If you had to name the main clutter zones in your house, there are usually 2 main hot spots. The first is the kitchen bench or table, where paperwork, lunch boxes, keys, glasses, mail and random bits and pieces often get dumped. And the second common clutter-zone is the entryway. Whether you enter through the front door or through a side or back entrance, the entryway is often where shoes, bags, keys, coats and hats get thrown. If you don't have organised zones set up to 'catch the clutter', then it's easy for the mess to build up and become overwhelming.
Do you have any home projects you're planning on carrying out over the next few months? Whether it's an entire room or home makeover, a kitchen re-organisation, clearing out the garage, or sorting through the mess in a linen closet, it's always best to tackle any project with a detailed plan. Today I'm sharing our new laundry design, along with a free project planner for you to use if you've got an upcoming venture of your own. Here's to project planning.... and wishing and dreaming!
Do you like organising kids' parties? I know some people absolutely love it, but I have to admit I'm not one of them. That creativity gene skipped a generation in our family, so I am definitely not the person whipping up an amazing birthday cake or creating gorgeous decorations. I admire those that can! However, with our son's 5 year old birthday that we celebrated this past weekend, one thing I think I did manage a lot better than other parties we've hosted, was a more simple and stress-free approach to organising it. It was a lovely, [relatively] relaxed and fun day for the kids and for us, which I think is the sign of a successful party! Here are my 7 tips to help you achieve the same for your child's party...
Have you heard yourself saying 'I just don't have enough time' or 'I wish I had more time' more often than you'd like to admit? I know I have! There just never seems to be enough hours in the day for all the things we want to achieve in the different facets of our busy lives, and having a list of tasks and to-do's constantly swirling around your head is overwhelming.
If you don't have a plan for how you're going to tackle them, you'll either be confused about which tasks are the real priorities and spend all your time on the little jobs that are not that important, or you'll get totally overwhelmed and do nothing. A simple weekly planning and scheduling session will help you to use your time more effectively, be more productive and achieve your goals. Want to join me?
Have you started planning your year ahead yet? Using a calendar to map out routines, extra activities, chores and even finances, is a great way to make sure all family members are on the same page. A written calendar has always been the best way for me to make sure I stay organised with our busy schedules, and I'm excited to try out this new calendar format this year. The act of physically writing something down is actually proven to help you remember things better, so a written calendar is a really effective planning method. Here's a look at how I set up our family calendar...
As the weather heats up, you may be lucky enough to be able to head to the beach more often. Nothing beats a great beach day with the family, but it is also something you have to be super-prepared for. There are so many things you need to pack, especially if you have kids! So here's my list of essentials to bring to the beach, to make your day as relaxed and stress-free as possible.