Creating a Monthly Meal Plan: Step 1 – Collecting Recipes

In a previous post, I shared how our family was going to set up a monthly meal plan rotation in order to save time and energy in the coming stressful months.  I wanted to share with you exactly how we are doing that. Step One- Collecting Favorite Recipes What you’ll need: Cookbooks and recipe files […]

Planning a Meal Rotation to Avoid Eating Out

Last year was tough for our family. We are working at maximum capacity with very little margins, both in terms of time and finances. Unfortunately, one of the first things I neglect when I’m tired and stressed is meal planning. Let’s just say that, after last year, the restaurants in the area know us by […]

Keeping Track of Books:

My husband is a librarian and a scholar at heart. He has lots of books. I have my own collection of books, including a large selection of children’s books to use in my preschool classroom. Our family loves LibraryThing. LibraryThing is a  website where you can catalog books. Here are some ways you can use […]

Beautiful Habits

“The hard must become habit.  The habit must become easy.  The easy must become beautiful.”   ~Doug Henning

Stressful Summer Schedules for Kids

While we think of summer as relaxed and care-free, it is still a change in routine and can cause stress in both children and adults. The following is an excerpt from an article called “What Your Child Wants You to Know About Stress” from the Early Experiences Last a Lifetime website. Did you know that […]

Book Preview: The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

At the end of our last organizing session together, a dear client gave me a parting gift.  It was the book The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communtities, and Our Health – And a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard. I haven’t read the book yet, but […]

Time Management: Start at the TOP of Your To Do List

There are lots of things you start at the top, for example: Ice cream cones Writing letters Washing windows And when the To Do list just looks too daunting, that’s where I start – at the top. It’s tempting to look at the To Do list like a buffet menu. Which would be good to […]