Reclaiming time #9: Put the Kids to Work

This week the need to reclaim time turned the spotlight on my seven year-old daughter. She has more free time on her hands than my partner and I. We decided she is old enough to help with some household tasks, a huge part of the motherload. Not only would this help us out, but giving [...]

By | October 23rd, 2019|Blog, Creating Your Ideal Home, Reclaiming Time Series|

Reclaiming time #8: Actively Schedule Weekly Self-care

Like many moms, I found myself in a situation where I was constantly giving to everyone. It often goes unrecognized, and I’m left with little – if any – time for myself. I recognized that if I don’t proactively schedule time for self-care: to exercise, see friends or simply take a break it doesn’t happen. [...]

By | July 30th, 2019|Reclaiming Time Series|

Reclaiming Time #7: Bring Take-out to a Potluck

Something I have learned in my efforts to reclaim time is, in addition to finding ways to do things more efficiently, I have to eliminate certain tasks altogether. I determine which of the many on my list are lesser priorities by measuring them against my values and needs. My mother would never... Recently this approach [...]

By | July 23rd, 2019|Blog, Reclaiming Time Series|

Reclaiming time #6: Try Grocery Shopping Online

One major time-suck I have been working on a lot this year is the amount of time we spend on grocery shopping. I mean the full process: review/purge fridge to prepare the grocery list, meal planning, travel time to and from the store. At the store alone navigating the aisles and standing in line at [...]

By | July 16th, 2019|Blog, Reclaiming Time Series|

Reclaiming Time #4: Deferring the Vegetable Garden

Reclaiming time can happen in many different ways and sometimes it’s by honestly sizing up the time and energy a potential project will take against other priorities and making a smart decision. This week, for me, it was deciding to defer building a vegetable garden until next year. Will this project make me happy or [...]

By | July 2nd, 2019|Blog, Reclaiming Time Series|

Reclaiming Time #3: Getting Rid of Kitchen Counter Clutter

In our culture we seem to correlate success with owning more stuff. But, what we often don’t realize is how much time all this stuff sucks up. Something we don't need added to the motherload. Remove just one irritating bit of clutter One of the things I have discovered is the less you own, the [...]

By | June 25th, 2019|Blog, Reclaiming Time Series|

Reclaiming Time #2: Minimize Shopping and Food Prep

Getting supper on the table can be a real time suck — not to mention stressful affair at the end of a long day. But, eating well is important. So how do you balance it with the rest of the motherload? Meal delivery services seem to be helping some, but they aren’t for everyone. Personally, [...]

By | June 18th, 2019|Reclaiming Time Series|

Reclaiming time #1: Delegating My Son’s Birthday Party to my Partner

Birthday parties are a lot of fun for the kids, but as most of you know they take a lot of time and effort to organize, provision and host– part of the motherload. I spent about 10 hours organizing my daughter’s Harry Potter themed birthday party this winter. She loved it and so did her [...]

By | June 11th, 2019|Reclaiming Time Series|

Tackling the Motherload

Feel like you are on a hamster wheel every week trying to keep up with your life and all its commitments? You are not alone. Besides trying to cover of the essentials of eating, sleeping, working and managing kids and/or elderly parents in addition to the home each week, the expectations of what mothers can [...]

By | June 10th, 2019|Reclaiming Time Series|