Stress Relief Through Organization

You might be thinking, “Wait a minute! This site is supposed to be all fun stuff for a break.

What’s this about organizing!?” Just bear with me for a bit.

I’ve tried this in my own life and I can say for sure that organizing your house will help with stress relief.

stress relief through organization

 

Just think about your day for a minute. 

(did you think about it?)

How much time do you spend…

  • …searching for things?
  • …helping your child look for things?
  • …looking at piles of things and wishing they weren’t there?
  • …feeling guilty because you ran late again?
  • …bouncing from chore to chore because you keep seeing other things that need taken care of?
  • …moving piles of things from one place to another?
  • …feeling bad that you forgot to do something?
  • …trying to figure out what to do next?

Once you have some organization in place you won’t have to use up all that time on those negative things! You’ll have more time to take a break and do something fun – like knit a felted lightsaber for a baby.

Now don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Ten minutes focused on organizing or cleaning out each day will produce good results in a week.

Start with what is on your mind the most or what you feel the worst about. Make a list and prioritize things. Sometimes just getting things onto paper – or in the digital cloud – will clear your brain, help you focus, and provide some stress relief.

Ruthlessly clean out anything you don’t need or love. If you haven’t used it in a whole year get it out of your house! There are lots of places that take donations; most Wal-marts have a Salvation Army box in the parking lot.

Do you realize that if you pare down clothes for your family you will spend a lot less time on laundry and folding clothes? It’s true.  I like to aim for 7 – 10 outfits for each of us; that makes it so much easier for the kids to pick out their own clothes and do their own laundry.

Toys are another area that are just so-o much easier to manage if there aren’t a zillion of them.

  • Clean out that file cabinet or desk so you can get rid of that stack of papers on the counter.
  • Do you really need 25 different cleaners for the bathroom?
  • Plan a menu to save money on groceries.
  • On and on we could go…

Once you start organizing and cleaning out you will be more relaxed in your home and not have to run around in circles trying to get everybody out the door in the morning.

If you don’t have to stare at piles of stuff you will be able to focus better on creative things or business – and that’s where the fun comes in! Remember that it doesn’t have to be done all at once.

Even baby steps will get you there and help you feel like you are conquering your house.

I know there are tons of articles out there on this subject and you could spend all day reading about what you should do.

So don’t just read about it.

Get off your keister and go spend 10 minutes organizing something! Don’t worry about doing it “right;” just do it your way. Believe me – you’ll be glad you did and you’ll have the side benefit of stress relief.

How do you relieve stress?  Are there places in your house that just have to be organized?

Funny Valentine’s Quotes

In honor of this most serious and romantic day, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite humorous Valentine’s quotes to brighten your special day!

being married

I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~Rita Rudner

roses are red

Roses are red, violets, are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you. But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead, the sugar bowl’s empty, and so is your head. by Will and Guy in Washington Post

tied up Valentine's Day

I wanted to make it really special on Valentine’s day, so I tied my boyfriend up. And for three solid hours I watched whatever I wanted on TV.

 you take my breath away

My love, you take my breath away. What have you stepped in to smell this way? by Will and Guy in Washington Post.

your life movie

If somebody made a movie about your life…I’d rent it.

indiana jones treasure

And lastly a mostly sweet saying:

I feel like an Indiana Jones, because you are the treasure I am looking for.

The Evolution of the Valentine’s Day Card: Eight Decades of Love

Valentine’s Day cards have come a long way.

Which decade has your favorite card?

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5 Easy Meals That Kids Will Love

I’m always looking for meals the kids will love. There is only so much Chef Boyardee or Mac-n-cheese a kid can have!

Not to worry parents, here are 5 easy meals ideas that will have your kids licking the plate!

5 kid friendly meals

Sloppy Joe’s are always a crowd pleaser here. Check out Paula Deen’s recipe for Savannah Sloppy Joe’s.

Source: pauladeen.com via Holly on Pinterest

 

Lasagna in 30 minutes? Yup! Here is an easy recipe that have my kids begging for more.

 

Pizza is a favorite in many houses. How about mini biscuit pizzas?

 

Pulled pork is delicious and super easy in the crock pot! Here is a three ingredient recipe!

 

Last, but not least, pasta! Cheese, noodles, yum.

Do you have a favorite easy kids meal? Link us to it in the comments!

Get In The Valentine’s Spirit With Romantic Movie Clips

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I like cheesy romance. There I said it. In the afternoon when my brain turns to mush I can hide out in my room, put my headphones on, and watch some cheesy romantic videos on my laptop.

Surely, I’m not the only one…anyone? After I goe lost in Fantasy Land, I can put the laptop down and head back out to dishes, laundry, and more.  With a smile.

Here’s some that that make me smile or give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

First a short film from Disney:

The line from the classic Princess Bride: “Death Cannot Stop True Love.”

Of course I have to include something from Pride & Prejudice. But what scene to pick? I like the second proposal in the early morning light as well as the scene at the very end where she is “Mrs. Darcy;” but I think that my favorite is when they dance together and everyone else disappears.


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This is a 6 webisode series. Very cute.

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

15 Minutes to a Cleaner House

Yes, you read that right. There are many websites that have one version or another of this “game”. The way you play the 15 minute game is you set a timer for 15 minutes and clean as much as you can until the timer beeps. I go one step further and post just how much I’ve accomplished on facebook or or privately with a couple of friends for a little competition  This helps boost me even more as I all want to be the one who has cleaned the most.

15 minutes to a cleaner house

To give an example, I played the 15 minute game a few times yesterday. Here is my list of what I cleaned:

  • First 15 min: found a missing toy to appease the crying toddler and then tidied up the toys in his room. (not a lot done, but yay for small victories!)
  • Next 15 min: unloaded/reloaded dishwasher, organized tupperware area (again doesn’t seem like much… yet)
  • Another 15 minutes: tidied family room, cleaned out pots and pans and small appliances cabinets (now we are getting somewhere!)
  • Last 15 minutes: tidied living and dining room, sorted laundry, another unload/reload of dishes.

So in 1 hour yesterday, I tackled my bigger projects (cabinet clean-out) and tidied the common areas of the house. I got to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day, not feeling stressed about the housework.

Do you do the 15 minute cleaning game?

Embracing Retro Valentine’s Cards: Slacker Mom Confession

Last year was my very first Pinterest Valentine’s Day. I was inspired. I was MOTIVATED. I was smug.
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I USED PROPS!

Actually the cards that my son and I made together last year are a million kinds of adorable. The problem is that this year I have zero crafty mojo.

My son and I race through grocery shopping and I am catching myself slowing down in the red and pink aisle.

Remember when we were kids? Remember we just had those {insert character of your choice here} perforated cards that we hastily scribbled out names on and then folded over and jammed them into envelopes that were just a tad too small?

When I was a kid I was all about the numbers. We had bags on the back of our chairs and on February 14th we casually dropped cards into each other’s bags. We got home and did the math. “There are 26 kids in my class and I got 24 cards.” WHO DIDN’T CARD ME?!!!!

There was always someone who obviously had their Mom make and sign the cards. Personal messages? Seriously?

Then there were the cards with candy. BEST CARDS EVER. Who were they from? No idea. nom nom nom candy!!

So this is me slowly inching towards being that mom this year. Looks like I will get {cartoon character} cards and then go to town with candy.

Because, um, I am being retro.

How about you?  

What are you doing for Valentine’s cards this year?

The Single Mom’s Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day

The Single Mom's Guide to Valentine's Day So. You’re a single mom. And it’s February. AWESOME.

I won’t lie, it can be hard.

Walking through every store this month you can’t help but trip over messages of LOVE.  Various brand e-mails will begin to arrive letting you know what items you may purchase for your sweetie to show him that you really care.

If you let it, this holiday can really rock making you feel like a loser. But I can help you! Seriously! Ready for it?

The Single Mom’s Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day

STEP ONE: Love being a mom

That’s it!

Sure, it would be great to have someone to share a dessert for two with on February 14th. But I bet your kid/s will love that hot fudge brownie just as much as an absent husband/boyfriend would.

No. They would love it MORE.

Love is a many splendored thing and it does not need to be tucked away in a box waiting for a significant other. This year let go of what should have been, what might have been, and what never was.

Embrace the silliness, the magic, the adorableness, the perfection of your child.

You are their first love, you always will be. Celebrate it.