Category Archives: Organization

How to Manage When Life is Full Of Expensive Surprises

From unexpected ER visits to blown engines, life has a funny way of throwing costly surprises our way. To help prepare for times like this it is great to keep money in a savings or emergency fund.

Unfortunately we often don’t consider emergency funds until it’s too late. So go ahead and start working on yours today. Read the rest of this entry

7 Quick Tips for a More Organized Kitchen

When I first set up my kitchen, I kicked everyone out who was helping us move.

I knew that where the items ended up would make a huge difference in terms of my everyday sanity.

If the things I used most weren’t in easy-to-reach areas, I could be frustrated just trying to make a one-pot dinner for my family.

Here’s how I did it. Read the rest of this entry

How to Avoid the Morning Chaos

Mornings around here are pretty crazy.  I get a little knot in my stomach when I first wake up on weekday mornings, as I know what is in store for me.  Rushing, reminding, and stress – this is how our day starts.  Oh yes, and the agitation, as we all try to complete the same goal – getting out the door with the needed items for the day.  It’s a terrible feeling when I realize that someone has left their lunch or homework on the counter. Read the rest of this entry

Little Known Ways to Stop Busting Your Budget

1. Think Positive: Budgeting isn’t something you should dread, it’s actually extremely freeing. Instead of worrying about your purchases you can rest easy knowing your spending has been budgeted for. Read the rest of this entry

6 Ways to Beat the Overbooked Blues

Overbooked again?  We all know it.  And there are certain times of the year we’re more prone to it.

No matter how large or small your family, or the age of the kids, Mom is, ultimately, the keeper of the calendar.  Teens often take responsibility for their own schedule, but Mom still needs to know their schedules.

But with only 24-hours in a day, how do we wrestle ourselves free of seeing ourselves overbooked …again. Read the rest of this entry

How 4 Easy Steps Can Reduce Mom’s Stress

Let’s face it, us Moms are overworked!  Sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done for ourselves and for our families.

But, there are ways to lighten the load and enjoy the satisfaction of being a more productive family. Here’s how:

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4 Tricks for Organized and Disciplined Kids This Summer

Remember those first days back to school when the kids came home and, with purpose, gently put their backpack in its place?

Oh, what memories! As school winds down, the backpack is flung to corners near and far as soon as they walk in the door. We’re flipping through papers looking for a last form that needs to be returned or library books that have mysteriously disappeared. And we’re tired and grumpy and we’ve had enough!

When it comes to summer, we have a sense that it’s just going to be more of the same unless we put an end to the chaos pretty quickly. Read the rest of this entry

5 Tips for Getting Ready for Summer

The weather is still cool but all the summer camp and activity flyers are starting to come in. Some camp programs are already taking deposits and showing certain weeks as ‘sold out’.  It seems the registration time get earlier and earlier.  Add to the summer camps our family vacation dates and the summer calendar is so full we need a vacation after summer break! Read the rest of this entry

Spring Cleaning: Tackling Clutter

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Laura Stack.

It’s springtime!  For most, that means throwing open the windows and doing some serious spring cleaning.  It’s also a great opportunity to catch up on much-needed spring organizing…attacking the organizational backlog that may have piled up over the last few months.

Here are some tips on doing away with the two most pervasive and frustrating forms of clutter: paper clutter and electronic clutter. Read the rest of this entry

Cleaning Out Your Life and Purging Things You Don’t Need

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Laura Stack.

We’ve all heard the lifestyle guru’s favorite mantra: “Simply, simply, simplify,” after that paragon of simplicity himself, Thoreau.  That’s actually pretty good advice, and not just for your personal life.  Simplifying has its place in the office as well; in fact, it may be more critical there than elsewhere, since it’s another part of the grand mosaic that results in increased workplace productivity. Read the rest of this entry


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