Project Planning: The Resources

So you’ve got a plan in place. You’ve established your team. Now let’s look at what you need to accomplish your goal: your resources. I usually start by writing down everything, then going back and making note of what I have, what I need and what I can make-do with. Here are a few categories to consider: Do you have the monetary resources to make the change you want to make? If yes, great! If not, how can you scale your plan to build it up over time until you get to 100%? What is the baseline that you are…

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Project Planning: The Team

Today, we are addressing a topic that is absolutely essential to the success of any project: your team! Obviously, when you’re working on implementing a home management system or adjusting the way things work around the house your team is your family. But how do you decide who fill what role and what they are responsible for? Let’s start with what roles are needed: Team Leader: this is the person responsible for assigning tasks to everyone else and managing the overall plan. It can be done with a partner but ultimately you need one person who is checking for completed…

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Spring Cleaning: Linen Storage

I know what you're thinking - spring cleaning already?? Absolutely! Well, kind of... My goal the last two weeks was to use the list that I posted last year in the Keep It Clean series to get my house back in order now that everyone is back at school and work. We kept it picked up over the holiday break but definitely did not do any deep cleaning. We also are in the middle of rearranging and redecorating the master bedroom and bathroom which leads me to this topic: How do you store your linens? Before we got a dog,…

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Kicking off 2019

Welcome to 2019! I hope your holiday time was full of family fun and memorable moments; but now it's back to the grind! Whether you are establishing new routines, or just changing every 2018 to a 2019 on all of your lists, it's time for a new year! This post is quick recap from the planning series I posted at the beginning of last year, as well as some updated checklists and printable reminders for your yearly, monthly, weekly and daily planning! These are all sized to be printed to fit on these half-page labels so that you can pull…

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Holiday Decorations – Part 2!

To piggy back off of last week’s post: I am currently undergoing a revamp of how I store all of our holiday décor. We don’t have a lot of storage space in our garage (mostly because, as mentioned, it needs a deep clean and reorganization), so I have been using our “attic”. I put it in quotes because we have approximately four square feet of usable storage area in our attic. Maybe a little bit more, but definitely not enough. We also don’t actually have an attic door / ladder so I have to drag the ladder over and set…

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Back to School: After School

The next thing I wanted to talk about in the Back-to-School series is the after school process and the idea of ending one day so you can easily begin the next one. What are your kids responsible for when they get home? Who makes lunches the next morning? How do you process papers that need to be signed or reviewed? As most parents know, for the first few days of school you will be signing a never-ending stream of papers. There are release forms and acknowledgement forms and volunteer forms and teacher letters. Once they hit middle school and high…

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Keep it Clean: Four Daily Habits

We’ve reached the end of our “Keep It Clean” series and are going to focus on four daily habits to help keep your house clean and tidy; clean enough that you don’t have to panic when you get a the “hey I’m in town and wanted to drop by” call from family and friends. Not only will these tasks help keep your house at a manageable cleaning level, they carry over to your weekly chore list and can eliminate some of the work from your monthly to-dos AND make the yearly deep clean a little less cumbersome. Sounds pretty good…

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Keep It Clean: Weekly Schedule

Ready to knock some of those monthly tasks off of the list? Let's look at some weekly to-dos that can help eliminate the piles of clutter that have to be cleaned up once a month, and stop allowing dust bunnies to somehow escape our attention for so long that they become dust mountains. Instead of focusing on a room by room approach, I want to look at some general tasks that can be done in every room: Floors: sweep, mop, vacuum, or otherwise clean your floors once a week. Just a quick pass; you can do a "move the furniture"…

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Keep It Clean: Monthly Tasks

So, you don't want to spend an entire month cleaning your house from top to bottom every year? Starting this year, change your process - take that list (whichever one you chose last week) and break it down to a monthly task list that you can start next month...because this month, you're cleaning every day remember? What we want to do is pull three or four things to do in each room of the house every single month to help keep it looking "spring clean" fresh. There might still be one or two large things that need to happen every…

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