7 Books to Help with Your New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is upon us! I love the possibilities of a New Year, and a chance to start fresh. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite books to help you jump start your resolutions. I have personally read and/or owned all of these, so they are coming with my hearty recommendation.

For convenience, I’ve included Amazon links to each of the titles below. However, in many cases you should be able to locate these books at your local library if you wish!

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before: What I Learned about Making and Breaking Habits – to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin

This was my book club’s pick for December and what a great discussion it produced! You might recognize the author, Gretchen Rubin, because she wrote the bestseller The Happiness Project. Better than Before would be an excellent read no matter that your New Year’s Resolutions are. In this book, she uncovers the role habits have in our life – both good and bad. She shares how to develop habits that you want in your life, and how to protect them from self-sabotage. It was a very thought-provoking, yet easy read.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Chances are you’ve seen this title floating around: and for good reason, it’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller that’s easy to read, yet offers solid advice. I picked this book up myself last month and managed to read it in three sittings. There are a couple things that made this book different from other organizing books I’ve read: 1) Kondo claims that none of her clients have relapsed to disorganization (um… wow!) and 2) she advocates decluttering by category, not room.

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4 Tips for Writing Better New Year’s Resolutions

4 Tips for Writing Better New Year's Resolutions

I love a good New Year’s Resolution! I know they often get a bad rap, but I think there’s something to be said about the desire to want to improve oneself.

Over the years, I’ve made some resolutions that I feel really have bettered or improved my life in some way. I’ve also made some resolutions that I failed miserably at. As I’ve been pondering the New Year, I wanted to share a few of my observations about how to write solid resolutions.

Tip #1: Avoid Resolutions that Require Perfectionism

One of my resolutions this year was to floss every day. So what happened in February, when I forgot one night and broke the streak? Well, I’d obviously failed so what was the point of continuing?

I have seen other resolutions like this too – maybe you’ve even written them. They might include a running streak (where you run every day for a year, without a day off) or take a picture every day and post to social media.

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Over the course of my blog, I’ve shared a few tutorials and recipes that would lend themselves well for Christmas and holiday gifts! Here are some of my favorites: Homemade Sugar Coffee Scrub. Easy and quick to make. Would make a …

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10 Storage Solutions for Handling Kid Paperwork

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Kids Paperwork Organization Ideas

Just yesterday, I was chatting with a friend about how difficult it can be to stay up on kids’ papers! It’s one of those categories that can create real clutter really quickly if you don’t have systems in place to handle it. This week, I’ve been getting my house ready for fall and back to school and organizing those papers is very much on my mind. I thought I’d share a few items I found on Amazon that may help create control.

These items cover a number of situations you may encounter with kids’ paperwork – storing it, dealing with the day-to-day homework, and displaying the very best pieces.

#1 – ALEX Art Expanding Portfolio

My friend said she ended up buying these expanding portfolios for her kids. They have 9 pockets so you can store special projects from grades K – 8. There’s even a slot for the child’s photo on the front! I love how these portfolios hold over-sized artwork up to 12″ x 18″. I’m definitely thinking of picking up a couple of these to store my kids’ very best work. This item has received very solid ratings on Amazon from other customers!

#2 – 3-Compartment Folder Holder

How do you handle all the papers and homework that come in on a daily basis from school? This paper holder could fit on a kitchen counter or other space to hold paperwork and folders until it’s time to deal with them.

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#3 – Classroom Keeper 6 Drawer Storage Shelf

There are so many possibilities for how you could use this organizer! Give each child his/her own drawer, store filler and computer paper, create incoming/outgoing slots, use it for sorting mail. I am envisioning cute labels on this one and I think it would tuck nicely in a pantry or counter space.

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#4 – Classroom Keeper Magazine Holders, set of 6 in assorted colors

Here’s another option for dealing with paperwork: color coded holders! One could be for homework that needs to be done, another could be for items to be filed, another still for your own bills/action items.

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KonMari-Style Drawer Boxes and Organizers on Amazon

Everyone seems to be talking about the new Netflix hit “Tidying up with Marie Kondo!” So many of my friends and family have been posting pictures of their decluttering and tidying efforts as a result. I’m also in the process of a major house declutter! As of today, we’ve given away about 13 huge bags and 9 or so boxes of clothes, games, shoes, household items and it feels really good!

If you’ve been watching the show, you might have noticed how much a fan Kondo is of using small boxes or containers to organize the items in your drawers. I found several inexpensive sets today on Amazon that I think would work well for the KonMari-ers out there! Note: while I am including prices, always understand that these can change at any time!


Closet Underwear Drawer Set (4 pieces included)

Closet Underwear Drawer Set (6 pieces included) **BEST SELLER!!*

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*LAST DAY* Eat at Home Complete Meal & Grocery Planning Service: 30% off Sale!

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I’ve shared about Eat at Home Meal Plans before, because I think it’s all kinds of amazing. These Plans are budget-friendly and will empower you with all the tools you need to get out of the dinner rut and cut time on planning and shopping for your meals.

Here’s how the Eat at Home system works: 

  1. Choose your plan. You get access to four different plan types (Traditional, Wholesome Traditional, Slow Cooker/Instant Pot, and No Sugar/No Flour).
  2. Shop. The plan will provide you with a color-coded grocery list. (Tip: to save time, use a grocery pickup service, such as ClickList, to make it even easier.)
  3. Make dinner. When it’s time to cook, pull your ingredients and recipes and off you go! Plans include slow cooker, Instant Pot, 15 minute recipes and more.

Here’s what one of the thousands of happy members has to say:

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How to Organize your Bills with a Binder System

Several years ago, I was on the hunt for a system to help organize my bills. It seemed that whenever it was time to pay them, I’d have to fish out bills from my car, office, counters, and various other places. Obviously, this was not good. It was time to put on my big girl pants and get organized.

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My first thought was a folder, but this didn’t stay tidy for long. I decided that ultimately the system I landed on must be:

  • Quick and painless place to store bills as they come. 
  • Visually tidy and pleasant to use when it’s time to pay bills.

After some contemplation (and a trip to the store), I decided to go with a binder:

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While a binder may seem like an unusual choice, I can tell you that this has worked for me for over 5 years now. In fact, I have this same binder and used it just the other day to pay bills. Let me walk you through how I have mine organized.

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7 Resources to Help you Declutter your Home

Got decluttering and organizing on the brain? Maybe it’s a New Year’s Resolution for you, but you’re unsure where to start. I thought I’d compile a short list of some of my best sources of inspiration!

How One Family Downsized & Decluttered. Last year, I had the chance to interview Dawnie Campbell on my blog. I absolutely love her story, because I think a lot of us can relate to it! She craved order, but found herself in a very cluttered home. In this post, she shares how her family managed to give away half (yes, HALF!) of all their belongings. Her story is both inspiring and encouraging, particularly for those of us who have tried and failed to declutter before.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, by Marie Kondo (Amazon). This little book doesn’t take long to read through. It offers both the inspiration and how to you need to tidy your house once and for all. Instead of focusing room by room, Kondo approaches categories (clothes, books, papers, sentimental items). She also provides practical advice for identifying which items to keep, and which to part with. 

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