I’ve been doing this blogging thing for almost nine years now. I started on the day my second child went to kindergarten. He will be in high school next year. When the first summer came around, my main concern was that I wouldn’t be able to keep up the progress I’d made in my home while we enjoyed the gloriously routine free season.
By the third summer, I realized the bigger concern was the impossibility of trying to enjoy the precious and fleeting time with my family while also maintaining the blog. With my personality, I needed my kids to be my summer project.
So since 2012, I’ve done my best to take summers off.
While other bloggers who hear I do this look at me wide-eyed and confused, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I know it has “stunted my growth” with the site and podcast, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is how I’ve maintained my sanity.
Life is full of a million (good) things I could do, but letting some of those things go so I can have energy for my family is always worth it.
While I’m gone, here are some recommendations to help you keep going on your own deslobification process:
My Books –I wrote How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind as the guide for the overwhelmed home manager. If your home has you on the verge of tears, wondering why what seems so easy for “everyone else” is so hard for you, you’ll understand after you read that book.
Decluttering at the Speed of Life dives deep into decluttering. Really deep. I talk about the mindset changes needed to make real change, teach you my five step decluttering process, and apply the process to the different areas of your home including . . . craft rooms. I also tackle a subject I avoided for years: helping others declutter. There are chapters on helping your kids, friends, husband, and older relatives. I also spend a lot of time on the intensely emotional challenges related to clutter.
Audio versions of both books are available. (Note: You do NOT have to be a member of Audible to get an audiobook through them. You can purchase individual audiobooks and use the Audible app to listen. Look UNDER the orange button at the right of the page. I know it’s confusing. To be more confusing, I suggest you look at the Kindle price as well and see how much it would cost to add the audiobook when also buying the Kindle version. It varies, but sometimes can be almost the same price as the audiobook to get both.)
If you need visual help, I created a video course last year called: The 5 Day Clutter Shakedown (
$5 Off Coupon Code: SUMMER18 ; click “add coupon” on the checkout page and the box to enter the code will appear. This coupon offer has expired.) I’ve loved hearing from many of you who watched it with family members and experienced great success because you were finally speaking the same decluttering language. The course also includes audio-only files and written transcripts of each video to help those with different learning styles and varying internet capabilities.
Maybe this is the time for you to read this blog from the beginning. If you’re feeling that familiar yeah, but feeling every time you gain a little hope from reading my site because you’ve failed so many times before, reading the real time process will help. I explain how to read from the beginning here.
Teaching Kids to Clean ebook is a curriculum for teaching your kids basic cleaning skills.
Maybe it’s time to figure out why people are crazy about podcasts. They are free, you listen (like the radio, but whenever you want), and you can clean while you’re listening.
And most of all, be sure you don’t miss a thing by signing up for my newsletter here.
Have a wonderful summer!!