• Weekly Check-in Plan for busy moms
    Mental Clutter,  Organization

    How a Weekly Check-in System Can Help a Busy Mom

    As a busy mom, it can be frustrating trying to find time to get everything done. Often times it can feel like hours in the day passes without us even realizing. Before long it can feel like our to-do list is out of control. Forgetting to Get Things Done More than once I have found myself in the following situation: It is the middle of the night, I should be sleeping. Instead, I find myself going over a list of things I meant to do either that day or even a week ago but somehow never got to it. Somethings are important such as checking up on finances while others…

  • Bring home baby checklist
    Motherhood,  Organization,  Pregnancy

    Easy Bringing Home Baby Checklist

    It is hard for me to believe that we are only a few short weeks away from bringing home baby! This summer is very literally flying by! The last time we welcomed a baby into our home was three years ago! And while it might not seem like that long ago, I feel like a new mom all over again. At that time we were living in a one-story ranch home and had a newly two-year-old toddler. So needless to say there wasn’t much of a “shock” with the new baby. We were pretty used to diaper changing and nursing. For this little one though, we are in a position…

  • Tips for planning a stress-free birthday party
    Birthday Parties,  Organization,  Parties,  Simplicity

    8 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Birthday Party

    When our oldest, Asher, was turning one year old, I felt an overwhelming pressure to plan the perfect first birthday party. Hours. and I do mean HOURS, were spent, leading up to the day scouring Pinterest for ideas, creating invitations and decorations by hand, baking his cake and preparing food, and planning every detail of the day. I created multiple “activities” for our guests including a photo booth, picture frames to decorate, masks and coloring pages for kids, and even elaborate favors (that I forgot to hand out until most people were gone). Adding to the mess, three weeks before Asher’s party I started a new job. So needless to…

  • Household inventory sheets save your time and money by making shopping trips simple and quick. Buy only what you need when you need it. Free printable. Great for household binders. Household organization tool.
    Home Binder,  Organization

    Simplify Your Shopping Trips with Household Inventory Sheets

    Have you ever been at the store checkout, certain you have picked up everything your family needed, only to get home and realize the family is running low on something for the home… tissues, toilet paper, or window cleaner? I have and the frustration is almost palpable! In my last post, I shared how overwhelming the mental clutter and mental load of motherhood can be. As moms, we don’t have a lot of extra time in our days and it is frustrating to realize you have to add another shopping trip to the already overflowing schedule. After one too many times of reaching for something only to realize we were…

  • Organizing mental clutter
    Mental Clutter,  Mental Health,  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
    De-Cluttering,  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 seasonal gear: coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and more are littering our homes. Without a system in place for seasonal gear organization, you might find yourself digging through the couch cushions looking for your child’s missing mitten. Tips for Seasonal Gear Organization 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…

  • 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
    Home and Life,  Organization,  Toys

    Easily Organize Toys

    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 struggling to organize toys? 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! I will help you organize all those toys! 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…

  • Simple and affordable Christmas decoration storage ideas. Save time and energy next year.
    Christmas,  De-Cluttering,  Holidays,  Organization

    Simple and Affordable Christmas Decoration Organization

    If you are like me, perhaps you are just getting around to taking down your Christmas decorations. It is such fun transforming the house into a winter wonderland, that taking everything down tends to be a dreaded task. I want to show you how a few simple changes in Christmas decoration organization and packing can help you more quickly 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…

  • Stress Free Thanksgiving Planning
    Fall Holidays,  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…