Will 2019 Be a “New” Year?

As we look back to another year gone by, we think ahead to the things we want to change in the up-coming year to make it a better one.  Here comes the New Year’s resolutions.  We join health clubs to get healthy; we hire financial advisors to get our money in order; we buy products to help us stop smoking and we take classes to become further educated.  Among the top ten resolutions made are getting organized and being less- stressed.  These two actually go hand-in-hand; the more organized you become, the less stress you will have.  Most of the resolutions made require help from the outside, yet we try to get organized all on our own.  They require changing long-time habits, but we think we are strong enough to go it alone.  Hence, why getting organized is among the top five resolutions that fall quickly by the way-side.  Why try to do it alone?

  • Make an appointment with a trusted friend or relative and be accountable to it. Make sure it is someone you trust to be honest with you in the tough decisions; someone who will be able to ask you the right questions and give helpful advice. Have them over and explain to them where you want to become more organized.  Develop a list of action plans to accomplish in a desired length of time and ask them to return to see your accomplishments.
  • You may want to begin organizing in the area which causes you the most stress.  It will give you great relief.
  • Also, discuss with your family your plans to get organized and explain that you need their support.  There’s nothing worse than someone coming along behind you and un-organizing you!
  • Making labels, laminating pictures and color-coding things are great tools to help in the organization process.
  • Throw out anything that gives you negative thoughts or feelings.  Who needs um?

Getting organized and relieving stress does not have to be a daunting task when there is someone along- side you to assist with the job.  With their help, you can make this a “New” year.

New Beginnings

New BeginningsSpring is the time of year we break out of our winter shell and open up to new, fresh experiences.  Why not make this spring the time to create a fresh, new experience in your home.  Why continue living the same way and never seeing change.  I’m pretty sure that is the definition of the word “insanity”.  If you want to experience new things, you have to try new things!  Makes sense right?  How about enjoying a stress-free, well-organized, happy-home experience this spring?

Go to an area in your home that causes you the most stress and take 20 minutes each day; or a chunk of time on a weekend, and begin the refreshing process.  “But Lisa, I don’t have time.”  I hear that so often.  Put into your mind that you are worth 20 minutes each day to de-stress your life.  It’s just like exercise…you’re worth the time to work on you!  When that area is done, you will “feel” so much better; you will live more efficiently.  You’ll be ready to tackle the next area.  Pretty soon your whole house will be done and you’ll be living in a new experience.  Remember, anything worth changing takes some effort.  YOU are worth it.

Create a fresh, new experience this spring.  Your life!

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School zone

School Zone

It’s back to school time and that brings lots of mixed feelings for both the parents and the children.  Feelings of stress can set in just thinking about all the carpooling and homework that the year will bring.  Being organized at home can help a great deal with the stress level.

A way to help the morning chaos of “looking for” the homework, lunch, keys, show-n-tell, etc. is to set up a school zone at home. This is a place where everything related to the school day goes. If you don’t have a mudroom, set aside an area in the kitchen or a hallway.  Label baskets or bins with each child’s name.  EVERYTHING related to school goes here. Get your child in the habit of coming home and going right to the school zone. When homework is done, it goes right back in the school zone.  Lunches are made and put in the school zone.  I think you get the idea.

The school zone isn’t just to cross the street to get to school; it’s a place to help relieve stress from the daily routine of getting out the door and coming home from school.

Have a stress-free school year!

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No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks

Summer

In 1972 Alice Cooper sang what every child will soon be saying; “schools out for summer!”  Well parents it’s coming sooner than you think so don’t get caught off guard.  Get organized now, not only with your spaces but also with your thoughts.  Plan now for the upcoming 3 months of summertime fun so there will be no summertime confusion.

1)    Plan some rainy day things to do. Put some arts and crafts together in a nicely organized bin and hide them from the kids so it will be like Christmas morning. (rain instead of snow)  A really fun way to display the art work is to hang them on a piece of twine with close line clips (probably seen this on pinterest). Hang the line across a mirror, window, ceiling, wall, fireplace,etc.  Also, new board games are fun.

2)   Organize where you want all “summer” toys, swim suits, beach towels, bikes, roller blades, etc. to go when they are done being used.

3)   Put together the rules chart in advance ; go over it with the kids and have them sign it.  Place it in a very visual place so there are no questions as to who does what and when.

4)   Think about an eating schedule so they know when they get a treat and when the meals are.

5)   A screen schedule will also need to be in order.  How many minutes do they have for TV viewing, video games, computer time, etc.  One rule I have used is for every minute you are on a screen, there is a minute of reading time.

The better organized you are before the beginning of summer, the smoother your time with your children will go.  Less stress, less fighting, more fun!!

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SPRING Challenge

Spring has sprung!! Leanklean is challenging you to take the Leanklean SPRING clean challenge. S(sort) P(purge) R(reset) I(initiate) N(neutral) G(go). Warm weather will be here soon and Leanklean is going to help you get ready to play in the summer fun. In just 8 weeks, you will have your spring cleaning done. Each monday morning I will give you the assignment for the week. If you complete the 8 week challenge, your organizing and cleaning will be done!! We will sort, purge, reset, stay neutral in our thoughts about organizing and will GO have fun ALL together. AND did I mention all for FREE!! By May 20th you can be on your way to a stress-free summer. Go ahead…Take the Spring clean challenge.  Also, feel free to ask any questions along the way. Good Luck my organized friends.

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At the heart of it

Heart

Advertising tells us that we need certain products in order for our life to run smoothly and efficiently.  However, many times the very products which claim to help us actually hurt us.  I’m not talking about physical pain; I’m talking about emotional pain.  Take a look at the cellphones, computers, iPads and all the other products that promise we will have more time with the ones we love if we just use these items.  Do these items actually provide you with more time with relationships you care about or do they distract you?  I know in my home, I have to work very hard at pulling my family away from these items just to bring us together to keep our relationships alive and thriving.

Humans were created to crave and need relationships.  How are yours going?  Having an organized and efficient home can help you with the very issue you crave; relationships.  Less time looking for items, shopping for items, and cleaning up unneeded clutter; will give you the time you need with those you love.

  1.  The kitchen is considered the heart of the home.  Create a flow with the cabinets, counters and appliances that will allow multiple people to cook at the same time.  Achieving a task while building relationship; bonus!
  2. Visual clutter causes emotional stress.  It’s hard to build relationship when you’re stressed.  Take the next week and clear the clutter from the room you spend the most time in.  Try to get the ones you love to help.
  3. Make clean up fun.  Put on a really fun song and allow yourself and your “crew” to clean as fast as you can till the end of the song.  It really is fun!!

It’s time to enjoy life and relationship!

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Will it be a “New” Year?

As we look back to another year gone by, we think ahead to the things we want to change in the up-coming year to make it a better one.  Here comes the New Year’s resolutions.  We join health clubs to get healthy; we hire financial advisors to get our money in order; we buy products to help us stop smoking and we take classes to become further educated.  Among the top ten resolutions made are getting organized and being less- stressed.  These two actually go hand-in-hand; the more organized you become, the less stress you will have.  Most of the resolutions made require help from the outside, yet we try to get organized all on our own.  They require changing long-time habits, but we think we are strong enough to go it alone.  Hence, why getting organized is among the top five resolutions that fall quickly by the way-side.  Why try to do it alone?

  • Make an appointment with a trusted friend or relative and be accountable to it. Make sure it is someone you trust to be honest with you in the tough decisions; someone who will be able to ask you the right questions and give helpful advice. Have them over and explain to them where you want to become more organized.  Develop a list of action plans to accomplish in a desired length of time and ask them to return to see your accomplishments.
  • You may want to begin organizing in the area which causes you the most stress.  It will give you great relief.
  • Also, discuss with your family your plans to get organized and explain that you need their support.  There’s nothing worse than someone coming along behind you and un-organizing you!
  • Making labels, laminating pictures and color-coding things are great tools to help in the organization process.
  • Throw out anything that gives you negative thoughts or feelings.  Who needs um?

Getting organized and relieving stress does not have to be a daunting task when there is someone along- side you to assist with the job.  With their help, you can make this a “New” year.

Happy Holidays!

That phrase is jam- packed full of so much hidden meaning. To some it’s celebrating with family and friends and enjoying the hype of the season; to others it means complete stress and chaos. All the shopping, cooking, and craziness of turning your home into Santa’s workshop can be an over whelming task to accomplish in such a short period of time. I can sit here and tell you to just relax and enjoy the events to come, however some of our personalities don’t allow us to do that. EVERYTHING has to be perfect! As parents we feel we are creating traditions and memories for our families so it has to be done the best! Trust me….they don’t remember everything.

Staying organized during the next few weeks can be a daunting task to achieve. I want to encourage you today that while you are in the moment of the season, you CAN stay organized. Before you pull out all the decorations to use, decide where they will go first. Remove and gently store any current nic-nacs or pictures and look at the space you want to decorate empty first. One aspect that can make your home look too cluttered is putting decorations out with your current ones. Things have to be removed before others can be added. The visual of clutter will add stress to your life. Now visualize the holiday decorations in the space. Before you go shopping for decorations, try to use what you already have. This is also a great time to donate any wreaths, ornaments, nativity scenes, etc. that you have not used in years. In this economy, you can help someone else who may not be able to afford to decorate their home. What a great feeling! Those lights that don’t work (we all have them), recycle them. Beat up gift bags and wrap; recycle. De-cluttering is a great feeling and it can be done during the holidays!

Now kick up your feet and give yourself a big hug for a job well done!

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Avoid a School Year of Stress!

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are coming to an end which means the school year is winding up.  With that brings days of early rising, lunches to be made, car pooling to events and the dreaded homework.  All of the craziness of the up-coming school days can bring upon a home lots of tention if there are not processes set up in advance to insure things runs smoothly and without stress.  To avoid the clutter and chaos that can happen to you and your household, stay on top of things from the beginning.  Follow these few simple tips to avoid a school year of stress.

  1. Sunday night is a key night to the whole week.  Take some time on Sunday to relax but then prepare yourself for your week ahead.  Plan your week of meals in advance and make sure you have the groceries on hand to accomplish the meals.  You may have to go to the grocery store but one time on Sunday is better than during the week when you and the family are hungry and tired and sick of running around.  Preparing meals in advance will help you eat healthier too.
  2. Make lunches the night before while you are preparing dinner
  3. Have a dry erase board placed where everyone can see the schedule for the week to avoid any surprises or “but you didn’t tell me” conversations.
  4. Have a set time to do homework-it may be right after school; before, during preparations of dinner, or after dinner.  Decide what works for both YOU and your child(ren).  If you’re stressed from focusing on other things while trying to help with homework, the time will be unsuccessful.
  5.  The biggest tip to follow is this: Have 2 designated spots; one for homework and one for paperwork you as the parent have to go thru.  Make the spots visible for both you and the kids so everyone knows there is something that needs attention.  Also, get your children in the habit of emptying the backpack right when they get home into these spots.  Lost homework and stinky lunch boxes are not a fun way to begin your morning!!!

Setting your home up with a few simple habits from the beginning will allow you to have a successful and stress-free school year.