A messy house is no fun – it makes me feel stressed and overwhelmed in all areas of my life actually. I even sleep better when my house is clean. And I can’t get my house clean unless it’s organized – shoving stuff into the cupboards and under the bed doesn’t count as “clean” to me.
When it comes to getting organized, one of the key elements must be decluttering.
The life I live now is almost incomparable to the life I lived before.
The most note-able differences are that I’ve become a mom (and moved a tiny person + a whole pile of tiny person stuff into our home), and I’ve left the working world. (I now work for myself, from my home.)
They handed me the gadget.
“When you find something you’d like to put on your registry, just scan the bar code and you’re all set!” the employee explained to me. We looked at each other, nodded, and starting walking around the store.
Pretty candles? Check.
One of my favorite money saving and time saving tips, (but the one that gets the most eye rolls) is meal planning. It is super simple to do, takes just a short time to create one and will save you not only time but money. Surprisingly more money than you think.read more
One item that is always on my to-do list is to conquer the clutter in our home. With two small children who have lots of energy and two adults who have full-time jobs outside the home, this is no easy task. And this can be especially challenging around the holidays when shiny new toys are constantly making their way into your playroom and children’s rooms.read more
Mail tends to be one of the biggest annoyances to people when it comes to clutter. Unlike clutter sources such as clothes (which are useful) or sentimental clutter (which we feel attachment to), almost no one actually wants mail inside their house.
So what do most of us tend to do? Ignore it.
Halloween’s over. Head to any department store and you’ll find the holiday decorations up and every store (online or brick and mortar) advertising about Black Friday or holiday sales in general.
Are you ready? Gah!
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the holidays. Seriously…I love them.
What creates a true “Christmas Spirit?”
Christmas is just around the corner and I have been thinking about all the fun activities that our family will do once again.
However, this year, I have decided to be more conscious about getting my girls to serve others and think outside of themselves.
As a parent, you know it’s hard to keep your sanity at Christmas with little ones – if you don’t have a great plan.
I remember one Christmas when my daughter was about 2 years old, she got overwhelmed with all the Christmas activities and lack of schedule. I guess she just had too much fun. Because on Christmas day about 2:00 pm with all the activities happening around her, she just laid down in the middle of the floor and fell asleep with friends and family walking and talking all around.
I can still remember waking up early on Thanksgiving morning to help my uncle stuff the turkey, and then eating sour cream coffee cake for breakfast while watching the start of the Macy’s Parade.
My grandmother would leave a tin of gingerbread boys for us and a note asking us to “dress” them, and my aunt would have richly colored cups of frosting out along with candies and sprinkles for us to spend the morning in decorating bliss.