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

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

Never organize alone.

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Never organize alone. Organizing is very personal. You want your things and your time ordered in a way that works for you, for your situation and your own needs. You can’t simply adopt someone else’s system or someone else’s order and expect it to work for you. Life is too variable for that. You are the only one who can arrange your things to work for you. But that doesn’t mean you have to do so alone. In fact, you … Read More

Friday Five: Transforming Inboxes

1. Thinking We must therefore allow children breathing-time from perpetual tasks, and remember that all our life there is a division of relaxation and effort. – Plutarch This was the quote from my post on classical education this week. It applies to us as moms in all we do, as well, for he notes this is true “all our life.” Do you have divided time for relaxation? Do you have divided time for effort? As we head toward a new … Read More

How to Create a Personalized Housecleaning Plan

There is one big problem with housecleaning. It’s never done. We make the checkmark, but the task returns the very next day or week. Making decisions is fatiguing. Front-load the decisions about what to do when is sanity-saving. The goal is regularity. A daily good enough. Remember that your home is a tool to be used. Its perfect end-state is not perfection. Its reason for being is as a setting for the drama of life unfolding within its walls. Is … Read More

How to declutter your home

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So you want to get organized. Where do you even start? To be organized means to be purposefully prepared. The best preparation for the work of organization is to declutter: declutter stuff, declutter life, declutter your head. Organizing starts with decluttering, but decluttering is actually a much bigger job than simply clearing out closets. Here’s how to declutter your home – and also your head. The Containers: Declutter your home & head Decluttering is one of those processes that makes … Read More

Write a daily note.

Organize your attitude #22 How do we keep track of all that needs to be done? How, if we do track all that needs to be done, do we keep the most important tasks top of mind rather than lost in the sea of details? We need to write a daily note. The power of a little index card or post it note is in the brevity. It allows us to keep our expectations realistic and focused. Selecting 3 priority … Read More

Give everything a home.

Organize your attitude #18 You can’t EHAP if things don’t actually have a home. As we start making plans for what to do over summer break, don’t merely add “declutter” to your list. Add “give things homes” to your list instead. Yes, we do need to get rid of junk we don’t need or use. But how do we know how much to declutter? How do we know when we’re done? The answer comes from evaluating the space we have, … Read More

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