Who feels like a sitting duck right now? All this rain is great for the yard, but it sure can make you feel tired and depressed! If it was April and not September, I might be a bit more tolerant.
Even though September often brings chaos, it also brings fall—one of my family’s favorite seasons! I love autumn, especially watching the trees turn all shades of wonderful colors. Fall brings so many memories every year. From jumping in leaf piles and apple picking to hayrides, bonfires, and watching the local football team...it’s all a blast!
Got 30 minutes? It’s time to stop, drop, and finally organize the junk drawer!
Every house has got at least one (or four) junk drawers that are stuffed to the brim with miscellaneous cords, unnecessary nuts, nails, and bolts, dried out pens, and bills, old and new.
These drawers might seem innocent enough, but after a while, don’t you just want some order in even the tiniest spaces in your home? Whether your drawer is home to expired coupons, old Christmas cards, or an ancient VHS manual, it’s time to clear the clutter.
Time sure does fly when you’re having fun—bringing back love to cramped, cluttered, chaotic spaces for lovely families of all sizes! This month, Life Simplified turns six...can you believe it!?
It feels like just yesterday, this business was merely a dream. As a critical care nurse, I worked to keep masses of paperwork in the office neat and organized so that our team could focus on treating our patients.
The stress, the anxiety, and the nerves—are you ready for the dorm daze? That’s right parents! Schools almost back in session and while kindergarten parents are wiping tears as they drop their little ones off on the playground for the first day of school, you’re about to embark on an even bigger adventure!
If you have a recent grad who is about to start their freshman year of college, you’re probably experiencing all the feels! You’re excited about their new chapter, yet sad they’ll be leaving the nest...after all, no matter where they go, they’ll always be your baby!
Hot dogs and hamburgers, family by the pool, games in the front yard, there is so much left to squeeze in before the end of the heat—don’t you just love summer?
As summer comes to a close, enjoy special time with your family, but be sure that your celebrations don’t turn your home into a clutter pit for the weeks to follow, especially with back to school right around the corner. With single-use party decorations and all the extra food, plus hordes of family members coming in and out of your home, the last thing you want is to head into a new work week spent cleaning up after your weekend mess.
This summer, my family will be entering entirely new territory—Boy Scout and Girl Scouts’ sleep away camp! You could say the excitement and nerves are taking over my home for my 9 and 12-year-old.
The Girl Scouts sent over a packing list which was tremendously helpful for a new sleep away camp mom. Fortunately, we were also able to ask a friend who went last year, what were the top items we should be bringing?
So for the past month, I have researched and ordered large roll away duffel bags for each of the kids. The cheapest bags I could find were the big plastic footlockers. But in my mind, all I kept thinking about was where I was going to store these huge pieces, so instead, we bought the “body bags” as my kids like to call it.
What’s worse, doing the laundry or hanging it up? Oy!
Laundry day can be a real challenge in most households, mostly because it’s just so time-consuming. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed with the clutter in your home, laundry day can magnify that feeling X 100.
I don’t want you to feel consumed with all the clothes, the crayons your little one left in his pocket, or the socks—all those missing stocks.
Snag a few of these hacks and make laundry day more enjoyable for you and your family! Where do we start with making laundry day a breeze? Yep, you guessed it, organization!
We all dream about the day we can turn our lives into an endless vacation. But scientists have actually proven that as much as this fantasy lives in our mind, we probably wouldn’t enjoy it too much if it became a reality.
Because having the freedom to do nothing all day doesn’t bring us joy. Purpose does—a reason to get up in the morning, a goal we’re working towards, challenging ourselves to become better than we are today. That’s what drives us
School’s Out Tips
• It is never too late to start a new tradition! Have each child pick out their favorite piece of artwork (roughly 10 pieces to start). Take their #1 art piece and have it framed and displayed in your home. Consider mailing one or two art pieces to family and friends near or far.
Store the remaining artwork in an art portfolio or a sealable container that slides under their bed. Each year, have them go through the container, edit the contents, and pick out that year’s 10 art pieces.
Check out THIS art portfolio for the kiddos!
From documentaries and news articles to hashtags and Youtube videos, the word “minimalist” is just about everywhere these days! Sure, trends come and go, but people who follow this lifestyle seem to be onto something.
So, what is minimalism? It’s doing more with less! Adopting a minimalist approach can transform the world around you—helping you save money, become more productive, protect the planet, enjoy the little things, and live simpler.
While some people actually limit the number of belongings they own, you don’t have to be so rigid! To start, try tweaking simple parts of your daily routine and watch how the rest falls into place.
Annie Kilbride is the CEO of Life Simplified, LLC a professional organizing business. Visit www.lifesimplifiedpo.com for more information.