If you’re like me, your grandparents had at least one chest or deep freezer or a spare fridge/freezer combo in their basement. My grandparents had both – a 30 year old fridge/freezer and a newer chest freezer and they were both stocked ALL the time. I believe it’s a byproduct of growing up in the Depression and not knowing if you’d have food at a later date, but in any case it was good economy to keep these simple appliances on hand.
Creating a healthy meal plan on a budget can be tricky. We so often have the best of intentions: we develop a meal plan(ish), buy our groceries, fist pump when we’re $16 under budget, and then suddenly your two year old is screaming, the baby has a rash, and making that Pinterest-worthy quiche for dinner is the last thing on your mind because McDonalds here we come!!
It’s time to toss off the blankets, shake off the dust, and throw open those windows – SPRING IS HERE!! And with Spring comes the spring cleaning tradition. Spring cleaning, though, doesn’t have to be an arduous chore that you dread. Oh no! Spring cleaning can in fact be fun and DOESN’T have to take all day!
Of all the chores I have to do each week, the most despised is laundry. Prior to coming up with a system to make laundry easier, I would pretty much just turn a blind eye to the mountains of clothing overtaking my home.
Break out the rags and sponges! It’s spring cleaning time. While some people dread spring cleaning, it can be quite invigorating, especially when done with frugal products that WON’T leave your house smelling of chemicals.
Marie Kondo is about to rock your world and any clutter you may still be hanging onto.
Was decluttering your life a part of your New Year’s resolution? Now is a good time to check in with yourself and see how that’s going!
Review The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Whether you think you’re already fairly organized or you could use a good kick in the rear, I’ve got a GREAT book to recommend. It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
The opportunity for one lucky reader to win a free copy of this book ended in 2016, but Kondo is still going strong. I truly recommend you check out this book to help you find motivation to declutter your own home!
Benefits of Decluttering
Make the space for your joy to find you. There are so many perks to removing the clutter from your home or office! Overall, though, it all comes down to one thing – granting yourself the freedom to live life on your terms.
Start with one space and grow from there. Whether you focus on your main living space, your bedroom, or your home office, every bit you remove helps.
Clutter can be incredibly overwhelming sometimes, but it’ll help if you focus on the joy you’ll find once it’s done. Trust that the most successful people are not ones to allow for chaos.
And while it can be difficult to declutter when you’re a parent, know that the sooner you do it, the better off your whole family will be. Goodness knows that any time clutter threatens to creep in our house is when our children tend to misbehave the worst – a coincidence? Or is it just what happens when you’re 3′ tall and all that clutter is at eye-level?
There are many benefits to removing the clutter from your home, but whatever your reason, it’ll only get better if you start now. And if you’re struggling to do it, check out Marie Kondo’s book!