• Organizing mental clutter
    Mental Clutter,  Motherhood,  Organization

    The Importance of Organizing Mental Clutter

    There has been a big push in the last few years to de-clutter our homes and organize our physical spaces. There have been many, myself included, that can attest to the positive effects of decreasing physical clutter and creating an organizational system that works for you. But what about our mental clutter? Mental clutter includes all those pesky to-dos, appointments, and schedules that are constantly running through our minds. Our mental clutter consists of all those things that are completed silently and without celebration but are what keeps are family’s lives flowing easily day to day. If you talk with any mom they will tell you that often this form…

  • Tips for organizing seasonal gear
    Organization

    Tips To Easily Organize Seasonal Gear

    This week’s weather brought record-breaking low temperatures to our area and despite my constant yearning for warmer weather it looks like we are still several weeks (or months) away from warmer weather. Colder temperatures are a time when coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and more are littering our homes. Without a system in place for storing seasonal gear, you might find yourself digging through the couch cushions looking for your child’s missing mitten. Tips for Organizing Seasonal Gear Living in Indiana (or really the Midwest) means that while we have the seasons, it isn’t always guarenteed each season will stay in its lane. Around these parts, it is not unheard…

  • The magic of toy rotation and open toy display. Watch as your children play longer with fewer toys!
    Organization,  Toys

    The Magic of Toy Rotation and Open Toy Display

    Have you ever found that your children seem to be overwhelmed, bored, or uninterested in the toys at home?  Have you thought maybe it was time to get some new toys to peak their interest again? This was me as a new mom with my first. At the time my son was a toddling near-one-year-old and his toys were kept in a large basket in our living room, he always appeared so uninterested in the toys stored in that basket. Even when I would buy a new toy, the interaction would only last so long before he seemed bored again. It wasn’t much later that I came across Montessori principles and…

  • Organize messy toys in just one day
    Motherhood,  Organization,  Toys

    Easy One Day Toy Purge

    Do you find yourself still recovering from all the goodies your little ones received this holiday season? Legos piled at your feet? Play food scattered about with no chef in sight? Are you ready to complete a total toy purge? If you said yes to any of the above, then welcome friend! You are in good, holiday-recovering company and today I am going to walk you through a step by step process for getting toy clutter under control! We are going to tackle finding new places in your home for all those fun new toys while also purging the collection of broken, outgrown or just plain “where-did-this-come-from” toys. The Prep…

  • Simple and affordable Christmas Decor Storage
    Holidays,  Organization

    Simple and Affordable Christmas Decor Organization That Will Save Time Next Year

    It probably seems a bit strange to be talking about Christmas 2019 already, but I promise this isn’t a wacky, Christmas forever, type of post. Rather, I want to show you how a few simple changes in Christmas decor packing can help you actually enjoy the process of decking the halls next year. Yesterday we spent the morning taking down and packing away all of our Christmas decorations. And I will tell you, if there is one place in my life that I am not minimal, it is Christmas. I love turning our home into a festive, winter wonderland, but that also means sorting through multiple large totes of decorations.…

  • Stress Free Thanksgiving Planning
    Holidays,  Intentional Living,  Organization

    4 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

    The holidays are upon us! Believe it or not Halloween is next week?! Though it feels like everyone is jumping straight from Halloween to Christmas, there is another scrumptious holiday in there we can’t forget about.  Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to gather with our people over a delicious meal. A time to reflect on the last year and soak up our many blessings. It is meant to be a time of relaxation, fellowship and re-connection with those we hold most dear.  Maybe you play host or maybe you travel with your contributions tucked neatly in Tupperware. Perhaps your family enjoys some after-meal football watching or maybe an all-night/early morning…

  • The Holidays Simplified
    Holidays,  Organization

    Simplifying the Holidays

    Can you believe it is already October? The leaves are falling, the weather is getting (somewhat) cooler, and pumpkins can be spotted everywhere. The holidays are upon us! I love the holidays! This is my favorite time of the year! As soon as September rolls around I am ready to begin putting out the Halloween decorations and starting planning Christmas parties. The Stress of the Holidays The holidays are truly a wonderful time of the year, but as moms, the execution of wonder and excitement often falls on our plates. We become the party planners, gift buyers, package wrappers, costume designers, menu planners, and candy organizers. It doesn’t take long before…

  • Use this free, printable 31 day de-clutter plan to get your home in order for autumn
    De-Cluttering,  Organization

    31 Day Autumn De-Clutter

    Have you ever found yourself standing in the living room with a toys strewn at your feet, laundry piled high on the couch, dishes filling the sink and dishwasher, and you feel like your head is about to explode? You feel like you have spent all your time cleaning yet you see no evidence of all that you’ve done. Perhaps all these to-dos have left you short-tempered and annoyed and longing for a time when you will be finished and can enjoy the life you are constantly cleaning up after? This was me just a few years ago. I felt like I was drowning in all the stuff and the…

  • Keeping track of your family's favorite meals can help keep recipes organized and make meal planning easier. Use this FREE printable to keep it all in one place.
    Meal Planning,  Organization

    Meal Planning Made Easier Part 3: Favorite Meals Index

    Hello friends! If you are here for the first time you can read Part One and Part Two I recently shared a copy of the Weekly Meal Planner and Shopping List I use each week to plan my family’s meals and make shopping as pain-free as possible. But what happens when you just can’t think of meals to put on the list? Have you ever sat down with the greatest intentions of planning the week’s meals and starting the week off on the right foot, only to completely blank on what to make for dinner? You have a shelf full of wonderful cookbooks yet nothing is coming to mind? You…

  • Save money and time with meal planning by using these inventory sheets
    Meal Planning,  Organization

    Meal Planning Made Easier: Part 2

    Today I will be sharing with you part two of my Meal Planning Made Easier series. If you are new, WELCOME, and feel free to read part one and snag a free copy of my Weekly Meal Planner here.  Mom Brain Meets Grocery Store: We’ve all been there…standing in an aisle at the grocery store racking our brains trying to remember what else we need from the store. There is likely a screaming toddler wanting a snack or a preschooler knocking things off the shelf. Stress and overwhelm builds as you will every molecule of your existence to remember WHAT. THE. HECK. DID. I. NEED?!?! In a huff you get…