The “An Organized Woman Interview Series” has been a big hit on the blog! If you are new to this series be sure to check out our other nominees- Sabrina and Emily.
If you know an organized woman you would love to see interviewed fill out the form at the end of the article.
An Organized Woman: Stacy
I am excited to introduce you to Stacy- a real life hero in my world. I think you will find she is a natural cheerleader with a big heart who has an amazing ability to see the practical side of life.
She doesn’t spend a lot of time beating herself up about what she can’t do. She doesn’t apologize for saying no to some things to make room for better things.
If you need some motivation about getting and staying on a routine, Stacy is your woman!
Yesterday I was feeling a little bit blah. I had been stuck at home for a few days with a sick kiddo and was probably feeling a bit of cabin fever. Unfortunately, the blahs were taken out on my poor little house.
We are very blessed. We have a house with the number of bedrooms we need, a separate family room for the TV (a must for me when we were house hunting with 2 toddlers 12 years ago), a great school district, it’s on a cul-de-sac,and has all of the comforts of a modern home.
It’s just a bit tiny. The bedrooms are small, the bathrooms are original, and the kitchen has old cabinets and lacks counter space.
I generally like our little house and think it’s the perfect place to raise my little flock, but yesterday I was definitely falling out of love with our home. It made me feel ungrateful and discontent so I knew I needed an attitude adjustment!
When in doubt, make a list.
Emily was nominated to be interviewed for our new series called “An Organized Woman.” I learned so many quick tips and tricks from our conversation and hung up the phone feeling like I’d been her friend forever. I love it when that happens!
Emily sent me this little bio:
Emily Allen is a former obese girl turned Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She lost 70 pounds by cutting processed food, an experience she documented on her site, www.thatswhatieat.com
Emily now teaches families how to cut processed foods and live their healthiest lives. She teaches cooking classes, speaks about healthy living, and has appeared on local news programs featuring her recipes.
Emily believes that anyone can live a healthier life, no matter their schedule or budget. You can find her on her site www.thatswhatieat.com, on Instagram, on Pinterest, and on Facebook.
(Be sure to read through the end of the post because Emily has offered an exclusive free Clean Eating Boot Camp course to Bird With A List readers! Because she’s awesome that way.)
What do you do when you realize you have to Crunch Time Clean?
Picture this scene:
You get a call from your best friend from college out of the blue- “Guess what? I’m going to be in town this weekend!! Why don’t I stop by to see you and the family?”
Your first instinct may very well be- “Wow! How fun! I can’t wait to see you!” (for some reason I always think of these types of conversations as needing exclamation points)
If you are struggling with time management and household organization- like pretty much everyone on the planet- the minute you hang up that phone you think… “oh my word. I have so much to do!”
I know you want to impress your friend- or at the very least not be seen as an overworked, overwhelmed, and under kept caregiver. Even if it is your reality. It is my reality more often than not.
Welcome to a new series of interviews called An Organized Woman!
Basically, these are women who get the job done! They have solved the mystery of how to never lose another piece of paper ever again and personally, I want in on the secret.
My first interview was with Sabrina. She knows the value of celebrating who you are and not apologizing for it. She also knows how the spirit in her home is calmer and kinder when it is organized.
I can’t wait to tell you about two blogs I’ve been lucky enough to be connected with lately through a blog mentoring program called Oldies and Newbies Blogging Network.
One of the reasons I wanted to start a blog is because I love to read blogs. Getting first hand information and inspiration for my daily life from real women is a beautiful thing.
Where else can someone you’ve never met help you through a problem- simply because they have experienced it themselves and were brave enough to write about the experience?
40 bags in 40 days!
I first heard about the 40 bags in 40 days challenge over at Memories on Clover Lane.
Saving my sanity may be asking a bit too much out of a little trash bag, but I am confident it is up for the challenge!
I have a habit of giving up on decluttering a few days into the project because I get overwhelmed. Anyone else do that? I can’t be the only one who looks around my messy house and thinks “How did we get here… again??”
Instead of making myself feel bad about the fact that I have to re-organize the plastic storage cabinet and my shoe closet every few months I have decided to embrace it.
It’s just part of who I am.
I stick with a system for my home for a few months or more and then it falls apart and I find a better system. Remember acceptance?
Do you sometimes just wish your kids would do what needed to be done without having to be asked over and over?
- I want them to see the trash over flowing and take it out.
- I want them to notice the mount washmore we have going on in our home 90% of the time and take some initiative and do a stinkin load of laundry.
- I want them to notice the trail they have left behind them when they get home from school.
I know I’m living in a dream world. They are just kids. They will need reminders. Heck- I need my notebook and to do list to get through the day.
I am a Bird with a List because I believe in time management. I know how it has improved my way of life and the lives of my children. A good list helps me to feel productive and happy at the end of a long day rather than wonder where the time went and what the HECK did I do all day that I’m so dang tired?
THE LIST: Cue scary theme music
In our house certain lists are referred to as “THE LIST” – capital letters and said in a Darth Vader voice. THE LIST refers to any list I create that is for a specific occasion where I feel a lot pressure, stress, anxiety… pretty much any time I entertain.