DAY 4 – Declutter Jumpstart – Sort Paper Piles

Welcome to DAY 4 of the Clutter Challenge!  The Clutter Challenge is a 7 day challenge – I hope you find it doable and helpful as a springboard for getting rid of clutter! This challenge is straight from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – you can totally do the challenge without the handbook BUT I’m pretty sure you’ll want it 🙂  As a special bonus, anyone that orders and has ordered THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK will get a special discount and early notification on the Clean Mama DAILY Planner coming later this month!

This week (September 9-15) I’ll be sharing 7 tasks designed to give you a decluttering jumpstart. Start with these 7 declutter tasks – they’re designed to get you started quickly and with easily, in a realistic and doable way.

Sort paper piles – If you have more than one, start with the worst offender and go from there.  When sorting paper piles you will have 3 categories: toss/recycle, file, and shred.  All you need to do today is to sort your paper piles.  Toss/recycle what you can and LEAVE the file and shred piles for the the next two days.  If you purchase or purchased THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK, print out the three category labels in Part 6 to help guide you through the paper declutter process.  I hate paper clutter – this photo is from last week’s pile of papers from ONE WEEK at school for my three kiddos.  I have to have a system in place!  You’ll find a whole chapter just on paper clutter in the handbook – perfect if you’re looking for a way to get rid of the paper clutter in your home too.

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Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK:

Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight.

Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever.

If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.


I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.


A Helpful Parenting Resource – just in time for Back to School!

A couple times a year I share a bundle sale with you – this week I have one that comes at such a great time with back to school season.  Starting a new schedule and routine can test every resource, your patience, and it’s can be difficult for kids to adjust to as well.  The Parenting Super Bundle brings you incredible resources and tools at a crazy price BUT it ends August 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST (that’s why it’s such a great price).

Real quick, here’s what you need to know:

  • Price: $29.97
  • Total value of the bundle: $1,283.96
  • Bundle contents: 35 eBooks, 10 eCourses, 2 audios, 23 printables, 9 workbooks, and 1 membership site
  • PLUS these Bonuses: 2 physical + 2 digital bonuses, total value: $103
  • In case you missed it: If you missed the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle earlier this year, you can also purchase it after you purchase this bundle!
  • 30-day happiness guarantee – don’t love it?  You can get your money back.  What do you have to lose?

These are my 5 favorite items in the bundle – you’ll see that just these 5 items are over $80 making the bundle price quite a bargain.

  • Funny Mom Joke Pack: Make Your Kids Laugh Every Day of the Year by Jill Riley ($29.00)
  • Mini Mom & Dad Dates by The Dating Divas ($4.97)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Cards for Kids by Lauren Tamm & Rachel Norman ($5.99)
  • 120 Math & Literacy No-Prep Games for K-2 by Anna Geiger ($12.00)
  • BONUS: 10 free audio stories for kids from Around the World Stories ($30)

Every family needs some resources in their back pocket and I can promise you that The Parenting Super Bundle is the perfect solution!  Check it out 🙂

It’s a Happy July Sale!

We’re settling into summer and if you’re feeling like doing a little tidying of your home, check out the sale in Clean Mama Home.  Use the coupon code HAPPYJULY for 20% off your entire purchase – hurry, sale ends at 7pm cst July 4th.

A couple of my personal favorites?

Bar Mop Towels – perfect for cleaning kitchen counters and for general cleaning – soft and luxurious

Cleaning Buckets – 3 of my glass spray bottles fit in the bucket – store cleaning supplies, tools, or toys in this versatile bucket

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths – the cleaning powerhouse in my home?  Microfiber!  I have 4 varieties sure to work with any cleaning scenario

Glass Spray Bottles + Labels – I love mixing up my own cleaners – elevate the look with these beautiful, sturdy spray bottles


Simply Clean Prize Pack Giveaway – 5 winners!

I’m so excited to be bringing this huge giveaway to you this week – a Simply Clean Prize Pack – with 5 winners!  It’s simple to enter – you can do everything in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck – I hope you win!

5 winners –  will receive one of each of the following:
Copy of Simply Clean by Clean Mama
Glass Spray Bottle – Clean Mama Home
Set of 4  Microfiber Cleaning Cloths – Clean Mama Home
Citrus + Clove Candle – Clean Mama Home

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Yay for Summer – SALE!

This weekend officially kicks off summer – how about a BIG sale to celebrate?  Come see what’s new in Clean Mama Home and use the coupon code YAYFORSUMMER for FREE SHIPPING on any orders $75+ and/or use the coupon code 15OFF for 15% off your entire order.  Need printables?  Use the coupon 40OFF for 40% off your entire order in Clean Mama Printables.

Let’s celebrate summer!  Hurry, sale ends Monday, May 29th at 9pm CST

microfiber cloths galore!

gray microfiber dusting mitt | use on counters, appliances, electronics, autos

super soft + extra large microfiber cleaning cloths | set of 3 – I am obsessed with these!

weekly cleaning checklist sticky notes | 50 pages

aqua striped kitchen towels | set of 2

Love making lists?  Me too!  I now have 5 notepads to choose from – including a new Notes notepad

petite bar mop cloths | set of 6

light gray striped dish towels  | set of 2

white ribbed kitchen towel | classic and multi-purpose

Come see what’s new in Clean Mama Home and use the coupon code YAYFORSUMMER for FREE SHIPPING on any orders $75+ and/or use the coupon code 15OFF for 15% off your entire order.  Need printables?  Use the coupon 40OFF for 40% off your entire order in Clean Mama Printables.

Sale ends Monday, May 29th at 9pm CST

ENDED: The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

I love sharing homekeeping tips and tricks that work in our home.  Simple and effective solutions that REALLY WORK are totally my thing (yours too?).  I’m excited to share The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle with you this week – if it’s something that works for you, I know it will encourage you, help you on your homekeeping journey, and best of all, save you a lot of time and money!

For six days only, everything you need (and then some) is in one fabulous package, for the most affordable price ever.

This year’s edition of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site.

The bundle includes amazing resources that cover everything you need to make homemaking and mothering feel less stressful… quick & healthy recipes, homemaking printables, cleaning tips, date night ideas, parenting helps, and so much more.

Plus, it comes with over $290 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (this is one of my favorite parts of the bundle!).

The bundle includes 106 digital products and it’s worth over $1980!  If that sounds amazing, go check it out!  If it sounds overwhelming, the bundle is broken down into categories and it’s super easy to find resources that fit your needs when you need it.  Think of it more like a library of resources that you can access when you need it most.

Let’s distill the bundle down a bit – how about my 6 favorite products?  Just these 6 products are worth over $103.97 and I can tell you that they cover budgeting, cleaning, clutter, paper organization, overwhelm, and cooking – 6 areas that everyone needs a little help with room time to time!


  • Stretched Too Thin: 10 Days to Overcoming the Hustle and Thriving as a Working Mom by Jessica Turner ($39.00)
  • Living Well & Spending Zero by Ruth Soukup ($12.99)
  • The Paperless Home: How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life by Abby Lawson ($32.00)
  • Clean Mama’s Just One Page Kit by Becky Rapinchuk ($7.00)
  • Clutterfree with Kids: Change Your Thinking. Discover New Habits. Free Your Home. by Joshua Becker ($5.99)
  • The Well Ordered Kitchen by Caroline Allen ($6.99)

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the bundle website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use the Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start your stress-less homemaking journey!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 1st, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.


Learn more or get your bundle HERE:

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, May 1st, so don’t wait!)

5 Steps to an Organized Closet + Free Printable

I’ve been decluttering and organizing our master bedroom closet this past week and made a little checklist to follow and I thought you might like to use it too.  So if you’re stuck in an decluttering or organizing rut and need a little guidance and a plan, pick a closet and follow these 5 simple steps.

Closet Organizing Checklist

  1. Quickly go through clothes and make a pile of clothes to donate – if you don’t love it, if it doesn’t fit, and/or if you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s probably time to lose it.  Put these clothes in a bin, box or bag to drop off at your favorite donation spot.
  2. Organize clothes in a way that YOU can maintain – group like items together (short sleeves, long sleeves, pants, jeans, dresses, etc.). I like to loosely group clothes – jeans and pants, workout wear, short sleeves, and long sleeves.  If you need to completely empty the space to see what you’re working with, do it. Keep it simple so it’s easy to work with and maintain.
  3. Remove everything else that can be removed. Wipe down all the surfaces – left to right and top to bottom. Vacuum the floors, corners, baseboards and wash the floor if it isn’t carpeted.
  4. Any new systems that can be put into place?  Socks in a basket, drawer dividers, dresser in a closet, clothes in a bin, donate basket.  A donate basket is a must for our closets – it definitely helps to keep clothing in check on a regular basis.
  5. Complete any laundry that needs to be done – wash, fold, hang and put away.  Make sure that you’ve done the laundry so you aren’t reorganizing in a couple days.  Get your system the way you want it from the start!

Tackle your closet in an afternoon or do a step a day for five days – however you break it up, you’ll find that an organized closet makes doing laundry easier and it also makes the ‘what to wear’ process simple.  If you put in the work to cull your clothes and pick just the best pieces that fit and you love and enjoy wearing, you will save time all around.

Grab your FREE printable closet organizing checklist here!

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ENDED: The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle

This month we’ve been doing the SIMPLY CLEAN DECLUTTER CHALLENGE – I hope that spending 10 minutes or so decluttering targeted areas has been helpful in your home. I’m excited to be able to bring you The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle from the Ultimate Bundles team.  It’s full of tools, printables, and bonuses that are perfect for getting your home in order and decluttered.  You’ll see that The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle is FULL of great resources – that might be overwhelming but because it’s at such a discount, you can pick and choose what works for you and know that you are still getting a great bargain.  Here’s a little bit about the super bundle….

You have great reasons for wanting to be more organized. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calmness, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your ever-lovin’ mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you just want to savor the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter.

When you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident in saying no to the things on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to the things that do). You start learning the difference between what you really need and what will just add to the clutter to your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 38 digital products on topics like how to organize your photos, decluttering, family systems, meal planning, time management, and much more. All together, it’s worth over $650!

A couple products that I want to highlight for you that I’m most excited about….

  • Clean Mama Homekeeping Foundations Kit
  • printable planner stickers
  • 30 Days to an Organized Life
  • 5 Days to a Better Morning
  • Holiday Planners
  • Step-by-Step Decluttering
  • Evernote Essentials

and so much more!  Head on over to the website for more details and to get your bundle.

Plus, it comes with two brilliant bonus offers worth over $40:

    • SaneBox – An exclusive credit to save you 12 hours per month ($20 value)
    • YNAB – A FREE four month trial to the popular budgeting software ($20 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $650 worth of amazing products for a whopping 95% off!

Here’s how it works:

      1. Visit the website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this Super Bundle, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through the simple 3-step checkout process.
      2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, printing out planners, and redeeming your free bonus products.
      3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the area you want to tackle first and start getting organized!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, January 30th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

No one should have to feel overwhelmed one more minute because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. By finding systems and strategies that really work for us, our home and daily life is much calmer than it used to be. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!

Just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!   I hope you have a blessed Christmas and take some time for quiet, cozy, and family.  I’ll be back early next week with a simple challenge for January and I have some posts all cued up for Simply Clean in 2017.  2016 has been a very exciting (and busy) year around here and I’m so excited for what 2017 has in store.  Until then, I’m relaxing with my family, eating cookies, and enjoying the most wonderful time of the year!

Follow along on Instagram so you’re ready for the challenge and if you’re looking for the best cleaning products, Clean Mama Home is still open with shipping in 1-2 business days and so is Clean Mama Printables.  (Heads up: I will have a New Year sale if you want to wait a couple days.)

Thank you for your support and for following along – I’m so grateful for each and every one of you!

12 Days of Giving : Day 1

Today is Day 1 of ‘The 12 Days of Giving’: Get a FREE GIFT EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT 12 DAYS, Starting with a FREE docket for your week from me (blank + pre-filled are included)!

Go here to grab your weekly dockets for FREE!

Festive gold Christmas abstract background with bokeh lights and stars.

Follow along on Instagram – I’ll be sharing where to go for each of the 12 Days of Giving!

Come Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for November 2016

It’s almost November and that means that it’s time for November’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.


If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’ll love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it! This is a workable solution for even the busiest of households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for NOVEMBER 2016 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

Weekly and daily tasks are detailed at the top, rotating cleaning tasks are on the bottom of the calendar with a little checklist.  How you use the calendar is up to you – put it on a clipboard, in your planner, on your refrigerator.  Use checkmarks, draw lines through tasks or simply keep it up as a reminder.

Come Clean Infographic - Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for November and join me!  Follow along (subscribe in the sidebar) for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook and have a private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.


Go here to grab your FREE calendar for November 2016!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the calendar in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free printables and you can come back and access them anytime. Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free calendar AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)

Don’t miss the Clean Mama Home FALL SALE – use the coupon code FALLSALE for 15% off your entire order and check out the new shipping rates – yay!


Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Clean Mama Updates – 4 things

Clean Mama Updates - Clean Mama

Hello!  I just want to pop in and give you all a little update on a couple happenings around the Clean Mama HQ (also known as my home).  It’s been a busy and fun summer and the kids go back to school in less than 2 weeks – yikes! I’ve been working on something for over a year that I’ll be sharing with you oh-so-soon.  It’s been a big part of the last year and I can’t wait to tell you about it!  On to the updates….

  1. I’ve received more emails than I can count about 2017 calendars in Clean Mama Printables so I thought it might be a good time to update you on a couple things shop wise – historically speaking, I always introduce 2017 calendars in August or September.  They’re coming but those things going on behind the scenes here have trumped the calendars.  All that to say…. look for them in the next few weeks.
  2. But that’s not all!  I am also working on a small printed and bound planner – it’s different than any other planner out there and it’s for non-planner and planner people.  And the best part?  It’s affordable AND made in the USA.  Stay tuned!
  3. Clean Mama Home products will be available somewhere else besides here (what?!) – I’ll share that with you in a little over a week!
  4. Clean Mama Home shipping will be through a fulfillment center – soon!  That means that a.) I get my office/house/life back, and b.) shipping will be same day or next day.  Hip hip hooray!

Any products you’d like to see?  I’m working on a couple new products for fall and winter – drop me an email if there’s something you think I’m missing!

Personally I am not a fan of teasing when it comes to blog and product announcements – I hope you see this post as a stay tuned and I’m listening type of post rather than a tease 🙂  Sign up below so you don’t miss anything!

Paper Organization : How Long Should I Keep It + Free Printable



If you are anything like the average person you might struggle with paper organization and you probably have a stash somewhere in your home of random papers, receipts and forms. Flipping through them is a bit like an archeological dig as it provides a snapshot of your life in the form of a pile. Plenty of people live in fear that they will accidentally toss or shred something important so the stash, piles and files get bigger and thicker with time.

I am here to help you go through your papers once and for all and to help you designate just what you need to file and what you can shred or recycle. If you are looking for a method to keep all those papers organized once you have gone through them, I recommend looking here for the process I used when I set up our grown up filing system.

If you are starting this process with no filing system to speak of, I recommend investing in some file folders so that you have somewhere to put the papers when you are done with them. Begin by deciding just what you need for categories and individual files. This may vary from person to person depending upon your family structure, finances and other variables. You can choose to color code the files- red for medical, green for finance etc.- or  you can use file folders you may already have. These categories are intended to be idea starters and are by no means conclusive, so feel free to adjust or retitle so that it fits your needs.

Important Documents:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • social security card
  • passports
  • power of attorney


  • retirement and 410K
  • checking
  • savings
  • loans
  • tax documents
  • insurance
  • credit card information


  • insurance
  • bills/receipts
  • coverage documents


  • title, loan, or lease documents
  • insurance
  • maintenance


  • transcripts
  • individual child education folders
  • diplomas


  • childcare
  • clubs
  • travel
  • family history

Print out this free printable and keep it handy with your filing system as you go through your piles and files. Enjoy the satisfaction that an organized filing system brings.

Go here to download your FREE How Long Should I Keep It Printable!

How Long Should I Keep It? Infographic via Clean Mama


Working From Home : Increase Productivity with Block Scheduling

Working From Home - Increase Productivity with Block Scheduling - Clean Mama

The concept of block scheduling isn’t new, but it’s how I get just about anything and everything business-y done.  If you work from home or outside the home, today’s post has applications you can use anywhere.  It’s even the premise of my cleaning routine – focus on the same thing every day and get more done.  Instead of trying to get a lot of things done at the same time, concentrate on a batch or block of the same thing.  If you haven’t tried it, it’s revolutionary and potentially life and business changing.  If I’m starting to feel overwhelmed I check to see how many things I’m trying to accomplish simultaneously and chances are it’s more than one.  I go back to my one thing at a time and all is well.

How to use block scheduling to increase productivity:

Simply block off any amount of time and focus on one task or group of similar tasks.  Instead of just sitting down to work, have specific goals and tasks in mind that you can accomplish.  Take this one step further by separating tasks into blocks of time.  If you have a 9-5 sort of job, have specific things that you do at certain times of the day.  By eliminating the ‘what should I do next’ you’ve already become more productive.  Plan according to when certain things work best in your day.  If you are groggy in the morning it might be best to drink a cup of coffee and answer emails for a block of time.  Then after you’re warmed up, work on something that requires a little more creativity.  Use block scheduling for days, hours, or minutes – whatever works for your work at home schedule.

Why it works:

When you focus on one thing at a time and don’t multi-task your efficiency increases and can accomplish more because you are concentrating all your effort on that one thing.  For instance, instead of answering emails on and off all day long, schedule them in a specific period of time.  It could be 2-3 times a day or it could be 2-3 times a week.  Focus on answering emails and only answering emails for a specified block of time and all that time opening and closing the email program is never wasted.

Here are a couple ways that I use block scheduling when I work from home:

  • SET UP AND PLAN A CALENDAR – taking a couple minutes to plan ahead a work schedule or a blog schedule, etc. is helpful.  Set up a time to draft out the calendar and then work only on filling in that calendar.
  • WRITE BLOG POSTS – I try to have a couple months of blog posts planned on my calendar and set up in WordPress.  This really helps to keep me focused on the writing process and keeps things moving on the content side of things.
  • TAKE PICTURES FOR BLOG POSTS – I find it much easier to batch-shoot pictures for multiple projects or posts at the same time.  Setting up camera and shoots once versus multiple times is a huge timesaver.
  • ANSWER EMAILS – I try to answer 2-3 times a day so it’s not a huge time commitment at once.  I’ll answer for 5-10 minutes early morning and around lunch.  If there’s something pressing or urgent that I’m waiting on or expecting I’ll peek again in the evening.
  • SHIPPING – I ship products out on Tuesdays and Fridays.  This way I’m not shipping every day all week long.  Sometimes I will add an extra shipping day if I’m especially busy.  I’m planning on not doing shipping for that much longer though 😉
  • HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – I set aside a day or two a month to only work on Homekeeping Society.  I could stretch it out for a week, but I’ve found that I can get much more done if I only focus on that for a day or two.
  • ODD WORK HOURS – I don’t work 9-5, I work in segments during the day so block scheduling is especially helpful for me because I can concentrate on one thing for 30 minutes to an hour and then move on to something else.  If you’re working from home during odd hours and working around nap times or bedtime, using block scheduling could be extremely beneficial for you.

Block Schedule - Clean Mama

Share your top block scheduling tip in the comments or how you’ve used it to work for you or if you have a topic you’d like me to cover in this series, let me know!

This post is part of a Working from Home Series:

Working From Home - Flexibility is Essential - Clean Mama


Psst…my Everyday Work @ Home Kit is perfect for working at home!

everyday work @ home kit - clean mama

Clean Mama Printables 50% OFF FLASH SALE


It’s July 25th – isn’t that like Christmas in July?  How about a flash sale?  Come see what you need and stock up – I rarely do a 50% off sale – like I think I’ve had two or three in the last couple years.  2017 calendars will be on their way soon and on sale then too, but not this price – don’t miss it!   Clean Mama Printables is all stocked up – use the coupon code 50FLASHSALE for 50% off your ENTIRE ORDER!

Clean Mama's Productivity Planner

Productivity Planner – undated and full of productive goodness

Everyday Complete Kit - main - Clean Mama

Everyday Complete Kit

Homekeeping Foundations Kit - main - Clean Mama

Homekeeping Foundations Kit 

Schedule Reset main via Clean Mama

The Schedule Reset – perfect for a re-boot!

Streamlined Life Complete Kit - main - Clean Mam

Streamlined Life Complete Kit

Clean Mama Printables Flash Sale - Clean Mama

Don’t miss the Flash Sale – it ends 7/26/16 at 10pm cst!


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