Crickets here, lately. Evidently, when I’m in transition, I get a little quiet. It’s been an anxious time for me as we shift from school to summertime and I shift to be home full time with my kids for the first time. For some of you, this may be an impossible dream or a possible nightmare you avoid. Whatever your stance, it’s a change for me… one that comes with a bit of fear but one I hope is worth taking.
Whatever coast you are on, the piiiiiiiles from school are coming home soon. (I always wonder where the teachers have been storing this STUFF all year long but that’s another post.) Whether it’s your middle-schooler’s Trapper Keeper (they made a comeback, you know!) or your 2nd grader’s farm diorama, these creations create chaos at home. To take control of the situation (central theme of all of my work), follow these guidelines.
I usually greet summer with an eye roll and a few heavy sighs and I don't think I'm alone. It’s crazy time. Kids going every direction. Tears at drop off for camp. Camp is out at noon but costs $500 (whatevs). It’s quite possibly a recipe for disaster for people who like routine, schedules, and consistency (that’s me, folks). If you happen to have owned the same attitude, keep reading for a few ideas on how I’m determined to change it up this year.
For many of us, this is a day to give AND to receive. We are at the intersection of mother, daughter and caregiver to oh so many. Which is all the more reason you need to take time for you on Sunday, May 12 (and Mon., Tue., Wed., but I digress…). While hugs and homemade cards are soul-filling, you may want a pretty box holding a heartfelt something. Don’t be shy – forward this email full of my favorite things or your own wish list to your partner to make sure you get what you really want.
Micro choice (as defined by Less Mess. More Life.) – quick actions you can take and decisions you can make to lead a more organized life.
A simpler, calmer life is not created solely by the quarterly purge. The dreamy state is the result of minute-to-minute, day-to-day decisions you make. You've made the decision to sign up for this newsletter. Now it's your turn to implement a few of these (she says with such a loving nudge).
"Spring Break 2019!" she yells in her 20-year-old voice like she’s headed back to Key West. Time to pack up the family (because the packing-for-one days are long gone) and head somewhere. Let’s do things in a more organized way this trip. Sound good? Thought so. Implement these 3 pack-like-a-pro tips to get your crew on that flight/road trip with just what you need a lot less stress.
Last week was taxes and this week? Garages! Two of your favorite things, I know. Well, just like taxes, garages tend to be something we want to avoid but deserve our attention. With spring here (around the corner?), time to get this space in shape so bikes, basketballs, coolers, all the tools for warm weather fun are easier to get out and put away.
Thank you Mary, for setting the tone here. Without further adieu, my 3 simple rules for editing your children’s art.
1. If it’s not personal - toss it. Staying in the lines on a page torn from a coloring book page does not warrant keeping for 3 decades. First drawing of your family? Frame it – this deserves more than a box.
2. If it’s bigger than my Bigso Document box - toss it. Preschool art projects will not overtake my home or my life.
3. If you know the teacher did the majority of the work - toss it. You know the way-too-perfect Halloween thumbprint project. Cute? Beyond. Showing my child’s creativity? Not so much. See ya.
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Let’s clean out your room! Time to get rid of some toys! I guarantee your child will give you the classic eye roll or completely ignore you. Do you blame them? That sounds overwhelming to me (and I love this stuff). IMHO, children need to and can develop the habit of letting go, reducing their emotional attachment to things. Few children (adults, ahem) want to do this work, let’s be honest. Here are some tricks to help get everyone moving in a less is more direction.
IKEA. To some, it’s a 4-letter word. To me, it’s where form, function and budget intersect. I don’t love the process but praise them for finally adding online shopping. I love their been-around-forever items but nothing too new or trendy. I really don’t like - the art cart. (Sorry if you own one. I am sure they are great for some things but really, are they?). Alas, back to what I love in a most definite order.
It's February. Time to shine next week as you shower your world with Valentine's love – your kids, their classmates, the grandparents, the teachers, your partner. But what about YOU – the most important person of all? Before you start your daughter’s Pinterest inspired (#pinterestfail?) Valentine’s, commit to showing yourself some love. Here's how.
“Mothers will spend more than three years of their adult lives in the kitchen” according to a recent study. I’m definitely on the more than side of this study. I feel like I am in the kitchen All. The. Time. Can you relate?
Maybe that stat will make you realize how important it is to have an edited and organized kitchen. Here are my 3 favorite tools to help you do just that.
New Year’s Goals/Resolutions/Intentions/Words/Wishes…whatever you call them, they are the buzz right now. For the past 3 years, I have used the same method to create my “words” for the year. That track record alone says a lot about the process. It’s easy. It works for me. And I hope it works for you.
Less Mess. More Life. is built on the concept of taking the chaos out of a person's home and ultimately, life. I created this free playbook "9 Steps To Organize Your Children's Clothes" to share my favorite organizing tricks, most useful products and other tools to empower you to calm the chaos of an often crazy situation.