5 Ways to Start the New Year Well

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A new year is like a promise of a fresh start, a new beginning, a turning of the page that might mean the turning of a new leaf. What can we do to start the new year well? I am always trying to turn over new leaves. Too many times I’ve tried turning them overnight, and instead fallen on my face. However, slow, steady change builds up over time and after years of wrestling with those leaves, they are turning … Read More

Dealing with Post-Christmas Chaos

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it takes work to make it so. And then that wonderful time of the year results in additional clean up work afterward. It’s good work, and it’s meaningful, but it can be overwhelming. More than the extra dishes or the laundry backup, after Christmas chaos comes with the packaging, new toys, wrapping paper bits, and did I mention new toys? So much stuff strewn all around! Reveling in some chaos … Read More

Make a Doable To Do List: The Rule of 3

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To-do lists can be as frustrating as they are useful. Some days to do lists seem like an awesome tool. Then on other days they seem like instruments of torture, mocking my efforts and goals. But, it is the process of planning that is helpful even when the plans don’t work out. So let’s stick with the process and see if we can tweak it to be more beneficial. Is a doable to do list possible? I know I tend … Read More

Start Strong! Focus on Keystone Habits

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Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change. – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit Keystone habits, according to Charles Duhigg, are habits that give “small wins [that] fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger … Read More

October Organizing Progress Report

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If you’ve been trying to get organized with the Simplified Organization Course, I’d love to hear what you’ve been working on specifically this month and where you’ve seen progress. My own progress This month I gave my kitchen a much-needed cleaning out. Things have gotten pretty bad when you use a hand-vac to clean out drawers. cough But the best way to organize a shelf or drawer or cupboard is to empty it completely and then put things back the … Read More

Simple Systems: Library Routine

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I’ve had times with a library system and times without. Guess what? The times I don’t follow my library routine are the times I rack up the fines. A system can prevent accumulating small debts in library fines – if you follow them. October is the month for Nester’s 31 Days series! I always love participating. It’s a lot of fun to write an extended series like this with lots of small pieces all strung together in a short amount … Read More

Simple Systems: Organizing Reusable Grocery Bags

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I like to use reusable bags, but it can be challenging to remember them. Here’s how I make it easier to get them into the car and with us in the store. Basically, the premise of the 31 Days challenge is to make a list of 31 things and then write a short post on each one for a month. I love lists, so I can’t resist. So this month, my topic is Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Simplify … Read More

Simple Systems: Our “before we leave the house” list

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Getting a carload of children out the door to appointments or activities can be stressful. Here’s how I’ve made it easier. During the month of October, I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days link-up. This year’s series is Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Simplify Life. From containing projects and other things to creating formulas for getting dressed and folding laundry, I’ll be sharing small, simple ways I reduce decision fatigue in my life at home. Delegate responsibilities to get … Read More

Simple Systems: How to Make a Grocery List

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We know heading to the grocery store without a list or a plan is a recipe for overspending, but how can we make the process of making that grocery list less daunting and more simple? During the month of October, I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days meme, writing about Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Simplify Life. From containing projects and other things to creating formulas for getting dressed and folding laundry, I’ll be sharing small, simple ways I … Read More

Simple Systems: Where do kids’ jackets go?

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Last winter we had a kid-coat disaster on our hands seemingly all the time. The coats would be strewn over the floor and all over the house, and there was always a mad hunt for everyone’s coat whenever they wanted to go play outside or when we needed to leave the house. We needed a system. I think as stay-at-home moms we often don’t even realize just how many draws there are on our energy, even our mental energy. Decision-making … Read More

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