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.
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.
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.
WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
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.
Thank you notes need to be written. Flights need to be booked. Kate needs to be enrolled in summer camp. Your mammogram needs to be scheduled. Your to do list is endless.
You know what needs to get done because things are in their very specific pile (or maybe a lot of piles), in an extensive mental list (keeping you up at night), or stored in a great app, like Teux Deux. Whatever your method, the list is there but you aren’t actually getting any of these things done.
Spring (and lately it seems like summer) is here. Kids are out playing in the front, back and middle-of-the-street yards. Patios and barbecues are in use and for my neighborhood, the weekly block party is about to begin.
Yes….our neighborhood has a party every Friday night, 6 months out of the year. If you have wanted to plan something like this but have a few excuses reasons not to --- not enough space, don’t want that many people in your house, too expensive --- it’s time to throw away those excuses and start planning. Here’s how we do it.
It’s Saturday. And you have said you are going to purge your closet, purge the garage, purge your life. You’re cruising along and then bam, the used-once-a-decade camping gear, New Year's Eve party supplies from the new millennium, extra coolers, old suitcases or the jeans that are two sizes too small appear.
And you freeze. You can’t get rid of it because your pesky inner voice says… “What if I need it? What if I lose the weight? What if we have a big party? What if…? What if…?”
A very common question - what is your favorite organizing product?
To answer - picture this. Peacefully (of course), you walk in the door with mail in one hand, kids backpacks in the other (permission slips to sign falling out) and your purse barely hanging onto your wrist for dear life.
Welcome home! You now have magazines to read, husband's mail to put somewhere and kids papers/homework in a heap. It all ends up in one pile on the counter because let's be honest, that's just what happens. So what to do?