The Spring to-do List
Wow, last week flew by for me; a good reminder that spring tends to do that!
We’re already more than half way through May and I’m sure I’m not alone in counting down the days until school is out (for better or for worse).
Do you feel a sense of “nesting” for the impending shift of seasons?
You know, that mental to-do list that you add to daily… remember to buy end of year teacher gifts, remind hubs to power wash the deck, put out the patio cushions, are we doing flowers this year? Did I remember to order a yearbook? Nail down the summer sports and activities calendar. Transition the closets and set up a clothes donation.
Screeeeech (that was the record stopping). Let’s hold up there for a minute. Flippin’ closets!
Does anyone love cleaning out closets?
With two growing boys, flippin’ closets is a seasonal necessity. And sure, I love the final result but it always weighs on me as an enormous impending task. And ugh, with the nice weather we’re having this week, I’m regretting not tackling it sooner!
Sounds like I could use some grace and a plan!
If you watched Amanda’s sneak peek video last week on The May Mission, you know that every May our MotherShip app notifies us that it’s time to clean out the closets.
We have some expert tips to help make this task less daunting. And here’s one of our own: listen to our Podcast Playlist while you clean/get organized. It will make the job fly by and this week’s episodes are especially fitting!
Skim The List for all of this week’s tips and resources on flippin’ closets and more (including the latest podcast lineup).
15 new resources for moms, published weekly:
- 6 skimmable articles to offer perspective on this week’s topic
- 8 informative and/or entertaining podcast episodes to make the chores fly by
- 1 insightful video to inspire you to move forward with grace
📖 6 Skimmable Articles
🎗 Awareness 🏡 Home 🗂 Productivity 🥗 Wellness 🧗 Growth 👨👩👧👧 Family
🥗 “A disorganized space signals to our brain that our work is never done.
Most critically, disorganization can leave people feeling depressed, overwhelmed, anxious, even paralyzed.” Read An Organizational Expert on Getting Rid of Clutter as an Act of Wellness
🎗 “There are a few sure signs that indicate it’s time to start decluttering your wardrobe:
It’s full of clothes you no longer wear; you can’t find what you need; and it’s so jam-packed that your clothes get wrinkled.” Read How to Declutter the Clothes in Your Closet
🧗🏽♀️ Did you know you have an emotional closet?
“Our emotional closet is made up of all those “icky” feelings that we’ve been holding onto that keep us stuck and ultimately make us feel bad about ourselves.” It’s Spring! Time to Clean Out your Emotional Closet
🏡 Avoid decision fatigue with this how-to list.
“Keep your clothing organized and well-cared for throughout each season with our how-to list. Read How to Switch Out Seasonal Clothing
👨👩👧👦 Have you ever heard of a Family Closet?
“The family closet is a total game-changer for putting away laundry.” Read This Family of 5 Stores All Their Clothes in One Huge Closet
🗂 Think about your flippin’ closets in a new light
“If you have a large amount of clothing stuffed into a closet, you’ll spend more time worrying about it.” Read 5 Surprising Ways Your Closet is Slowing Down Your Productivity
🎧 8 Podcast Episodes
📰 Newsletter Topic
💣 explicit language
🌭 frank content
⚠️ sensitive topic
“Kelly and Lauren review the popular Netflix series “Get Organized with The Home Edit!”
Whether you have watched the series or not, Kelly and Lauren share the dos and don’ts of tidying up and tips to help you keep organized.”
“Skinny jeans have reigned supreme for two decades, but now their rule seems to be ending.”
“Our work consumes us. But does it have to? Anthropologist James Suzman has spent decades living in the Kalahari Desert with one of the world’s last hunter-gatherer societies, and he’s concluded that our modern attitudes about work don’t mesh with the views held by our ancestors.”
“According to Marisa, every thought you think and every word you say forms a blueprint, and your mind works to make that blueprint real. In other words, language can have a massive impact and direct influence on our minds and consequently our lives. “
😎 This American Life | Starting From Scratch (60 min)
Stories of “People starting over—sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.”
“Adam Grant is a top-rated professor, organizational psychologist, and leading expert on finding motivation and meaning. Listen in as he explains how creative people come up with ideas, and how we can redefine our doubt, failure, and fears, just by thinking outside the box.”
👨👩👧👦 Criminal | Who’s There (29 min)
“Crime Blotter: “The Learning Center on Hanson Street reports a man across the way stands at his window for hours watching the center, making parents nervous. Police ID the subject as a cardboard cutout of Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Today, we’re looking at mistakes.”
“As the beauty business shifts towards boutique brands and upstarts, traditional titans of the industry like L’Oreal and Esteé Lauder are struggling to maintain a foothold. At the center of this cultural shift are beauty influencers, who are reaching a new wave of savvy, socially conscious consumers. “
🎬 Insightful Video
“Clutter speaks and you should to listen to it.”
Certified Professional Organizer®, Star Hansen, helps people come face to face with every type of clutter monster lurking in their homes and behind closet doors. In a powerful, funny talk at TEDxTucson, Star shares the radical idea that clutter is trying to tell us something about ourselves, and that listening to it will end up transforming our lives.
Watch Listen to the Monster in Your Closet | Star Hansen | TEDxTucson (15:42) in this week’s Grace in the Race Insightful Video.
Would you agree it’s time for a refresh? Flippin’ closets is a seasonal necessity… you got this, Mama!
As always, we hope our newsletter inspires you to get your ship together and get through your week with grace.
Have a good one and please reach out if we can be helpful to you in any way!
Love & Grace,
Rachel & Amanda
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