Sometimes we long for an adventurous life. We want to throw caution to the wind and go with the flow. And in some occasions that may be a good thing, but for the most part, routines and habits can be a good thing. Having the important daily things on autopilot, if you will, gives you more time and more brain power for doing all those other exciting things, even if it is just playing Legos with your kids or taking a walk in the park.
10 things you should do every day*
1. Drink enough water. And be sure [...]
Last week I brought you the first five tips, here are the last five!
6. Clear your work spaces. Whether your desk, the kitchen counter, or the bathroom counter. Just as I said in Part 1 of this post that location is important, and that things that are used regularly should be in a convenient location, the opposite is true. If it is not something you use on a REGULAR BASIS, it does not need to be occupying your work space. If you find you are constantly having to move one thing to get to something you [...]
Your stuff should have a purpose to help you create the life you want, and if it doesn’t, what is it doing in your home?
Good question asked by Peter Walsh. You can check out his 2 minute video below.
2 major causes of clutter
Memory Clutter is caused by keeping things that remind you of a person, an achievement, or a special time in your life. Could be trophies, certificates, kids schoolwork, baby clothes, souvenirs, or any other thing that has some sentimental value.
And then there is the I-might-need-it-someday clutter. This comes from the fear of [...]
Since I am sharing organizational tips, I thought I would republish an old post from my other blog that is very pertinent here!
Everyone is always looking for a magic bullet, and special pill, a trick to help them with whatever issue is bothering them. And when it comes to organizing , it is no different. We all would like an easy peazy way out.
Well, I don’t have a magic bullet or special pill, and I can’t twinkle my nose to clean up your clutter, but I can offer you THE best ever organizational tool, [...]
You know how there are some people who just seem to have it all together?
Their houses are always neat and put together. Their cars are organized with bins in the trunk. They can pick what to wear from their closet easily because it is so neat and they know where everything is. And they know tonight what they are having for dinner tomorrow and already have all the ingredients.
And then there are the rest of us. We look at those women in awe and wonder how do they do it? Sometimes I just think their brains must be [...]
First of all, I am not here to make you feel like you HAVE to get your house dust-free to be a good mom. If the dust in your house isn’t a big deal to you right now, don’t stress over it. This post is for those who feel the need to do something about it, but everyone is at a different point in life.
*Two disclaimers here off the top. I had a janitorial service for 13 years so I know a little bit about dusting. And links below are affiliate links. If you order anything by clicking on them [...]
Reading through the comments on my most popular post with almost 1.5 million views, 10 Habits for a Well-Run Family, I found there was a lot of talk about my suggestion of doing 1 load of laundry daily. Many loved the idea, while others completely balked at it.
Those who did do a load a day found that this is what worked for them. In a larger household with 3+ children, it may very well be best that 1 load be done daily to stay on top of it and keep it from getting out of hand.
On the other hand, [...]
Productive – Having the power of producing; generative; creative
To produce –
1. to bring into existence; give rise to; cause.
2. to bring into existence by intellectual or creative ability.
3. to make or manufacture.
4. to provide, furnish, or supply; yield.
It seems that the process of being productive would require hard work or creativity, at the very least. The problem is, our lives today are so filled with a lot of mundane tasks that the creative, hard work sometimes gets pushed to the side.
One way to make room for the productive opportunities is to create effective routines for the things that we [...]
*This post was originally published in 2011 on Living the Balanced Life.
In hearing Liz Gumbinner speak at Typeacon this past Saturday, it became even more solidified in my mind that for us to be successful women, in whatever type of business or personal life we have, we have to stop trying to do it all.
As I talked about a couple of months ago in a previous post titled Good enough is the new perfect, we have been encouraged from the generation before us and our current generation that we CAN have it all. Well if we try to [...]
*This post was originally published on Living the Balanced Life in June, 2011.
My regular readers know that I spent several days last week at the Type-A Parent Blog Conference in Asheville, NC. If you’re a blogger or a business that works with bloggers, this is an awesome conference to attend!
The closing keynote speaker was Liz Gumbinner. She blogs at Mom 101 and you can find her here on twitter. She was funny and made us laugh quite a bit. We could relate to her stories all too well.
So how does today’s woman “do it [...]