Inspiring Time Management Must-Reads

One thing I’ve noticed with my live declutter series is that many women want to clean their homes but they’re not sure how to fit organization in with their already busy schedules. I completely relate – it is not easy to wear all of the Mom hats AND add decluttering to the list!

That’s why I decided to put together this book list for you – while there is no magic button, the following books were really helpful to me when I needed to figure out how to make time for organization, and I think they’ll help you, too!

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Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

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Short and sweet, this is a perfect starter book if you’re new to the time-management genre. Like Amy Lynn Andrews says, “What if you could change your life in 30 pages? And for less than the price of a fancy coffee?” Yes, yes, yes! Buy it now and read it today!

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

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Laura tells her readers, “The way I see it, anything you do once a week happens enough to be important to you. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use our time better.”

If you feel like you’re just too busy and don’t know what to do about it, then you must, must, must read this book! 168 Hours truly revolutionized the way I view my time and I haven’t been the same since (in a good way!).

28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person by Davonne Parks

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This book is perfect for anyone who struggles with timeliness. Since I’m a semi-reformed late person, I get it – being on time is tough!

Complete with tips, quotes, embarrassing confessions, and funny success stories (pajama church, anyone?!),  28 Days to Timeliness is a refreshing balance between informative and inspiring, and will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to begin your own journey towards timeliness.

{Special Note: 28 Days to Timeliness will go back up to $4.99 on February 1st, so get it now while it’s on sale!}

21 Days to A More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine

21daysmoredisciplineThis book is like having a personal trainer for self discipline! I recommend 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life for anyone who wants to develop more discipline in their own life, for those who find themselves caught up in the comparison trap, or for people who (like me!) tend to come up with a fantastic plan, start out at 100 mph, then crash and burn after two days.

The simple chapters are very doable and wonderfully motivating to help the reader make a lasting change.

101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms by Davonne Parks.

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From beauty routines to meal preparation to cleaning and laundry, you’ll find tips in this book to simplify your daily approach. And, whether you’re a car-pooling working mom or a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, 101 Time-Saving Tips includes tips that are sure to benefit you, the busy mom.

Best of all, for a limited time only, 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms is FREE to my blog subscribers! Go here to sign up.

What fabulous time management books have I missed? Let us know in the comments! (Bloggers, feel free to leave a link to your own related book reviews in the comments.)


When You’re Not Quite Ready for Christmas

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I want to encourage you today. Maybe your house isn’t clean, your gifts aren’t wrapped or you don’t have the finances to purchase gifts, and you won’t have time to bake the cookies you wanted to make. It’s okay. Christmas will come and go, and more than our family wants us to have everything perfectly done, they want us to be present and pleasant.

And you know, there’s so much beauty in the undone. There’s beauty in the imperfect. And we can find joy amidst the mess and the tight budgets.

If you need a few last-minute ideas or encouragement, here are some things you may like. Don’t read all of these articles. Just pick and choose a few that will help you the most:

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Embracing an Imperfect Holiday – on Beauty through Imperfection.

The Christmas Cookie Disaster – Sometimes it’s easy to think that other people’s Christmases are perfect and beautiful all the time, but that’s simply not true. In this post about my nearly disastrous cookie baking experience, I share how I finally realized that my attitude matters more than the circumstance.

Why We Simplified Christmas This Year – by Money Saving Mom.

Dealing With Difficult Relatives During the Holidays – on Worshipful Living.

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22 Themed Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List – If you’re trying to think of a last-minute gift for someone on your list, then read this article. Not only are there 22 great themed ideas, but each idea is also frugal and (mostly) clutter-free! Plus over 30 other gift lists are included in the link-up on this post so you’re sure to find some fantastic inspiration.

10 MORE Themed Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List – Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, need a last-minute co-worker or family gift, or just want a little fun inspiration, you’ll definitely want to check out these neat ideas.

Celebrating a Memorable Christmas on a Zero-Dollar Budget – by Brandy at the Prudent Homemaker.

How to Frugally Fill Awesome & Clutter-Free Stockings – Enough Said 🙂

Scheduling, Cleaning & Organizing

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Last Minute Holiday Sanity-Saving Tips – If you need to simplify your holiday to-do’s but aren’t sure where to start, then check out this article for practical tips and encouragement.

How to Keep Your Kid’s Christmas Gifts From Taking Over Your House – This was one of the most brilliantly simple ideas I’ve ever had and I just had to share it.

How to Fake a Clean House in Less Than 20 Minutes – If you want a cozy feel amidst the chaos in your home this Christmas, or if company is coming on short notice, then you’ll definitely want to see the tips in this article.

Crafts, Recipes & Decor

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Simple & Elegant Christmas Dinner Menu – This is what I’ll be making for Christmas Dinner this year. Maybe you’ll see a few ideas that you like?

25 Frugal Days of Christmas – Check out this link-up for crafts, recipes, and other fun ideas.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments – My friend Stephanie introduced me to these Christmas tree decorations, and they’re absolutely wonderful! These are so easy that my five-year-old can make them almost completely by herself and these beautiful ornaments make the house smell amazing.

A Cute and Easy Way to Display Greeting Cards – If you’re looking for a quick way to display your greeting cards, then simply put them on a bookshelf or try this idea. And I’d love to know: how do you display your greeting cards?

Christmas In The Midst Of Our Mess – by the Nester.

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You can read all of my Christmas articles here or see my Christmas inspiration board on Pinterest.

What’s one thing you do to simplify Christmas preparations?


Simple December Menu

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Confession: I’m terrible at menu planning! I’ve tried and failed many times. But, when I do manage to keep up with menu planning, I’m always amazed at how much it helps out at dinnertime. So I’m determined to keep trying and to keep making progress.

That’s why I agreed to make Frugal Homeschool Family’s weeknight dinner menu this month – I figured that I can’t be the only one who could use a little nudge in this area.

So whether you want an entire month’s worth of dinners planned out for you this holiday season, or whether you just want a few fresh and simple ideas, make sure to take a look at the December menu I created for you – it’s free, it’s printable, it’s easy, and it includes links to delicious recipes for your convenience!

Details I shared on Frugal Homeschool Family:

Most of us like to indulge in the delicious desserts that are always at holiday parties! What we don’t love is when those fun treats cause the pounds to creep on while our kids are simultaneously going crazy from way too much sugar.

That’s why this month’s weeknight dinner menu is so fabulous – it was created with cold weather and holiday parties in mind! You’ll find a perfect mix of comfort foods and really clean, healthy meals. Every dinner is kid friendly, delicious, and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare – perfect for those busy December schedules!

>>Click here to download your FREE December menu plan!<<

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Day 22 of Simple Organization.

PS Don’t forget that today is the LAST DAY to get all three of my eBooks for a total of only $2.24! Go here for details.


My Entire Library Only $2.24 This Weekend

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In spite of the excuses I made, deep down I knew that drowning in clutter was keeping me from doing more important things. I rarely opened my home to visitors because it felt like too much work.

I was almost always late because I couldn’t find things like shoes, keys, and clean outfits.

And I couldn’t spend much time serving others because so much of my time was just spent putting out (figurative) fires.

I never dreamed that God had plans to use my mess for His glory (Romans 8:28). The discouraging days, the embarrassment at unexpected company, the guilt I felt for letting my family down, the times we rushed in somewhere late again —there was beauty in those ashes.

Part of the beauty is that I know and I understand. I know your heartache. I understand that letting go of your things and changing habits are tough. But you know what else I know? I know that you don’t always have to live this way.

You can be free.

That’s why I want to offer my entire eBook library to you for only $2.24 this weekend.

Here’s how:

1) Buy Chaos to Clutter-Free: 16 Realistic Steps to an Organized Home for only $1.25.

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2) Purchase 28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person for just $0.99.

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3) Subscribe to my blog to receive a FREE copy of 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms.

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The sale will go from today (11/28/14) through Monday (12/1/14).

See more information about each book here.

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