6 Productivity To-Don’ts

Some of my favorite productivity tips include:

  • Making a to-do list
  • Taking breaks
  • Bribing yourself with manicures and ice cream

But sometimes the secret to being more efficient is knowing what NOT to do. I’ve compiled a few productivity to-don’ts that will help you get more done. Read more

Checklist for Moving With Your Pet

Moving is always a pain – no matter how you slice it.  It’s going to be a stressful time but if you plan ahead — some of those worries will be tamed.  Moving with a pet can be particularly daunting — but lucky for us owner of Pets in the City, Aaron Hill shares his checklist:

Help your Pet Adjust to a New Home

by Aaron Hill

Before the big day

Site survey. If it’s a local move, take your pup over to the new place a few times before you officially move in. Let them sniff their new digs and get the lay of the land before changing addresses. Read more

Organize Everyone’s Birthday

How do you remember everyone’s birthday? It’s really difficult but if you have a system in place you can be the star of the family or your circle of friends!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  I use a list to track everyone’s birthdays throughout the year.  I document all the birthdays and I have reminders emailed to me, so I know weeks in advance if a birthday is coming up so I can plan accordingly.

I’ve always done this through birthdayalarm.com, which I really love but for some reason they don’t have an app.  Now that I’m totally addicted to my iPhone — I need an app for everything!  So I went in search of one and I found Birthday Calendar.  This is essential if you want to be organized and have everyone’s birthday in one spot. Read more

List, Lists & More Lists

I can’t help myself — I have to make lists about everything.  Planning trips, buying gifts, things to do, goals I have, restaurants I like, questions to ask, etc. etc. etc.  So I’ve compiled some of my lists (and guests’ lists too) all in one place as a reference for you.

Check out my lists page and feel free to print them up and take them with you — to look for an apartment, to buy a bra, be a better parent or pack for a trip.  I’m always working to improve and add to these lists.  Please let me know if there are any you’d like me to find for you and I’ll track down the best expert with some tips.  Or I’ll make the list myself — being that I love it so much.  Hope you find these helpful!

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6 Ways to Create a Peaceful, Organized Home

There is something about organizing your home that creates this amazing feeling.  You feel freer in a way.  But it’s easy to get overwhelmed and put the task off until tomorrow, or next week, or never.  My guest blogger, Jennifer Weiner, has a few ideas:

6 Ways to Create a Peaceful, Organized Home

by Jennifer Weiner

When you have a disorganized or cluttered house, it can be overwhelming to think about getting things in order, especially if you have children creating new messes every time you clean. Taking the time to set up a system of organization can bring a new peace and order to your home and to your family. Break the job into manageable chunks and fight the urge to ignore the chaos. Read more