So, this morning I had a friend share a blog post about the pressures that social media sites, specifically Pinterest, put on us mothers. It got me thinking. Pressures? What pressures? We need to be perfect. I'm perfect. Why aren't YOU perfect? I know why. Because you aren't looking at Pinterest and putting all those amazing ideas into practice. I need to help this poor woman. Right now. PROJECT!
So, friend, I have assembled some of my best ideas for you to pin and implement in your daily life. You'll be organized, healthy, skinny, beautiful, stylish and successful. All from pinning my ideas. AND...your friends will know how organized, healthy, skinny, beautiful, stylish and successful I am. WIN WIN.
Set the Tone For the Day
Never make your bed in the morning. Never EVER EVER. Only make it right before you get in it at night, so you are perfectly covered when you plop in front of your smart TV under the ceiling-mounted speakers. If your bedding is all up in a mound like this before your reality TV binging, how will you balance your wine and cheese? You won't. (Bonus tip: only change your sheets like once a month. Crumbs can be brushed on the floor on your husband's side of the room).
Streamline Your Morning Routine
If you travel, keep your stuff in the quart-sized bags you use for the airport. Don't mess with a make-up organizer. Leave the empty bag on the vanity and spread all the contents out. Leave it that way. FOREVER. (Or until your next trip). This way it's all out in front of you. All day long. Reminding you that it's too much effort to use it and to walk away. Immediately.
Keep your clothes in baskets like these. It doesn't matter where they came from. Even cardboard boxes will work. It's much easier to grab clothes from these baskets than to 1) hang them up and 2) retrieve them from the closets. If they get messed up from digging for matching socks, that's ok. Go with it. Oh, and you may see that I have shoes stored behind these baskets. It's strategic. If I can't find matching socks, I can easily surrender and put on riding boots. (That's a time-saver tip).
Get Your Kids Dressed and Ready
It's important that you not only set the tone for your day, but for their day. At the same time, they can't outshine you. YOU have to be the star. Don't brush their hair until AT LEAST noon. Leave them in their pajamas for days and if they want to play dress-up, give them a soft robe and call it a magical princess cloak. Leave their toothbrush and toothpaste on the kitchen counter all the time. I read on a blog once that keeping it in the bathroom is very bad. Very, very bad.
Organize Your Fridge and Pantry
Just throw it in there. Stack cans and jars on top of boxes. Place giant jugs of maple syrup next to instant Mac N Cheese. Put the ketchup in there with the back of the bottle facing you so you can easily read the nutritional content. Being healthy is a priority. READ LABELS.
Monitor Screen Time
Make sure that there is ALWAYS access to screens. Big screens, little screens, in between screens. For example, we have two kindles, an iPad, an iPhone, an iPod, a Galaxy III, three smart TVs, an iMac, a PC and a Chromebook. Use them all. CONSTANTLY. And keep them charged in the event of a power outage. Not to say books don't have their place, because they certainly do. But they are boring.
Maximize Small Spaces
Use your utility room for EVERYTHING. Food storage, glass pan storage, an art studio, winter gear storage, dancing, skinning caribou, ANYTHING.
And last, but CERTAINLY not least...
So friend, stay in your pajamas for days! Wear the same blue robe for a decade! Forget the make-up. Never change your earrings. Wash your hair twice a week. Paint your nails and don't paint them again until the last chip of color falls off naturally. Look, feel, BE amazing. Pin THIS.