Getting Organized

So many parenting headaches boil down to lack of organization. But how do you find time to get organized when there's barely time for a shower?

Help is here. We've got hundreds of tips for organizing your house, your time, and your life, including:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

19 June 2012

Knock off cleaning tasks in the time it takes to reheat your food

Sometimes the business of blogging dovetails perfectly with the business of life, and this is just such an occasion. My advertising partner, Federated Media, contacted me about participating in a Pine-Sol-sponsored conversation about household tips. Just that morning I stumbled onto this tip and was planning to write it up. I love it when that happens.

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05 June 2012

How to care of yourself this summer

Would love to talk further about self-care -- the whys, whats, and hows.

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29 May 2012

A better way to borrow/swap/sell among friends: Have On Hand

When it comes to stuff, especially baby and kid stuff, Parent Hacks Question #1 is: do you really need it? If the answer is yes, Question #2 is: can you borrow it or buy it used? If the answer is yes, great. But this is where a lot of us...

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25 May 2012

Escaping the "someday" trap

Parents of babies and toddlers take note: it's later than you think.

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16 May 2012

Minimalist decluttering: share your brilliance

I'm combing through the Getting Organized hacks and am amazed by the wealth of wisdom and practical strategy there. But I'm sure there's more to talk about. Come on down to the Minimalist Parenting blog -- we're collecting even more brilliance for possible inclusion in the book.

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10 May 2012

Action starts with a dream

I've got stuff going on all over the place this week, and it's all pointing the same direction: dreams.

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10 May 2012

Friendship bracelet helps get a preschooler's shoe on the right foot

Karyn found a great way to support her daughter's independence while building a new skill.

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09 May 2012

Cell phone alarm keeps the family "launch" on time

I have experimented with timers, alarm clocks, and various tones of voice (most of them frustrated) and nothing seems easier or more logical than this.

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08 May 2012

An empty tissue box collects kid's car trash

So simple and smart -- makes me wonder why I put up with a messy back seat for so many years.

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08 May 2012

Minimalist budgeting: share your brilliance!

Christine and I going to host conversations about various topics we're covering in the book over at the Minimalist Parenting blog. Today, we kick off the conversation talking about everyone's, uh, favorite topic, money.

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07 May 2012

The Power of Habit: live talk tomorrow!

Join me May 8, 2012 for a live, all-text book party on The Motherhood, to talk about a new book from New York Times business reporter and author Charles Duhigg, "The Power of Habit."

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07 May 2012

Fold tape into a tab for easy-removal fridge and freezer labels

I've always assumed Scotch tape doesn't work well for fridge and freezer labels, but I've never actually tried it. Sarah's tape trick has me rethinking.

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01 May 2012

Review and giveaway: The Baby Cheapskate Guide to Bargains

This book will pay for itself within a number of weeks. "The Baby Cheapskate Guide to Bargains" (plus some diapers) will be my go-to baby shower gift from now on.

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30 April 2012

Four decluttering tips from successful downsizers

In my latest post at Babble Voices, I share what I learned by watching my mother in-law -- a master declutterer -- at work.

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16 April 2012

What will you limit to make room for something awesome?

Embracing constraints is as much about recognizing the value of your attention as it is about getting rid of stuff. My latest post at Babble Voices offers some ideas on how to get started.

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