Timer Challenge: Kitchen Junk Drawer

Oh, the kitchen junk drawer… it is delayed decision making at its best! Junk drawers can be totally overwhelming, anything and everything gets stuffed in there! So, where do you start? Set a timer!

This week, I took the timer challenge and purged our junk drawer (I usually have to do this a few times a year). It had been neglected all summer and was a hot mess of tools, scratch paper, office supplies and a large collection of command hooks. I set my timer for 20 minutes and got to work (I did pause the timer occasionally to get the girls snacks and to set up a craft to keep them occupied!) I re-homed the tools to a shelf in our basement, put the scratch paper in my Sunday Basket, put office supplies away and created a little box for organizing tools (command hooks). After I had it all cleaned out, I wiped it out and measured the drawer and ordered drawer organizers (they came today!) The drawer organizers force me to have a place for all our needed items, and will (hopefully) prevent stuff from getting shoved back in this drawer!

Do you have a kitchen junk drawer? Set a timer for 20 minutes and tackle yours! Here are some quick things you can do before the timer runs out- throw out the trash, put away items that belong somewhere else, wipe/vacuum the drawer out, group like items together or measure the space and order drawer organizers to fit the drawer and your needs!

How’d it go? Show your before/after pics in the comments below!

How One Little Word Can Create BIG Change

How one little word can create big change

Fall is in the air! This is by FAR my favorite time of the year- the colors are changing, football is back (GO PACK GO!) and it is finally sweatshirt weather! I also love the energy that is so strong in the fall. There is something about the start of a new school year that brings out that productive energy, similar to the start of a new calendar year.

I am not a New Year’s Resolution girl. I love the idea of them, but they never seem to stick. I get so excited about the new year to come and the fresh start that is before me. I make the typical New Year’s resolutions: lose weight, exercise, eat better, save more money and be a better wife/mother/daughter/friend. I have high hopes that this will be the year for change! After a few weeks (more likely, after a few days) I have done something that “breaks” my resolution and I go back to my old habits.

A few years ago, I heard about the idea of having a “word of the year.” Sort of a theme for your year. Maybe your word is imagine, explore, challenge or balance- the possibilities are endless. This worked for me because I could apply this one word to many areas of my life. With two little girls, a growing business and just life in general- it can be difficult to plan an entire year of goals in advance. However, I do know the basic outline of the next four months and I can set an intention for that time. Let’s take simplify. I can simplify my home, my schedule or my wardrobe. It makes me act and action produces results.  

Spend some time this week thinking about the next four months. How do you want it to look and feel? What big events are coming up for you and your family? With the holidays right around the corner, what traditions do you want to start or continue?

NOW ACT:

Take a piece of paper and fold it in half. On one side write ‘MORE’ and the opposite side write ‘LESS.’ Fill this sheet in with things or feelings that you want more or less of from now until New Years. This is where you can dream BIG! For example- I want MORE time with family/friends, freedom and peace. And I want LESS stress, busy and debt. Is there a theme? That’s your word for the Fall of 2018. Easy, right?!

Have you ever made a VISION BOARD?! It’s an easy, creative way to set positive intentions for the coming year or season. They are beautiful visual collections that allow you to refocus on your GOALS, your DREAMS and all the things that INSPIRE you!! This is the next action step in realizing your goals. Take a poster or bulletin board, some magazines, scissors & glue and start crafting! Clip out words, pictures or images that speak to you and your intention for the year. Look at it often to remind yourself of where you want to be and how far you’ve come. It can be pretty powerful.

 

Interested in joining me for a Vision Board Workshop? The next one is in January 2019 and I’d love to dream BIG with you! Register here:

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-Katie

 

Frozen by Perfection

As I write this I imagine that we are sitting at my favorite coffee shop, drinking fresh coffee (you know, the kind that hasn’t been reheated in the microwave 73 times? Yeah, I barely remember that kind either!), our kids are playing and we have a few moments to chat. I’m telling you about my dream to help other Mamas by decluttering, organizing and simplifying their homes & routines to decrease the overwhelm. Do you think this is something I can do? Can I teach and give advice about something that I am passionate about but not always perfect at? Shouldn’t I have a “Pinterest-Perfect” pantry and laundry routine in place before I help another Mama alphabetize her spices? (something I don’t do, BTW). Shouldn’t I be their perfect example?

No, my friend, no I shouldn’t!

 

WE NEED TO GET OVER THIS IDEA

THAT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PERFECT

BEFORE WE CAN EVEN START!

 

Think about every pilot episode of a new TV show- it’s awkward. The writers are developing characters and story lines. Throughout that first season characters develop, relationships shift and story lines fade. Aspects of the show that don’t work are modified. Some of my favorite series (Sex and the City, Friends, Will & Grace) had their own growing pains. But what if the Producers decided to cancel after that first season because every detail of the show was not ‘perfect?’ Some of the best TV characters, friendships and romances would never have been realized had they been consumed by perfectionism?

I am hard-working, dedicated and compassionate. I have a love for learning and self-improvement. BUT I am also a recovering perfectionist. I used to subscribe to the theory that everything had to be “just right” in order for it to have meaning or be seen as successful or valid. I couldn’t enjoy summer unless I was at my perfect weight. I couldn’t have friends over until my house was decorated perfectly. I couldn’t share cute pictures of my girls on Facebook because the room they played in wasn’t perfectly organized. I have missed out on fun summer days at the pool, enjoying time with friends on my couch and sharing precious moments of my girls with family.  All because I was striving for perfection.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still strive to be healthy, have a clean & cozy home and great hair days but I am a work in progress. I now subscribe to the ideas of “Progress over Perfection” and “Done is Better than Perfect.”

 

Life is not about creating perfection, it’s about cultivating your purpose.

 

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Do you struggle with perfectionism?  What have you put off doing because you didn’t have the rest of your life in “perfect” order?

-Katie