How One Word Can Motivate You To Toss That Clutter Until It Is All Gone

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Have you tried to declutter your home once and for all only to get about halfway and lose steam? I have a tip to share with you today that just might help you finally toss that clutter until it is all gone.

Toss all that household clutter with the power of one word. Declutter until it is gone this time.

 

I am sure by now you have seen “one word” quotes or perhaps you have heard of people who have picked “one word” to inspire them throughout the coming year. One word can carry so much meaning for a person that they are willing to tattoo it on their bodies permanently.

Don’t worry–I am not going to ask you to get a tattoo, but I am asking you to pick a word.

How One Word Can Motivate You To Toss That Clutter Until It Is All Gone

Decluttering can take a long time and when goals take a long time, we sometimes get lost. We are not even sure where the finish line is. A single word is an easy way to remember what the finish line will feel like for you.

Take a few minutes to visualize what your home will look like when it is clutter free. Now imagine how it will feel to be standing in your clutter free home. What one word best describes that feeling? That vision is your finish line and that word is your vision prompter.

Yes, it might sound a bit cheesy, but it works. Here is a quote from Live Simply: Declutter Your Environment, Unload Your Mind And Simplify Your Life As Much As You Want that backs this theory up.

” Instead of brewing and stewing over all the clutter you currently have, start visualizing your house as clutter free… This particular rule may take some getting used to. But I have tried it — and it works. After a while you have an image of your house, as it should be, clean and without useless stuff strewn around. And the next thing you know, you’re taking steps –sometimes just baby steps –towards your vision.”

With a word tied to your vision, you have a simple reminder that will help you make tossing clutter a part of your everyday routine.

How One Word Can Motivate You To Toss That Clutter Until It Is All Gone

 A Few Examples Of One Word Quotes That Motivate

A while back I asked my Snail Pacing Clutter Removers Facebook Group to describe in one word how they thought a clutter free home would make them feel. These are the words they shared: open, content, calm, peaceful, free, ecstatic, relieved, liberated, happy,  proud, relaxed, lighter. And then there was the comment that made me laugh–Confused. I would think someone had robbed me and cleaned up. Lol!

How One Word Can Motivate You To Toss That Clutter Until It Is All Gone

Make Your Word Highly Visible

Okay so you don’t have to write your one word quote everywhere, but I do want you to keep it visible in the places you tend to escape to the most when you don’t feel motivated. Perhaps that is the couch in front of the TV? The car that takes you out so you can avoid dealing with the mess? The bedroom where you cuddle up with a good book? The kitchen where you look for snacks to pass the time? Only you know your favorite spots–make your word extremely visible in those areas.

How One Word Can Motivate You To Toss That Clutter Until It Is All Gone

A Few Ideas For How To Display Your Word

The simplest way to post your word is to grab a stack of sticky notes and a pen and write the word you choose on several, then stick them up in all the places you know you like to go to when you want to avoid decluttering.

If you want to do something a bit more permanent, use a cute font in your word processing program or on picmonkey, then print it out on cardstock and frame it. If you don’t want an 8×10 print, you could make a 4×6 print by just placing the frame on top of the word and tracing around it with pencil and then cut it to fit the frame.

For an ever visible yet less permanent option than a body tattoo, you could write the word on your hand in permanent marker before you start your weekly decluttering session. That way each time you struggle with letting an item go you will see the word on your hand and remember that the hard work will be worth it in the end.

Okay, now spill it! In the comment section tell me what your word is. Or better yet click over to Facebook and join my Snail Pace Clutter Removers group and then add your answer to the string of comments I got when I asked the group what their word was.

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10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Back To School Shopping

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Are school supplies and back to school clothing putting a strain on your budget year after year? Stop the money drain with these 10 ways to save money on back to school shopping.

Save money on all your back to school shopping from school supplies to clothing needs.

 

Our children go to a small private school two days a week and are homeschooled the other three days a week, but that doesn’t mean they need any fewer school supplies each year. Thankfully I am able to apply a lot of my best thrifty tips for living on less to back to school shopping to help shrink the cost of those supplies.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Back To School Shopping

1. Make A List

If your school is like the one my children attend, they probably send you a handy email with a downloadable supply list inside– make sure to print it out. On the back side of that list write down what your kids need beyond those supplies, things like new shoes, socks, sweatshirts, and school uniform items if your school requires them.

A few notes on how we decided what clothing items are needed for back to school.

To make a complete back to school wardrobe list I have each child dump every item of clothing they own on my bed and then we go over each and every item together. Does this item still fit? Sometimes if I don’t believe the answer to this question I will have them try it on–especially my sentimental child who wants to keep every article of clothing that sparks memories. Is the item in good condition? If it has stains or rips it goes straight in the trash. I know I am not the world’s best stain removal wizard and I don’t have time to mend. Do they still like wearing the item? If not and it passed the stain and rip test it goes into a box for the thrift store.

Once we have our pile of items that is staying we sort it into t-shirts, long sleeve tops, sweatshirts, shorts, jeans, etc so that we can see where there are wardrobe holes. I aim for four of each type of clothing item, that seems to be the magic number in our home to avoid the ‘Oh, no! I have nothing clean!” morning panic. If the child has less than four, we decide together what colors would work best with what they already have and add that article of clothing and suggested colors to our list.

I then divide the list into items they need right away and items that can wait. So if they need t-shirts we will get them right away since it is warm when they start school, but if they need a new winter coat then that can wait until cooler weather arrives, allowing me more time to find a great bargain. I store their lists in a zippered pocket in my purse so I have them with me at all times to refer to when I find deeply discounted clothing items in their size.

2. Shop Your Home First

Chances are you have a few items lying around your house that could be on that school supply list you printed off. Perhaps you bought a few extras last year just in case, or there are other items that were barely used. If so, don’t rebuy them; use what you have.

I know that might be hard to hear for some. After all there is a certain thrill as a child to going to school the first day with all new supplies, but is it really worth it? How long does that thrill last? I am guessing it dies by the end of the first week of school.

Teach your children instead to be wise stewards of money and the environment by using up supplies they already own. I am not saying they have to go to school with pencils with only an inch left or erasers that are as big as a pinky fingernail. But if the pencil was sharpened and used once and the eraser still looks like new, use them up this year and pocket the savings.

  10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Back To School Shopping

3. Buy Quality Where It Counts

My middle child is a senior in high school this year and he is going to go to school with a backpack he has used already for all three years of high school and it will probably make it to his very last day of this fourth and final year of high school.

The backpack is a Swiss Gear backpack (very similar to this model) bought on clearance one January for another purpose and then put away for school.  I paid about $5 more for it than a cheap version would be. That $5 difference has paid me back again and again. As of today after three years of constant use only one small accessory strap has fallen off. Other than that it is in perfect working order.  My daughter has the same brand in a different color, and her’s is now in its second year of use.

I find the same applies for binders, I bought my son several Five Star brand binders (like this one) his first year of high school and he is still using them going into his fourth year.

At home we use better quality pencils (this is our favorite brand), erasers and pens because I know they will last longer. However, I don’t send them to school with them because I have learned the hard way that my children are very absent minded with little items, meaning they get misplaced long before they get used up. Knowing this I send them to school with less expensive brands.

4. Shop Sales Or At Least Go To The Store Known For Lowest Prices

I only buy supplies for two children so I don’t do the school supply sales game where you go to store after store grabbing the lowest priced items at each one. If you have more children to buy for I can see it being worth your time. I suggest you follow the site Money Saving Mom during the back to school shopping season. The site does a great job of listing where you will find the lowest prices on school supplies.

What I do is simply head to the one store that I know has in general the lowest prices for school supplies overall in my town and I buy them there. I might not save the most money, but I also save time that I could spend on other money making or money saving ventures. You personally need to decide which approach would work best for your family and your financial situation.

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5. Use Cash Back Sites & Apps

Even though I don’t store hop for school supplies I will open up every cash back app and site I can think of to see if perhaps I can get a bit of money back on my purchase.

If I am shopping online I check these three sites to see who is offering a cash back deal on the store I am about to shop at. If several of them offer a cash back, I check to see which one is offering the highest rate.

The smartphone apps I use most often for savings in store (some do offer online savings too)

  • ibotta–Does rebates for both in-store and online shopping. Great selection of stores!
  • Shopkick–Earn points just for walking into the store
  • Receipt Hog–You don’t earn a lot using Receipt Hog, but it is so simple to use.

6. Consider Buying Secondhand

When I mention considering secondhand items to fullfill your back to school shopping list I am not talking about just clothing items. I have bought my children like-new binders at yard sales as well as report folders, pencil cases and more at a fraction of retail costs.

Secondhand clothing will save you even more money, though. I personally find yard sale clothing to be the least expensive, but it is also very hit and miss as to whether you will find what you are looking for. If you want to save money and you are short on time I would head to the biggest thrift store in your area.

You can also shop for secondhand clothing online. I have personally used Thredup dozens of times with good success, I make sure to check  the “like new” and “new with tags” option to ensure good quality. You can get $10 off your first order at ThredUp when you use my referral link (these words highlighted in blue are it). If you like name brand items I think you will like what you find at ThredUp. They have all sizes from infants through to adult.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Back To School Shopping

7. Buy Ahead When You Find Deeply Discounted Items

You know that every year you are going to need pencils, pens, erasers and paper so why not stock up if you see some deeply discounted a few months after school starts? Place these items in a plastic tote with a lid so they won’t get beaten up. Next time back to school season comes up you have a jump start on shopping.

8. Use Discounted Gift Cards

Discounted gift cards can save you anywhere from 1% to as much as 20% or more on your shopping, but you do have to think ahead. I usually pass unless I can save 5% or more. Our family likes using the company Cardpool, but there are others out there. A good site to use to help you get the best deal on discounted gift cards is Gift Card Granny. You simply sign up for an account and then you can start searching for the gift card you want and it will show you all the places offering that gift card at a discount.

The key to using discounted gift cards wisely to save money is to only buy them for stores you shop at often and always for a little less than you plan to spend. That way you are not stuck with a bunch of gift cards for places you either won’t shop at in the next 12 months or with less than a dollar on them.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Back To School Shopping

9. Keep Track Of What You Spend

Each and every year keep track of what you spent on school supplies. Use that information to create a budget for the next year. To be on the safe side always add about 10% to the amount you actually spend for next year’s budget to allow for rising prices or a change in supply list.

10. Earn Gift Cards For Things To Help You With Next Year’s Shopping

Did you know that there are companies that will give you points for searching the web through their search bars, or for printing and using coupons, or shopping online? You can then cash those points in for gift cards. These are all actions you probably already do for free so why not get paid to do them? One company that does this is Swagbucks. I have used them for years. Swagbucks makes it simple for everyone to earn anywhere from $5 to $25 or more each month without changing their online habits all that much. Simply download their search bar and use it instead of your current search engine.

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Hope these tips help! Do you have any to add?

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15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

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Do you want to work-at-home, but are unsure how to make it all work? Or perhaps you already started a work-at-home job, but you are struggling to juggle it plus housework, family relationships, and still having a bit of time to refuel yourself.

Don’t despair–there are things you can do that will set you up for work-at-home success. I too was once a young mom desperately wanting to stay home with my children, but knowing that I too had to work somehow if our family was going to get out of debt and stay out of debt. I knew the answer was a work-at-home job, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to juggle it. How did I work, keep our home from looking like a cyclone hit it, keep meals on the table that didn’t always come out of a paper bag, and still have time for my children and husband?

Want to successfully work-at-home? These books can help.

After all, my primary desire for becoming a stay-at-home mom was to spend more time with my kids. If I took on a work-at-home job, how did I do that without sitting them in front of a screen for hours while I tried to get my work-at-home and homemaking tasks done?

The answer came from my favorite source of information–books. I read dozens of books on homemaking, time management, housekeeping, goal setting and I took notes. When I applied what I learned I discovered that I could carve out enough time to work two to three hours a day even when the kids were very little to work at home for pay (because as we all know moms at home are always working whether they get paid or not).

Now that my children are 15 and up I have much more time on my hands to work for pay, do household chores, spend quality time one on one with each child, date my hubby, and dabble in my favorite passions such as running and knitting. And I have the books I read over the years to thank for that (well that and the fact that older children can pitch in with housework a lot more than younger children and they sleep through the night)!

My hope is this list of books will help you too to organize your days in such a way that you find you can work at home without your home life becoming overwhelmingly chaotic.

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Time Management

1.The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

This book will help you hone in on the one goal “thing” you need to keep above all other goals in order to make the most impact in your home-based business.

2. How to Handle 1,000 Things at Once: A Fun Guide to Mastering Home & Personal Management

Although written many years ago the time management wisdom in How To Handle 1000 Things at Once is still relevant in today’s world. In fact, this is one book I re-read every few years because each time I do I glean a few new skills that help me juggle all my different mom hats a bit better.

3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

This book helped me dump a few things off my to-do list that really were unnecessary. It also helped me realize I needed to delegate house cleaning tasks to my kids more than I already was. I don’t think that was a side effect the author thought of when he wrote Essentialism, but it was what I ended up doing as a result of reading the book and doing so gained me hours to work on my business and taught my kids some valuable life lessons.

 

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Inspiration

4. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

I just recently finished Start With Why. The book is filled with inspiring stories of great business men and women and how their approach to business is what made them successful. Learn to answer why instead of how and watch you and your customers become inspired.

5. Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference

Learning the story of Crystal Paine and how she began blogging thinking she would just make enough to cover a few living expenses and ended up creating one of the largest blogs in North America will inspire you to realize that you might be small now, but with hard work and a “stick to it” attitude your business could grow bigger than you ever thought possible.

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Life Balance

6. The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You

Just because you are both a stay-at-home mom and a work-at-home mom doesn’t mean you don’t have time to spend on yourself. In fact, if you want to do both roles well you need to make time to refuel your tanks so you can help refill theirs with attention and love. However, making time for you isn’t as hard as you might think. The book The Fringe Hours will show you precious minutes each day you are probably wasting that could easily be turned into personal refueling time.

7. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

Guilt can make us say yes so often that we end up filling our days with tasks instead of cuddles with our little ones and errands instead of work. The Best Yes will help you set the right priorities for you and your family and set firm boundaries around them.

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Networking

8. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Warning: some of the language in How To Talk To Anyone is outdated. However, the tips are a goldmine for those who struggle to start meaningful conversations with people who could have a positive effect on your at-home business. How To Talk To Anyone will help you start conversations with potential customers as well as your fellow work-at-home coworkers. And oh, how we need to talk to others who do that same work as us–it keeps one sane.

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Homemaking

9. Plan It, Don’t Panic

Meal time happens three times a day, and snacks happen two to three times a day–all that meal prep and eating can take up a huge chunk of our days. Minimize that chunk by implementing the meal planning ideas found in Plan It, Don’t Panic.

10. Clutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time To De-junk Your Life!

The more things we own, the more time we spend maintaining them, cleaning them, rearranging them, and so on. Reduce your stuff and you will gain time to work. The book Clutter’s Last Stand will inspire you to toss, toss, and toss some more.

11. Sink Reflections: Overwhelmed? Disorganized? Living in Chaos? Discover the Secrets That Have Changed the Lives of More Than Half a Million Families…

Cleaning routines can cut your time spent cleaning drastically. First, you don’t have to spend time thinking about what needs to be done because it is just part of your routine to do it. Second, it doesn’t take as long to clean when things are being cleaned regularly. Use the book Sink Reflections to create cleaning routines for your home. Don’t forget to get those kids helping you with them!

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Goal Setting

12. 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

Most people know how to set a goal, but few know how to break it down in a way that can help them achieve it. If that is you, read 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life and learn how to break your business and life goals down into manageable chunks.

13. 5 Habits Of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit

Are you trying to figure out why you always quit on your goals? Then 5 Habits Of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit should be on your reading list. Figure out why you quit all the time and how to stop doing it.

 

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Customer Relations

14. Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results

People remember business owners and workers that went above and beyond what was expected. Learn how to implement wow factor into your business with Fred 2.o.

15. Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers

One quote that has stuck with me from this book for over a year now is “You get further with relationship than interruption.” Are your business tactics interrupting your customer’s day or are they building a relationship? If you are not sure, read Permission Marketing.

I divided up the book list into elements and struggles of work-at-home moms so you can pick a book from the area you are currently struggling with most at the moment. So pick out your title and start tackling your work-at-home problems–you’ve got this! Apply what you learn and watch your work-at-home success grow.

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These two video driven courses will help you better manage your days! They help me find an extra half an hour.

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