Simply Living Blog Carnival June 2013 Call for Submissions: Around the House

Welcome to the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. We hope that you will join us on the third Tuesday of each month as we share posts about simple living in our lives. Submission deadline will be the second Tuesday of each month.

Around the House House work never seems to end. What tips and tricks have you figured out to help keep your home running smoothly? Help others simplify their homes and their lives.

To submit an article to the blog carnival, please e-mail your submission to mandy{at}livingpeacefullywithchildren{dot}com anddelilahfineandfair{at}gmail{dot}com, and fill out the webform by June 11. Please write a new, unpublished piece for the carnival. We will e-mail you with instructions before the carnival date. We ask that you publish your post on June 18.

We want you to use creativity and to express yourself as you see fit. To that end, you are welcome to post at your discretion with a few guidelines in mind. Please be respectful in your posts. Avoid excessive profanity and poor grammar or spelling. As the co-hosts of the carnival are all advocates of peaceful living and gentle parenting, we ask that you not post about non-gentle practices or violence toward others. While we will not be editing your articles, we do reserve the right to not add your post to the carnival if it is not on topic, is poorly written, or goes against the guidelines which have been set forth.

Blog carnivals are a great way to generate blog traffic and build a supportive community. Your blog will receive links from many other blogs and you and your readers will have the opportunity to discover other blogs with similar goals in mind. Please join us as we embrace Simply Living through Simple Living! We hope you will consider joining us every month as we discuss ways we simplify our lives.

Getting the House Organized with Motivated Moms

Photo by Wayne Wilkinson

With a new year looming, many people are looking to organize their homes. My children came to me with a request for 2012. They wanted to order Motivated Moms. We haven’t used Motivated Moms in a couple of years, but they liked the system so well that they wanted to reimplement it.

Motivated Moms has daily, weekly, monthly, and periodic chores, all on printable pages that you can place wherever is convenient. We have our sheet up on the fridge where everyone can access it. The idea is to keep up with a little bit of cleaning every day so that nothing piles up. Clutter spots are attacked in small increments so that it isn’t overwhelming.

I will say we have only ever used the secular weekly planner, so I can’t honestly attest to any of the other versions. The one we have is easily tweaked to fit our family, and the kids like crossing off things as they get them done, just as I do (nature or nurture?). No one forgets to help out, and those days when it feels like nothing is going right and I’m not getting anything done? I can look and see that I am getting things done, just perhaps not what my plans were.

The download is only $8, which is not bad for having almost everything our family needs already made into lists. Earlier this week I was able to use the code HAPPY for $1/off.