The 4 Things You Should Do Every Day for Maximum Productivity
Every day has 24 hours, but some seem to be so much shorter than the others. These 4 things you should do every day will help you maximize those hours in the day, and get organized from the time that you wake up. I’m not a time management expert, but between balancing a family, working from home & a photography business, I do try to keep things as organized as possible.
There are a few tricks that I have learned that can help maximize productivity. I also like to start with coffee, before anything else! Here are the 4 things that you should do every day (after coffee) for a more productive day.
9 Moving Tips for a Stress-Free Move
I am almost a professional mover. Not the kind of professional mover that gets paid to move other people. I have moved at least 25 times (I lost count) mostly when I was younger and then as an adult before I had kids. We are getting ready for a move to another state, and I am trying to gather some moving tips to help make the process simpler. Moving isn’t fun, plain and simple. However, there are a few moving tips that you can use to make the process a little easier.
How to Organize Kids Clothes
Welcome to the 2nd installment of my de-cluttering series: How to purge and organize kids clothes. As I mentioned before, this isn’t the beginning of my decluttering journey, but somewhere in the middle. I have gone through the kids clothes before, but this time I have more of a purpose and a plan. I went through the little ones clothes last week, so his aren’t pictured here. Most of what I did today was with my four year old daughters clothes. The “big boys” don’t really have an excess of clothes either, so I am leaving that for now.
This is the very first post in what I intend to be a huge part of this blog; the decluttering series. I am on a journey to declutter down to the necessities, organize the rest, and live a more minimalist lifestyle. There is another (big) reason for this series, but I am not going to share what that is yet. 🙂 Now, we don’t have an overwhelming amount of stuff. If you compare us to minimalists, then yes, we have a lot of stuff. If you compare us to the average American family of our size, we probably have less. That being said, I believe that more stuff = more stress = more cleaning. I would rather have less, stress less, and clean less. I have been working on slowly decluttering since I read “The Life changing Magic of Tidying Up.” If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend that you check it out! The basic overall idea of the KonMari method is to keep things that bring you joy, and that’s it!
I have probably bagged up and donated about 12 large trash bags full of stuff. I have probably discarded almost as much. I lost my steam around Christmas, and of course more was brought back into our house around that time. Now I am starting again, and I want to share my journey with you! I love reading blogs and watching videos about decluttering and organizing. I plan to try to do some vlogs during my decluttering journey too. A word of warning, I am super duper weird in front of a camera, hopefully I get used to it!
Okay back to the series! I started yesterday with my kitchen. I was having trouble opening the drawer where I keep my kitchen utensils. I would say that is a pretty good sign that there is too much stuff in the drawer. Rather than taking up space in two drawers, I decided to go through and only keep the items that we actually use. During that process, I also noticed that the utensils were on the opposite side of the kitchen as the stove/over. The spices were also a mess sitting in a cabinet on the other side of the kitchen. Obviously I use my spices and utensils when I cook, so I decided to relocate them. If you’re looking at the photo thinking that it really isn’t that much stuff, it isn’t. I had already gone through the utensils once. However, after a second sweep, I realized that we had several duplicates as well as a few things that we really don’t use. I got rid of one set of measuring cups, most of the stainless utensils (I prefer the bamboo,) an old whisk, a meat injector, one of the graters, the cake decorating stuff (I didn’t even know we had this) and one of the two pizza cutters.
This one was pretty simple. As I mentioned before, I have already gone through our kitchen on more than one occasion. I also went through storage containers and got rid of any mismatched lids, and I reorganized a few other cabinets. I need to tackle the dining room next. The dining room has a lot of craft supplies, homeschool supplies from when I was homeschooling and other odds and ends that I need to go through. We have several cabinets in our dining room and very little storage elsewhere. Unfortunately it’s become an area that is collecting junk. I plan to dive in to that area next!