Homemaking: what it means and how to do it better

Is homemaking old-fashioned and outdated? Do you picture a woman with a flirty apron and heels, hair neatly bobbed, red lips smiling? Is that a homemaker? Homemakers have looked like many things in the history of man, and few of them wore heels. In fact, we must remember that those pictures come to us from advertisers trying to sell us something – an ideal. That picture is just as false as the have-it-all-together career-woman-who-can-also-spend-quality-time-with-her-kids image television promotes today. For a … Read More

How to Declutter Your Mind

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We all know the feeling. Your head is spinning; your mind is in overdrive. You try to multitask, putting out a fire here and remembering something else halfway though. We jump from one task to the next, not always finishing one before starting another. You might call the feeling overwhelm or craziness or even panic. I have a solution: a brain dump. It’s simple, but surprisingly successful at calming internal chatter and chaos. Whether you’ve never tried this practice or … Read More

Email Detox: How to Empty Your Inbox

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Shhh. You can tell me. I won’t judge. I promise. How many emails are in your inbox?

 How many of them are unread? Now, lean in. Let me share a secret in return: email in your inbox creates stress. If you’re looking to calm the stress and the mess in your head, one quick (yes, quick, I promise!) and simple place to start is by taming your email inbox. Not only will it be a small win that helps you … Read More

When Organization Falls Apart: 6 Steps to Recovery

The year is winding down to a close. How are you doing? How is the state of your house? 

Illness strikes, an all-consuming project is due, guests come and go, daily life moves ever forward without stopping to clean up after itself. We all have periods where things slide and chaos takes over. No matter how good our routines are, there are times that they slip. Everyone in the family gets a stomach bug. There’s a flurry of trips and … Read More

How to organize your life – for moms

When you want to get organized where do you turn? A quick browse on Pinterest or a flip through the magazine at the dentist office leads us to assume that the way to organize life is to use chalkboard labels on baskets, which line every shelf in every closet. Someone who has achieved this feat has earned the badge, “Organized!” Of course, then there’s the spice jars to label and arrange alphabetically, even if you have twelve but only use … Read More

Your Calendar Is Your Most Important Organization Tool

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When you want to get your life organized, what’s the first step? 

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know the first step is always a brain dump. But then, once you have a brain dump that fills an entire notebook, where do you begin? What do you do with all that? Where does it go. There are 5 important bins you need before you can start sorting and processing that brain dump, but the one … Read More

Keeping Track in a Busy Homeschool Day – Simply Convivial

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There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re homeschooling multiple kids. Chores, reading, math, writing, and various other activities all require some kind of accountability. If we think our kids don’t need accountability, we’re going to have a sad wakeup call eventually. They do need it. If we don’t care enough to check up on them and the quality and consistency of their work – regularly – they will not care enough to do it. And then the problem … Read More

What’s Working Now: My Weekly Planner Page

For nearly a year I gave all-digital planning another go. I tried a few different configurations, a few different apps and options – all in the name of research! – with mixed success. I tried Evernote for a weekly summary note and a place to keep routines. I tried a spreadsheet version of my previous paper weekly spread. I tried using all Omnifocus, all the time (except for routines, which then plummeted). Over and over again, I return to the … Read More

Why is homemaking hard?

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Before you were married or had kids, did you think homemaking would be an easy gig? I mean, dishes, laundry, sweeping, meals – it seems pretty basic. But it doesn’t take long for reality to sink in. I often hear from women who say they were organized when they worked in an office, but they just can’t manage to be – or at least feel – organized at home. What makes it so hard to stay on top of basic … Read More

How to Juggle Housework & Homeschooling – Simply Convivial

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a homeschool mom in possession of a large family must be in want of a housekeeper. That’d be nice, wouldn’t it? Some families can actually swing it, but most of us are on our own when it comes to keeping up with both school and home. Of course we can bring the kids on board, and sometimes husbands can lend a hand, but there’s still a lot to do. Our homeschool year is over, … Read More

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