My KonMari Journey — Paper

Paper. Ugh. There’s not much else to say, really. But you know that never stops me. 😉 (You can catch up on how I got on with the first two categories here and here.) It didn’t take me nearly as long as I thought to gather them all together (only about 20 minutes). It definitely helped that, in recent years, I’ve switched all my bills and statements to online versions. That’s cut out a massive amount of paper coming to my home every month. I’d highly recommend it! I didn’t include anything “pretty”, so scrapbook paper, cute notebooks, journaling cards,… Onwards! ->

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! ->

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 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! ->

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! ->

February 2015 Wrap-Up

It’s been an odd month in the How To GYST household. It started off being quite productive, and with a new digital marketing strategy for the site. I was full of motivation and ideas on how to grow the brand, and I set about making various lists and scribbling random notes (as is my wont). And then I hit a personal set-back. Something that disrupted my normal day-to-day routine, and left me at a bit of a loss. I felt unmotivated and, as a result, I just let everything else slide in order to focus on myself and my family.… Onwards! ->

Maintenance Now or Mayhem Later

  The story As a landlady, there are few things I dread more than getting a text from a tenant. Invariably, it means something is broken or has otherwise gone wrong, and it’s going to take a pile of money or a good amount of time and petrol to sort it out. Or — horror of horrors — both. This time it was the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine, the tall lamp, and the TV’s cable connection. All were broken, according to various text messages. My bank balance was already weeping. Nonetheless, I told them I’d be over to investigate,… Onwards! ->

How To Increase Your Chances Of Sticking To New Habits

  As I mentioned in my January wrap-up, I had some habits I wanted to make and some habits I wanted to break. The good news is that I managed to stay off chocolate and sweets, and to do some form of exercise every day, for the entire month of January. Today, I’m sharing how I increased my chances of sticking to my new habits in the hopes that it will help you with your habits too. I’ve read several times that the human brain doesn’t like unfinished things. It likes tasks to be completed, which is why you randomly… Onwards! ->

January 2015 Wrap-Up

  This was actually quite a productive (albeit lightning fast) month for me, perhaps because it’s January so I’m still full of the motivation and inspiration that the new year brings. One of the problems I’ve found I have is that I try to make small amounts of progress with lots of different things, instead of really focusing on one thing and making great strides there. So this month I was determined to concentrate on one thing — decluttering. There’s still a mountain of work to be done (more on that in the coming weeks), but I made significant progress.… Onwards! ->