Managing Monday: Closet Clutter

Welcome to another Managing Monday!!! I’m excited since it’s starting to get warmer (although we have a Winter Weather Advisory for snow today) and Spring is in the air. Along with Spring comes Spring cleaning. I have a lot to declutter and that has been on my mind pretty heavy lately. We have so much stuff and really no room for it all. So Today I want to give you a tip on clutter cutting!!!

Clutter can make things seem so much harder than they have to be. The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to clean. The more you have, the harder it is to find stuff. And, the more you have, the more decisions you have to make (or the more choices you have at least).

The best tip I can give you, is to focus. Pick one area and work on that area until you have it the way you want and can keep it that way. Start small, pick 1 thing each day to donate or throw away if need be, but make it consistent and keep at it until it is done.

This week, in my VIP group on Facebook, I’ll be talking about closet clutter. Join my VIP Group Here for more tips and to see the 5 Day Closet Clutter Challenge.

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Managing Monday: Organizing Your Morning Routine

It’s Monday again!!! Mondays can be very dreadful for some people. Is it the rush coming off a relaxed weekend??? Or is it the fact that for lots of people it means doing stuff they don’t want to do???  One thing is for sure, lots of people HATE Mondays.  What can we do to change that??? Would it make a difference in your day if your morning went smoothly???

I have some amazing ideas to help you get through your morning peacefully.

  1. Get Yourself Ready First.  For some this is already implemented, but if you are trying to get ready while getting your kids ready, READ THIS!!! I used to be the mom that got the kids ready first, parked them in front of a T.V. and then got ready myself. This seemed so logical to me, get the hardest part (motivating the kids) out of the way, and then worry about myself. However, this led to many a day I went out without a shower or even time to “get dressed”. Talk about showing up somewhere in your PJ’s.  Now, I get up before the kids, take a shower and get completely dressed before I even get them out of bed.  I feel alive and like a human instead of a crazy tired mommy, and I have more energy to get them ready.
  2. Employ Some Organizational Tools To Help. One thing I know, most kids love novelty, and if not, they will love the structure this creates once they get used to it. Let me show you 3 items that can help your morning go smoother

    Item to help your mornings

    First up is the Sweater Cubby. This is great for freeing up drawers by folding sweaters and sweat shirts and storing them in this hanging shelves. However, imagine using each shelf to hold each days outfit. It would be amazingly easy to get your clothes to get ready in the morning. TIP: If you use this for your kids, let them pick out which outfits they want to wear which days and put them in the correct order. It’s harder (although they will probably still try) to argue when you made the decision yourself.

    Next is a great help for keeping make-up in one spot. The Drawer Manager/Morning Manager combo can make finding things on a crowded counter top so much easier. I know this is a bit more help for parents and teens, however, just think about how much easier and neater the counter and drawers will be. When it’s neater in general, there are less excuses of “I can’t find my toothpaste”.

    My last tool is the Folder Holder. This makes a great addition to a command center or launch pad. I LOVE the idea of a Launch Pad, and I’m still trying to figure out a way to make one in my own home. Having the Folder Holder will give you an, “at a glance” way of checking for papers that need to be signed, and even a place to put home work so it doesn’t get forgotten.

  3. Make A Launch Pad/Command Center. I have seen these as 1 and I have also seen people have 2, a Launch Pad, where things go that need to make it out the door in the morning. A Command Center, which has a calendar with everyone’s schedule and activities, memo pad for leaving notes, grocery list, and other things needed to keep the home running smoothly. I have a work Command Center which has a wipe-off calendar, place for notes and magnets to keep important stuff hung up where I can see it.  Looking into adding a Launch Pad soon as well. You can see how both would be useful for remembering important meetings and dates, being able to just grab that grocery list on the way out, and having everything you need right by the door to grab before you leave.

Mornings can be hard when you don’t have the proper tools and tactics. Using just 1 of these can help significantly in making mornings much smoother. Do you use any of these currently??? Which one are you excited to try???

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Working Together Wednesday: Mama Love Collective with Andi

Happy Hump Day!!! Welcome to yet another Working Together Wednesday. Today we will learn about Mama Love Collective, and the amazing Andrea Franklin. Let’s get this party started, shall we???

Tell Me About Yourself.

I’m Andi! Stay-at-home mom, wife, person, just trying to weed my way through life one load of laundry and toddler tantrum at a time. I love to cook, drink wine by the bottle, and awkwardly exercise in my living room with the blinds open. I blog over at www.lendmeyourkite.com where I chronicle the trials and triumphs of motherhood. I also started my passion project, Mama Love Collective, where I create gift boxes for mamas in need of a little love and encouragement. I firmly believe that we are not meant to do this life alone, and it has become my mission to serve as many women as I can and help pull them out of the trenches of motherhood that so many of us find ourselves in, silently struggling. 

What Is Your Business?

I call it Mama Love Collective, because the entire premise of the company is people collectively gathering around moms to show them that they are important, that they matter, that someone sees them. I hand select items each month from other small businesses and/or companies that give back, to include in the boxes. We offer a smaller box, “sprinkler her with love”, and a larger one, “shower her with love”, so that we are able to work with everyones budget. You have the option to send the box anonymously, with a message, or even donate a box to a mama in a women’s shelter. I am currently partnered with WomenShelter of Long Beach, so all donated boxes go to the victims of assault they are currently caring for.
What Is One Lesson You Have Learned While In This Business?
People can tell when you are not being authentic. It can be difficult to trust in yourself and your vision when you see so many other people doing things beautifully and differently, but if you try and copy what they are doing instead of doing what feels right and comes natural to you, then people will be able to tell and you will not succeed. Staying true to yourself is so essential. 
What is the best advice you have ever received while in this business?
Go for it. Honestly, that was the most powerful advice I’ve ever received. So many of us have all of these dreams in our heads, but we over rationalize with ourselves and convince our hearts that they are frivolous and naive. But if someone is out there in the world doing the things you dream about doing yourself, then they are clearly possible — so why can’t it be you? 
What is your best advice on life in general?
Show up. Show up for the people in your life that bring you joy. Show up for your passions, your business, your hobbies. Put in the work and just show up. Every single day. Because happiness and success are waiting for you, all you have to do is make it to the party. 
Let’s get social. Where can we find you on the net?

 

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Welcome to Managing Mondays: Intro to A More Organized YOU

So here we are, the first MONDAY in February.  It’s so hard to believe we are already down 1 month this year. As I was trying to figure out how to best break up my passions into more manageable blogs, I decided this will probably be the one topic I do on both. For those of you who are working from home, an organized home can help a ton. I’m still working on this, by no means do I have it “all together”, But, I’d love to give you ideas any way I can.

Intro To A More Organized YOU

There are lots of ways and areas that would help you if they were organized. Having a morning routine, a kitchen that runs efficiently, all your needs for getting ready for the day… all organized, can help.

Take a minute to think through your day, what are your chaotic moments??? What could you do to help those moments run more smoothly??? Is it the morning rush??? Maybe it’s witching hour??? Is bedtime crazy??? I want to help you tackle these areas in your life.

Here are 3 quick tips to help you right now:

  1. Spend 5 minutes before bed writing your TO DO list for the next day. I promise this will help you sleep better knowing that everything is written down,. It will also help your focus in the morning and throughout the day.
  2. Focus on one area to make changes at a time. If mornings are ridiculous, spend some time figuring out why, then make a plan to help calm the chaos and implement it. Once you feel confident it is working, you can move on to another area if you need to.
  3. Set a close time for your day. This is one I’m bad about. I like to work until I just can’t keep my eyes open. In a perfect world, I’d get to sleep in later and things would be okay. However, I still have to be up by no later than 8:00 AM, so if I go to bed at 3:00 AM I’m only getting 5 hours of sleep, which is not enough. Shutting the computer down at a specific time, gives you a break and a chance to relax and get to bed early so you are more rested and get more accomplished the next day.

I’m looking forward to helping us all get organized in all areas of our lives. What are your 3 biggest areas you need help organizing???

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Working Together Wednesday: That Legging Craze with Melissa DeMartino

Happy Hump Day!!! Well I guess it’s almost over now, but it is still technically Wednesday for 3/4’s of the country 🙂

 

I’m super excited for you all to meet my friend Melissa DeMartino from That Legging Craze with Melissa DeMartino. So let’s jump right in, shall we???

 

Tell Us About Yourself.

My name is Melissa, most people call me Mel. I have two amazing boys and am married to my high school sweetheart. I am a full-time mom and business owner.

What is your business???

I have a public FB page called, That Legging Craze with Melissa DeMartino. I sell Legging Army leggings. Our leggings are super soft and extremely comfortable. They are boutique quality leggings at an affordable price point.

What is 1 lesson you have learned while in this business or cause?

I have only been with the company for a few short months. The biggest thing I have learned is that everyone is beautiful. Size is just a number!!! You can be comfy and confident at the same time. I love that I can help  a wide range of people feel confident while wearing leggings.

What is the best advice you have ever received while in this business or cause?

Sales aren’t going to happen in one day…sure you might make a few. But in order to make your business flourish you have to work it! Spend at least 20 mins a day doing something productive for your business.

What is your best advice on life in general?

The best advice I can give is to slow down!!! Life is always so fast paced that we often forget to slow down and appreciate the people and things that fill our lives. We don’t always have to feel so rushed. Slow down and see what you’ve been missing out on.

Let’s get social. Where can we find you on the net?

You can find me on FB at: That Legging Craze

Thank You, Melissa.

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Working Together Wednesday: Clever Crochet Creations

Happy Hump Day, Everyone. I’m so happy to be bringing back Working Together Wednesday. Today we will be learning about a dear friend of mine, Melissa Simmons and her business Clever Crochet Creations.

Question: Tell me a little about yourself.

Answer: My name is Melissa Simmons. I am a mother of 5 (3 I birthed and 2 bonus). Their ages are 16, 14, 9, 5 and 2.  My children are my best and biggest blessings. I am currently a stay at home mom for many reasons but the most important one is to give my toddler the extra care and  help he requires. I have lived in Northwest Indiana all my life, the weather is not always our friend here but we love the area.  I realized i needed a hobby and taught myself how to crochet. It is something i really enjoy doing almost as much as i enjoy eating chocolate.  Thats a little bit about who i am and my journey in life so far.

Question: What is your business?

Answer: My business is called Clever Crochet Creations.

Question: What is 1 lesson you have learned while in this business or cause?

Answer: Always be proud of your work and ability to create masterpieces.

Question: What is the best advice you have ever received while in this business or cause?

Answer: Best advice was to start this business and to showcase my work because I am talented.

Let’s Be Social. Where can we find you online???

I can be found on Facebook Clever Crochet Creations and on Etsy Clever Crochet Designs.

 

Thanks, Melissa. feel free to visit Melissa’s store and Facebook page and show her some love today. Handmade items make great gifts.

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