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5 Family Rules for Clutter-Free Spaces (Guest Post at Waltzing in Beauty)

5 Family Rules for Clutter-Free Spaces: Guest Post at Waltzing in Beauty

Long-time blog readers might remember my previous collaborations with the lovely Christina of Waltzing in Beauty. We met through one of my oldest friends, and I am so blessed to know her. She just had a sweet little baby boy, so she is easing her way back into blogging by hosting a guest post series on how to make a house into a home.

My contribution is about some of my favorite things: rules (let’s be real), organizing, and practical tips. Here’s a sneak peek:

Everyone gets an inbox, even at home. I am a practitioner of GTD, the productivity methodology made famous by David Allen over 15 years ago in his book, Getting Things Done. One of the keys to GTD is reducing your inboxes. You will only clutter up your spaces by keeping bits of paper everywhere: Post-Its on your computer screen, receipts crumpled up in your purse or wallet, piles of paper all over your desk, and a mound of snail mail by the door. Do yourself a favor and get a physical inbox or letter tray. You can even get pretty ones: one of my inboxes is striped! Every piece of paper that comes into your life needs to go in that tray, and once a week, you need to deal with all of it. My roommates and I have “invisible inboxes.” We make 3 piles on the first horizontal space after the front door (a.k.a. our landing strip). When we see something in our invisible inbox, we know we need to pick it up and do something with it. Nothing ever stays there for long.

Read the other 4 rules at Waltzing in Beauty.

“You Were Here Once, Too”: Guest Post at Waltzing in Beauty

Tuesday Talk

Nothing new here today, but do hop over to my lovely friend Christina’s blog. She recently got married and has set up a whole month of marriage-themed posts, called “What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married: Reflections and Advice Celebrating Marriage.” It’s also part of her new co-hosting gig with the Tuesday Talk link-up.

She asked me to contribute from a single lady’s perspective (story of my life), and I opted to mainly share the wisdom of others. The lovely ladies of the Not Alone Series make extensive cameos, as do a few wise words from Verily. I offered my own commentary as well. It’s rather text-heavy for her blog, but what can I say? I’m a word girl.

Here’s a teaser:

I’m not married, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about marriage. As a married woman, you know the most about exactly one marriage: yours. I personally used to do marriage prep (for other couples, not for myself), so I actually know much more than most never-married people. You can still talk to me about your marriage (in a totally appropriate way). I’m still the same listening ear I was after your last first date. Give me hope that what I want is worth waiting for. I’ll help you stick it out when the going gets tough.

Read the rest at Waltzing in Beauty.

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