Are you thinking about New Year’s resolutions and getting organized in the coming year, after the chaos of the holidays?
I am too! And honestly, this doesn’t come very naturally to me! Since I was a little girl, I have left a “wake” behind me everywhere I go–cupboards left open, shoes kicked off in the middle of the hallway, and spills on the kitchen counter that should’ve been wiped up immediately, but I didn’t even notice them.
Luckily, I have a very wise friend who is teaching me better cleaning and organization strategies and habits. Candi Kidd (who was our guest in Episode 001!) teaches moms who are naturally messy like me how to keep their lives more tidy and orderly. And her tips can really help any mom, even if you are naturally a neat-freak (P.S. you amaze me), because we all live with children…and children bring chaos and confusion along with them everywhere they go.
Join Candi and me as we dive into some very actionable tips to make developing routines and systems EASY for even the most scattered mom.
Three Takeaways for Cleaning and Organization Strategies for the Naturally-Messy Mom
1) Be a detective to find and then solve the messy spots in your home.
2) Lower the “activation energy” it takes to get started with cleaning.
3) Focus on completing one J.O.B. (just one bite!) per day.
Candi’s Instagram account @intentional.ish
Candi’s first episode: 001 “Getting Unmotivated Kids to Help”
The House that Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark:
Jordan Page who came up with the acronym J.O.B. (just one bite): FunCheaporFree.com
Shel Silverstein poem about Melinda Mae who ate the whale: http://shelsilverstein.yolasite.com/melinda-mae.php
I Believe In Me is an online membership program for middle school girls, ages 11-13, to help them build strong minds and strong hearts!
As a parent, you purchase a monthly subscription for your daughter, and then she can log in each week to view the 15-20 minute lesson on an important life topic.
Some episode topics include: what to do when your feelings get hurt, how to react to failure, developing good morning and evening routines, cultivating gratitude, fighting against negative self-talk and thoughts, developing study skills, and so much more.
On top of these weekly 15-20 minute episodes about life skills, girls have access to a library of Bloom videos, which are 3-4 minute tutorials, on topics they might be interested in, such as fashion, beauty, healthy lifestyle, and holiday fun.
This would be a unique and incredibly meaningful holiday gift for your pre-teen daughter that will bless her with skills that will not only make her middle school experience more positive, but will enrich her social and emotional intelligence into adulthood.
- Episode 130: “The ABC of Creating Good Habits…For Yourself and Your Kids!” with BJ Fogg
- Episode 037: “Teaching Children to Work Without being a Drill Sargeant” with Danielle Taylor
- Episode 096: “How to Organize Yourself and Your Home for the New School Year” with Mika Perry
What are some of your favorite organization strategies? Let me know in a comment below!