Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Motivational House Cleaning Games & Chore Charts

Everyone knows that work can be more fun if it is turned into a game! How about housekeeping games? Children will be far more motivated to clean up their rooms and help with the chores if work becomes fun for them. Here are some helpful articles written by experienced mothers, who've had some fun motivating their children to clean! :)

Free downloadable pdf charts are available from Focus on the Family at the following two links:

Chore Chart for Youngsters

Chore Chart for Tweens

Age Appropriate Chores

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

Annie <><

Friday, February 03, 2012


I just found some great inspiration for some "finishing touches" after cleaning the bathrooms at:

"Toilet paper origami is the origami-style folding of toilet paper. Includes the folding while still on the toilet roll; the folding of individual sheets; and toilet paper wedding dresses." (quote from the

Here are some sample toilet tissue folds from the Origami Resource Center website:

The Triangle Fold

The Diamond Fold

The Pleated Fold

The Pleated Tuck

We think that you will LOVE these!!! (If you have the opportunity please thank them for sharing these amazing tissue folds on their website!) :)

We enjoyed watching this "Origami Heart" tutorial made with toilet tissue at:

It would be a GREAT idea for Valentine's Day!!!

Annie *** A brand new blog!!! :)

Monday, January 30, 2012


There are sermons you may hear that are "life changing" and "reform the soul". I felt led to focus a brand new blogspot on some of these sermons:

One of the "top downloaded" recent sermons I posted on "Advice from Annie" was one preached by Rev. Colin Mercer of Greenville, SC:

"The Ruin of a Family"

It was the #5 top downloaded sermon in 48 hours on Sept. 8th and the #20 top downloaded sermon the week of Sept. 13th. It has had close to 2,000 downloads via MP3 and cell downloads. It had over 200 video views via MP4.

Due to the popularity of the sermon downloads, I devoted a brand new blog specifically to sermons.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Motivating Sermons for the Family and Home

Rev. Colin Mercer preaches in Greenville, SC. We have been listening to his sermons through "Sermon Audio" and began to download them this past summer.
These sermons are inspirational, encouraging, motivating, life directing and transforming!
The downloads are FREE and you can easily download audio mp3 or video mp4 files as you prefer. Services are broadcast LIVE each Sunday morning and evening at 11:00 AM E.S.T. or 6:00 PM E.S.T. It is easy to find the sermon links by simply typing "Mercer Sermons" into your "Google" search engine. They will be the TOP item posted on Google.

Below are the sermon links to the series on "Family & Home" by Rev. Colin Mercer of Greenville, SC:

Part 1 – « The Ruin of a Family » (Genesis 13 :12) Preached: Sun. 07/17/11

Part 2 – « Lot's Loss and Legacy » (Genesis19:14) Preached: Sun. 07/24/11

Part 3 – « A Father’s Great Example » (Genesis 18 :19) Preached: Sun. 07/31/11

Part 4 – « The Importance of Family Worship » (Genesis 18 :19) Preached: Sun. 08/07/11

Part 5 – « Practical Helps for Family Worship » (Genesis 18 :19) Preached: Sun. 08/14/11

Part 6 - « Our Families and Worship » (Nehemiah 8:3) Preached: Sun. 08/28/11

Part 7 - « When Children Go Astray » (Genesis 26:35) Preached: Sun. 09/04/11

For more related messages on this topic, Rev. Mercer also preached a "Series on the Home" in September 2010:

Part 1 - « Marriage and Family – Introduction »
(Ephesians 5) Preached: Tues. 09/07/2010

Part 2 - « A Word of Rebuke to Selfish Husbands »
(Ephesians 5; 1 Peter 3:7) Preached: Mon. 09/13/2010

Part 3 - « The Picture of a Godly Wife »
(Ephesians 5: 21-33; Proverbs 31) Preached: Mon. 09/20/2010

Part 4 - « Love in the Christian Home » (1 Corinthians 13) Preached: Tues. 09/28/2010

We hope you are blessed listening to them! May the Lord bless the preaching of His word!

Please contact Rev. Mercer at: for further information regarding the above messages. May they be a blessing to you and your family!

Additional sermons that may be of interest can be found at:

Organizing Annie

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Financial Planning With Jars! It Really Works! (a write-up on Gail Vaz-Oxlade's show)

My husband and I have greatly enjoyed watching a show by Gail Vaz-Oxlade called "Til Debt Do Us Part". Gail rescues countless marriages that are almost on the rocks due to financial stress, and sends the couples on "Relationship Rescue" challenges as well. So many of her shows are extremely emotional and some are very moving to see how her "sweeping financial reforms" have turned completely "hopeless situations" around! Her money management system is described at:

We've watched some of her shows several times and loved her messages to married couples.


"TV Host/financial expert, Gail Vaz-Oxlade has a tough, no-nonsense approach to managing money and helping couples in financial peril get on the straight and narrow." (Warning - Beware of some "colorful" language at times!)


Gail's budget worksheet

Own Up To Your Debt Worksheet

Holiday Spending Plan Worksheet


Her websites are at: (her personal blog)

Her main website is at:

Til Debt Do Us Part Life Planner

I strongly recommend her advice and I wish that I had met her (or followed her advice years ago! She talks about good debt and bad debt. (ie. Going to university is acquiring "good debt" & investing in a house can be "good debt".)

The complete Slice video clip is shown here after a brief few seconds of an ad:



Monday, January 11, 2010

Body Composition Monitors - A new way of measuring your fitness progress!

This past Christmas our family invested in a Tanita "Body Composition Monitor". We replaced our weigh scale with this fitness monitoring device. Why? Because a weigh scale only measures your weight, not your body composition. If you are serious about getting fit this year, I highly recommend investing in one to track your fitness progress this year. Your body weight can fluctuate due to various factors and this device will provide your more detailed measurements to more accurately reflect your fitness progress. Muscle weighs more than fat, so if you are getting fit, tracking your body weight can become discouraging and can be misleading. It's time to focus on fitness, instead of tracking only your body weight. Before you invest in a monitor, you may wish to consider the various options available to you: a basic body composition monitor, a segmental body composition monitor, or a wireless body composition monitor.

Body Composition Monitors (for home use)

The FREE downloadable "Body Composition Tracking Charts" are at:

If you would like to use a "Segmental Body Composition Chart" go to:

"The Segmental Body Composition Monitor"
will provide you with body composition readings for your arms, legs and trunk. The Ironman Segmental Body Composition Monitor is at:

This monitor is recommended for more detailed measurements and retails for approximately $299.99 USD.

If you are interested in wireless technology, the new BC-1000 is a wireless body composition monitor:

A chart comparing the various body composition monitors available from Tanita is at:

A basic body composition scale sells for $99.99 such as the BC-534:

This body composition scale is not significantly more in price than a precise digital body weight scale. If you are considering investing in a new body weight scale, I highly recommend the investment in a "Body Composition Monitor"!

Copyright Organizing Annie 2010

Can you put away ten items in a minute?

Can you put away ten items a minute? TRY IT and see IF you CAN! Ladies in this group work, home school or have such busy lives, that little time remains to organize. We work with five minute intervals, and a twelve item "TO DO" list. Our goal each day is to complete our entire list of "TO DOS" and celebrate our successes. Our families work as a team on chores.

Try to challenge yourself with setting a timer for five minutes and put fifty items away.

Some suggestions are:

(1) unload or load dishwasher
(2) work on laundry
(3) sort through a pile of paper
(4) collect items for recycling

If you do not have fifty items to organize in five minutes, tidy or clean an area of your home for five minutes. We move very quickly, since we have little idle time.

To find out more about this and other "Organizing Annie" groups, please visit:


Christian Women Today

Christian Women Today Forum

Revive Our Hearts

Copyright Organizing Annie 2010

Sunday, September 10, 2006

"America's #1 Cleaning Expert"

Do you know who "America's #1 Cleaning Expert" is?

Apparently, it is Don Aslett! After watching his absolutely hilarious video, "Is There Life After Housework?", I'd have to agree!!! I laughed until my cheek muscles ached! He is the father of six children, and had plenty of tips and time savers, to help in your housekeeping.

His website link:
has lots of helpful tips and advice! If you really need to get "re-inspired" to clean, Don Aslett's books are the place to start!



Get Organized!

One of the best books to get inspired in cleaning is, "Is There Life After Housework?" (available on VHS as well). The first "decluttering" book to read is, "Not For Packrats Only". These will be the first two books I'd recommend to start with. Before long, you'll "be hooked", and reading more of his books! They are full of humour and wisdom! They may be available at your local library as well.

Hope this will motivate you in your role as homemaker this week and in the weeks to come! His books and video really inspired our family!

Organizing Annie

Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Grace of Yielding

One of my favorite authors is Derek Prince. He has recently passed away, but his writings and messages are deep and profound! One of my favorite books by this Christian author is called:

"The Grace of Yielding"

Another excellent book is:

"Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose!"

He discusses how spoken words can have a profound effect in our lives. He provides solid biblical examples to illustrate his message, giving reminders from scriptures, where the Bible clearly teaches us to "guard our tongues".

The home page is: (global websites)

His credentials are impressive, and he is a well-respected biblical scholar. His outreach is interdenominational. May it be a blessing to you!

Organizing Annie