What to do with your brain dump list

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So, you’ve done a thorough brain dump and you have sheets upon sheets of notes, tasks, and ideas. If you still haven’t completed a thorough brain dump or you aren’t sure what that means, check out my free emails that will walk you through a bunch of brain dump triggers to get all the stuff rattling around in your head out and onto paper, where you can deal with it. Now what? That’s the big question I keep hearing. If … Read More

Start the Year Well: Clear your head with a brain dump

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As the holidays wind down, the crazy schedules should let up and let us catch our breath. But if we were whirling all month from thing to thing, trying to track presents and events and guests and extra baking and so much more, we feel more like crashing than catching anything. Even though much is over, there’s now a new year approaching and thoughts of self-improvement and resolutions can hardly be fought off. Don’t fight off those thoughts, but don’t … Read More

Goals & Plans for a New Year

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Now we enter the last few days before the new year begins. It’s time for goals, plans, and resolutions! I can’t help myself. I start thinking about plans and ideals for the next year – the next “fresh start” – while wrapping presents, rolling cookies, and cleaning house for Christmas. I’ve made new year resolutions or goals for years now, and my track record is about 50%. Are New Year resolutions worth the effort? The perfect situation to choose between … 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

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: A coat closet the kids can use

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Kids’ hats and gloves all over the floor and never handy when they’re needed? They need a home. Today is one more simple system in October’s series, Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Reduce Decision Fatigue. Setting up simple systems will make life run more smoothly. It might even help things get done and put in their homes. That’s the goal anyway. Simple Home System: Coat closet storage for kids Drawers in the coat closet keep kids’ stuff corralled but … Read More

Simple Systems: Portable Command Central

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Basically, the premise of the 31 Days meme 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 Life. 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 is exhausting and implementing a system means … Read More

Simple Systems: Command Central Clipboard

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With my daily tasks limited to the top most important, how to I keep track of the other routine things that need to happen in a week? With my clipboard! 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 of time. This year’s series is Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Reduce … Read More

Simple Systems: Command Center

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Basically, the premise of the 31 Days meme 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 Life. 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 is exhausting and implementing a system means … Read More

31 Days of Simple Home Systems: What is a System?

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During the month of October, I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days meme. I think it’s fun, and I always find some great new blogs and ideas from browsing the linkups entries. 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. A system is a way of … Read More

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