September 2015 Wrap-Up

{ As usual, pinks are links. 😉 } SO MUCH HAPPENED THIS MONTH! If you read last month’s wrap up, you’ll know I was hoping for a sane September. No such luck! But I honestly couldn’t be happier. My motivation kicked in massively and I ploughed through a shit-tonne of tasks. Long story short, I’m on FIRE and am currently trying to figure out a way to bottle it and make my millions. 😉 But first things first: let’s look at all the amazing things that happened here on the site. My money-saving series is in full swing now (expect… Onwards! ->

If Perfection Doesn’t Exist, What Should We Aim For?

We’re always asked about perfection. What would our perfect day/partner/job/date/whatever be? We’re told to live each day as if it were our last. We’re told to reach for the stars. We’re told to picture our ideal life. Sometimes we’re even told we’ll be able to manifest it into existence. (Strange how my bank balance is still missing a few extra numbers, then.) Then we’re told perfection doesn’t exist. We’re told to stop daydreaming and just keep our heads down, keep working, keep plugging away. Hope for the best, but expect the worst. Keep our expectations low to avoid disappointment. If… Onwards! ->

Should You Be Doing More?

I’ve written a lot here about how to get shit done. I’ve talked about avoiding procrastination, learning how to draw up a basic budget, hacking your ‘to do’ list, increasing your willpower, plus a whole host of other great posts. But I want to get one thing clear: at no point am I suggesting that it’s better to do more. The reason I share great productivity tips with you is not just so you can get more done, it’s really so you have less to do. We have a tendency to equate “doing more” with long days and late nights,… Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — ‘Komono’ — Linen Closet

After taking such a long break from the KonMari Method, there were 3 areas I knew I wanted to tackle next: the linen closet, the garage (actually just a space under the outside steps), and my daughter’s toys. (If you want to hear why I took a break, watch my YouTube video here, and I also took the time to re-asses and re-evaluate the Method by looking at the pros and cons as I’ve experienced them and deciding what I wanted to do differently going forward, which you can watch here.) The linen closet was BY FAR the least disastrous… Onwards! ->

How To Boost Your Willpower & Increase Focus

How many decisions have you made today? What to wear, what to have for breakfast, what you can say to that smart-arse colleague to put her back in her box, what bribe to give the kids to make them behave themselves… You might think these are trifling matters that take minimal brain power, but each one brings you closer to decision fatigue. We only have a limited amount of willpower each day, and agonising over which pair of pants looks better can deplete it. As the day wears on, your decision-making ability wears down. It becomes harder to focus, and… Onwards! ->

How To Save Money (Without Depriving Yourself): My Top 2 Tips

The best things I spent money on in 2017 – me in mid-length dresses

Compared to most people, I probably spend very little. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol (a relatively rare thing for an Irish person) and I use hardly any skincare, cosmetic, or bath products (a relatively rare thing for a woman). My expenses are few and my frivolous spending, while not non-existent (damn you, stationery supplies), is infrequent. Now I’m not for a second suggesting you give up your bath bombs and your take-away curries, but I am encouraging you to think a little more carefully about your purchases. Over the years, I’ve managed to save myself a lot of money… Onwards! ->

August 2015 Wrap-Up

{ As usual, pinks are links. 😉 } August has been a bit of a crazy month for me because it was so out of the ordinary. I was here, there, and everywhere. Including A&E! But let’s start off with what’s been happening here. I find these days that it’s increasingly difficult to be content with your life, especially when social media is showing you pictures of other people doing a multitude of amazing things. At any given time, there are countless things you’re not doing. Countless other lives you could be leading. But guess what? The same is true… Onwards! ->

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! ->