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Tips on How to De-clutter, Organize and Manage Life

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I mentioned Tuesday that I have felt "stuck" lately when it comes to my blog and many parts of my life in general. I know it's because of my role as a SAHM (aka best role ever, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm so fortunate to be able to stay home with Maddox). But I'm still trying to figure it all out. I'm such a do'er and I thrive off of productivity so being thrown into a role of staying home and being a mommy did shake me up a bit. I started to fall into the pit of not wanting to get dressed, take care of the house, etc. This was a downward spiral that caused me not to care about a lot of things including my blog. I snapped out of it real quick when I noticed how crappy I felt about everything. I started coming up with ways to fix the rut I was in. Organization, de-cluttering and time management were three huge factors I kept coming back to. I feel like I have finally found a comfortable routine and I want to share my tips just in case there are other ladies out there struggling with a similar situation.

Make manageable lists.
Writing things down in general is a great way to give your brain some relief. I like to use my notepad on my iPhone for when I'm out and about and then I transfer that to my preferred spot, my planner. And I'm currently using the Day Designer from Target. Also, don't overwhelm yourself with a list that just isn't attainable. Set manageable, mini goals for each day that you can accomplish so you feel victorious when you do.

Create a cleaning schedule.
This has been huge for me. Now that I'm home full time the house overwhelms me so I have found a way to manage it without overwhelming myself. I've been using this free download from DayDesigner - they took the hard work out of it. I'm already a huge fan of their planners, but their lists are like crack cocaine and they are free! Let me know if you'd like me to share my actual cleaning schedule in detail.

Unsubscribe from junk mail.
I have told you before, the little red notification bubble on my iPhone gives me anxiety and those junk emails are torture and so unnecessary! Take some time to unsubscribe all at once or do a couple a day so it's not overwhelming. Before you know it your email won't be overflowing with white noise.

Keep a notepad beside your bed.
I lay my head down at night and my mind races. The evenings are kind of hectic for us so by the time I hit the hay I've got so much running through my brain, but I'm too tired to function. It's nice just to roll over, jot it all down real quick and You'll catch more Zzzzz's this way. 

Spend some time on the weekend preparing your week.
On Sunday night I sit down with my calendar and right out all the events, blog posts, goals, dinners, etc. for the following week. That way I'm following a "pre-determined schedule" almost.

Give everything a home.
I've been working hard on de-cluttering spaces around our house and giving every item a "home". It's been a huge relief seeing a drawer or cabinet that was once chaos turn into a clean, well organized space. I'm talking the places we don't want anyone to look in from the junk drawer/catch all to under your kitchen sink. Yeah those! I'll be sharing these spaces in my home really soon and how I transformed them on the cheap!

Work when it's time to work and rest when it's time to rest.
Kick butt and get work done when you have the time and don't procrastinate. Work hard to get stuff done so that when you have time to rest and put your feet up, you can actually let go and rest knowing you worked your tail off and got stuff done.

Utilize your spouse.
You are a team. I neglected asking Jon for help because I am home all day, he works at the office all day and this translated to I should do everything at home because it's my duty. Well, sort of. Yes I have roles as a wife and mom, but this is our home and I'm not responsible for all the work that goes into it. I also have a full time job as "mom". So share the responsibilities of the home and don't be afraid to ask for help from your significant other.

Are you thinking, "what does this have to do with managing life?". I would be too! Those happy chemicals called endorphins are released when you workout and man they are good! Days that I run with Maddox I feel so empowered and ready to tackle the day. Plus it doesn't hurt that I feel better in my jeans :)

13 comments on "Tips on How to De-clutter, Organize and Manage Life"
  1. It's amazing how much happier I am now that I've made working out a part of my daily schedule! It's night and day!

    Her Heartland Soul

  2. Such good advice. I can certainly see how such a huge change in routine would alter your mindset.

  3. Great tips!! That transition would be so hard but sooo worth it! Hang in there :)

  4. There are perfect tips! once you keep up with stuff it will never get overwhelming again !
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  5. This is a great list! I recently did the same sort of reorganizing thing. I was in a busy rut from Jan-July 31st so I took August to print out the trial copy of the Passion Planner and map out some goals. It's been TOO long since I've been excited about goals etc. I did that, and now I have been using the planner to keep to do lists, menus, but also work toward my personal goals like doing more yoga and working hard on my invitation business. It's going well so far. It helps me feel so much more organized. I'm nowhere near perfect. But that combined with SO much more time that is unplanned is really helping me get a handle on things and take baby steps toward my goals! I agree the notifications on phones are stressful. I recently turned off the vibrate on silent. I couldn't handle it anymore. It's been THE BEST! :) Looking forward to more de-cluttering and getting a cleaning schedule down soon! The junkmail idea is something I definitely need to do! Thanks for sharing this today! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  6. This is all great advice! Manageable lists are so important, otherwise you feel like a failure every day!

  7. great tips! i am ALL about the lists. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  8. Making time to workout is HUGE. I am an avid buti yoga girl. There's just something magical in the buti yoga workout that gives a woman fire. If you knew me at all, you would know that I NEVER get out of bed early...I LOVE LOVE LOVE my sleep and can't get enough. So any extra minutes I have, I sneak in more zzzzz. I've been up at 5 am a few days this week just to buti because my evenings have been too crazy. I was in the shower this morning after my buti workout thinking to myself..."Who am I?? Where did this power goddess come from??" :D Congrats on your little one and enjoy all those moments as a SAHM. I know there were days I couldn't wait to drop my kids off at the sitters (because....let's be real here....having some time away makes the heart grow fond....and gives momma chances to re-group before the toddler attack kicks into round 45 for the day. sigh.) Before you know it, you will be packing up a part of your heart and watching them navigate the steps on the school bus for kindergarten. :.(

  9. A cleaning schedule was a game changer for me too. I think I'm going to rely on it even more now that we live in a larger space. I also finally started working out again last night, and even though it was totally pathetic, I feel incredible!

  10. I have to read this later as I'm rushed today (and could really use these tips!) But I did gloss over it and LOLed HARD at "these lists are like crack cocaine" lmaoooooo you are hilarious.

    And I owe you an email response!! Yeehah! you are the sweetest.

  11. This is a great post, lady, and I'm so glad to hear that you've found some ways to help yourself feel better! I'm with you about the working out - I may not get to the gym every day, but going at least three times a week has helped me mentally so darn much. Oh, and asking your spouse for help? Ryan and I had a long chat about this just last night - I definitely need to improve in that area. I can't wait to see your organization posts for those pesky, messy areas in our homes that we all have!

  12. Can I just say that it is so darn cute to me that life in the title of this post is spelled LFIE and that a huge part of me is crossing my fingers that you did it on purpose because even though this post was amazing, the title is what spoke to me the most. In life, you have great progressive steps towards better this and that but things still get twisted up sometimes and that's perfectly A-OK. You seriously are the cutest! This really was such an amazing post though. I'm raising my hand for the people who would love to see your cleaning schedule. I have just tried and tried and I haven't found anything I can stick to. That probably means I need to get more disciplined in the 'work when it's time to work..' area. ha! No but seriously, I probably do. ;) Thanks for sharing all of this and I think you are a rock star! xx

  13. Great advice! I have to start making more time for myself and asking for help. I haven't been doing that and have really felt overwhelmed. xo, Champagne&Suburbs


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