It’s the beginning of June. Everywhere I see kids excited by the incoming summer days and being off the school. I see moms wearing cotton dresses and sunglasses…families putting final touches to their vacation plan…and working moms planning the summer schedule for their kids. Wherever you live, your primary school-aged kids will probably have around 9 weeks off this summer.
Do you realize it’s almot 300 hours of non-school-time for the whole summer?
Hmm…. Am I the only one to cringe a tiny bit at this idea of facing 32 days of unstructured time with my sweet little tribe?
Am I the only one to be bored with the whole process of going grocery shopping, grabbing bags of groceries from my car to the kitchen counter, then to the the right cupboard in the pantry, preparing food, cooking dinner, serving the whole family and while eating dinner doing a mental list with 3 eligible recipes for tomorrow? Let’s talk about meal planning, guys!
As I write this it is a bright and sunny day here in Dublin and I feel sooooo energized by this beautiful Spring Season. But now that my kids spend more time outdoors, the toys everywhere is their room and in my living room can not escape my attention anymore.
So with that in mind, I started browsing Pinterest and I was drawn to smart and unexpected ideas to organize toys and games. Take a look with me!
This post is a summary of a Parents’ Talk about Kids’ Chore System I had the pleasure to give a couple of weeks ago at my kids’ school here in Dublin. If you’d like to watch the presentation, it’s over here. (14 min.)
Do you know that one woman created a list of 149 real-life skills we should teach our kids from age 2 to age 18? From “help empty dishwasher” at age 4 (“Yeah, my kids do this one!!”) to “Check and fill all car fluids” at age 16 (“OMG I didn’t think about that one!”) my enthusiasm began to melt away as the list went on and on… until I reached the end of the list and was completely overwhelmed.
I don’t know for you, but without getting this far, I think the author has a point. Beside developing real life skills – yes, “putting dirty socks in the hamper” IS a real-life skill if you ask me 😉 – I can think of a least 5 good reasons our kids should contribute more at home: Read more
When talking with my neighbors, meeting with parents at my kids’ school, sharing a good laugh with my mom-friends and listening to my clients … at some point, the conversation lands on the desire to better manage our time as parents and loosen a little bit the pressure we feel on our shoulders. Time management for parents. There’s a lot about that all around the web and if you ever googled ‘time management for parents” you may have lost your way in 42 “easy tips” to help you save some time.
Better than an overwhelming list of tips, I’d love to share the 3 top time-management tools every parent needs.
We, women, live busy lives. On a weekly basis, I’m finding myself CRAVING more time for me. Is this a feeling you can relate to? This week I’m sharing with you how to use Time Blocking to remedy this.
Let me share something personal with you. A couple of months ago, my family and I lost my sweet 94 years old grandmother. Read more
My passion is to help you get a happier life with an organized home, an organized family, and some time-management tips. Answering these 2 questions below will help me give YOU better content 😍 Read more
Yesterday my sweet Celestine, 6 years old, had a playdate with her new best friend Carissa. I love it so much when I can have a glimpse of what’s going on in my kids’ own personal life: seeing Celestine make silly jokes with Carissa made me laugh and made me so proud of my sweet little princess… And meanwhile, you know what? I made a new friend too! Carissa’s mother was there and we talked about, can you guess…yes, about organization! Carissa’s mother is a working mom, feeling stressed out by the lack of time to take care of the basic needs of her family…
Moms, I think we all can relate 🙂
Today, let’s talk about How to Declutter.
First of all, let me tell you that you’ll find a zillion different methods to declutter on the web and in self-help books about home organization. Each different decluttering method will have an exotic name or acronym, such as C.P.R (Categorize, Purge and Re-arrange) from Debbie Lillard, or S.T.O.P. (Sort, Toss, Organize and Put away) from Cynthia Ewer.
And this was even before the era of the Organizing Queen of All, our dear Marie Kondo, with her world-famous book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and her KonMari Method. Lately, the trend revolves more about The Minimalist Game, featured by theminimalists.com, in which decluttering is gamified and shared on social media using the #minsfame hashtag.
Aren’t you feeling lost already? I certainly am. Read more
This post is the introductory post of my series about decluttering and Tidying up your space.
Reading a decluttering how-to always makes me feel kind of light-headed. Why should we declutter anyway?
What and how to declutter exactly? And how on earth am I supposed to find the time to declutter, when even taking a shower AND putting some make-up on seem the biggest achievement of my week? Read more