Simple Tips to Tidy Your Home

I love to organize and I want to make it easier for you to feel, stay and be organized.

We keep our house pretty tidy all of the time.  I’ve never apologized as visitors come over and, in fact, we’re ready for guests all of the time.  And yes, we enjoy living in our house and still make good use of the areas (I have piles of projects to rival the best of them), but we know that we feel better when our house is tidy and it’s easier to accomplish than you think.  I promise.  I’m going to share my best ideas with you for how I make this happen with just a little bit of effort every day.

Simple tips when you’re trying to organize anything:

  • Focus your efforts on the spaces you see the most often.
  • If it’s filling your life with stress, maybe it shouldn’t be in your life (you don’t need so much stuff).
  • Give everyone ownership and age-appropriate tasks to get involved.

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Simple Tips to Remember Everything

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I love to organize and I want to make it easier for you to feel, stay and be organized.

I’m ready to share my secrets of how I remember to do everything.  And how I usually get everything done in record time with personal, detailed follow-up.  It’s not rocket-science, it’s literally one simple tip: I write it down.  This strategy will revolutionize your tasks, make you more accomplished and remove so much stress from your mind – it will change your life.  I’m going to share my best ideas with you for how I make this happen in any instance to ensure I get the job done.

Simple tips when you’re trying to organize anything:

  • Use the strategy that works best for you.
  • Be clear with what you write down – you need to understand it when you reference it again – even if it’s hours, days or weeks later.
  • Have a start-to-finish system to turn your task from an idea to a completed success.

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Simple Tips to Tackle Your Task List

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I love to organize and I want to make it easier for you to feel, stay and be organized.

Let’s talk a little bit about why you may feel disorganized.  So many people tell me that they feel like they can’t get started and they’re overwhelmed thinking of everything that needs to be done.  I can understand.  I’ve let a few things slide and getting them back to a functional level has taken more time, energy and mental focus that I believed it would need.  But there’s hope!

Simple tips when you’re trying to organize anything:

  • Plan your project at a time during the day when you can be the most alert.
  • Only think about what you need to accomplish for a small space or task.
  • Find a quiet place to begin your thinking process – if you don’t have a quiet place, ask for help.  My husband will watch our kids or I’ll plan my time before everyone is awake.

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Simple Tips to Streamline Your Kitchen & Food

I love to organize and I want to make it easier for you to feel, stay and be organized.

Let’s start with your kitchen and your food.  We spend a lot of time thinking about meals – and we have nearly 1000 meals to eat/make in a year.  So it helps you – your wallet and your planning – to organize your food so you make the best use of everything you have.

Simple tips when you’re trying to organize anything:

  • Plan time in your schedule to organize.
  • Don’t try to do everything today.
  • Realize that it’s going to get a little messy before it gets organized.

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Simple Tips to Finesse Your Fitness Prep

I love to organize and I want to make it easier for you to feel, stay and be organized.

Let’s talk about your workout routine – No, I don’t mean your actual workout.  Let’s start with the routine of making sure you’re always ready to work out.  The easier you make it to get yourself prepared for your workout, the more likely you area to ALWAYS make it to your exercise spot.

Simple tips when you’re trying to organize anything:

  • Plan time in your schedule to set up your routine.
  • Find supplies that will work – you don’t always need to purchase new things.
  • Realize it’s going to take a little time to get used to your plan, but it will make your life easier (and healthier!)

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Exactly How I Lost 62 lbs (all the baby weight + 20 lbs!)

I just signed up for a friend’s 40 day fitness/health challenge and she’d asked us to take “before” pictures so I did.  Then I started looking at my actual “before” pictures from 10 months ago and it made me realize how far I’ve come and how much my focus and dedication has really paid off.  Here is where I started: I’d just had my third baby and I didn’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe because I really like the clothes I have, so I knew I needed to do something to lose the weight and keep it off. And it had to be easy, because I’ve tried the hard way in the past, and I knew I couldn’t do that again.

It took me 10 months, but I lost 62 lbs and went down multiple clothes sizes (so my clothes fit again!) – I know that if I was able to lose the weight, you can do it too.  Here is the strategy that I used this to lose all the baby weight and an extra 20 lbs:

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Why Participation Trophies Matter

Recently, my kids went to an event where they both received a participation trophy.  And they were both ecstatic.  I have to admit, so was I.  Why? We’d been trying for weeks – months – to get our kids to go to this activity, to actively participate, and to have a good (or at least a quiet) attitude.  And after our endless encouragement and coaxing, it (finally) seemed to be working.

I’ve heard others criticize participation trophies with phrases like, “We reward mediocrity these days!” or “If these kids get a trophy just for participating, then how will they learn anything?” and I have finally figured out where I stand.

I love participation trophies. Love them.

If I had the choice, I’d hand out participation trophies like Oprah hands out prizes: “You get a participation trophy! And you get a trophy!  And you get a trophy!”

Because you know what I’d love to have as an adult? More people who were excited to participate and more people who realize the value of active participation. 

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