Reader Q&A: How do you motivate kids to do chores?


A reader wrote in with a great question, one I’m sure we’ve all tangled with at one time or another. I am sure you’ve got some great ideas to help this Mama out. Question: I am a mom of 4 kids under 11. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one cleaning our house. My […]

Zone Defense: Organizing Your Traveling Equipment

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This year we’re back on Zone Defense, tackling clutter and getting our homes more in order. This month, we set our sights on organizing our traveling and vacation equipment. (At my boys’ hockey games they play inspirational music during warm-ups and right before a face-off, so here’s a little music to get you going before the […]

Tackling the Living Areas (Zone Defense)

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This year we’re back on Zone Defense, tackling clutter and getting our homes more in order. This month, we set our sights on the living areas. I have lived in six different homes in my almost nineteen years of marriage. A couple were short-term rentals, but each of the others was a place we wanted […]

Time to Organize the Linen & Laundry Areas

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This month we’ll be organizing the linen and laundry areas on Zone Defense. Last year we went through our homes, room by room, one month at a time, tackling clutter and getting on zone defense. This year, we’re doing it all again. I dunno about you, but my house certainly drifts toward chaos, so it […]

Spring Cleaning the Kitchen (Zone Defense)

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Take a few minutes each day to dejunk and reorganize your kitchen. Not only will you unload unwanted things and reclaim wasted space, you’ll also make cooking much more fun. If it weren’t for you… I’d be a complete wreck. Well, at least my kitchen would be. Thank you for being my accountability on this […]

5 Quick Tips to Save You An Hour Every Day… Really


Want more hours in your day? Life as MOM contributor Prerna offers some suggestions to nab an extra 60 minutes every day. Let’s be honest here. We, all, wish for more time in the day. we wish we had a few extra minutes to drink that cup of coffee in peace. We wish we had 30 minutes […]

13 Ways to Get Organized for the Year

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A few minutes of planning can prevent frustration later. Plan for the year by getting organized now with these tips from Life as MOM contributor, Prerna. January is in full swing and if you’re like me, you’ve already put together a plan for a more peaceful and productive year. However, this  is also the best […]

Zone Defense: Deep Storage

I hope you haven’t forgotten Zone Defense! This year, we’re going through our homes, zone-by-zone, tackling different areas of home life. This final play is to tackle the deep storage. Now that the holidays are moving past us, it’s time to think about organizing, cleaning, and dejunking. Because that’s what we do in January, is it […]