It definitely is a challenge maintaining order over a household of seven. And when your kids are home most days, 3 meals x 7 people of dishes, our projects, shoes + coats, and stuff can easily build up everywhere.
After putting my whole heart and summer into “tidying” our home the Marie Kondo approach (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing), I’ve been quite strict that we don’t fall back into our “cluttered” ways.
I have 3 tricks that have worked in keeping that order in every room of our house. And helps keep peace between parent and child, child and child, and the unspoken calm from living in an inspiring, orderly home.
“The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity.”
In recently sharing some of the changes taking place in our household lately, one significant change has been my daily schedule or plan for the day.
Usually I change up my daily schedule format when it begins to feel too restrictive. Sometimes the change goes from maintaining my day/week’s plan on my iPad calendar to keeping my plan/goals using a big legal notepad.
Lately, though, how I plan (or don’t plan) and see my upcoming days and weeks has changed at a deeper, philosophical level.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw
I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of change, that, to be honest with you, recently has scared me to death.
Each child growing up faster and faster.
Needing new parenting skills.
Wearing reading glasses for the first time.
New tablets for my kids.
Finding balance/trust with new tablets for my kids.
Intensity in our family’s ballet schedule increasing.
Experimenting with new approaches to homeschooling.
Readjusting again our approach to homeschooling.
Shifting gears for a new blog/space.
Letting go of things that used to inspire more and pressing forward with the new.
The early morning routine–again.
Giving my kids more responsibilities and more freedoms…
I’m beginning to straighten my wobbly legs beneath me to hold on tightly to the progress that has come with much change and continue to readjust with the rest. My, it takes courage to change. Accept change. And embrace it and label it “good”.
Although I have been quieter in this space recently I am so very excited to be finalizing preparations for a new space online that will be launched soon. The thing that is amazing about change and progress is that you have to look back at what you’ve become and the experiences you’ve had and thank them for the ride. Then, with all the energy you can muster, focus dead ahead at the new. The different. And the future.
the sleepy time gal
I get asked quite a bit about my current eating plan. It’s similar to what I was doing a few years ago but has changed a bit.
In this video, I explain what a typical week of eating looks like based on my current activity level.
Here are some great links for more information:
More about a Keto/low carb diet and how to start:
Excellent Keto/low carb meal plan:
How to be vegetarian/vegan and follow a low carb/keto diet:
My popular low carb/paleo/primal Pinterest food recipe board:
How to lose weight following CarbNite Solutions (Keto diet all week, carb refuel one night):
If you lift, do strenuous exercise, and need more carb refuels, try Carb Backloading:
My health journey on my blog here:
Feel free to ask questions! I’d love to answer.
the sleepy time gal