• Decluttering the kitchen. A series of pictures depicting a clutter-free and organized kitchen.

    Decluttering the Kitchen

    Decluttering the kitchen was the focus of the first week of my New Year Declutter Plan. If you are just joining the decluttering fun I recommend reading the link above to get your own copy of the New Year Declutter Plan. Declutter the Kitchen The kitchen is often cited as being the heart of the home. The kitchen is where the vast majority of a family’s time is spent. Whether it is preparing a meal, sharing a meal, or simply cleaning up the dishes together, the kitchen is where the people are. Because the kitchen is often the place where so many gather, it easily collects all the things. From…

  • The Well Planned Mama new year declutter plan for a messy house

    The New Year Declutter Plan

    I love a good declutter. It makes my soul so calm to rid our homes of excess stuff! There is just something about heading into a new year that motivates people to find a declutter plan and get their homes in order! If you have ever been near an Ikea in the first months of the year, you know what I mean. An organized home is as sought after as a healthy body when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Now that the cozy holidays are behind us, people all around are ready to roll into the new year with a fresh slate and that includes a decluttered and organized…

  • Climbing out of the chaos

    10 Tips for Finding a New Normal

    If you had asked me three months ago if I felt like I had it together, I would have probably told you that I felt like I did most of the time. My life wasn’t in picture-perfect order, but overall I felt like I created a life with just enough organization that I wasn’t usually blindsided by anything. In fact, I will admit I prided myself on my ability to prepare for situations. Then Things Changed But then things changed. The addition of our newest little babe was wonderful and magical but also unexpectedly difficult. Our sweet little girl came into the world ready and wanting to nurse, but we…

  • Weekly Check-in Plan for busy moms

    How a Weekly Check-in System Can Help a Busy Mom

    As a busy mom, it can be frustrating trying to find time to get everything done. Often times it can feel like hours in the day passes without us even realizing. Before long it can feel like our to-do list is out of control. Forgetting to Get Things Done More than once I have found myself in the following situation: It is the middle of the night, I should be sleeping. Instead, I find myself going over a list of things I meant to do either that day or even a week ago but somehow never got to it. Somethings are important such as checking up on finances while others…

  • Bring home baby checklist

    Easy Bringing Home Baby Checklist

    It is hard for me to believe that we are only a few short weeks away from bringing home baby! This summer is very literally flying by! The last time we welcomed a baby into our home was three years ago! And while it might not seem like that long ago, I feel like a new mom all over again. At that time we were living in a one-story ranch home and had a newly two-year-old toddler. So needless to say there wasn’t much of a “shock” with the new baby. We were pretty used to diaper changing and nursing. For this little one though, we are in a position…

  • Tips for planning a stress-free birthday party

    8 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Birthday Party

    When our oldest, Asher, was turning one year old, I felt an overwhelming pressure to plan the perfect first birthday party. Hours. and I do mean HOURS, were spent, leading up to the day scouring Pinterest for ideas, creating invitations and decorations by hand, baking his cake and preparing food, and planning every detail of the day. I created multiple “activities” for our guests including a photo booth, picture frames to decorate, masks and coloring pages for kids, and even elaborate favors (that I forgot to hand out until most people were gone). Adding to the mess, three weeks before Asher’s party I started a new job. So needless to…

  • Household inventory sheets save your time and money by making shopping trips simple and quick. Buy only what you need when you need it. Free printable. Great for household binders. Household organization tool.

    Simplify Your Shopping Trips with Household Inventory Sheets

    Have you ever been at the store checkout, certain you have picked up everything your family needed, only to get home and realize the family is running low on something for the home… tissues, toilet paper, or window cleaner? I have and the frustration is almost palpable! In my last post, I shared how overwhelming the mental clutter and mental load of motherhood can be. As moms, we don’t have a lot of extra time in our days and it is frustrating to realize you have to add another shopping trip to the already overflowing schedule. After one too many times of reaching for something only to realize we were…

  • Organizing mental clutter

    The Importance of Organizing Mental Clutter

    There has been a big push in the last few years to de-clutter our homes and organize our physical spaces. There have been many, myself included, that can attest to the positive effects of decreasing physical clutter and creating an organizational system that works for you. But what about our mental clutter? Mental clutter includes all those pesky to-dos, appointments, and schedules that are constantly running through our minds. Our mental clutter consists of all those things that are completed silently and without celebration but are what keeps are family’s lives flowing easily day to day. If you talk with any mom they will tell you that often this form…

  • Tips for organizing seasonal gear

    Tips To Easily Organize Seasonal Gear

    This week’s weather brought record-breaking low temperatures to our area and despite my constant yearning for warmer weather it looks like we are still several weeks (or months) away from warmer weather. Colder temperatures are a time when seasonal gear: coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and more are littering our homes. Without a system in place for seasonal gear organization, you might find yourself digging through the couch cushions looking for your child’s missing mitten. Tips for Seasonal Gear Organization Living in Indiana (or really the Midwest) means that while we have the seasons, it isn’t always guarenteed each season will stay in its lane. Around these parts, it is…

  • The magic of toy rotation and open toy display. Watch as your children play longer with fewer toys!

    The Magic of Toy Rotation and Open Toy Display

    Have you ever found that your children seem to be overwhelmed, bored, or uninterested in the toys at home?  Have you thought maybe it was time to get some new toys to peak their interest again? This was me as a new mom with my first. At the time my son was a toddling near-one-year-old and his toys were kept in a large basket in our living room, he always appeared so uninterested in the toys stored in that basket. Even when I would buy a new toy, the interaction would only last so long before he seemed bored again. It wasn’t much later that I came across Montessori principles and…