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The UnCluttered Mother
Smyrna, Tennessee
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In my opening post in this series, my recommendation was that you not over organize but just have a strategy. Same rules apply when setting up your home storage systems. Rather than rushing out to invest in an ultra slick, deliciously organized system of stacked plastic containers, baskets, and bins,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Recycling is an ongoing project that everyone can get involved in right away. Again, as you’re organizing, make sure you watch for items that can be recycled. At my house, it’s more newspapers and water bottles that I’ve been guilty of tossing in the trash. Don’t feel a need to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Donations are good for the soul. So don’t hold back when you find good items during your organization/cleaning program that could be contributed. Besides the obvious tax breaks, donating to your local charities is a wonderful way to teach our kiddos the joy of giving. In fact, they love to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Let’s stop kidding around with this drawer of terror! If you can get your junk drawer to open, tackle it immediately. Try these two suggestions for a better psychological approach to your junk drawer: Rename The Drawer. Junk implies unwanted and unloved objects that no one wants. In reality, what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Family Meeting - Check! Timeline - Check! Home stations - Check! Rewards System - Check! Cleaning Caddy - Check! The project day has finally arrived! So let's get busy. Wait - do not start anything without a timer! It doesn't have to be anything fancy, you can use a digital... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
I know what you're thinking: why didn't we make this cleaning caddy after suggestion #3, where we broke our home into stations? Well, I'll tell you. After you completed the exercise of breaking down every room into individual stations, I thought it best to start thinking about rewards rather than... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Here's the fun part of this project - at least until you actually get to use the earned reward that is! Once your home is broken into stations, choose an appropriate reward for each area. Take a hard look at the home station list because clearly, some areas will deserve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
When you are planning a party at your home, you will find that it always seems like no matter how much you clean, or how much you organize; there is always more which you could do. The key to effectively preparing your home to host a party is cleaning and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at Social Events of Nashville
Items/Supplies Needed: Patience, Time, Pencil, and Notepad You must walk through your home and break it down into manageable tasks. If you don't, you run the risk of starting a project, getting to each room, and throwing the towel in because it's so overwhelming. Our habit is to just write... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
We've decided we need a home organization strategy? Check. We've held a family discussion so all hands are on deck? Check. Now comes the fun part! Where do I begin? Items/Supplies needed: Pen, Family Calendar, Quiet place, a comfortable chair/sofa, favorite drink and snack, patience and motivation Don't start organizing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Let's face it - when attempting to organize your home you will be more successful if you have all household members involved. Because this is such an important household project, they may need to be finessed a bit and you may have to muster up an extra dose of patience... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
We've all thrown a party at some point in our life. I remember how easy it was when I was younger. Invite a few friends, they tell their friends, tell them to bring food, and you had a party! No one cared what they ate, how long the party was,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at Social Events of Nashville
Whenever I've talked to mothers about getting organized, most feel like organization is about every little screw and rubber band having a home. That sounds great but sometimes it won't happen that way. Actually, most of the time it won't happen that way, especially when there are tiny humans roaming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Courtesy of Jennifer Tankersley, creator of ListPlanIt As the first day of school approaches, parents and children alike begin to run the gamut of emotions: excitement, fear, anticipation, anxiety. For those who will be experiencing a child’s very first day of school, you may feel torn between the joy of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
The key to spring cleaning your kitchen is to start from the top and work your way down. Otherwise you’re going to end up cleaning some areas over and over again – most likely your countertops. Check out for the complete article with tips on how to began your... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Spring has finally arrived and with it comes the need to spring clean your living space. Check out the blog at Spring Cleaning 101 for tips on starting your clean, homemade cleaning solutions, great uses for vinegar, and much more. Go to Spring Cleaning 101 here: Send me a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Finally, remember that everyone's circumstances are different and one size will never fit all. Take advantage of resources and suggestions on saving your time but customize a program that works best for you. Remember the goal is to better organize your time and the best way to do that is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
What happens the minute you step into your workplace? It's time to work no matter how you feel and you have to put your feelings aside and get the job done. Now imagine applying this approach to your task list. Do you think you would waste time procrastinating because of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
As you work through your to do list, be realistic! Yes, you want to complete each task and you want to complete it thoroughly. But sometimes enough is enough! You can't spend all of your time trying to perfectly complete every little detail down to the letter before deciding it's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Whenever we have a problem, the first thing we do is give it a "life" by internalizing our feelings and fretting over it nonstop. What that does is take up valuable time in our heads and keeps us so occupied that our productivity slows down and we start to get... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Your life cannot always be about never ending to do lists, your email inbox, or which 20% to accomplish today. Sometimes you NEED to stop and breathe. Put your list away and take some time to recharge and refresh your spirit. Take a walk, get a pedicure or manicure, call... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
This suggestion is a variation of the Pareto Principle using index cards. When you start to feel overwhelmed, stop and take out your index cards and write each task on a separate card. Once finished, put them all in one stack. Go through the stack and divide your cards into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
The 80/20 rule is based on The Pareto Principle which implies that 20% of your efforts will account for 80% of your productivity during any given day. For your to do list, this simply means that 20% of the items on your list will be worth more to complete than... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
It's a fact of life! We hurry up to get there and wait! However, there is a silver lining to the waiting cloud. You can still get things accomplished while waiting! If you ride a train or the bus to work, catch up on a chapter of reading while riding.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog
Avoid scheduling your day so rigid that there's no wiggle room for the unexpected to happen. For example: You might live 10 minutes from your doctor's office but given all the other cars on the road, it will probably take you longer. Once at the doctor's office, you may expect... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at The UnCluttered Mother's Blog