The Millionaire Next Door

I hope you recognize the title of this blog post as something you’ve seen before.  Because if you do, it probably means you’ve already read the book I’m about to recommend, so you might as well skip to the end of this post. It’s called –…

3 pick-me-ups for Monday morning

Mondays can hit like a ton of bricks. Whether you had a fantastic weekend or a less-than-ideal one, it can be tough to get through the day without getting bogged down. Here are 3 things you need to do to help rock your Monday: Write out…

How to rock out the end of the year

What is this blog coming to?  In the last post we were advocating doing a spring cleaning in the fall, and now we’re talking about old year resolutions.  Come on, Mother!  Don’t throw out tradition, in all your 3S’ing! I know, I know.  But seriously, an…

How and why to spring clean in the fall

We often think of spring time as the best time to do a thorough cleanout.  You know, a spring cleaning!  But right now is a great time to do a thorough purge of your home, and donate as much as you can of your excess to…

How to get your kids to do their morning chores

We have recently made one small change to our morning routine: from henceforth and forevermore, the kids ‘owe’ me 5 minutes of their time, after school, if in the morning their beds aren’t made, the brekkie mess isn’t cleaned up, or we leave for school past…

The number 1 thing to do when crisis cleaning

It happens. The same week you battle cluster headaches, make a zillion cupcakes for the PTA, plus your kids get home from camp with 12 loads of laundry, plus your 18-month-old learns to unpack cupboards…your best friend from high school phones you. “Hey, I’m in town!…

How to make soup without a recipe

Original post title: Soup, deconstructed One of the important things to learn, when you are practicing Lean at Home, is how to not follow a recipe. 🙂 Why? Because you want to use up your current inventory (groceries) without having to run out and buy more.…

Lean at home: eliminate waste, build people

  What is Lean?  And what in the world is Lean at Home? The short answer is, Lean at Home is a way of living where you and your family get to have more fun and less stress.  🙂 Most business people know what lean thinking is, even if…

Create your own personal balance sheet

A well-run business pulls a full set of financial statements every single month.  This includes both a profit & loss (income) statement, and a balance sheet. A profit & loss statement covers a period of time, like a month, or a quarter, or even a whole…

The easy way to do laundry

Lean Your Laundry! Oh, laundry…oh, laundry!  If I ever design my own house, the laundry and the kitchen will be the same size as each other.  After all, each room is responsible for a major system that contributes heavily to the good of the family.  Right…