Why I don’t make my bed (and scientists support me)

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Bed making. Another recipe for success proclaimed by so many moms! While I love the idea of keystone habits, making my bed is not one of mine. I’m almost 100% sure (never say never) it’s not going to be.

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Dollar Store Fridge Organization (for $5 or less!)

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The fridge in our current rental house leaves a lot to be desired as far as fridge organization goes. The interior has three measly (awful) shelves and two drawers – there’s not even a deli drawer! Our last apartment was a brand new, luxury building: I was spoiled, for sure.

For months, I lived with a less than ideal, disorganized fridge, but I constantly misplaced items, forgetting about produce or leftovers until it was too late. I definitely needed fridge organization help but didn’t get desperate enough to figure out a solution until last week. I finally got fed up with wasting money and time and started brainstorming.

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Kid’s Artwork: The Simplest Way to Eliminate the Overwhelm

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By now, you know I’m a big fan of simple storage solutions designed to work with your family’s habits, not against them. Today, I’m sharing my super simple method for dealing with your kid’s artwork.

If there’s anything that can bring on decision fatigue, it’s deciding what to do with kid’s artwork. And when I say artwork, I’m referring to the hundreds of sometimes indecipherable drawings just one of my kids can produce in a week.

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Decluttering Toys: Our Moderately Minimalist Toy Collection

Decluttering toys is a hot topic among moms today. Minimalism seems to be a lasting trend as so many are seeing and wanting the benefits of owning less stuff, especially families with young children.

When left with a limited selection of the best toys for them, children will play for hours without you needing to push and prod them.

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The simplest, cheapest LEGO storage solution

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Are you frustrated by your current system for organizing LEGOs©? Do you spend forever cleaning them up? Do you want the cheapest, simplest LEGO storage solution? I did, too.

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3 Reasons Folding Clothes the “Marie Kondo” Way Just Makes Sense

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Laundry and dishes. The two constants of life with kids, and ever so controversial.

The way you fold clothes is kind of like the way you load the dishwasher: everyone has her own method. Have you ever watched someone load your dishwasher, horrified at their misplacement of cups and bowls, knowing that you will [secretly] rearrange it later? (Is it really just me?)

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4 Steps to Winning with Laundry

Nothing builds up faster in a family with small children than laundry (except perhaps dishes). Developing a laundry routine is essential to saving money on clothes.

When I had my first baby, laundry was overwhelming. It probably didn’t help that I did not have a washer and dryer in the house. Lugging laundry to the laundromat each weekend (we were a one-car family back then too) quickly got old, but I have to admit, the whole process went much quicker having several washers at my disposal and no choice but to focus on a single task (multi-tasking is a myth, in my opinion).

Four kids later, I’ve finally found a laundry routine that works for me, and it looks completely different than when I started this parenthood journey.

But the real question is: why start a series on saving money on clothes with all this laundry talk?

Because it all starts with laundry.

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5 Steps to clearing kitchen counters in record time

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Half a small ziploc bag of goldfish crackers. That was all. Half a bag of goldfish was slowing me down, decision fatigue stopping me from clearing kitchen counters.

I stood there staring at the bag, paralyzed, for more than two minutes. What to do with it? I wasn’t sure how long it had been sitting there, or which of my four kids picked at it earlier that day.

But it was just one thing. One. On a counter covered with stuff.

If I took this long with every item, I would spend all day just clearing kitchen counters. 

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How to organize with a disorganized family

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Have you ever spent hours rearranging and organizing your home only to have it be a disaster the very next day? 

You think angrily to yourself, our house could be clean and orderly if everyone else would just get on board.

Perfect Storage Solutions…For Your Habits

That perfect IKEA storage case with drawers – one for each LEGO® color? One child always empties every drawer onto the floor to find what he wants, and they need to be resorted all the time.

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