Stress Less

Posts to help stress less and relieve overwhelm!! Stay organized and productive! And, keep your sanity when the kids are around!

I totally get it. Right now as I write this my two girls are running around me…placing stickers who knows where, all over the house. Life can get chaotic sometimes. But, we can do this….and keep our sanity while doing so.

Us moms are pretty awesome people.

We raise tiny humans into adults. We shape how they learn, react to different situations, their habits, and what they eat. They mimic us when they’re little, and they keep some of our habits for themselves when they grow up! Let’s stress less so that they can do the same when they’re adults!

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Do you have a bad habit that you’d like to break?

Most people do. So, don’t feel alone.

Habits are hard to break. And, the longer you’ve had a habit, the harder it seems to be to let it go. Whether it’s heading towards the coffee pot first thing when you get up, when what you really want, and need, is water; or if you simply want to stop biting your nails. It’s difficult; I can attest to that!

What I’m going to share with you, is some ways to help you out on your journey to breaking your old bad habits! And, you won’t only learn what the top layer of the tip is, like ‘find a new habit to replace the old one’; but I’ll also be having you understanding why each tip is useful to breaking a bad habit.

I’m not going to guarantee that every single one of these tips will work for you; everyone is different, gets motivated, and changes their habits in their own way. But, if you go through each one of these tips whole-heartily, you’ll surely be on your way to breaking that bad habit of yours!!

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1. Find a New Good Habit to Replace the Old Bad One

Breaking an old habit is hard! But, when you try to give it up all at once and with nothing to replace it with; it’s about ten times harder! Let’s take the coffee habit for example. So, you wake up and you head straight for the coffee pot, pour it in your mug, add some creamer, then start drinking it. You’re doing this before you even know what you’re doing in the morning; that’s what makes it a habit. Now, say you deliberately did not do that one morning. You’d be craving that coffee, that warm delicious drink, within minutes of waking up; you’ll most likely give in and just get some, even if it takes a little extra work.

But, what if you started drinking warm water with lemon in it, or some type of tea, instead. You would have that same feeling you get with your warm coffee; that warmth from a drink that you crave when you awake in the morning. The only real difference is going to be the taste. But hey, taste buds change. So, after deliberately doing this for a few weeks you’ll get used to the taste change. And, after not too long, you’ll automatically pour hot water into a mug and add a lemon slice, or a tea bag, and drink that instead!

It sounds really simple, right? That’s because it is. The hardest part is to have enough control over yourself to start the change. After the first few days, it’ll get easier, I promise. And, this works with more than just coffee. Just find a similar good habit you can replace the bad habit with. Like taking a deep breath and counting to 10 before responding to your child’s misbehavior, instead of automatically reacting to their behavior and yelling at them.

2. Understand Why you Want to Cut it Out

Yes, metacognition! Or, in other words ‘thinking about thinking’.

Start with the straight forward here; why do you want to end this specific habit? You’re reading this because you want to get rid of bad habits, so on some level the habit is bad and you know this.

But, what makes it bad? Is it that you would rather have another habit replace it, or does it cause you stress or anxiety? Does it make you gain weight, or harm you or someone else on some level? Will breaking the habit make you a better person? Healthier? Wealthier? Or, happier?

Answer some of those questions above that may apply. Then figure out why you think like that. Don’t think about what will make you healthier or happier; you already know the what, if you didn’t then you probably wouldn’t be trying to change the habit. Rather, think about what makes you think it will be healthier or help you become happier.

For example, what makes you think that drinking warm water with lemon in it  first thing in the morning is healthier than drinking coffee? (Because you already believe that it will make you healthier.) For me, I know that citrus fruits help with the immune system and that the first thing we put in our bodies in the morning should be water, then maybe some fruit. So, boosting my immune system and providing my body with the water it needs first thing in the morning is a no-brainer habit change. I also know that drinking coffee first thing in the morning prevents our body from naturally waking us up.

Now, why do you think the way you do about the habit you want to break? Knowing this answer will help strengthen your motivation and get you started with breaking that bad habit. Writing your answer down will also benefit you when you’re feeling weak and ready to give into the habit again. Remind yourself of the reasons behind changing your habit as often as you need!

3.Understand Why you Formed the Bad Habit in the First Place

Let’s do a little more thinking. Think back to when this habit just started. There’s a good chance that it didn’t start as a bad habit, or a habit at all. Maybe it helped you in some way or you enjoyed it and told yourself you’d only do it once in awhile. Like, enjoying a piece of cake after a hard day at work, or with the kids. Then, somewhere along the way you noticed that you were baking a cake at least once a week and having a slice every single night! And, you know this isn’t good for you, or your waistline. But, it’s become a habit and you feel like you can’t stop.

Well, there you go. You now know how it all started; you had a stressful day and needed a way to relax. Knowing why you formed the habit will help you determine if you need a replacement habit or what you can do to break the bad habit. Now, what do you think you could do at the end of a hard day to relax? Maybe; read a book, watch a show, take a shower and listen to music to unwind. All of those examples are going to be much better alternatives than eating cake everyday, much cheaper, too!

You can go back in time in your mind and do this with any habit, and then figure out how you can change it! For my coffee example, I started drinking coffee in the morning to feel more awake and to give me more energy, but by doing so I have been inhibiting my own body from being able to wake itself up naturally. So, instead of replacing coffee with another caffeinated drink (because I want my body to wake itself up), I want to choose a warm drink in the morning, instead.

4. Picture a Perfect Day

If you’re losing focus, or motivation, to break your bad habit; try imagining what a perfect day in your life would look like. What would you be doing? Do you see yourself practicing your bad habits, or are they non-existent? Are there any new habits that you see yourself doing? What are you eating through out the day? What’s different in that day than how you’re living now? What’s the same?

 

This mental image of your perfect day will help motivate you to break your bad habits; so you can get closer to the life you imagine for yourself! It may even show you what habits to instill to get rid of your bad habits, or what you should be doing through out the day to get closer to your goals in life. Use this as some extra inspiration to break your bad habits.

5. Focus on One Habit at a Time

…unless that one habit is triggered by another habit (more on this in the next tip); but even then, try breaking the trigger habit first.

I know, if you’re anything like me then you may have this long list of habits that you have that you may not be a fan of and want to break ASAP. Unfortunately, it’s not very realistic to try to break as many habits as possible all at the same time. You could try, but you may not get that far. In fact, it’s actually counter productive to do that; it’s hard to break a habit, so just try imagining breaking more than one at a time. It takes will power to break a bad habit, or start a new one to replace it with; we only have so much will power in a single day.

So, keep it simple and only try to break one habit at a time. Be sure not to move on to breaking another habit til the first one is completely out of your life. This may take longer than you’d like, but if you don’t want to relapse and allow the habit back into your life, then this is the way to go!

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6. Know What Triggers the Bad Habit

So, we discussed that you should understand where a habit comes from and why you have it. This tip is somewhat part of that, but it deserves to be a tip all by itself because of it’s importance in breaking a habit.

You need to know what triggers a habit. Because, even if you understand where your habit came from; the specific reasons behind forming the habit may be long gone and lost somewhere in your memory where you can’t retrieve it, but the trigger to keep you practicing it isn’t.

One very common trigger to a lot of different bad habits is stress. If this is the case for you, then you need to find a healthy way to deal with your stress and relax. Read a book, watch a show, take a nap, or do something productive to relieve the stress in your life, instead of practicing your bad habit. I know, it’s much easier said than done; but it’s important to try. There are other triggers as well, so be on the look out for what triggers your bad habits so you can catch yourself before you partake in it again.

Your trigger could be as simple as grabbing a ton of food to binge on before sitting down to watch TV so you can mindlessly eat; next time just grab some water. Or, to go along with my coffee example above; the trigger could be just waking up. You wake up, the coffee is already made because you set the coffee to brew itself, then you grab a cup, pour it, and start drinking. In this case, don’t preset the coffee, or make getting warm lemon water just as easy in the mornings so you’re not as tempted to get the coffee. Whatever way you look at it; knowing what triggers your bad habit will help you break it; it will serve as a warning sign that the bad habit is about to start.

7. Tell Others that You Want to Break it

Sometimes trying to break a habit yourself is too hard and you need some outside motivation, or you’re a people pleaser and don’t want others knowing that you don’t have enough will power to break a bad habit. Either way, telling others that you’re trying to break a habit will surely help you break it! (Unless you’re rebellious!)

Telling someone else that you want to break a bad habit is like telling them it’s alright for them to watch you to make sure you don’t continue that habit. If you practice the habit in front of them, then they can call you out on it. If it’s the coffee example from above then it’s helpful in multiple ways; they can keep you accountable and help you avoid temptation, especially if you tell the people you live with. For example, if I told my husband that I wanted to stop drinking coffee as my first drink of the day (first, he would probably laugh at me); then he would take the coffee sitting next to me and put it in the kitchen so that I would have to get up if I wanted it back. He may even bring my water over to me instead, probably not, but he might if I asked him to.

8. Commit 100% to Breaking the Habit

Committing 100% to breaking your bad habit may sound like an obvious tip, but it’s earned it’s spot on this list because of it’s importance, and the fact that not many people fully commit! If you are not fully committed to breaking your habit then your habit will stay with you, no matter how hard you try to get rid of it. You need to be willing to give it up.

Breaking bad habits is a little like a mind game. You can try as hard as you want on the outside to get rid of your bad habit, but if you can’t convince yourself on the inside that you truly want to give it up, then good luck… You will be the hardest person to convince that you don’t need the habit anymore; that you can actually live or thrive without it. In other words; you won’t be able to break your bad habit until you are 100% fully committed to breaking it.

9. Be Truthful to Yourself

Along with being 100% committed to breaking your habit; you must also be truthful about your habit to yourself. If you are tracking the days that you can go without practicing your bad habit; don’t lie to yourself about it. Be honest if you practice the bad habit, if you tell a little white lie to yourself then you won’t ever break it.

For example, let’s go back to the coffee example; if you take a sip of coffee first thing in the morning then write it down on your tracking sheet. Don’t put down that you didn’t have a cup of coffee just because you only had a sip; if it makes you feel better write down that you just had a sip, or a few sips. Then you can start trying to decrease the amount of sips you have each day until you don’t have any at all. But, if you write down that you didn’t have a cup because you only had a few sips, then you’re lying to yourself and making yourself believe you can get away with having a few sips in the morning because you’re not going to write it down anyways.

If you lie to yourself and allow yourself to do a little bit of the habit and ‘get away with it’, then you’re sabotaging your chances of breaking that habit. This is why you need to be truthful to yourself about what you do and preferably write down how you are doing each day with breaking your habit to keep yourself accountable.

10. Don’t Move onto Breaking Another Bad Habit too Quickly

It takes time to break a habit, whether you believe in the 21 days or 66 days that it takes to make or break a habit. That’s why you can’t move onto breaking another habit too quickly. If you try to, it will backfire; you’ll slide right back into the previous bad habit you had, only to give yourself the will power to start breaking another habit. If this starts to happen then you have two choices; go back and finish breaking the first habit, or let that one go and focus on the second one til it’s broken. Either way, you just wasted all the time you spent on trying to break the first habit, and you can’t get that time back.

Don’t move on from the first habit immediately after it’s broken. Wait a few weeks after it’s broken to make sure it won’t come back. I know it’s hard to take your time; especially when you have quite a few other habits you want to break as well. But, it’s better to take your time now to make sure it’s really gone, than to move on too quickly and destroy all the progress you already made.

Breaking a habit is hard work and takes time, don’t make it be any harder or take any longer. Follow the tips above to make sure you’ll have an easier time breaking your bad habits. Make sure you’re not lying to yourself about breaking the habit. Find a person to help you stay accountable, or at least try to replace your bad habit with a good one.

There are far more tips than the list above, but the list above will give you a fighting chance at ridding your life of those habits you have and despise. Just don’t give up, or your habits will win, and we don’t want that!!

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How to Create a Weekly Schedule that Actually Works!

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Do you stay home all day with your kids? Do you have a daily or weekly schedule…that you actually stick to?

I get it, it’s a struggle to create and stick to any type of schedule when you’re home all day. There’s no boss telling you to go on lunch, take a break, or tell you what you should be doing; and there’s no bell like there was in school to tell you to move onto the next class or activity, and no schedule to tell you where or what to do next.

To be honest, there isn’t really that much that absolutely needs to get done in a day.

If we need to, we could really just get by with making sure we eat and feed our kids 3 times a day; the rest of the day could be chaos, we can survive til the next day.

But, who wants to just survive?

I don’t!

I want to feel and be productive each and everyday.

What I don’t want is for my kids thinking I’m lazy or don’t care about things. Because I do care, and I don’t want to be thought of as lazy (don’t judge me that I’m writing this in my pj’s, it’s only 5am and my kids are still asleep).

Plus, I love making to do lists, scheduling out tasks in my planner, and checking off what I do. It brings me a sense of accomplishment to check things off, even if the task was as small as doing the dishes or filling out the meal plan part of my planner with the help of my kids. (Yes, I even write down the task of planning, just so I can check it off when I’m done!!)

I don’t know about you, but I actually find staying home with my kids all day long more stressful than when I worked full time at a call center. At least when I worked there, there was structure to my days and weeks; I knew when I had time to do things that needed to get done, whether at work or at home. I was able to get everything done that I believed I needed to, like meal prepping and other things us moms need to do. But, now that I’m home 24/7 and no one telling me what to do when, it’s actually quite frustrating at times.

All the meal prepping, and batching tasks together in order to get things done before my weekend was over, isn’t something I feel pressured to do anymore; I’ve got the time.

Right?

Because I’m just a stay at home mom and I’m home all day.

Wrong!

And, that’s what I’ve been realizing lately!

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In order for me to be productive and get more things done everyday and every week (like I used to); I need to keep batching tasks together like I did before, and not stretch things out just because I think I can.

And, I’ve known for awhile now that creating a weekly schedule that I could actually stick to would be super beneficial.

Just scheduling out certain tasks for certain days, like meal planning, meal prepping, cleaning, or writing. I need to make sure that everything that absolutely ‘needs’ to get done, everything that ‘should’ get done and everything I ‘want’ to get done, actually gets done!

Like me, I’m going to assume that you’re probably in the same boat.

So, let’s get started on how to create a weekly schedule that will actually work!

Write Down All Your To Do’s

The first thing you need to do to create a weekly schedule is do a brain dump. If you don’t know what a brain dump is; it’s simply writing down everything that you need to do, anything that seems to be on your mind swirling around or stressing you out. It could be that you have to remember to pay a bill or how much that bill is, or what time your child’s dentist appointment is.

Whatever is on your mind; write it down!

This won’t only help you figure out what needs to get done, but it’ll also relieve the stress of trying to remember it all; it’ll give your mind some space to relax!

You may want to circle or highlight anything that you’re expecting to get done this week, so you can focus on those when creating your schedule.

Also, be as detailed or as vague as you want here! Just try not to forget anything, if you do, then it probably won’t get done.

(If you do this on a regular basis, like you should, make sure you refer to your old brain dumps to double check you didn’t miss anything. I have a notebook specifically for brain dumps, plus post its, and other random scrap paper!)


Use my ‘Create YOUR Week’ Template for Brain Dumps and MORE!!

You might notice that some things on your list are appointments or things that must get done each week for your family to function properly (talking about laundry and buying/making food here), make sure you highlight or circle those! And, now onto the next step.

 

Prioritize

Once you feel confident you didn’t forget anything in your brain dump; determine all the must do’s, should do’s, and want to do’s. I’d even go as far as grabbing another piece of paper and dividing it up and rewriting the tasks for this week depending on their importance.

For example, doctor or dentist appointments are must do’s, meal prepping an entire weeks worth of meals could be a should do, and decluttering an entire room (or reading a book you’ve been trying to get to for the past 6 months) would be a want to do.

Your priorities may be different than mine so your to do’s may look different as well.

If you want to start spending more quality time with you kids, then maybe a must do  for you would be spending 15 minutes with them doing what they want to do, or at least reading to them every night before bed.

Make sure when you schedule out your tasks for the week that you include this, and in the same way you would schedule in an appointment.

The more you schedule into your week, the more you can actually accomplish, and the less time you’ll fill your day, or week, with unproductive activities (like getting lost in facebook or pinterest)!

Of course, when you get to the next step, you’ll want to include all three categories (must do, should do, and want to do’s) into your schedule for each week. You’ll appreciate the balance, after all!

 

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Schedule it Out!

This next step is what those of us who love planning live for; scheduling out tasks!! (Don’t give me that look, I know how ridiculous it may sound, but it’s totally true!)

So, get out your planner so we can start scheduling out our tasks!

Or, if you don’t have a planner (gasp!!) then use whatever it is you usually use for your schedule. Some people use the calendar in their phone or google calendar. I like to go old school here and use a physical planner and pen, just like back in school and college. And, you know what, not everything has to change now that I graduated college 4 years ago and have 2 kids. It worked back then, and it can still work today!


Use the ‘Create YOUR Week’ Template for scheduling out tasks and MORE!!

If you don’t own a planner, do yourself a favor and get one, even if it’s one on clearance at walmart, it’ll still work!

I can’t imagine not having a planner, especially as a mom. My memory hasn’t been the same since having my first child and I don’t want to use precious memory space trying to remember doctor appointments and what we’re having for dinner each night.

(I personally use a whiteboard calendar, a smaller whiteboard for a to-do list/ ‘we’re almost out of’ list, my planner, Asana, and a ton of post it notes and regular old notebooks! You could say I’m a bit obsessed with planning!)

Did you know there’s different ways to schedule?!

Believe it, or not, there are quite a few different ways to schedule tasks, your day, and your week to get the most done.

The way you decide to schedule is up to you, and if one way doesn’t work, go ahead and try a different one. It’ll depend a lot on the tasks you have, your personality type and how often you procrastinate!

I know I need a pretty strict schedule and I need to focus on sticking to it or it’ll all just fall apart. For me, I need to write everything down in my planner and schedule it out hour by hour. I don’t always stick to the specific hour, but if I don’t schedule it in like that then I know it’ll get pushed off to another day, week, or even month!

Whatever way you choose to schedule in tasks for the week; make sure you know approximately how long each will take you to do. Then, add in buffer time, or just double the time, especially for tasks you enjoy. Unless of course, you’re on a time constraint.

We tend to estimate too low on tasks we enjoy doing. For example, I thought it would only take me an hour to write this post and do everything I need to do for it, but I’m going on an hour and a half simply writing the first draft. It’s better to have extra time if you finish a task early, than not finishing the task in the allotted time!

And, don’t even get me started on if you’re trying to get some work done with kids around, you might as well just save yourself the frustration and stay up after their in bed to get it done, or else it may drive you insane! (Don’t ask me how I know.)

Let’s get into a few different types of scheduling…

Write down the tasks you want to accomplish each day

As a stay at home mom of two little girls, I never know what’s going to happen next; a tantrum, a much needed bath for my toddler who covered herself in applesauce, or my girls playing nicely together in the playroom (this rarely happens, but I appreciate when it does)!

The type of schedule I need has to be flexible. Sure, I write down tasks to get done at certain times during the day. But, it doesn’t mean that they always get done when they should.

The important thing is that they are written down. If I can’t get to a task I was supposed to do in the morning; I’ll get it done later in the day. My schedule is more like a to do list with some wishful thinking; writing down when I’d like to accomplish each task!

With this type of scheduling I’d suggest to tackle no more than 3 main tasks a day. If I can’t get something done when it’s scheduled in the morning; I quickly eat my lunch, put a show on for my girls, and get at least one task knocked out while my girls are eating and being entertained. Even if that just means I get to shower during that time. It’s worth it! And, yes, sometimes you do need to remember, and make time for, simple and necessary acts of self-care. It’s that important!

If you want to know the importance of having a daily schedule with kids, check out: 5 Reasons Your Child (and You) Need a Daily Schedule!

Why you should just assign certain tasks to each day of the week

You can’t get everything you want to get done for the week in a single day! You don’t need the extra stress that comes with inflexible schedules.

Being a mom, it’s hard trying to get everything done that needs to get done by the end of the day.

Spread out your tasks.

If you have 6 must do  tasks for the week; don’t schedule them all in one or two days. Schedule 1 to 2 a day as a main task of the day instead!

On the other hand, if you like to procrastinate; I’d highly recommend not using this type of scheduling.This is for mom’s who strive to get things done but have little ones who are a little more demanding and expect your attention 24/7. For those who can fit tasks into small crevices of the day when discovered!

Schedule with Time Blocks

Time blocking isn’t new, or even difficult. Many productive people use time blocking as a time management technique in their everyday lives!

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work well for me.

It might for you!

But, as I see it, when you stay home all day with little ones; you’re on call 24/7, and may need to drop what you’re doing immediately because your kids need you. They need to cuddle, or they jumped on the couch and fell off, got a boo-boo, or want you to play with them, or whatever else.

On the contrary, if your kids are in school, or if you can get someone to watch them for you; this technique may work for you!

All you need to do is find all of the 60-90 minute blocks of time in your week that are free.

Then schedule in tasks where you can fit them. If you have tasks that need to get done that only take a few minutes each, schedule them together. For example, in one block you could throw in a load of laundry, do the dishes, and pick up around the house.

Remember to schedule in must do’s first, then try to balance the rest of your week out with the should do’s and want to do’s!

Make Yourself Deadlines

Yep, we’re going to treat our everyday life like we’re at work or school. Think of how much stuff you got done then; probably a lot more than now, and it’s not just because you didn’t have kids with you!

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You need to create deadlines for yourself.

At least for the most important tasks, and especially if you don’t feel motivated to get anything done. Creating deadlines will create a healthy form of stress to help you be more productive and get much more done.

If you’re not up to creating deadlines; at least try out the pomodoro technique to get more done in a small amount of time. I use the tomato-timer to help me get a task completed quickly, it’s literally racing against the clock. With this technique you try to complete a task within 25 minutes, then you get a 5 minute break! If you’re able to do that 4 times in a row, then you get a 10 minute break. I’ve never made it that far, though. Actually, the only time I can successfully get through one pomodoro is when my kids are asleep.


Use my ‘Create YOUR Week’ Template to keep track of deadlines and MORE!!

Do what You Plan!

Alright, so you’ve almost made it through all the steps to scheduling out your week! But, this final step is the most important one, so don’t forget it!

Now, you have to actually do your to do’s when you scheduled them for (or, at least sometime for the day you planned it for)!

If you skip this step, then all the planning you just did was a huge waste of time; the whole purpose of planning things out is to be more productive. Don’t waste your precious time by not following through.

You may, however, have to make yourself accountable for what you need to do during the week. There’s no one there who will fail, or fire, you if you aren’t doing what you’re supposed to be doing. So, this step is up to you. You could always try finding an accountability partner if you’d like. But, at the end of the day it’s up to you whether you do it or not.

Another way to make it slightly easier, rather than getting an accountability partner; is to treat yourself at the end of the week if you accomplish all your tasks. Like, going to bed early, or making what you want for dinner instead of what your kids want. Just a little something that you can enjoy and appreciate for all that you do for your family and yourself. Cause, guess what, it’s not easy being the stay at home parent and you deserve to treat yourself!


Grab these ‘To Do’ Tracker Templates to make sure you get everything done! (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Budget, and Meal Plan!)

Final Notes

I know, you were probably looking for some cookie cutter weekly schedule that would work for you as a stay at home mom; that schedule just doesn’t exist. We all have different chores, activities that we do, places we need to go. And once we get set in one schedule; our kids start growing up and then everything changes and we’re back at the drawing board trying to find another schedule that will work for us.

I wanted to give you a guide on how to make a schedule; rather than a weekly schedule you could print out and hope works. Because in reality, those won’t work. Our brains aren’t all wired the same way, and our lives are not all the same; nor will they stay the way they are now for very long, anyways! There’s no one size fits all for scheduling out your week. And, what works for you now may not work in a couple months. I want you to be able to do this on your own; you are more than capable!

Happy planning!

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It’s almost spring time and that means time for spring cleaning. Hopefully you know how to declutter your home, too. If not, that’s alright, you’ll learn how to in this post!

And, although I’m not a minimalist, I still know the befits of having less stuff.

I would honestly love to be fully committed to minimalism, but that’s a little out of my comfort zone (and my husbands)!

Plus, I have a family; 2 kids and a husband. It can be difficult to get everyone to go a long with getting rid of stuff! Even if they haven’t seen it or used it in  over a year.

Once an item comes to the surface to leave the house; it suddenly has this huge sentimental value  attached to it! No matter what it is!

However, even with those obstacles getting in my way; I was still able to get rid of about half of our belongings before we moved from one coast of the U.S. to the other! And, that is what I’m going to help you do (maybe not half, but a lot); declutter your home with a stuff-clingy family.

The simple-to-use decluttering processes below are meant for beginners; so don’t worry if you’ve never decluttered before! I wrote this for you!

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There is also no better time to declutter than now!

Springtime is a time to start anew and do some spring cleaning. So, this year, why not do some spring decluttering!

It won’t only clear space in your home, but also your mind!

Before we got rid of half of our stuff I spent almost every minute I wasn’t at work, cleaning our stuff.

This was not OK.

I wanted to be able to spend more time with my kids when I wasn’t at work. My life went to getting up and cleaning, then going to work, then coming home and sleeping, then getting up and cleaning again and so on; I didn’t want that. I was also much more stressed before I started decluttering because we had too much stuff.

It’s such a relief to have a home for every item we own.

 

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Start with the Why

What you will want to consider before you even start the process of decluttering is why you want to declutter.

Do you feel like you are drowning in stuff?

Is your home always a mess?

Do you feel like you spend more time cleaning your home and your stuff than enjoying it?

Are you moving soon and need to down-size?

Finding out why you want to declutter can help give you a focus and help motivate you. So, spend a little time thinking about this first!

Get rid of the Obvious Clutter

If you’re a little intimidated by the whole decluttering process, that’s alright.

But, there’s no need to be intimidated by it.

It is a process.

Sometimes an everlasting process; since most people enjoy having new things.

The best way to resolve having more and more items in you home is; when bringing in new items, you get rid of something old. The one in, one out rule. (I talk more about this rule here.)

I’m not even done decluttering! Anyone who buys stuff or lives with people who buys stuff will never be done decluttering; it’ll always be an ongoing process.

The easiest way to physically start decluttering is by getting rid of the obvious things.

Go through each room in your home and find any garbage, broken items, or things you don’t even know why you brought them into your home to begin with.

Find a new home for these items, whether it’s the garbage, recycling, or some place you’re able to donate items. You’re home is no longer their home.

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Some examples of these items could be:

  • paper scraps, like sticky notes you wrote stuff down on and no longer need
  • wrapping paper scraps
  • old jewelry that is no longer the same color as when you bought it
  • expired items (make up, food, medication)
  • Clothing items that are ill-fitting, dingy, or ripped

They all need to go.

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The list could go on and on, and it’s all going to depend on you and anything you feel that should be gotten rid of right away.

Now is the time!

There is no better time to do something than right now!

So, go ahead and start, if you need to start before you finish reading this, save or pin this, and then come back when you’re done with the obvious.

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Estimate Time for Decluttering Tasks

I’m hoping you took my advice and went ahead with getting rid of the obvious; if not, that’s ok, you can fit that into the next step. Which is necessary for anyone who likes being organized and making a to-do list and checking off the items! (AKA ME!!)

Once you know what you need to do in the process of decluttering (which we’ll go over in a little bit) it’s best to estimate how long each task will take you.

It’s very satisfying being able to check something off the list, so it is beneficial to break larger tasks down into smaller ones.

This will also help if you feel you don’t have time to declutter, or have kids.

Some tasks can even take as little as a few minutes, such as going through your make up and throwing out ones that expired or that you just don’t like anymore.

If you have kids, try squeezing in some tasks while your kids are awake and behaving, if you’re lucky enough for that to happen!

Or, just start and they may want to join in.

When I went through all my clothes last year, my 15 month old, at the time, decided to come in my room with me and play with the few toys that were accidentally left in my room a few days earlier. Needless to say, I was actually able to go through all of my clothes!

Bagging up what I no longer liked and putting away winter items, such as coats and mittens. If I had tried to make her behave or play in her room, I probably would not have finished. The task would still be on my to-do list.

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Schedule your ‘Declutter Your Home’ Tasks

On the same note as the last step, you may want to start a to-do list if you don’t already have one.

If you already have one, add a task or two a day for decluttering. The more free time you have, the better.

By scheduling a little bit each day you’ll less likely become overwhelmed by it; trying to get it all done at once.

If you have enough motivation, few distractions, and want to get it all done at once, then be my guest!

It can sometimes take longer than you expect though, especially when coming across items that bring back memories.

Sometimes it’s best to apply the one touch rule. Where you minimize the amount of times you touch an item, since the more times you touch something the more you become attached to it. It has a psychological effect.

Taking some time to schedule out your tasks, even if just for a certain day, will help you get it done.

If it’s not in my planner to get done today, then there’s a good chance I’m going to put it off.

It makes a huge difference if you actually take a pen, and write down, and commit to accomplishing, or even starting, a task on a certain day.

Sometimes, this is even more important if you have less structure in your day. Scheduling out tasks is something I always did in school and it never failed me. So, if I start feeling overwhelmed by things that need to get done, I grab a pen, a piece of paper, and/or my planner. This alleviates the stress of not knowing when or how everything will get done.

The Processes

Like a lot of things in life, there are so many ways to declutter and no one way is the best way!

This is going to depend on you, and what works for you.

I could tell you what works for me and tell you that the way I do it is the best way to do it. But, then you would miss out on all of the other processes people go through for decluttering. Other successful ways, that I just don’t want you to miss out on!

So, if one of the ways below doesn’t help you or seem to fit with you, just try out the next one.

Or, read through and pick which one, or few, will work best for you.

Sometimes, the one you think will work, won’t; and one you think won’t work, will. So, don’t be concerned if you need to try them all.

Who knows, you may even end up making up your very own way to declutter!

Room by Room

Going room by room has helped many people declutter their home.

This process involves starting in one room of your home and not starting another until the first room is finished.

You could start this process before or after you get rid of the obvious. I would recommend after, that way each room still looks decent while you work on your focus room.

If you have guests over often, work at home, or spend most of your time in just a few rooms of your house; then this process may be for you.

It may be more important for you to have a decluttered kitchen, if you spend most of your time there, or if you never eat out and make all meals at home. The kitchen is the heart of the home. I know, personally, how frustrating it is to have a messy or cluttered kitchen. If I were to declutter room by room, I would start in the kitchen; you may start somewhere else. And, maybe do a room a day, or a room a week.

Or, you could start in the smallest or least cluttered room to build up motivation.

Knowing you already have one room done and checked off the list will motivate you to move onto a larger or more cluttered room; just like a game, you finished one level now you’re ready for the next!

Or, you could do the opposite; start with the largest or most cluttered first. This way you feel like you can accomplish anything, if you can declutter that one room.

 

Try a Challenge

Decluttering has become an obsession for some people, and this can certainly be a good thing! We can learn a lot from people who obsess and learn everything there is know about a topic!

Plus, it feels good to not have a lot of stuff, like I said before, it can help reduce stress.

Some people have even created challenges for themselves and others for decluttering.

Some of these challenges are intriguing, I haven’t done any of the challenges, yet, myself, but I have started to consider a few. Like project 333, where you take 33 articles of clothing and wear only those for 3 months. (Ha, if I think about it, I’ve probably done this before, like whenever I’m pregnant.)

Decluttering with challenges can help you appreciate more of what you have and help you determine what items you truly love and which you can rid your home of.

Other challenges include:

 

Write a List

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If you didn’t know, I love lists!

So, this process is the one I used most of the time while decluttering.

And, this process is just what it sounds like; write down a list of everything that needs decluttering.

Every little space, category, and drawer that needs to be organized and clutter free, goes on this list. Things like clothes, make up, medicine cabinet, miscellaneous drawer in the kitchen, kids toys. All of these things should be on your list, if you have them, and some will absolutely take longer than others, especially when it comes to stuff that isn’t your own.

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When you write your list, break down tasks as much as you can.

You’re much more likely to start, and finish, a task when it takes you only a few minutes, instead of a few hours.

For example, instead of writing down go through everything in the kitchen, you could write:

  • clean out fridge
  • go through miscellaneous drawer
  • weed out unused utensils

and so on.

Before I moved and decluttered my whole home; it probably would’ve taken me at least 6 full hours to declutter my kitchen if I did it all at once and had no distractions. (Which is a joke, since I’m a mom!) This is why I broke rooms down into smaller tasks that didn’t take a long time.

This way, I do what makes the most sense, not caring what room I was working in. I could check something off my list without finishing a full room!

This process option allowed me to work quietly in my bedroom while my baby was asleep. Or, declutter something in the kitchen while my girls ate a snack. I highly recommend this way if you have little children you stay home with them all day.

Some days it can feel impossible to get anything done with kids around; don’t be harsh on yourself if you can’t get done what’s planned for the day.


Just Start Decluttering!

There are many processes for decluttering, and not one is right for everyone. So, explore what you see in this post, try some options out, maybe even start a challenge!

Whatever steps you take are going to get you closer to the end result. And, once you get there, you’ll see it doesn’t take too much effort to maintain it, and you may even have more mental clarity!!

I’m going to end this guide with a list of a few helpful tips.

  • start with your own personal items
  • don’t double up on items
  • scan receipts into your computer if you need to keep them (this will let you get rid of paper clutter, and preserve the receipt better)
  • check for non-food expired items every month or so to get rid of
  • declutter your fridge, freezer, and pantry every week or so (this will also help you if you meal plan)
  • throw out or demote old towels into cleaning rags
  • get rid of those old textbooks you haven’t looked at since college (if you’re not able to sell them, try giving them away; it’ll save you space, and your back if you’re planning on moving)
  • only have enough dishes/silverware/cups/mugs for your family (and guests if you have others over often)
  • don’t forget to go through digital clutter and organize what you want to keep on your phone and computer, and uninstall/delete what you don’t
  • write down all of the clutter in your mind, as well, you need to clear your head along with your space to help reduce the stress of clutter
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I know the process of decluttering can be overwhelming, physically and emotionally, especially at first and when you’re not used to it.

But, don’t let that keep you from overcoming the clutter in your home to give yourself some peace in your mind and life!

It may take some time, some convincing of others in your home, and some emotional effort to lesson the items in you home. But, what it will provide you with is more quality time with the ones you love, and a home you love and don’t mind showing off to others!

Let’s declutter your home and keep a clutter free, stop wasting time caring for items you don’t care about and start focusing on what truly matters!!

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Once you have your home decluttered, make sure to keep it that way! Print out a list of Rules to keep your home clutter free!!

Comment below to share your favorite way to declutter!! And remember: Keep only what you love and use!!

 

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How to Keep a Clutter Free Home!!

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So, you finally got fed up and decluttered your home?

It was spotless!

Perfect even!

The headache you used to get everyday from looking at all the clutter all around you everyday, finally went away. You could barely even believe the mountain of stuff you got rid of!

You’re not even sure how you accumulated that much stuff in the first place.

But, some time has passed and you’re getting those headaches again. You’re in the same spot you were in before you decluttered.

What gives?

What gives is that you were in the mind set where once you declutter, that it would stay that way. Unfortunately, decluttering is not a ‘set it and forget it’ type of ordeal.

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I know, that sucks! But that’s how it is.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to do a huge declutter session every single day, or even every month to keep your house looking nice and avoiding those clutter-induced headaches (which suck by the way, making you feel super unproductive and possibly even mentally stuck).

There are a few things that you can do, however, to make sure the clutter doesn’t creep it’s way back into your home!

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The One in, One out Rule

I know you’ve probably heard of this rule before, but maybe you didn’t think it applied to you. Or, maybe you thought that it defeated the purpose of buying new things. But, forgetting this rule is the reason most people have to spend hours decluttering in the first place.

Logically, it’s not even that difficult; before you buy something new, choose something old to get rid of. Simple, right?

But in reality, logic doesn’t always beat out sentiment like that.

Sure, older items might lose monetary value if you ever try to sell it (until it becomes an antique), but the sentimental value you place on it increases with time and with every touch.

So, I get it. It’s hard to get rid of one thing to bring in a new thing. If this happens, which it will, think about how useful the older item is, or whether or not the new item is absolutely necessary. And, be picky with everything you bring into your home!

Can you find a home for the new item without making your home look cluttered?

What will you use it for?

Is it replacing an old item that broke? (Get rid of that broken belonging- it does not belong in your home anymore!)

And speaking of having a home for every item….

Be Organized!

Each item in your home should have it’s own little place where it belongs!

If you can’t find a place for it to go that feels and looks right; determine whether or not it’s worth keeping. This is something that should be done during the decluttering phase, but it needs to be kept up!

You can’t organize your home once and expect it to stay that way forever!

Many items you keep should be useful, and with being useful, those things get used. Meaning you need to put them back in their little home after each use.

Or, for new things coming into your home, like mail/paperwork, groceries, etc. have a system in place to get them put away in their new home right away. And, have a dedicated place where they should go if you can’t get to filing the paperwork, or going through the mail as soon as it’s brought in. Maybe a folder or wall file. Just make sure to actually go through the the paperwork; the folder or wall file is not their new home!


 

Take Care of Your Stuff ASAP

Better yet, instead of finding places for things to go before you can get to them; simply schedule in some time for you to take care of them right away!

Do you always get the mail after work, or picking up the kids from school?

Tell your family to give you 10 minutes to go through the mail when you get home before they can bug you for anything else. Set a timer if need be!

Put away coats and shoes as soon as you get home. Don’t wait!

Do the dishes, or put them in the dishwasher, as soon as the meal or snack is over! Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter. That may just be a pet peeve of mine, though!

An exception to this rule; your kid brings you a broken toy. Either fix it, throw it out, or dedicate a place for broken toys to go while waiting to be fixed! If your kids are little, tell them they’re going in the ‘waiting room’. Don’t forget to give them an appointment for their ‘surgery’, so it actually gets fixed. I do this for all the stuffed animals that need to be sewn. I actually just finished up 4 ‘appointments’ one day this past week! Fixing one toy every other day is not as productive as fixing 4 or 5 toys all at the same time. And, I hate using time unwisely, it’s hard enough for us to find the time do what needs to get done, as it is!

Have an OUT Basket To Get the Clutter Out

On the same grounds as having a ‘waiting room’ for broken toys, have a basket or a bin for items to be, while waiting to be taken out of your home.

You know, for those things that are in good condition that shouldn’t be thrown out, but you know they need to leave your home. You don’t love it, or don’t have a use for it anymore.

This could be for things like gently used clothes that you don’t like anymore, clothes/toys your kids outgrew, a decorative piece that you don’t love anymore that’s just taking up space.

Use it for pretty much anything that someone else might find a use for, so you can get it out of your home.

You may even want to keep this in the coat closet so you see it before you leave the house each day, to remind you to get the items out of your home. This step in keeping your home decluttered is a pretty important one, but it only works if everyone in the home is on the same page.

Get Your Family On Board to Be Clutter Free

There is nothing harder than trying to keep a clean and decluttered home when everyone in the home is not on the same page!

Seriously, it’s almost impossible.

Unless you live alone, you can’t be the only one trying to keep your home organized, clutter free, and a peaceful place to live. It takes everyone living there being on the same page.

Set rules in place that everyone can agree on and follow. Maybe even hang a sign with the rules in the rooms that seem to acquire clutter the fastest (like the kitchen or your childrens play room).

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Explain the expectations that are set to your children in a way they can understand. If necessary, have consequences in place for breaking the rules (be lenient in the beginning, this could be a difficult change of pace for some people).

Grab a list of rules to help keep your home clutter free here!

Have a mini declutter session once a month

One of the final steps in keeping a home clutter free is by checking in every once in awhile.

Once a month should be sufficient.

If you live a lone you may be able to get away with doing this less often. Whereas if you have a larger family, you may have to do this more often.

Just make sure you schedule in some time every once in awhile to go through your home and make sure everything you own is worth keeping; get rid of any clutter piles, and take things out of your home that you don’t need anymore.

If necessary, take some time to fix broken items, as well. You don’t want to be keeping broken items that you’ll ‘some day’ fix, and never actually end up fixing them!

This mini declutter session will help you so you won’t have to spend hours upon hours again; trying to declutter your home only when it’s so overwhelming that you just can’t put up with the clutter anymore. Be proactive about keeping clutter out, so it won’t feel invited in anymore!

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It’ll get Easier with Time To Keep A Clutter Free Home

It may take a little work at first, but what doesn’t?

Keeping the same number of items in your home, and giving them all places to live, will certainly help keep the overwhelm of clutter away. As will having a dedicated space for things that need to leave your home, and making sure your family understands the rules about clutter and bringing new stuff into the home.

Keeping a home decluttered is not a one person job, unless you live alone.

Everyone needs to help with this.

If they have stuff then they need to be responsible for their stuff, be respectful, and not let it cause stress for other people in the home.

I know how frustrating it can be when you’re the only one trying to keep up with the clutter (I’ve been there, its quite a challenge sometimes).

Little kids may be an exception, and will need lots of extra help.

But keeping your home clutter free, and checking in on your items once a month will be so much less stressful than having to fully declutter for hours on end every few months.

It takes time to declutter, and it’s worth it to do a few simple and small things everyday to keep it up, than to have to declutter all over again and feel like you just wasted your time the first time you decluttered your home.

If you have any other suggestions for keeping clutter free home, please share them in the comments!

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5 Powerful New Year’s Resolution Tips

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5 Powerful New Year’s Resolution Tips

Did you set a New Year’s Resolution this year?

(Let me fill you in on a few New Year’s Resolution Tips that I’ve learned over the years; as a goal setter, someone who graduated with a psychology degree, and as a mom.)

The New Year motivates pretty much everyone to create resolutions; whether it be to eat better, finally lose the baby weight, or simply to be a better person.

This is a time when you, and I, can dream a little and make ridiculous resolutions that everyone, except us, believe we will fail at within a month or so.

And guess what, they may not be wrong.

What happened to the New Year’s resolutions that you made last year?

Have you ever stayed with your resolutions for an entire year?

Even just once?

I don’t think I have.

I honestly can’t remember a single year where I made a resolution and then was proud of myself at the end of the year for keeping it up. Though, I never tend to write them down in a place I’ll see them in a year.

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We have to face the facts; most people fail at their New Year’s resolutions.

Not on purpose, but it happens; we forget, life gets in the way, we get too busy. There are so many excuses we use when we keep failing our resolutions, year after year!

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But, not this year!

I’m going to shed the light on some of the reasons we fail at keeping our New Year’s resolutions; so that maybe you can get a better understanding of why we seem to always fail!

And maybe, if you understand the reasoning behind giving up on resolutions, you’ll be less likely to give them up and more likely to succeed and accomplish your goals for the year!!

5 Powerful New Year’s Resolution Tips

1. Write Them Down

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The worst thing you could do to sabotage your New Year’s resolutions, or any goal for that matter, is not writing them down!

Writing down your goals can benefit you in many ways; one of which is actually remembering what they are!

When I was little I daydreamed about what I wanted to accomplish every year at the new year; you probably did, too. But, I never wrote them down. I can’t really remember what any of them are now; I never wrote them down.

Take my advice: write down your goals and daydreams before you forget them forever.

Help your children write theirs down, as well.

If their resolution is to become healthy this year, grab them some free ‘healthy habit’ worksheets from the ‘My Healthy Habits’ for kids workbook. And, check out this post for healthy habit ideas for them to start!

Both you and your child will be amazed at how their goals and dreams mature over the years. It might even be fun for them!

When you have some time, or when you’re done writing down your goals; grab them a special notebook to write down their goals, wishes for life, and daydreams. Help them succeed; start them off at a young age!

Though, it’s never too late to start making a difference in your life with New Year’s resolutions or goals, so go grab one for yourself, as well!!

Don’t sabotage your New Year by not writing out your resolutions!!

Get yourself a nice planner to help motivate you to keep working towards your goals and resolutions all year long! This is the one I have an absolutely love!

 

2. Tell Others what your Resolutions are!

I know, it can be hard sometimes to share your resolutions, or goals, with others.

You may not want them to know that you wish you could lose some weight this year, or cut out sugar, or whatever resolution you may have.

But, if you let someone else in your life know what you want to accomplish this year; it could do wonders for you actually achieving it!

Sure, when you keep your goals to yourself then you won’t feel all that embarrassed if you don’t accomplish them.

But, what if you actually succeed?

You don’t want to keep that all to yourself now, do you?

Probably not, right?

And, with telling others in your life about your goal, like your friends and family, then they may even help you succeed. Or, at the very least, won’t make your goals harder to achieve by tempting you to break them because they don’t know any better.

You’ll have a support system to go to if you’re feeling unmotivated; people to talk to, to help you stick with it. And, when you finally succeed, they get to be even more happy for you because they were right there with you; they knew how hard it was for you.

They knew the ups and downs you had when trying to keep your resolutions, or accomplish your goals!

So, if you really want to succeed this year, then gain some accountability and get a support system in place!

Tell others so they can help you stay on track all year long! If you set your goals, or resolutions, high enough then you will certainly need some help getting there.

There’s nothing wrong with getting a little help and you’re much less likely to give up if you actually have that little bit of extra help or encouragement along the way!

3. Do Everything You Can to Keep Them in Mind

When you don’t tell others, and you don’t write down your resolutions, it can be really easy to just forget about them.

If you don’t tell anyone else then you won’t really feel accountable for accomplishing them; you’re the only one who knows, so if you don’t accomplish them then no one will be nagging you about trying harder. And, if you don’t write them down, then you’ll probably forget about them anyways, especially if you have a memory like mine!

To overcome this obstacle you must have some self discipline, a plan to succeed, and then actually follow through  to succeed!

I’m not going to tell you it’s easy, especially if you’re lacking in the self discipline area. It’s hard, and I get that, like the saying goes “if it were easy, then everyone would be doing it”.

If your resolution is to eat healthy all year long; I’m not going to tell you that it’s easy.

You need to meal plan, meal prep, and then actually eat what you planned for and prepped. It is far too easy to just forget about it and order out.

Same thing goes with saving money, or practically any other resolution you can come up with! And, sure, you can cut corners and cheat on your New Year’s Resolution without others knowing; you’re an adult and I can’t tell you what to do. But, it’s not going to help you get any closer to your goal; it may even derail you or take you longer to accomplish.

And sure, it is far too easy to simply forget about your resolutions and do the complete opposite of them.

Sometimes your body may even feel like it’s craving to do so, especially in the beginning; like it’s working against you in some way. That’s just because change is hard; that is why accomplishing goals and sticking with resolutions is so much of a challenge.

Now, you could fall in line with everyone else and fail your resolutions, or you can work hard and accomplish your goals and know how it feels to actually stick with a resolution all year long.

Now, you know it’s not going to be easy, but like the saying goes, it will be worth it!

Use a habit tracker, sticky notes or a white board on the fridge, write it in your planner. Do what you have to, to stand out and accomplish your goals!


 

4. Stop Trying to Blend In!

I get it, sometimes you don’t want to be the one to stand out in a crowd; you want to fit in and be like everyone else. It’s natural to want others to like you, and one way to do that tends to be to act like everyone else, even when it means giving up on your resolutions.

Who do you know who has actually stuck with their resolutions all year long?

Probably no one…

…maybe one or two people.

It’s not the norm to stick with resolutions, or succeed.

It’s hard and most people aren’t willing to put in the extra effort and do what needs to be done to accomplish their goals. You may think that no one likes that person who actually succeeds on what they set out to accomplish.

But, reality is that they are just jealous. Jealous that they don’t have the self discipline to follow through on their own goals and do what they know they should be doing. So, they are really just mad at themselves for not being able to do what you’re doing!

Don’t give up on your goals or resolutions to try to fit in.

The only thing you’re doing is hurting yourself and your dreams when you give up; you’re not making people like you less. Others may even admire the hard work you’re putting in to accomplish your goals. Who knows, you may even be inspiring others.

If they don’t like you for succeeding, then ask yourself if you really want to fit in with them.

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5. Gain Some Self Discipline 

Another reason you may be failing at sticking with your resolutions is that you don’t have the self discipline you need to actually stick with them!

Maybe you’re relying on the newness of the New Year, or other outside sources for your motivation; when really, it needs to come from within you.

I totally understand that it’s easier to wait til the New Year, or Monday, to start working towards a goal; it’s a fresh start, a new beginning.

But, what do you think happens when it’s not new anymore? Your motivation probably starts to fade and you don’t have the discipline you need to stick with your resolution.

And then, there goes that dream, or goal!

That’s why you can’t always just rely on motivation; you need to strengthen your self discipline!

Generally speaking, a resolution isn’t going to be easy; at times you may find it too difficult and just want to give up on it. You’re not going to feel motivated all the time.

It’s like being an adult sometimes; it’s not always easy to do what needs to be done, but at the end of the day it still needs to get done, so you do it. That is what self discipline is all about! Doing what needs to get done even if you don’t want to! Most people just won’t do it; be different, stand out, and succeed this year!

Stick With Your Resolutions All Year Long

Now, there are more reasons why people don’t stick with their resolutions all year long.

But, if you can use these 5 tips to your advantage, then you’ll be much more likely to succeed.

Give yourself a fighting chance at accomplishing your goals this year and take my advice!

Use this as a little bit of motivation, learn from all the mistakes you’ve made in the past when failing your resolutions year after year.

Be stronger, starting now, and strengthen your self discipline; do what needs to get done!

Tell others your plans and let them hold you accountable for following through, but hold yourself accountable as well. Many times it can be an internal struggle to accomplish your goals.

Don’t let anything stand in your way, this isn’t a time for excuses.

You’ve got this!!

Pin this on Pinterest or save it for when you need a little bit of motivation to keep you going or for when you feel weak.

And, don’t forget to grab this printable and hang it somewhere to avoid these New Year Resolution pitfalls!

Related Post: 10 Tips for Creating Habits You Need in Your Life!

If you need help with sticking to a healthy eating New Year’s Resolution, be sure to check out what has helped me, here.

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Why You Need to Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early

Are you one of those people who signs up for a gym membership at the beginning of a new year?

Or, someone who will plan on starting to eat healthy, goes to the grocery stores and buys all of the beautiful produce; just to let it go to waste because your cravings kick in?

You may plan on getting in shape or eating well this new year. But, if the ‘New Year’ is the only motivation you have to become and stay healthy; then you’re not going to have an easy time sticking with it.

Our country’s weight is growing; and it’s not from a lack of new gym memberships at the beginning of every New Year. It could be from the lack of actually using those memberships all year round, though.

If you need the New Year to help keep you motivated to stay healthy, then go ahead and enjoy the extra motivation; but, that shouldn’t be your only motivation.

You need more than just motivation to keep healthy and fit; you also need self discipline, for when you lack  motivation. Go here if you need help with finding or strengthening your self discipline. If you’re self discipline is not the problem and you’re just looking for some better reasons to start your healthy lifestyle New Year’s Resolution NOW, then keep reading.

To Feel Ahead of the Game Before it Even Begins

Even if you can just get all of the planning done and prepare for your New Year’s Resolutions now; you’ll be ahead of everyone else. And, yes, you’re not supposed to compare yourself to others. But, wouldn’t it make you feel good if you know you have a plan and know how you can succeed this next year before this next year even starts?

It would feel awesome!

So, get out a pretty notebook and start a plan of action for everything you want to accomplish this next year. And, once you’re done with that; start.

Don’t wait for the New Year, start when you have the momentum and your plan. Do what you can before the next year starts. Get ahead, and then stay ahead as long as you can; it’ll help keep you moving forward simply to know how far you have come. Plus, if you slip up for a few days, or even a month, you’ll be much more likely to get right back to it, knowing you had some built in buffer time from starting early!

Check out The Ultimate Guide to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution All Year Long! for help planning out your resolution to be healthy this next year.

You Can Start Fresh Every Day

If new beginnings and fresh starts are what motivates you at the New Year; think of how each and every day can be a fresh start for you.

Start working towards a goal, and if you have a bad day and feel like you can’t get back into the groove of things; remember, it’s just one day. Simply go to bed and then wake up the next morning knowing that it’s a new day; start fresh and get back into the groove of things.

There’s no mistake so big that you have to wait a whole year for a fresh start. Take everything day by day. Or, hour by hour or moment by moment; depending on what you want accomplished. (Moment by moment may work well with a goal of becoming a better parent or person.)

This is also your reminder to not let one bad day ruin a streak of good days. Life can get rough sometimes; remembering that everyday is a fresh start can help ease the rough times. There’s always a better, brighter future ahead!

You’re More Likely to Keep on Track

If you start working towards your New Year’s resolutions now instead of waiting for the new year; you’ll be more likely to actually stick with it and stay on track. Starting before hand usually means that you’re not making up excuses or waiting for motivation to come to you.

You have more self discipline, and you strengthen your discipline by not using a motivator, like the New Year, to start working on your goals. This is why you will be one of the very few people to keep on track all year round, instead of giving in and quitting when the new-ness of the New Year wears out.

Plus, if you’re able to start now, that really shows some self discipline. It can be tough to start working towards new goals this time of year with the holidays; especially if those goals pertain to becoming healthy.

Set Realistic Goals

Many people set unrealistic goals and resolutions for the new year; thinking that anything and everything is possible because of this new start.

Unfortunately, not everything is possible to do in a single year. And, using the fresh start of a New Year as the motivator to accomplish these unrealistic goals; you’re just setting yourself up for failure.

Starting now can help you set goals without the pressure of having to share your goals, or New Year’s resolutions with anyone else. There’s no pressure setting goals now; if you try them out for this week and decide you want to change your goals, then go ahead. No one is going to be nagging you about keeping your New Year’s resolution at this time of year.

Feeling extra motivated? Check out The 12 Week Year and get more done in 3 months than most people do in a whole year!

Think of How much closer you will be to your goal

On the same note about setting realistic goals before the New Year; you will also be that much closer to your goal even by the time the New Year rolls around!

If you want to become fit this next year, an extra week can make a huge difference in your progress.

Or, if your goal is eat healthier, even if you don’t start eating healthier til the New Year; you can still find healthy meals, recipes, and snacks to make. You can start meal planning and prepping so that the transition to eating healthier goes a lot smoother.

Or, if you want to start being a better person this next year; there is no better time to start than Right Now!! There is so much good that can be done during the Holiday Season.

Just imagine how much you can accomplish between now and the New Year if you get to work on your resolutions NOW!! You may even impress yourself!

And, Adjust the Goals when the New Year comes (if need be)

If you start now and realize that your goal, or resolution, is a lot harder to do than you thought; adjust your goals so that they’re more realistic. That way when people ask you what your New Year’s resolution is and you tell them, you’ll feel more confident that you’ll actually accomplish it.

And, that’s pretty impressive; to actually stay strong and hold onto your New Year’s resolution.

It will show other’s just how disciplined you are and that you actually do what you say you will. It’s a win-win.

Or, on the other side of things; if you try out your resolution now and it’s too easy then go ahead and adjust your goal to challenge yourself. You need to make a resolution that’s challenging enough to change you and motivate you to change, but not too challenging that you simply won’t stick with it.

This balance is hard to find, and the sooner you start, the easier it will be to find the balance and adjust your goals accordingly. Maybe make smaller goals that lead up to a large one and reward yourself along the way. Use some positive reinforcements as motivation!

If NOW isn’t the Best Time, what Makes the New Year the Best Time?

One of the biggest reasons to start now instead of waiting is because there will never be the ‘right time’ or ‘best time’ to start. If you can’t motivate yourself to start now, or even prepare to start now; what’s going to make it so you start at the New Year and actually stick with it the whole year?

If you don’t have the self discipline to start now; will you have the self discipline to start the first day of the year?

Sure, it may seem like it would be easier to start working towards your resolutions at the New Year, when everyone else does. But remember, everyone else does not stick with their resolutions for the year and do not accomplish their goals.

Only the people who have enough self discipline will actually stay with their New Year’s resolutions. And, those people with enough self discipline are probably still working on their resolutions from last year and adjusting their goals for this next year; and getting a head start on them right now!

Don’t you want to be one of those people, who actually gets things done and accomplished? Don’t you want to be where they are now, next year at this time; and not feeling like you failed last year’s resolutions? Start now, and show yourself who’s boss and in charge of your life!

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How to Find and Improve Your Self Discipline

So, the New Year is right around the corner and I don’t know about you; but I need a kick in the butt right now to find my self discipline!

At the beginning of last year I had a ton of self discipline, and possibly encouraged it in those around me as well. I was working full time outside the home, in a call center and with horrible hours (3pm to midnight). But, I wanted to get in shape. So, I joined a gym and, with a friend from work, went to that gym as often as we could; after we got out of work. I lived about an hour away from work, so on nights I went to the gym, I wouldn’t get home til around two in the morning.

Now, as a stay at home mom, and a basically structure-less schedule; I feel like I have less time and less self discipline.

My motivation and discipline to try to stay in shape withered away as the months did this year. And, every once in awhile I would try again; working out at home. Trying to do what I can to work out, whether it be giving my daughters piggy back rides or putting on a work out dvd.

But, these last few months have been the hardest. I don’t know if you are feeling this way as well, but I feel the closer it is to the end of the year; the less self discipline I have, maybe even in hopes that it’ll magically appear again at New Year’s.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to leave things up to chance. So, let’s go through a few steps to get our self discipline back now, and not just wait for the New Year.

Step One: What’s Holding You Back?

The first step to gaining our self discipline back is figuring out how or why we lost it in the first place.

For myself, this past year has been pretty chaotic and some pretty big life events occurred that flipped my life upside down. To quickly explain; my family and I moved from one coast of the U.S. to the other and I went from working full time at a call center to being a stay at home mom for my two children.

And, I could spit out about 5 or so other excuses as to why my self discipline has been drained from me this past year; along with why I’ve been lacking motivation. But, that’s simply another thing that has been holding me back; excuses. And, I have a good feeling that you have quite a few excuses holding you back, as well.

We need to dig through those excuses and find our way out of them. I’ve heard that a good way to stop making excuses is to stop saying “I can’t do this because..” and start phrasing it “It’s not important to me”. This little psychological trick is really useful. Let’s try it out.

Now, I try to find the time to workout and exercise, but “I can’t find the time because… I have two very demanding children who don’t give me the time of day to do anything I want”.

Instead of saying that last sentence, I need to find a way through my excuse of feeling like I don’t have enough time; so I should be saying;

Now, I try to find the time to workout and exercise, but “it’s not important to me.”

With wording it this way, I think to myself how untrue that sentence is. Getting in enough exercise is important to me, so I need to start treating it like it is. Instead of trying to find the time, I need to make the time.

Now, you go ahead and try this exercise. See how much of an impact it can really make on you and your habits!

Step Two: Set Goals

The next step in getting a hold of your self discipline is to find out what you actually want to accomplish by using it.

Do you want to eat healthy, get fit, become a better parent, or something else?

It’s important to know what you want to do when you gain your self discipline back, and to actually set goals. Without goals and expectations, we can lose our motivation and self discipline pretty quickly; because, what’s the point. What’s the point of having self discipline if we’re not trying to get somewhere in our life with it. There needs to be an end goal, and then more goals after that; to keep us going, to keep pushing ourselves to be better, and to keep our self discipline strong.

I’m the type of person who thrives on goals and having deadlines; it’s what kept me going through out college. It’s also what kept me motivated my last year of college when I gave birth to my first daughter during the fall semester and stayed strong and kept my grades up the entire year to graduate on time and not even skip a beat. (All while pumping bottles, making homemade baby food, and learning to care for a helpless newborn.)

Unfortunately, what I need my self discipline for now isn’t given a deadline or a specific desired result from a professor, or even another person. The deadline, the goal, and the desired result has to come from me, and your’s has to come from you. We create what we want for ourselves. And, if we don’t, then we have no one to blame but ourselves.

So, set your goals. Give yourself deadlines. And, be a little realistic with what can get done by the deadline. We do, after all, have quite a bit of responsibility. But, then again, don’t be too easy on yourself; you have to push yourself to get better.

Remember, a diamond is made under pressure.

Step Three: Schedule It

The third step is to schedule in the activities, or tasks, that need to be completed for you to reach your goal. As silly as it may sound, I’m serious. Go ahead, grab your planner, or the calendar on your phone, and schedule in what needs to get done. Don’t blow this step off, and don’t blow off your schedule.

If you want to become fit; schedule in time to exercise everyday, or at least a couple days a week. If you want to eat healthier; schedule in time to meal plan and meal prep so you can actually stick with it. If you want to start becoming a better parent; schedule in time to spend time with each child individually, or time to come up with ways to handle difficult situations. (That way, when the difficult situation with your child arises, you’ll already know what to do and you won’t simply react to their behavior.)

Depending on what your goal is, will determine how much time your need to dedicate to accomplish it. It could be 2 hours once a week, or 2 hours a day. It’s up to you.

Step Four: Do it

Once you schedule what needs to get done; do it.

There’s no way around this one. This step is what strengthens our self discipline.

The more you stick to your schedule and do what you planned in the last step; the stronger your self discipline will become, and the closer to your goal you will get!!

This is not the step to slack off in. You slack here and you will know it, and you will probably become disappointed in yourself. This is the time to rid yourself of all of those excuses. Excuses can not exist when you get this far. If they try to peek out at you, find a way to not let them.

You have kids and you don’t think that they will leave you alone for enough time to reach your goals; include them.

Include them and help them find their self discipline if they’re old enough. If they aren’t old enough to understand that, then include them by letting them exercise with you, or meal plan/ prep with you. Can’t get to the gym because you have kids; have a dance party with them for half an hour. (Chances are you’ll have twice as much fun and burn almost, if not more, calories. It’s a win-win.)

Step Five: Be patient and don’t lose motivation!

Sometimes goals don’t get accomplished as soon as we would wish, and not from lack of trying or effort, but from something else out of our control. Maybe we wanted to be able to fit into one of our Christmas dresses that we bought a few years ago, and we don’t fit in it by Christmas, or New Years. We shouldn’t lose hope, and we shouldn’t lose our motivation or self discipline because of this. In fact, we should use this set back to strengthen our self discipline and maybe even work harder.

We can’t always control how, or where, our body loses weight or gains muscle. A lot of that is dependent on genetics, completely out of our control. But, if we continue to work hard, be patient, and accept ourselves; then we can finally get to our goals, or get to know our bodies well enough to know what a realistic, and healthy, goal would be for ourselves.

This step is so important for many other goals that require self discipline, as well.

Think of becoming a better parent; if you’re a parent then you already know how patient you might have to be, and not just with your kids, but with yourself, too.

Or, say your goal is to finally keep your home clean. Not only do you have to reign in your self discipline, but you also have to encourage everyone else in your home to have some discipline, as well. This requires you to be on the top of your game when it comes to picking up after yourself, enough grace to go around, and patience for when you have to constantly repeat yourself to get your children to take care of their toys that they brought out of the play room…again, too. (Or, for getting your husband to put his dirty clothes in the hamper…not on the floor next to it.)

Step Six: Reap the rewards

Finally, after losing the excuses, setting goals, scheduling goal smashing activities/ tasks, actually completing those tasks, and being patient with yourself; you can finally start reaping the rewards of your hard work and self discipline. Depending on your goals, this may take days, weeks, months, or even a few years. However long it takes, you should be proud of yourself for actually sticking with it to the end.

Use this motivation of completing your goal to encourage more goals to sprout up and strengthen your self discipline. Don’t let these rewards slip, either. Many things that require your discipline to accomplish can quickly disappear if you stop working at them. If you work at them long enough, though, they will become habits and you won’t even have to think about them anymore. What needs to get done to keep your hard earned results in place will just become a part of your life, your everyday routine.

These steps can work with any goal you have in mind; the overall goal of this step by step guide is to help you find and strengthen your self discipline so you can accomplish whatever goal you decide on!

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7 Holiday Stress Relief Tips that ACTUALLY Work!

Does this time of the year stress you out?

You know, just before Thanksgiving and all of the Holiday sales…and shopping…and baking…and cooking…and decorating…and so on and so on.

There is a lot to do in these last 6 weeks of the year.

All the parties or dinners to attend. Or, fancy holiday meals to make and shopping to do.

However you spend the last month and a half of the year; I’m sure it’s a bit stressful (or, in other words, completely overwhelming)!

Luckily, you’re not alone!!

Well, not luckily, because it sucks being stressed out during this time of year.

Can’t we all just be like those people we see in movies where they have everything figured out and perfected, or at least make it look that way. (Like the woman in the movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting who had twins at the end. You know, the one wearing high heels through out her entire pregnancy, and was referred to as a magical pregnant unicorn, and delivered her babies by sneezing. Wouldn’t we all have loved to have had that happened!)

I’m right there alongside you; the pressure of the holidays on my shoulders.

Not only do we have to worry about what we have to do and where we have to be; there’s also the added stress of all the money we’re supposed to spend. This is completely overwhelming to those of us living paycheck to paycheck.

Where are we to come up with this extra money for gifts, food, and everything else?

Relax a sec, ok?

Easier said than done, I know, right?

Before your head goes into a spiral of despair; wondering ‘how this’, ‘when that’, ‘what do they want’, and ‘how much’. Take a breath and a few sips of water. How old are you again? You’ve gone through that many holiday seasons and you’re still intact!

So what if you can’t get your kids as many toys or games as they want. In all honesty, how long are they even going to enjoy them?

Let me tell you a little secret; when you’re kids are young like mine are, they don’t really care how many toys they get. And, they don’t have a good understanding of money and prices yet, either. So, you don’t have to get them the best, most expensive toys for their age group just because everyone else is doing it.

Isn’t that a nice thought! Just relax. You’ll be fine. You always are! But, just in case you need some extra help this season when you’re overly stressed; remember to be thankful for the seven things below.

1. The Smell of Your Coffee…

If you’re a coffee drinker then you understand.

It’s like aromatherapy. Just something about the smell of coffee is calming, even though drinking it supposedly has the opposite effect. (I don’t know if I’m strange or not, but I seem to think I need coffee to calm down when I’m stressed.)

But, when you have a nice warm cup of coffee with your favorite creamer added to it; it’s like cuddling up to a super soft and warm blanket that you can drink.

Don’t ever overlook this relaxation tip and the many benefits it has, such as reducing stress, calming nerves, and helping you become mentally prepared for the next task at hand!

2. Know This Time and Stress Will Pass

You know, you’ve been through this year after year; the holiday season comes and goes each of those years.

This can be sad, yes- if you’d rather the whole year be like the holidays because it’s such a wonderful time. But, I for one, am glad it’s only here for about 2 months at the end of the year. It gives us something to look forward to and prepare for.

Plus, who could afford to have the holidays all year round. Not only because of the gifts; but the food.

The food alone can set you back financially if the holidays are all year round. People would probably go into debt because of it; not to mention, our country would become even more obese if we ate all year what we do during the holidays.

So, be thankful that this holiday season does eventually end. And, when it ends, the stress that comes with it ends, as well!

3. The Fact That You’re Surrounded By Others

Sure, life may be a bit stressful this time of year. And, it may be exponentially more stressful based on the number of wonderful people you have let into your life.

The more people you have in your life the more events and holiday parties and get together’s you have. The more presents you need to buy, and the more time shopping, cooking, and baking you may have to do.

But, remember that they are wonderful people; people who are there for you and appreciate what you do (even if they don’t show it- like our kids).

They make the stress of this holiday season worth it. You get to light up their world just as they do for you.

This is the time you get to basically say ‘thank you’ to them for being in your life and making an impact. This is a big deal; to celebrate the holidays and the year you’ve had. That is why you can be so stressed out, but also know that it’s so worth it, at the same time!

4. Knowing That You Get to Be the First One to Eat the Christmas Cookies You Make

You know this is true!! If you make them, then you have to try them to make sure they’re good, right?

It doesn’t matter how many hundreds of times you’ve made them before; they need to be taste tested!

At least for me, they do. But that may be more so because if I don’t get any right then and there, there’s a chance I may not get any at all. Plus, I’m not going to put all that effort and time into making something and not eat them fresh out of the oven.

And, I know, it’s not good to eat as a way to reduce stress (it does help, though). But hey, it’s the holidays and calories don’t count as much this time of year, right? That’s what I was taught growing up, at least for all the cookies and special holiday food.

5. The Smile on Other’s Faces

If you have ever seen a child’s face on Christmas morning when they first see their Christmas stockings and presents; then you’ll know that everything you did to prepare for this day was worth it. It’s completely priceless.

Remember this the next time you feel so overwhelmed and want to just quit, or give up. Motivate yourself by imagining how happy they will be, or how much you’ll enjoy relaxing when you’re at those get together’s you helped put on; or relaxing when this season is over! 

As human beings, or mother’s to be exact, something makes us so happy (and almost relieved) when we see other people smiles. This is especially true when they smile because of something we did for them, even if we did it long ago and it’s finally coming to light. (Like teaching our kids to be appreciative of what they get, or not compare their presents with their siblings and then get upset.)

6. You Have the POWER

So, all I can think of now is the song from the newest Power Rangers Movie. (I’ve got the Power) And, what I mean by this is that you have the power to choose how stressed you get this holiday season.

Sure, things will happen that you have no control over; plans will be made and so will expectations.

If you have too much on your plate and you know it; you have the power (and the option!) to say no.

You have the power to respond to what happens and choose the best route possible. And you should respond to what comes your way; don’t just react to what happens.

If you hate going over to so and so’s home for get together’s because it’s drama filled and uncomfortable; tell them no. Don’t make up an excuse as to why you can’t go; they can always try to accommodate for the excuse you make up. Just say no; that you’re not going this year.

If every year you make everyone you work with cookies for the holidays and this year you have so much to do that you physically cannot make extra cookies, then don’t. Choose to not drive yourself crazy with stress this year.

7. That Funny Video Your Husband Showed You

We all love facebook and youtube, right?

There’s so many funny memes, pictures, and videos. Once in awhile when my husband finds one that’s hilarious, he’ll show me; he just can’t keep them to himself, and I’m glad! Usually the video is about how little kids are, or have you seen the one yet where the husband pretends to act like he’s the kid and the wife is the parent (of course it’d be that way, us mom’s always have to be the responsible ones.)

I’m telling you this because it’s important to have a good laugh every once in awhile. It reduces stress and can even help you clear your mind for a few moments. This is truly important for this time of year; you need to enjoy this holiday season, not just plan and prepare for it.

Everything will be Alright

Like I said above, you have done this holiday thing for enough years, and you always get through it, hopefully in more or less one piece.

This stress that you’re experiencing is only temporary. Hold on to these little things to remind yourself it’s all worth it, and to lighten the mood when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Remember this is a time to celebrate with those you choose to surround yourself with, and you have the power in you to say no to something if you’re already juggling too many things. Other’s will understand; you can’t do everything. In some circumstances stress can be a good thing; something to help you get your butt in gear and get moving. Just don’t do so much you’re overwhelmed or get burned out. There’s no need for that.

Enjoy your holiday season, and make sure you share these holiday stress relief tips with anyone you may know who needs a little reminder to enjoy life a little more instead of planning for it!

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The Ultimate Christmas Planning Guide (with Lists!)

The holiday season is right around the corner. And although it brings happiness and the feeling of warmth with getting to be with family and friends; it also brings chaos and stress. Especially for us moms.

We have all of our regular chores, like cooking/baking and cleaning, making sure our children are happy, and keeping our house functional while carrying the mental load that comes with home management. And then, we have all of the extra stuff we need to do this time of year. All in all, we need some pretty good lists to rely on; otherwise we may as well just say forget it.

And, that can’t happen!!!

We have so much to do and so many lists to make to make sure that everything goes right.

We need to find out what our kids want for Christmas, what everyone wants to eat for Christmas.

And then we have to figure out all of the food we’re going to bring to holiday parties.

Find out what everyone else we’re buying for wants.

And those are just a few of the lists we need; just to simply get through this hectic season.

We need to check our lists off.

We need to shop(thank you amazon and online shopping).

To bake and to cook.

And we need to decorate and put up the tree. (We put ours up before Thanksgiving this year.)

And the list goes on and on for what we need to do.

Plan Your Time

We have all of this planning and all of this doing, and the same amount of time in the day as all of the other days of the year.

Actually, no, this is not true. School age kids have a large amount of time off from school during this time, so we have less time. This is my older daughters first year of school, so it’s the first year since she gave up her naps (3-4 years ago) that I get a break during the day. My younger daughter still takes an hour nap…if I’m lucky.

If you need help finding more time in your day, I did write about that here. Or, to learn how to use your stress to your advantage; check that out here.

Make sure to keep your energy up during your planned times to get things done.

And please, please, DO NOT WAIT TIL LAST MINUTE. You will be kicking yourself if you do.

At least don’t wait til last minute for everything; food may be the one exception. Food should be started at least a week before if you’re planning on making a ton of cookies. Christmas cookies tend to freeze well, too. So, keep that in mind.

Learn From Prior Years

Now, ironically, a few years ago may have gone the smoothest. So, I keep trying to take what works and replicate it; with minor tweaks and let you know what I did to make it run smoothly.

That year was different in a few ways for me. Around the holidays I was nine months pregnant and thought I was going to have my baby any day because of all the labor pains and braxton hicks I was having. I had a bit more to prepare for than just the Holidays.

It certainly helped that I was in supermom mode and had a little bit of help from nesting. I was also still working full time up to the day I had my youngest daughter, which was also the same day we ended up moving, but that’s another story; I had to add that little snippet in here though, just in case you didn’t think I had enough on my plate?

The only days I took off from work were days I had doctor appointments. So, let me tell you what helped me that crazy year.

Obsess; if you have to

That year I obsessed over having enough frozen meals and frozen cookies stocked up.

This way I wouldn’t have to do much work when didn’t want to and when I knew I could go into labor at anytime.

I made quite a bit of food ahead of time and froze them. Such as soups, cheese bread (something my mom always makes for Christmas), pizza’s and a few other meals. (I was still only a vegetarian at this time.)

I did this late November, early December, and it saved me so much time and energy later in the month; especially on those days when I had no idea what I wanted to eat, or when I was craving cheese.

I made and froze so many cookies, they never seemed to last though. They lasted for maybe a week in the freezer and then they disappeared and I’d have to make more.

It’s not like they were hard to make, ok, some of them did take quite a bit of time. But my older daughter, who was 3 years old, had so much fun and it was a relaxing time for me to simply bake with her. I was able to spend quality time with my older daughter before her sister was born.

Understand No Two Years Will Be the Same

We didn’t have a house to upkeep that year, just a teeny tiny two bedroom apartment. I felt like I had more time to prepare things.

It was hard to tell if it’s because of having a tiny apartment and now I have a larger home to upkeep, or if it’s because I only had one child that year and now I have two. Hmmm….I think it may be both.

Another thing that my husband and I made simple last year was gifts. We bought toys for our daughter, but we did gift cards for everyone else.

After having two kids and less money and more chores and more coming up with creative ways to do things; the  next year we decided to make gifts, instead of buy them.

The biggest help I have found for getting things done for the holidays are my lists.

If you don’t already know, I am a list person. (I probably inherited this from my mom, I was always watching her make lists when I was younger.)

Are you ready to find out some of the lists you’ll need to start making, or should already have made for this time of year?

My List of Lists for the Holiday Season

  1.  Presents We Want (a list of what everyone in our family wants, so that when we’re asked by others what they should get us, we know what to tell them)
  2.  Present Shopping List (everything we need to buy for everyone we are buying for)
  3.  Food (cookies, special meals, snacks, meals for the regular week before Christmas and/or New Years)
  4.  Recipes that’ll be used
  5.  Food Shopping List
  6.  Schedule (when are all of the holiday get-togethers/ school events)
  7.  Schedule (when can we squeeze in all the shopping, baking, and wrapping)
  8.  Decorating and Tidying up (for when people randomly decide to pop in- my husbands family used to do this all the time without any notice before we moved across the country)

Using the Lists in this Christmas Planning Guide

Now that we have our list of lists and know what needs to get done, lets start filling out our lists to the best of our knowledge.

What do you want for Christmas?

Has your significant other or children given you any ideas for them yet? If not, then ask them. If so, then you’re one step ahead and one list done.

Do you know who you need to shop for?

Do you know what they want? If yes, and you have the money, then go out and shop the first chance you get. Roads are just going to get worse and stores are just going to get busier. And you know how the mail seems to get this time of year; best to buy online early to get presents on time to give them!

If you’re able to food shop in the same outing as present shopping, even better, saves gas and time.

Then you can get a head start on baking and maybe even do what I did in prior years and freeze the cookies and other food.

Just be sure you fill out List #5 before shopping so you know what you need and wont just buy random items you think you may need. (That’s just a waste of money, something that I can’t afford to do.)

List #6 is vital if you want this year to go smoothly. Planning is a must. Obviously you need to know when you have to be somewhere, but it’s also good to know when you have extra time to get things done. Write these items on your list and then again on your calendar and then again in your weekly planner or agenda, or if you keep a daily to do list- put it on there.

Preparing the Food

Having very detailed lists for food and preparing food ahead of time and freezing it, always makes my holiday season so much smoother.

So, go ahead, write down what you need and want to bake or cook.

What do others in your home want?

What do you need or want to make for others?

For the get-togethers, for people who just stop by, for the holiday parties at school, and for anywhere else you need to bring food to?

Gather up your lists, make sure you label what foods are for who or for where (on your list and on the packaging/container for the food when it’s made). This will increase your chances of not having to make it twice due to someone in the house eating it.

The Next Step

Then gather ALL of the recipes for everything you’re making. Once you have the recipes, the fun in list making begins. And, if you like math and fractions, hold tight, this step is for you. If you don’t enjoy math, then I apologize ahead of time and you may want a calculator in a few minutes or skip this and just estimate.

When you have all of your recipes gathered, write down all of the ingredients for the first recipe. One on each line, and only the ingredient. After you have you all the ingredients listed for that one recipe write next to each ingredient in parentheses how much of that ingredient you need. Take into consideration doubling or tripling the ingredients if you need to make more than one batch. Now you have ingredients for one recipe on your list.

Can you guess what you do next? You guessed it, go on to the next recipe. The difference this time is that for any ingredient already have on the list you’ll only need to write down the amount. Keep doing this for all of your recipes, adding new ingredients to the list as needed. I would also recommend to do this for any food you’ll be making for the month to make sure you have enough ingredients for those as well.

Example

For example, if you plan on having pancakes this month, many of the ingredients in your pancakes are probably on your list already. Just add to the list how much you believe you’ll need for the pancakes. And to make things easier on yourself, make the pancakes in a very large batch and freeze them. They freeze well and I usually just pop the frozen pancakes in the toaster as a quick and easy breakfast when I don’t feel like cooking. Just don’t forget the maple syrup and blueberries.

After you have you ingredient list and the amounts for all recipes, you will need to buy the ingredients.

This may, and hopefully will be, the most chaotic step of all. Unless you have little ones who want to help with everything in the kitchen, like my daughters.

And of course, after the shopping comes the baking and cooking. For this, I do recommend to do as much as you can at one time and then freeze. It’ll also save you when having to do dishes only once or ‘as necessary’. And you’ll only have to preheat the oven once and then change temperatures when need be.

A Few Freezing Tips

Before you go off to make your delicious holiday food, I have a few tips for preserving the food you’re about to make.

  1. For any breads or pizzas- fully cool then wrap in foil a few times, then put in a freezer safe bag before freezing
  2. Sugar cookies- for best results, first frost the cookies, then freeze flat on a cookie sheet and then place in freezer bag (these don’t even have to be thawed before eating!)
  3. If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, you need to make peanut butter balls(or buckeyes or whatever you call them) and freeze on cookie sheets then bag in a freezer bag. That is, if they make it in the bag. For me, only about half of what I make actually makes it into the bag, or at least that’s how it is most years.
  4. Some cookies freeze best when you just freeze the dough(in balls) and then bake them when you need them, you may need to add a few extra minutes to the bake time. These include snicker doodles and peanut butter blossoms.

Good Luck and Stress Less

If you follow my lists AND make food in batches and freeze it, you will have a much better chance of not being as stressed.

Remember to plan and use lists for everything, especially this time of year. If you have a memory like mine, these lists will be lifesavers.

And if you make and freeze food like I did, then you won’t miss a beat when something goes awry or there’s a surprise visitor or event that your child didn’t tell you about.

Do you have any other suggestions or tips to help reduce stress this holiday season? If so, please share for all of us in the comments below.

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How to Make a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

Want to eat healthy but don't think it will fit in your families budget? Think again! Use this step by step guide to eat healthy when meal planning weekly, biweekly, or monthly. (This works for whatever size family you have, for 2, for 4, for 6, it doesn't matter.) This guide is easy to implement and allows you to choose kid friendly meals; it starts with finding your grocery budget, to making grocery lists, all the way to meal prepping!

How to Make a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

When people think of creating a budget, they tend to think about the bills they have and things they enjoy spending money on; not on making a healthy meal plan on a budget.

Many people overlook the amount of money they spend on food. Which could end up being a thousand dollars or more if you’re not careful; whether trying to eat healthy or not!

You may just say ‘well, we have to eat’ and leave it at that.

Not really thinking about how much you spend every month because it’s such a necessity!

Or, maybe you just don’t know how to make a meal plan on a budget, or honestly just don’t want to know how much you are really spending on food!

But, thinking of spending money on food in this way is dangerous…food isn’t as cheap as it used to be!!

I used to be a cashier at a grocery store; I know how much some people spent on food weekly. And that was 5 years ago, prices have only increased since then!!

I knew those with kids spent way more on food than those who lived alone; by a lot!

Yet, it’s us people with kids who may want to eat better or at least feed their kids healthy food anspend less on food. But, how?

Well, there’s some obvious things to do, like stop eating out. But, other than that; MEAL PLAN!


**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian or a professional nutritionist. I simply believe in eating well for people of all ages, and I believe that a whole foods plant based diet is eating well, whereas processed foods are not.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to spend $500+ on food every month, even with a family of 4.

According to the USDA back in 2013 (which was also around the time I quit my job as a cashier) the average family of 4 spent between ~$150 and ~$300 a week on groceries ₍₁₎. And, that was 5 years ago! Prices have gone up since then, even if you haven’t noticed it. Even in the past year, prices on somethings have gone up. I used to get my 5 year old the individual nutella snacks when we got groceries. They were only a dollar, but about 8 months ago they increased to $1.50! Therefore, I stopped buying them.

So, if you’re concerned with setting a budget, and staying in that budget while food prices continue to sky rocket; keep reading for some ways to save money on food!!

You’ll need them!

I’ll guide you each step of the way and provide helpful tips. What I can’t do, is actually make you do it. (Or, make you follow through with the meal plan, which is a struggle all in itself.)

I do have some helpful printables for meal planning that’ll make it easier on you, though, get them here!

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Let’s Get Started on Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

Step 1 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Work out your food budget

Yes, I said food budget, not groceries.

Because some people will create a budget for their weekly grocery trip and then completely forget about it when they go out to eat. Like my husband, who will go get fast food on his lunch, or spend $10 on prepared food at the grocery store, after I tell him how much we can spend on food for the month. (If you couldn’t guess, I’m the one who handles finances in our home. If I let my husband do it then we’d be living on the street.)

So, make sure everyone in your home who has access to money understands the budget and that it is for all the food that is bought. Otherwise, you’re going to go way over; a $10 meal for one person, or $20 on food out for the whole family is going to hurt if your budget is $100 or less a week.

But, to set the budget; there’s a couple different ways you can do it, and it’ll depend on the amount of money you have to play around with for your budget.

If you’re like me and are living paycheck to paycheck, then you’ll want to budget like I do.

  • Figure out your average monthly income (estimate low)
  • Subtract all your monthly bills (estimate high)
  • Subtract what you spend on gas each month and other necessities (I’m talking things like toilet paper and toothpaste)
  • The leftover money for the month can be your monthly budget for food (if you feel this number is too high, you can always lower it; save the rest, or pay off some debt so you don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck!)
  • Divide your monthly food budget by 4 to get how much you can spend weekly on food

If you want more in depth instructions on how to budget when living paycheck to paycheck; read How to Budget (When You Have No Money) I even explain how we’re able to afford all the small purchases my husband has to make, when, from the outside looking in, it looks like we’d never be able to afford them!


If you have more money to play around with, there’s a better solution to finding your budget; one that will be a little easier to stick with and more realistic with the rising prices of food!

  • Go through your receipts from grocery stores and from when you eat out (or go through bank statements)
  • Find the average you spend each week, or each month; use this as your base for setting a budget
  • Depending on your goal for your budget, you may need to adjust this amount

(Many people want to lower the amount they spend, because they looked at how much they’re spending and are shocked by the amount they spend! Try lowering it by ~$25 each week until you get to a reasonable budget for you and your family. Since everyone’s budget is going to be a little different, and since we all don’t eat the same food; we can’t all be expected to have the same budget.)

Once you figured out your budget, move on to the next step.

Step 2 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: What are your Food Necessities?

What food do you have to have in your home at all times?

For my family, we need coffee creamer, coffee, soy milk, bananas, apples, peanut butter, frozen fruit, and frozen veggies. And, besides the frozen food and coffee, we need to purchase the other items once a week.

(Yes, we go through a whole jar of peanut butter a week; the 40oz jar. Update: We can get a 5 pound jar to last us 3 weeks now and is only $6.50, so much cheaper to buy in bulk!!)

These are the things that we can’t live without and are always on our grocery list, budget or not.

I’m sure your list of absolutes are different than mine.

So, go find out!

Ask others in your home if you need to.

If you know you always have to have bread, pasta, or veggies for salads stocked at all times, write them on the list.

Then, find out how often they need to be bought.

Some items will need to be bought every week, other items may last 2 or 4 weeks, maybe even longer.

If you’re not sure how long they last; write down the date the next time you buy them. This way you can budget in the more expensive items (like the 64oz bag of frozen fruit I get for smoothies), and not go over budget. (Either by saving a few dollars each week for the item, or by planning cheaper meals the week you need to get the more expensive monthly item.)

Figure out what you need and how much they cost before moving onto the next step.

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Step 3 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Find out what meals you want to eat for the next week or two!

Go on pinterest, look in your cookbooks that are collecting dust, or ask your family for their suggestions.

Check out some new fun, or old and loved, recipes and see which ones have ingredients that you may already have.

Or, if you don’t have any of the ingredients; find out how much they’ll cost.

You’ll need enough meals to fill out your meal planner. If you have a tight budget, this needs to be considered when you’re planning meals. Sometimes having a certain type of food all week is cheaper than doing a different kind of meal each night. Or, eat leftovers from dinner the night before, for lunch the next day!

 

I know other people may tell you to have a taco Tuesday, Italian food on another day, Chinese food on another, and so on.

But, with being on a budget, is that even realistic?

How many of those meals have ingredients in common?

How about you have all Mexican food one week, Italian the next, and so on. That way, if you have extra ingredients, you can use it in another recipe later that week; no waste.

For example, if you chopped up tomatoes for your pizza on Monday, you could use them the next night in your pasta, salad, or veggie lasagna.

If you’ve been able to find a enough recipes that you and your family will enjoy; it’s time to move onto the next step. Which is the best step if you like scheduling!!

Keep this current step in mind, though, when you and your family try new dishes and keep a running list of food you like. If you need a place to write them down; go ahead and print out my meal planning templates!

 

Step 4 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Schedule your Meals (in pencil)

Once you have your meals picked and recipes at hand; fill out your meal plan for the next week or 2 in a way that makes sense and prevents waste. No one likes spending money on food for it to just go waste!

2 week meal plan

You can see above what my meal plan looked like at the beginning of the year.

That’s for a family of four, of course the portions could always be changed to accommodate for more or less! And, at the time, I didn’t know how much soup the minestrone soup recipe was going to make; it was a lot!

That’s why it’s good to choose some meals with ingredients that don’t go bad within a week or two; ingredients that are shelf stable.

On the days I didn’t have the minestrone soup scheduled for dinner, I replaced the pasta for lunch with the soup. Easy enough, now I still have pasta in my cupboard for another week!

If you’re unsure if you and your family will like one of the meals, or if you’re unsure how much the recipe will actually make; give your schedule some wiggle room.

Have back up meals with ingredients that won’t go bad. Or, if you do end up with too many perishables that you can’t get to with meals that week; try freezing them, or making some snacks out of them. Try smoothies or juicing if you have extra fruits and veggies!

Also, don’t forget about snacks and drinks, especially if you have kids!

And, remember, plans don’t always go as they should; don’t be afraid to move meals around when something comes up.

It’s not set in stone, and as moms, it’s sometimes hard to come up with the energy to make an extravagant meal, even when planned. Have some easy meals in the mix for those particularly hard days!

When you’re set with your meal plan and are happy with how it looks, head on to step 5.

Step 5 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Make your grocery list!

Consider what you already have in your cupboards, fridge, and freezer (if you subscribed to get my meal planner above, you’ll also get a cute printable for writing down what you have in each of these places and a place to write down your grocery list for 3 weeks!).

Then estimate how much everything, that you don’t already have at home, that you need for your planned meals and snacks, will cost.

Is it within your budget? If so, great!!

If not; you have a little bit of editing to do with your meal plan.

This is why you wrote your meal plan in pencil! Or, at least I hope you did. If not, then you may have to rewrite it, or not mind things being crossed off and changed!

If you need to edit it; you’ll want to see if you have any obviously expensive meals you can replace with cheaper meals, or even swapping out some of the ingredients; so it’s not so expensive.

Do you have a lot of dishes with beans and veggies planned for the week; use any leftovers to make a soup one night.

Or, even doubling your dinner recipe to provide lunch for the next day; this can be cheaper than making two different meals, or worse, eating out!

When you’re done editing your meal plan to fit within your budget you can move onto the next step.

Step 6 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Go grocery shopping 

If you really want to stay in your budget, you may want to go alone, too!

I know when my family goes with me grocery shopping, we never stay in our budget.

There’s too many people looking at all the food and the ads in the store.

It just doesn’t work!

I’ll have a nice neat grocery list with everything I need, and then my husband will say that he doesn’t like sticking to a list and adds in about $40 worth of food! It’s even worse when I ask him to pick up a few things at the store on his way home from work. I’ll ask for things that cost about $10 altogether, and he’ll come home and had spent $35. It’s a struggle sometimes to stay in budget!

So, my advice is to go alone, on a full stomach, and with a good list, and don’t stray from the list.

When I was the working parent (and worked 3pm to midnight), I’d always get groceries after work by myself and always stay within budget! (It’s so peaceful getting groceries when hardly anyone else is in the store!)

Also, don’t forget to download the Ibotta app on your phone; it’ll give you cash back depending on what you buy! Their offers change, but they range anywhere from bananas to name brand food to diapers! My first month using Ibotta I got $26 cash back, no joke! (Update: I’m up to ~$100 now!)

Step 7 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a BudgetMeal prep 

Believe it or not, this can actually be one of the toughest steps of all!

But, don’t worry, it’s totally worth it; you can even recruit your kids, if they’re old enough.

My girls love helping me in the kitchen. They even sometimes get mad at me if I make something without them; and they’re 5 and 2!

And, you know what?

Anyone can plan to do well on a budget. But, to go through with it and make it work; that’s another story!

And with food, part of making your budget work is eating what you actually plan and having it ready for you and your family so you don’t hear the headache inducing question of “what’s for dinner?”

If you skip this step you may be tempted to eat out, grab some fast food, or make another stop at the grocery store for convenience foods; like a frozen pizza. Simply because it’s easier!

This is what we’re trying to avoid here!

So, go through those recipes you have planned and see what you can prep ahead of time. Are you making a soup that needs chopped veggies? Need to cook some dried beans for chili later in the week?

Spend an hour or so when you come home from grocery shopping and prep all the food you can for the week.

This will prevent you from eating out because you don’t feel like cooking, and it’ll make sure the ingredients don’t get used for something they’re not intended for. I know from experience how frustrating it is when you plan a meal, go to make it, and realize someone else in the home used one of the key ingredients for something else.

Plus, if you suffer from the ‘mom, I’m hungry’ syndrome that kids have everyday between lunch and dinner; simply prep some snacks for your kids and show them where they are. I do this for my 5 year old and she loves it. It helps her feel more independent and lessons the stress for me.

Need help meal prepping, go here.

To Sum up all the steps…

  • Step 1: Work out your food budget
  • Step 2: Figure out your Food Necessities

  • Step 3: Find out what meals you want to eat for the next week or two!

  • Step 4: Schedule your Meals (in pencil)

  • Step 5: Make your grocery list!

  • Step 6: Go grocery shopping

  • Step 7: Meal prep 

I know meal planning isn’t easy, and for some people it’s not much fun, either (like for my husband who refuses to meal plan with me).

And, I know at first it can be overwhelming, but after a couple of meal planning sessions, you’ll get better at it and won’t mind it so much.

It may even start to bring you some relief, knowing that you’re done with it and knowing what you and your family will be eating for the week.

I hope you found this step by step guide useful and find that it saves you money each and every week!!

Please share with friends and family!!

And, don’t forget to grab your free 2 week meal plan printable to help you out with meal planning!!

Want to eat healthy but don't think it will fit in your families budget? Think again! Use this step by step guide to eat healthy when meal planning weekly, biweekly, or monthly. (This works for whatever size family you have, for 2, for 4, for 6, it doesn't matter.) This guide is easy to implement and allows you to choose kid friendly meals; it starts with finding your grocery budget, to making grocery lists, all the way to meal prepping!

References:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/01/grocery-costs-for-family/2104165/

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