How to clear clutter – step-by-step guide

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Clutter is a problem every family has to deal with. We can learn strategies of regular decluttering that keep our space useful and clear without falling into the trap of thinking that the goal is to eliminate all clutter once and for all. So, we talk a lot about needing to declutter, but part of what holds us back from just diving in and making some progress in decluttering is that even though we say that we are doing this … Read More

How to declutter in bite-sized steps

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Decluttering is something we keep saying we need to do. Even when we do it, we still keep needing to do it. We hunt for better, faster ways to do it – and be done with it at last. Why is it such a big deal? Why do we keep trying to do it? And what is it that we keep trying to do? That’s the topic of today’s episode: How to declutter quickly and simply. Let’s dig in. So, … Read More

Do you need an attitude adjustment?

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An attitude adjustment is often needed when life is not going the way we want. So I have here the equivalent of a flu shot for your attitude – but even more effective and no needle. Inoculate your mindset against grumbling and discontent by reminding yourself of truth and purpose. Take control of your attitude by taking control of your thoughts. I think our attitude is the missing link in our attempts at getting organized. So I’m excited to announce … Read More

125. How to change your mindset

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Weeks have passed since the holidays which were a fun break but also exhausting and a lot of work. Then we jump into January with all the energy and good intentions we can muster. It’s no wonder February finds us dull and feeling doomed. February is the time we need to be deliberate with our thoughts, because it’s easy to have them spiral down into lethargy if not worse. So this month we’re focusing on mindset. Think of it like … Read More

5 Things I Learned in January

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The first month is in the books, for better or for worse. Just like every other January before, the habits and streaks did not happen. But nevertheless, we persist, killing our perfectionism and not giving up in doing both good and well. #1. Laundry is relentless. Just FYI: laundry waits for no mom. And, recall, that life is like laundry. It just keeps going. It will increase, yet seldom does it decrease. In the last 3 years I’ve tried 5 … Read More

Stay at home mom, always tired – what to do

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I remember being so weary, so tired, as a young stay-at-home mom with small children. There was so much to do. So much to do, in fact, that it seemed a monumental task just to decide what to do. My fatigue was compounded by the fact that most of my “so much to do” was made of small, menial, basic tasks. There were dishes in the sink, crumbs on the floor, laundry everywhere. There were meals to make, which would … Read More

What’s Working Now: Post-It Planner

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Ah, the constant struggle to find or create the perfect planning system. How many of us spend more time tweaking and changing our planner than actually using it? A post-it planner has been my personal solution for the last few months, and I want to share how it’s working for me. We spend so much time playing with our planner that we begin to think that is using it. But we’re actually using our planner when what’s written there – … Read More

How to organize your attitude.

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My new tagline is “organize your attitude,” because I think our own mindset as moms is crucial in our homes. This theme fits well here, too, because an organized attitude is at the root of having a convivial home.  Charlotte Mason said that fully 1/3 of our children’s curriculum is atmosphere, and though candles and art on the wall are nice touches, I believe that it is our own attitudes as we go about our business that creates the atmosphere … Read More

Using a Planner to Stay Organized – without wasting time

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How many planners have you tried using in your adult life? The number is likely more than one. When you’re trying to figure out how to organize your life, you assume it will take a planner, but why does it never seem to stick or to work? Using a planner to stay organized seems to not work for you. It’s frustrating. The truth is that we tend to focus more on the pages and boxes in our planners or the … Read More

Large Family Home Life. (with Celeste Cruz)

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In this free homeschool chat, Mystie Winckler and Celeste Cruz discuss the unique challenges and blessings of living a full life at home with a large family and lots of little ones. They cover interruptions, to-do lists, expectations, and strategies for keeping your head in the game and your attitude organized. Mystie, homeschooling mother of 5, loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. So she blogs about organizing attitudes & systems and … Read More

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