I have my office better organized I can get right to work and feel productive again right?

Well it’s a good step in the right direction, however when I look into my email inbox it’s like looking into an endless ocean of messages and there I am, in the middle of the sea, without a life jacket.  Did I mention I’m not a strong swimmer?

That’s where GoBoxi comes in and can throw us all a life preserver!  I am so excited to be an ambassador for this intuitive software!  If you haven’t figured out by now I’m sort of a techie geek.  I love my gadgets and I absolutely LOVE new technology!

So what exactly is GoBoxi anyways?  Well here’s a super quick video that explains it all:

In summary GoBoxi is a mail client that will help you stay productive and organized by;

  • Putting your most important messages for you to see first.
  • Give you the ability to automate messages utilizing hashtags (way cool feature!)
  • It detects tasks and meetings than suggests a more efficient way to schedule and plan your day!  (This is the feature I’m geeking out the most over, it’s like having my own personal secretary!)
  • If you work on a task for too long it reminds you to stop and reschedule, so you have time for your other tasks.  (Perfect for those of us who get sidetracked easily.  Not that I would know about that…)


If GoBoxi sounds as beneficial for your business as it does for mine, than be sure to register your email so you can be notified of the upcoming launch date.  I can hardly wait!

Next week we will open up the discussion on how YOU stay productive!  Be thinking of some tips and advice you can share with our readers and come back with your thoughts! Psst!  I will also be revealing some embarrassing photos….of MY home office….YIKES!

 *Disclaimer: I have been compensated for my time by GoBoxi however all opinions are my own.

Why Great Blog Design Doesn’t Belong Exclusively to Experts

Blog Design for Dummies by Melissa Culbertson of review via @Whynotmomdotcom

Whether your blogging journey has just begun or you’re a veteran in the blogoshphere, I have no doubt you will find a wealth of resources and useful advice in Melissa Culbertsons “Blog Design for Dummies”.


From selecting your fonts and colors, to choosing your blog layout and working with images, you will find a plethora of core design principles that will impress not only you, but your readers as well!


When I found out Melissa Culbertson of (formely MomComm) wrote a book on blog design, I was so eager to read it I messaged her personally and asked her if I could do a book review for her.  I was so excited when she said yes!

Most of you probably don’t know this about me, but I majored in web development.  In my study of web development however, I discovered web and graphic design is my true passion.

Having the opportunity to read “Blog Design for Dummies” from my IT perspective gave me a new insight into what Bloggers and business owners alike need to understand when it comes to the design of their blogs or websites.


One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that I didn’t feel as though I was reading a ‘dumbed down’ version of an IT textbook, in fact it didn’t feel like I was reading a textbook at all.  More like, an informative article breaking down the basics in easy to understand formatting; whether you’re a novice or a veteran blogger this book will speak to you!  If you’re familiar with the Wiley Brand “For Dummies” series, you know the quality of books they publish too.  In the words of Melissa:


“This book isn’t meant to make you a full-fledged blog design expert, but you don’t have to be a design expert to whip up a nice-looking blog. Sure, you might want to know how to do this and that.  The more you learn, though, the more you can add to your blog design over time, whether you’re enhancing the design or the functionality.”


Seriously, I can’t begin to tell you how well written this book is.  It’s such a refreshing change of pace from the drab IT books I was required to read in college.  Let me just say IT authors ‘think’ they have a great sense of humor.  Trust me, they don’t!

Melissa’s writing was not only helpful but she writes in such a way that it actually kept me interested and intrigued in the content. Something you won’t find very often in most IT textbooks.

You will walk away with a lot of useful knowledge from her book I assure you.  Here are just a few insights that I picked up along the way:


5 Rules of Blog Design


Consider this book an investment in your business and read it!  It’s not one of those books you have to read from cover to cover either.  Just go through the highlights of what you feel you need to understand the most.  If you are rusty in some areas, it’s a great way to refresh your knowledge too!


Please come back and tell me what you thought of it and what changes you implemented in your own blog because of it.

For me I learned that less really is more and that just because I find a shiny new widget or plugin, doesn’t mean it’s going to work great or make my blog better.  I will be putting a lot more work into learning SEO and keywords as well and making sure my website is responsive and mobile ready.  Most importantly, I want my blog to feel inviting and easy to navigate, so that my readers will want to return soon.


Tell me what you think about this book and what part of your blog do you feel you need help with the most?


I feel so strongly that you’ll LOVE this book that I am giving away (at MY cost) your choice of either a hardcopy or ebook version for one VERY lucky winner!
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  *Disclaimer: I was given this book to review and write my honest opinion about.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.


Toys That Will Make Both You AND Your Child Happy! #TheHappys

**Disclaimer: I received free products in a party kit from MomSelect in order to host the Cepia LLC sponsored MommyParty. However all opinions are entirely my own.

Toys that will make both you AND your child happy!  #TheHAPPYS #Whynotmom #children #wahm Let’s face it; some of the best children’s toys you’ll find in a toy store today aren’t always your favorite toy as a parent. Have you ever made a toy ‘disappear’ because it was so annoying you couldn’t stand it? Perhaps you’ve given a toy that you thought would be great for your child but they found boring?

Sometimes it can be tricky to find toys for your children that you can both be happy with.

I think these toys are the answer!

Introducing “The Happy’s”!

If you’ve ever consider adopting a pet or getting a pet from a rescue shelter but opted out due to allergies or landlord restrictions, than this may be a solution for your family as well!

This week the Gang had a play date with The Happy’s™. We had 6 children there ranging in ages from 2-9 as well as four adults.

We played a few outside games while the weather was nice and then we all sat down and enjoyed some freshly baked Take ‘n Bake pizza from Papa Murphy’s Pizza®. Their new fresh pan pizza was a real treat for those of us who like a thick crusted pizza. I love that you can watch them as they make the pizza. My favorite side dish is their S’more Pizza. It’s like eating a slice of heaven! I’m lucky because my nearest location has a drive-thru so if I order ahead I don’t even have to get out of the car! What a convenient option for any parent!Toys that will make both you AND your child happy!  #TheHAPPYS #Whynotmom #children #wahm

After dinner we played games with The Happy’s™ and the kids quickly learned how to make their ‘pets’ do tricks like spinning, chasing the ball, begging, pouncing and following them around. For my son with special needs it was a rare treat to see him interact so well with other kids. They had a TON of fun with these toys! The more of them that get together, the more fun these toys are! Each pet comes with a remote that does a specific ‘trick’ as mentioned above. The Chase&Play Ball™, car and skateboard are sold separately. The Happy’s™ can follow you, spin, dance, chase a ball, sit up, chase their tail, ride a skateboard & even drive a car!

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a fan of toys that make a lot of noise. The Happy’s™ are rather quiet as far as motorized toys go. In fact compared to an actual pet they are not only quieter but cleaner too! (and no chewed up slippers either!)Toys that will make both you AND your child happy!  #TheHAPPYS #Whynotmom #children #wahm

As the play date winded down we shared some bags of the new Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn®. I consider myself something of a popcorn connoisseur and I LOVE caramel flavored treats. I can honestly say this is the BEST packaged caramel popcorn I’ve ever had!Toys that will make both you AND your child happy!  #TheHAPPYS #Whynotmom #children #wahm

I hope you enjoyed the photos and video of our first Play Date. Which of these ‘pets’ are your favorite? I think I’m going to buy the car for my 5 yr old’s dog “Sport” and maybe the skateboard and….

[pullquote]**Disclaimer: I received free products in a party kit from MomSelect in order to host the Cepia LLC sponsored MommyParty. However all opinions are entirely my own.[/pullquote]

Face Your Home Office Organizational Fears! Expert Advice for WAHMs by Christina Scalise

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As I write this I realize the irony of it all. I am even embarrassed because the clutter in my home office is ridiculous. Between finishing taxes, and working from home while raising three littles, I haven’t spent nearly enough time getting my office in order.
In fact it’s what I call my “shame room”. Come on, admit it, you know you have one too. That one room in the house that you don’t bother to clean because company doesn’t see it anyways right? Just recently, the thought occurred to me that if I worked outside the home, I would never let my office space get this cluttered. If I’m going to be a business owner I need to treat my business “space” in my home office as just that.
That’s why I’m bringing in an expert for you all. I am by no means the example of organization and I will be following this post along with the rest of you! I have asked Christina Scalise to share her wealth of information on getting our home office and lives organized. So please welcome her and her much appreciated advice below.

 Face Your Home Office Organizational Fears! Expert Advice for WAHMs by Christina Scalise @authorcscalise

My name is Christina Scalise. I am an Author, Professional Organizer, Certified Reiki Master, wife and mother of three. My kids, even though they are now getting older, still keep me quite busy. As a work-at-home mom I know the challenges of trying to balance a business and a job with family life. It can be both trying and rewarding all at the same time. I currently live in upstate New York with my family and when I’m not writing or helping someone get organized, you can usually find me spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, playing in the garden, providing Reiki treatments for those in need or simply organizing anything I can get my hands on.

I have been organizing things my entire life; and after helping a few friends de-clutter and organize their homes, they encouraged me to share my knowledge with others.  So, that’s when I decided to write my very first book on organizing tips……Organize Your Finances, Your Kids, Your Life! – published in 1997. As the years went on, my passion for organizing continued to grow. In 2004, I started working as a professional organizer and in 2010, I created my website….. OrganizeYourLifeAndMore  where I provide a free newsletter, Organizing Tips, Daily Do Its, Articles, Inspirational Quotes, Product Recommendations and much more. And, then in December 2012 I published my second book….. Organize Your Life and More. Helping people get organized is my passion and will always be an integral part of my life.

How to Organize Your Home Office for Maximum Efficiency 

Working from home can seem like a monumental task but it doesn’t have to be. Start organizing today and you will notice just how productive and efficient you will become. Getting organized not only improves efficiency, it also helps reduce stress and clutter and save time and money. Organization truly is the key to success! To keep your home office organized for maximum efficiency, try these tips…..


        1. Go through everything in your office (including inside, and on top of, your desk).  Toss any unwanted or unnecessary items. The less clutter you have, the less distracted you will become when trying to work on important tasks.

Face Your Home Office Organizational Fears! Expert Advice for WAHMs by Christina Scalise Store all items used daily within reach, those used less often nearby and those rarely used items – and extra supplies you’ve stocked up on – inside storage cabinets.

3. Use desk and drawer organizers and/or small baskets and containers to organize small office supplies such as paperclips, rubber bands, pens and pencils – both inside and on top of your desk.

4. Make sure all office supplies are in stock (ink, paper, pens, staples, paperclips, etc.) and ready to use each day. Sharpen pencils, toss dried up pens, markers and highlighters; refill the paper in the copy machine and make sure your label maker has plenty of labels.

5. Neaten up all cords underneath and around your desk.  Label those that need it with permanent marker or tags.

6. To reduce the amount of papers stored in your office and on your desk, scan and save what you can into your computer.  Create computer documents and digital file folders and then save each document into its corresponding folder. And, don’t forget to back up your computer files often.

7. Deal with all paperwork and incoming mail as soon as it comes in; file it, make any necessary phone calls or simply toss it immediately. And, for those items that just can’t be dealt with right away; use a paper tray or desktop filing system and separate them into categories…..To Do, To Be Filed, For Review, Reference, Inbox, Outbox and Pending.

8. Don’t rely on your memory; write it down. Add all tasks to your calendar including those you only do once a year and/or use a Microsoft Excel sheet saved on your computer and categorize your To Dos and Reminders into the following categories…..Do ASAP, Do Soon, Do Later, Don’t Forget, etc. To reduce the amount of paper post-it notes used…..try using digital post it notes on your computer or a dry erase board.

9. Make important information stand out and be noticed…..for file folders and post-it notes; use different shapes, colors and sizes. For important information contained in computer documents and emails…..change font styles, sizes, boldness and colors or simply highlight those words you want noticed.

10. Use a label maker to create labels. Clearly printed labels are not only easier to read, they are also quicker to find and look much neater than handwritten ones.

Face Your Home Office Organizational Fears! Expert Advice for WAHMs by Christina Scalise @ChristinaScalise

11. Store all papers you plan on shredding into a small file folder within reach of your desk. Place newer papers towards the back and push older ones to the front each time. When the file starts to get full, grab a handful from the front of the file and start shredding. This gives you time to change your mind and prevent accidental shredding of important papers.

12. Purge all unwanted emails, computer documents and paper files often. Spending a few minutes doing this at the beginning, and end, of each day can save lots of time.

13. Learn how to use computer programs that will help you become more efficient such as accounting programs and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) and keep a list of computer keyboard shortcuts close by.

14. Store important business information such as passwords and business contact information (name, address, phone and fax numbers; and any pertinent information about the person and/or business you may need to remember) onto your computer and update those lists often – Microsoft Excel works great for this. And, once again, be sure to back up your files often and print out a paper copy as well for your reference, if needed.

15. Schedule in time for checking emails (2-3 times a day is usually best) and then avoid getting sidetracked by checking it more often than necessary.  When you do check your email, take care of each one right away…..delete, file, unsubscribe, flag or respond.

16. For remembering how to use office equipment, computer programs or accomplishing certain tasks…..keep a set of written instruction sheets in a file folder close by or posted next to the corresponding office equipment involved. And for frequent updating of instruction sheets, save them into a computer file.

17. Give yourself a break. Get up, move and stretch every so often. This will give both your body and brain a chance to rest and restart; renewing your level of concentration.

18. Don’t over commit to too many things. Keep your schedule under control by learning how to say “No thank you” a little more often.

19. Keep the lines of communication open with family and coworkers by taking time each week to discuss any problems or concerns. If there are any, work together to find the best solution for everyone involved.

20. Take 5-10 minutes at the end of each day to put a few things away. If you find an item that does not have a designated storage place; create one and then keep it there when it’s not in use.  Remember these organizing proverbs…..

“A place for everything and everything in its place.”
“Don’t put it down, put it away.”
“File it, don’t pile it.”

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Tame Your Toddlers & Tweens with these Disney® Soundtracks! #SingIntoSpring #Giveaway

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”

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They say music soothes the savage beast and if you’ve ever had to deal with the terrible twos or in some cases the terrible tweens, than you know how music can play an important role in calming your children!

I just received this incredible collection of Disney® CDs and soundtracks and I have to say, they’re fabulous!

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This Pre-School set contains: 
Disney Junior® DJ Shuffle
Jake & the Never Land Pirates: Yo Ho Matey®
Doc McStuffins; The Doc Is In®
FROZEN® Soundtrack!

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My youngest is 5 yrs old and is on the spectrum.  Music is the one thing I know will calm him as well as entertain him.  He feels every beat and has great rhythm to boot!  The second I played these CDs for him he instantly jumped up and started dancing away!  He LOVED them!  His favorite is the Disney jr.® DJ Shuffle Sountrack.  My 7 yr old son and  9 yr old daughter were rocking out to many of the songs as well!

Our family favorite is the Frozen® soundtrack as the movie is one of our all time favorite currently released Disney® movies.

This giveaway includes TWO prizes!  The pre-school pack mentioned above as well as this awesome tween pack pictured here!

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This Tween set contains: 
Disney Channels® Play it Loud
Austin&Ally: Turn it Up®
Doc McStuffins; The Doc Is In®
Teen Beach Movie® Soundtrack!

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Tonia’s Top 10: You Might be a Nerd if….. #IWantMyNerdHQ #ENMNetwork

Calling all nerds, geeks & techies! #IWantMyNerdHQ #ENMNetwork

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You might be a nerd if:

1) When March Madness starts and everyone is talking about brackets, you automatically assume they’re talking in HTML code.

2) You try to convince your spouse into naming your first born after your favorite gaming avatar.

3) You have dozens of computer passwords memorized but forget birthdays and anniversaries.

4) You have more “toys” than your kids do.

5) You have ever attended a science fiction convention and your trip qualified for a tax deduction.

6) You code for fun.

7) You know what PHP is and SQL and the difference between Java, JavaScript and jQuery.

8) You have ever played World of Warcraft for more than 2 hours….in a row, for several days….in a row.

9) You asked your wife to marry you while you were both decked out in cosplay & you know what cosplay is.

10) Your greatest desire is to attend NerdHQ!

 So how many of these are YOU guilty of?

Make sure you check out my previous post on how you can help preserve NerdHQ this year!

Calling all nerds, geeks & techies! #IWantMyNerdHQ #ENMNetwork

Source:Nerd Machine