My KonMari Journey — Books

My love of reading began at a very young age. My mother found a copy of Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” lying in the road as she was on her way home one day, so she picked it up for me. It’s my earliest memory of being completely immersed in a book, and it launched a lifelong love of Roald Dahl. I still have it, and I still delve into it every few years, just to re-live some of the magic. I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, and loved my weekly trips to the library as a kid. Then… Onwards! ->

How To Make Your Budget Accurate & Effective

A basic budget is important for any household that isn’t rolling in more money than sense. I recently shared a quick guide to how I do it but I thought today I would share a bit more information to help you become financially frugal. After all, drawing up a budget is, in itself, easy enough. But how do you arrive at the total spend figures for each category without having to resort to guesswork? There’s no point allocating €50 for groceries if you’re currently spending €200. The answer is tracking. You have to track your income and expenditure for a… Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — Clothes

Completing category one of the KonMari Method -- 'clothes'. Rounds one AND two.

I’ve finished the ‘Clothing’ category of the KonMari Method (read my intro post if you don’t know what the KonMari Method is) and thought I’d give you an update. Long story short: It sucked… but was totally worth it. But now for the long story… 😉 Calling it ‘clothing’ was perhaps slightly misleading, seeing as it involved not just items of clothing but also socks, underwear, swimwear, workout gear, belts, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, and bags. (I also included jewellery.) Basically, anything that you might wear as part of an outfit. KonMari sub-category: Items of clothing (tops, bottoms, hanging clothes) I… Onwards! ->

Find Your “Why” to Overcome Lack of Motivation

We all have habits we want to make or break. Things we want to do, and things we want to stop doing. But have you ever really asked yourself why? WHY do you want to start exercising? WHY do you want to cut back on your alcohol intake? WHY do you want to learn a new language? You need to have a reason, and it needs to be a damn good one. Things like, “Everyone else is doing it”, or “I really should be doing this”, or “It’d be a cool thing to do” aren’t good enough. Figure out your… Onwards! ->

April 2015 Wrap-Up

Thankfully, unlike March, April has been a very productive month for me. The main reason for it is that I’ve started implementing the KonMari Method (read my intro to the method here if you’re not familiar with it). I’ve only gone through my clothes, books, papers, and toiletries so far, but it’s already made such a huge difference, not just in my home, but also in my head! I’ve felt a lot calmer and more comfortable since getting rid of so much junk. If you’re interested in following my progress, keep an eye on the site in the coming weeks,… Onwards! ->

How To Stop Procrastinating & Start Doing!

If there’s anything I’ve learned from trying to get my shit together, it’s that you have to get started. It’s not rocket science but, often, the main reasons we procrastinate are that the task either isn’t enjoyable enough, or it seems too daunting to even bother starting. I’m no Mary Poppins, so I can’t teach you how to get things done at a click of your fingers, and I can’t sing a little ditty and dance a merry jig to keep you amused while you scrub the toilet, but I can tell you that getting started is the hardest part. Good… Onwards! ->

How I Stay Productive (And Sane) As A Stay-At-Home Parent

Being productive when you’re a stay-at-home parent is, at best, bloody hard work. At worst, you’ll drive yourself downright demented. I’ve been both sides of the spectrum, and everywhere in between, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned along the way. Now I don’t want you to think that I’ve completely overcome this problem. I have good days and bad. More of the latter, if I’m honest. I know how hard it can be, and if something herein helps a stay-at-home parent increase their productivity by even 1%, or at least makes their day go a fraction smoother, I’ll… Onwards! ->

Can Tidying Really Change Your Life? Marie Kondo Thinks So

  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve recently lost my mind and started implementing something called the KonMari Method. I’ve previously described it as comprising of two steps: Gather all your shit together in one big pile. Throw it all away. While I still maintain that that’s a pretty accurate assessment, I thought some of you might want a more detailed introduction to what it is and what it involves. The method is outlined in Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” (or, in some versions, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”). It’s… Onwards! ->

Acceptance — Accept Nothing Less

I warn you in advance, this is ranty. It includes swearing and strong opinions, but only because it’s a topic that I’m wildly passionate about. In fact, this very site was built on the basis of what I’m about to tell you. Y’see, years ago I started another blog about a similar topic. It fell flat on its arse. Why? Because I tried too hard to be “professional”. I thought nobody would take me seriously unless I wrote in a very stiff, stifled way. I wanted to be perceived as an expert. But that’s not who I am. That’s not… Onwards! ->

March 2015 Wrap-Up

March has probably been my least productive month of 2015 so far. I’ve been in an almighty funk and it’s affected my ability to do anything bar sit and feel sorry for myself. But shit’s about to change! One thing I did manage to get done this month was to finally record and upload a video to YouTube. And the response has been absolutely overwhelming. Honestly, I was aiming for 50 views (and secretly hoping for 100) but, as it currently stands, I’m just about to hit the 800 mark. I’m astonished and humbled and so very grateful to everyone for… Onwards! ->