Organization is something I crave and it makes my mind and heart happy. Since having two busy little ones and being married to the most unorganized man ever (#truth), I have lost my ducks-in-a-row-mojo. I'm striving to get it back and I know how much clarity and peace it brings to my life so this is my biggest resolution this year. My STARTplanner is legit, you guys. There's literally a page and space for everything. Everything. In the Hustle Daily Planner, everything from monthly finance spreadsheets, top three of the day to water goals are planned down to the hour in an organized, clean way. This is exactly what I need to keep me on top of birthdays, groceries, tutoring schedules and everyday activities. There's also a business edition, which would be so great for working mamas or those with their own small businesses. Not only is it gorgeous, but the pages are so clean and organized in the best possible way. You need this in your life!! And one of you lucky ones get the chance to win one at the end of this post!
Ever since I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I've been inspired to donate more and get rid of things we don't use or need anymore. Everything from toys to clothes to kitchen items, I've been taking car loads to the thrift store at our church. Although at times I feel bad about giving certain things away (there's really no reason for attachment for most things but I always feel a tinge of guilt) I know they are going to someone in need and that makes me feel so good to help. Afterwards, I feel like I can breathe so much easier. I plan on doing a big purge of all of our clothes (hello eighty five thousand random t-shirts in Rob's drawers) and that alone will be so fulfilling. I tend to be a "keeper" and really, who am I kidding? I'm pretty sure I won't be wearing my going out tops from college anytime soon ;) If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it!
For Christmas, I got Daphne Oz's new cookbook, The Happy Cook and I'm loving it. I really enjoy cooking and while I cook often, I fall into the habit of making simple meals for Olivia and I if Rob isn't home or meals that are thrown together because I'm rushing after tutoring or being out for the day. My plan is to try to meal plan more = less wasted food, more money saved, and to enjoy the cooking process. Olivia loves to help in the kitchen and I hope to include her more as well. In my STARTplanner, there's even a meal planning section so it couldn't be any easier to start now!
Be organized, donate, and cook more - my simple resolutions to make the mind + heart happy!
Now, I can't wait to see who wins a brand new STARTplanner!! Simply enter below and the winner will be notified by January 6, 2017. Everyone who enters gets a free party download too!! If you're following along on Instagram, @thebirdsnestblog, be sure to comment with one goal for 2017 and score some extra entries on there as well! Winner must reside in the US. Good luck XOXO