16 April 2014

April 16 is the best day to set up a tax organizing system! Let's talk.

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No more April anxiety! Let's get our taxes organized NOW while the work is fresh in our minds.

What's your best tip for organizing your tax paperwork?

Please leave your tips + links in a comment here or share on Twitter (I'm @parenthacks) or Facebook.

07 April 2014

Turn an old baby wipe box into a toddler "tissue box" toy

Tissue box toy; Photo credit: Homa Woodrum

Does your kid like to pull all the tissues out of the box?

Homa's did, so she turned an old baby wipe box and some fabric into a reusable “tissue box” toy.

(Do you know Homa Woodrum? She's been a generous sharer of links and tidbits for years. She's Oh Mah Deehness on the Web and @WoodrumLaw on Twitter. Go say hi!)

Other uses for baby wipe boxes: kitchen cabinet organizer, small toy storage, art supply box, etc., etc., etc. The list goes on forever.

01 April 2014

My #1 decluttering excuse, and why it's not good enough (sponsored)

This post is sponsored by Goodwill.

"I might need it someday."

That, friends, is why decluttering is a constant challenge even though I wrote a book that celebrates decluttering.

Calling it an excuse might be a bit harsh. It's a reason, and it seems like a good one. After all, I paid money for that thing (whatever it is), and giving it away feels like throwing that money in the trash. In my mind, that's wasteful, and maybe even a little spoiled.

Slowly but surely, stuff turns into clutter. And clutter sows frustration which grows into anxiety which eventually ends with me avoiding my own house.

All because "I might need it someday."

It seems silly. I mean, it's just stuff, right? Stuff I brought into my home for a reason -- to solve a problem, to beautify a room, or to delight my kids. But priorities change and reasons go away, and that very same stuff turns into its own problem.

I might need it someday isn't good enough.

Writing Minimalist Parenting with Christine helped me get clear on the true power of decluttering. It's much more than cleaning house. Once I was able to reframe decluttering as giving -- as opposed to "throwing away" -- my attitude completely changed.

A weekly Goodwill run has become a regular part of my routine. There's a Goodwill donation site on the way to my grocery store, and most weeks I have a bag or box stashed in the trunk ready to donate. Not only do I know my stuff is going to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford it, Goodwill uses the money it raises in part to train and employ people in my community. My stuff helps creates jobs.

Now, decluttering doesn't make me feel wasteful or spoiled at all. I know I'm sharing. Empowering, even. And that feels a lot better than the false sense of security that comes with hanging onto clutter.

This post was made possible through the support of Goodwill. All opinions are my own.

31 March 2014

A discovery, an apology, and an offer [Fitness challenge]

This is a hard post to write. Eight weeks ago I invited you to join me for a fitness challenge. Despite my loving the workouts and the entire experience, I didn't follow through as well as I had intended. I didn't do every workout, and I didn't write. I bungled...

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28 March 2014

27 March 2014

Dip Easter Eggs Into Dye Using a Whisk

Wedge blown eggs into a wisk for effortless dip-dyeing! *forehead smack of brilliance*

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26 March 2014

Best granola you will ever eat [Recipe]

I've come up with what I think is the best recipe for granola. At least it's the one my family, including my granola-hating husband, loves.

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25 March 2014

Do you ever feel unsure as a parent?

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. -- Bertrand Russell

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12 March 2014

FREE EVENT: How to make room for fun

Join me on tomorrow's "Thursdays with ThirdPath" call (actually a webinar but it's meant to be a conversation, not a lecture).

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07 March 2014

When your kids go to school for the first time: how do you handle it?

I was a guest on the One Bad Mother podcast, on which I offered hosts Biz and Theresa what I hope is encouraging Minimalist Parenting-inspired advice about sending kids to school for the first time.

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