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Happy first day of spring, everyone! I’m more of a “winter girl”, but I have to admit, I love the change of seasons, especially spring! It’s like a new beginning and a fresh start. I can’t wait to get outside, take walks, work on the house, the yard (well, maybe), and take some fun trips.  I also want to work on some projects. How about you? Do you have big plans?

Spring Projects

 

Sometimes, at the beginning of spring, we get big ideas that can drift away as fast as New Year’s resolutions. This year, I’ve got several things going on with family, the house, and trips we want to take. It’s a lot to get done, all at the same time. So, for me, the best way to manage several projects going on at the same time is to make a written plan. I’ve just made a list of my spring projects and that’s what I want to share with you today. I’ve got some ideas for how you, too, can make a written plan for all your spring projects and make the most of the season.

 

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Are you ready for spring? Is your wardrobe ready? At the beginning of every season, I take a look at my calendar and my plans for the upcoming season. Then, I organize and plan my wardrobe for that season. This is a fun project to me, and this week, I got my spring wardrobe all organized and ready. I do this project every March for my spring/summer wardrobe and every September for my fall/winter wardrobe.

Spring/Summer Wardrobe

 

 

Today, I’m going to share the process I go through and, hopefully, you’ll be motivated and ready to do your own. I’ll warn you now, I’m very detail-oriented, especially when it comes to my closet, because it’s fun for me. If you’d rather get it done quickly and move on, then feel free to skip through to the steps that you need the most.

The wardrobe project that I’m going to explain today is my plan for putting together an ideal wardrobe that works for your real lifestyle, and makes dressing well every day very simple, because once you do the planning, the day-to-day maintenance is very easy. It’s a 5 step process of planning and organizing your new spring/summer wardrobe. So, set aside a few hours, and get your wardrobe ready for a fun, busy season. 

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It’s that time of year again. It’s spring cleaning time! Today, I’ve got a checklist that takes you room by room, helping you to get each room of your house clean, one step at a time.

Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do it all in one day, or even one weekend. Count how many rooms you have to clean and divide them up over a month or two. That way, you can do a little at a time, and still get it done before summer. If you’re short on time or feel your house doesn’t need a complete cleaning, then just focus on the areas that need it the most.

Spring Cleaning

For each room, start at the top. Then go around the room, left to right, and lastly, do the floors. Are you ready to get started? Well, grab your cleaning supplies, put on some music, and let’s go!

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Decorating your house can be a pretty time-consuming project. Choosing wall colors, furniture, flooring, lighting, and accessories can take a lot of time, money, and legwork. I know because I’ve been working on our living room. I’ve got the basic parts done and now I’m working on the finishing touches.

Living Room Decorating Checklist

Whether you’re starting a decorating project or stuck in the middle, I’ve got a checklist to help you simplify and organize your decorating projects. This checklist is for your family or living room, which happens to be one of the most important rooms in your house.

 

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Are you excited about shopping for some spring clothes? Me too! But first, as usual, I recommend that we start with a plan. Although we still have a month or so of cool weather, depending on where you live, we can still do a little organizing and planning to get our closets and our wardrobes ready for spring. 

Preparing Wardrobes For Spring

 

Today, I’ve got a plan for getting a jump-start on our spring wardrobes. Later, preferably in March, you can go back and do a more thorough job of cleaning out, organizing, and planning your wardrobe for spring. But, for now, lets do a fun, quick prep on our spring wardrobes to tie us over till then.

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Our nice warm weather is really giving me Spring fever. Then I go into my closet and change my mind because I’m not ready to give up my winter clothes yet. Those are my favorites! Are you that way? I’ve heard lots of people say they feel that way too. When I asked them why, they said that winter clothes are more stylish, can be layered, accessorized, and just gives them more options. I agree 100%. I really wish I could enjoy spring and summer, wearing my winter clothes, but that would look pretty silly, wouldn’t it? 

Preparing Your Wardrobe For Spring

Now that it’s February, we only have a little over a month to wear our winter clothes, and then it’s time to get ready for spring. So, for this month, I’m going to wear my winter wardrobe as much as possible, and then try to figure out how I can get just as excited about a spring wardrobe. Besides that, I haven’t bought any clothes since Christmas and, therefore, I’m really getting some shopping fever!

Today, I’ve got ideas for making the most of our winter wardrobe for the rest of this season. Then, I’ll help you with ideas for pre-planning your spring wardrobe. I’ll be covering this in two posts because this is one of my favorite subjects and I have a lot to talk about.

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If Valentine’s Day only reminds you of cards, chocolate, and roses, you may have missed the point. I know a lot of people really don’t like Valentine’s Day because they see it as an over-commercialized holiday to sell “stuff”.  Personally, I like Valentine’s Day. It’s not because I like cheesy holidays, even though that’s definitely true. It’s because I like any day that gives us a reason to celebrate and give gifts to our family or others. It’s the perfect day to show your love, gratitude, and appreciation for everyone in your life.

Valentine's Day Gifts

I encourage you to keep giving those cards, chocolates, and roses. My favorites are those cherry, jelly heart candies. Yum! But if you would really like to put more thought into your Valentine’s Day gifts and make them more meaningful, I’ve got some ideas to get you started. Some of these could be for your spouse or your kids, and some are for other people that you’d like to show your appreciation for.

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With the new year and my goals in place, I’ve been thinking about how to actually get things done that I’ve set out to do. Obviously, the key to that would be to find the best way to manage my time on a weekly and daily basis.

Budgeting Your Time With Time Blocks

I’ve tried several different techniques and ideas and I’ve found that the most effective, realistic way for me to manage my time is by planning my week with time blocks. This really isn’t anything new. I remember learning this back in college when I took a study skills class. The main premise is that you have to budget your time the same way you budget your money.

Everyone has a limited amount of money, but infinite ways to spend it. The same goes for your time. We have a limited number of hours each week, yet we have about a million things we’d like to do.

If you’re frustrated with how you can’t seem to get to all the things that are important to you, why not join me in trying “time blocking”.  Let’s balance our schedule by looking at it like a budget. Here’s how:

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     Are you still working on your New Year’s goals, resolutions, and new habits? A lot of us lose our willpower and momentum and give up by February. It does take a while to make something become a habit. Since January and February are typically less busy than other times of the year, I think this is the perfect time to really focus on New Year’s goals and resolutions, and then by March, you should be well on your way to accomplishing what you set out to do.

How To Make Progress On New Year's Goals, Resolutions, And Habits

     Now that it’s February, it’s time to do a little check-up on our goals and resolutions and see how we’re doing and where we need to work a little harder. Today, I’ve got a system for looking at your overall lifetime goals, your goals for this year, and a way to see how you’re progressing so far.

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     Are you an organized person with an uncluttered house and a neat, tidy schedule? Then you go to your kids’ room and the place is a mess, homework isn’t done, and they’re gazing at their computer or cell phone? Well, it’s quite normal. It’s easy to control ourselves, but another story when you’re responsible for your family. You’ve got a busy household and some of you have one or more kids. It’s a lot to handle. I’ve been there. I still remember looking for help anywhere and everywhere for advice on how to keep it all together.

10 Ways To Keep Your Kids Organized

     Well, my kids are grown now and my life is simpler, but I’m still learning and with all you moms out there, I just want to say, it gets easier with time. It really does. But, until then, I’ve got some tips today for keeping your kids organized. Of course, I don’t have all the answers to keeping your household organized, but looking back to when my three kids were growing up, these are the ten things that helped to keep me and my family reasonably organized. If you can master at least some of these, you’ll be on your way to a happy, organized life, for you and your family.

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