Is It Better To Always Be Busy?

The glorification of being busy needs to stop. These days, we tend to think that if we’re not constantly rushing around then we’re not really achieving anything. We’re not successful or sought-after. We’re not pushing ourselves hard enough. We’re not doing anything of value. I feel it myself every time I take a break — “I should be writing”, “I should be scrubbing the floors”, “I should be putting on a wash load”, “I should be painting the kitchen”… But the idea that the people pulling all-nighters are somehow more productive is fuelling the sort of frenzy that leads to deep… Onwards! ->

A Quick & Easy Daily Kitchen Cleaning Routine

{ Welcome to my  “Clean Up After Yourself” course — the place where I share cleaning tips and tricks, from the very basic steps beginners can take, to the more complex cleaning hacks any home-making veteran can put into place. } Part 1 focuses on the heart of many homes: the kitchen. So today, I’m talking about a great daily routine for keeping your kitchen clean. The process will only take a few minutes from start to finish, and will also save you money by reducing food waste. Win-win. And let’s face it, it’s hard to summon up the enthusiasm to… Onwards! ->

Back to School — How to Save Money (& Headaches)

{ This is Part One of a ‘How To Save Money…’ series I’m starting. Look out for Part Two soon, which will be ‘How To Save Money On Your Electricity Bill’ and, if there’s something else you’d like to see covered, please let me know in the comments. } Sadly, there’s no such thing as a free education these days. ‘Back to school’ time is increasingly costly and puts a huge financial strain on families. With that in mind, I thought I’d round up some money- and sanity-saving tips to take some of the sting out of this time of… Onwards! ->

4 Top Tips To Ensure You Sleep Soundly

PREFACE TO PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WHO DON’T SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT: Some of the below tips may still help you but, for now, you’ll have to accept the zombie state of affairs while remembering that THIS TOO SHALL PASS. You’re doing a bang-up job as it is, and I’m in awe of the superhuman strength it takes you just to get out of bed. If you’ve got a few minutes and you’ve decided to read this post, the best advice I can give you is to skip it and go have a power nap instead. The second best advice I… Onwards! ->

What You’re Not Doing

What are some of the things you want to get done but you’re not actually doing? Do you want to get fit? To have a flat stomach with six-pack abs, strong arms and legs, and enough energy and stamina to run a marathon? Do you want to be healthier? To drink smoothies every day and have a protein-packed breakfast? Do you want to have glowing skin and strong hair and nails? Do you want your fridge to be packed with green juices, vegetables, and other healthy snacks? Do you want to make all your meals from scratch so you know… Onwards! ->

July 2015 Wrap-Up

Overall, July was a terribly unproductive month for me… but in a good way. It can’t always be go go go; sometimes it needs to be slow slow slow. Often, the best thing we can do for our productivity is to take time to recharge, and that’s what I did. But, of course, my brain put up a fight first! So I spent the second half of July on a family holiday to Portugal, but the first half worrying about it. Which, as you can imagine, was a total waste of time. Nothing I was anxious about actually came to… Onwards! ->

How To Remember Everything — Use A Bullet Journal

17 things I learned in 2017 | Leuchtturm 1917 notebook Bullet Journal edition, front cover, black | Stationery addict

How many times have you forgotten something important? Or even something trivial? How many times have you had a great idea in the shower or in the middle of the night and foolishly told yourself you’d remember it? How many times have you forgotten an appointment or a piece of information? How many times have you come home with a bag full of groceries, and then had to go back for the milk? Yup, yup, yup, yup, yup. Been there. For me, I’ve never been able to keep a journal or a scrapbook for any prolonged period of time, but… Onwards! ->

Why Worry?

“Worry. Why do I let myself worry?” Worry is something that affects us all, in greater or lesser amounts. But, obviously, lesser is best. Because the simple fact of the matter is that worry on its own serves no purpose, so there are only two positive ways to deal with it — either ignore it, or take action to beat it. Anything other than that lets the worry consume you and rob you of peace, happiness, and contentedness. I recently took a flight with my husband and daughter. The last time we flew together felt like a stress test to… Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — ‘Komono’ — Laundry Room (& more!)

You can keep a secret, right? Super. Then you’re not going to tell Marie Kondo that, recently, I’ve been tackling some locations instead of categories, are you? Excellent. On with the KonMari show! After finishing the kitchen (which you can read about here), I was frustrated by the amount of stuff that was still in there. Toys, for example. And books. And things that had been “discarded” in the kitchen purge but were still sitting around waiting to be re-homed to the charity shop. So I did the only thing I could think of that would bring me some sanity… Onwards! ->

Reset Your Space — How To Set Yourself Up For Success

There are eleventy billion ways to get your shit together, but there are far more obstacles to making it happen. So today I’m sharing a great trick for eliminating a lot of the ‘drag’ — all you have to do is reset your space. When you sit down to eat at a restaurant, the table is clean and tidy with a few basic things to help start you off, like menus. Similarly, when you arrive at a hotel room, the space is clean and tidy, with everything you need for an enjoyable and relaxing stay. That’s because, after the last… Onwards! ->