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Sanity Hack: Post-Christmas Whirlwind

It happens every year, and the more kids you have, the more intense it is. You prepare for days beforehand: wrapping gifts, baking cookies, cleaning bathrooms. Then, it is finally TODAY. Christmas. You relish Christmas day. Your kids relish it. Stockings are opened, cinnamon rolls and bacon are enjoyed, presents are unwrapped, coffee is savored, […]

The frustrations of tidying up

I set the timer for fifteen minutes. Surely in fifteen minutes, I thought, I can make a difference in this room. The room was mine. The mess was an assortment of laundry, books, accumulated junk, out-of-season kids’ clothes, and random bits. I knew there was no way I was going to finish cleaning the room […]

What’s the difference between a plan that works and a plan that frustrates?

I think we’ve all experienced the confusion and frustration of trying to get our lives organized and under control, but feeling like we’re missing a piece somewhere. I personally can’t stand feeling that way, so I set out to determine what the essential pieces were and how I’d handle them. Then if it didn’t work, […]

Home Systems: Think in Three

Seven years ago, I was approached about an opportunity to speak with a local mom’s group about household management and organization. I was delighted to take on the speaking engagement, though I inquired why I had been chosen, seemingly randomly, for the task. The group leader explained that she had overheard me talking to another […]

EHAP: afternoon tidying to the rescue

We have a small practice that saves the state of our house, almost every day. It’s simple and effective – as long as we do it. When I keep the time in the late afternoon regularly carved out for it, I can handle the intermittent chaos that descends as the kids work and play throughout the […]

Summer Bootcamp for the Kids’ Chores

Summer is a great time to revamp the home systems and focus on those areas that tend to get brushed aside with the hustle and bustle of regular activities, homework, and schedules. Of course the kids are looking forward to kicking back and enjoying more loose and freeform days. Summer should be a time for […]

What Good Are Simple Systems?

So this month, my topic has been Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Simplify Life, and even though I didn’t make it to 31 systems total, it’s been a good month. But what good are systems to us, really? I think as stay-at-home moms we often don’t even realize just how many draws there are […]

Simple Systems: Socks!

Do you have a lot of socks running through your laundry system? Does matching socks and searching for lost matches drive you crazy? Here’s my solution. 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 trolling […]

Simple Systems: Folding Laundry

Just as a dishwashing routine helps smooth communication between everyone in the household, so does a laundry folding routine. 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: Laundry folding process Having a laundry folding […]

Simple Systems: Dishwashing Routine

You probably have systems that you are not even aware of. A system is just the way you do things, and the more you do something one way, the more automatic it becomes. One such simple system is the process by which dishes go from dirty to clean to put away. Finding many small changes […]