Getting Started

Over the years, I’ve noticed that whenever someone expresses disdain for organizing it generally involves difficulty with getting started. Let’s face it– a mountain of clutter can  make anyone feel like giving up before they’ve even begun. My belief is that this feeling of defeat often stems from an assumption that “getting organized” is a huge, daunting task. Not so!

The reality is that effective organization is not a task that demands hours upon hours of effort followed by a year of zero maintenance. Yes. It does take work, but it shouldn’t require you to devote all of your free time to ensuring that your home is always flawless. Where’s the fun in that? I encourage anyone struggling in this area to abandon the idea that “getting organized” is a destination and instead start viewing it as a process. And the most important step in any process is simply getting started. So here are three tips that help me on days when I feel overwhelmed.

1. Set a timer.
You can do anything for 10 minutes. And you would be surprised by how far that amount of time can take you when it comes to de-cluttering your home. 10 minutes allows you to fold and put away the clean laundry. 10 minutes and you can turn that junk drawer into the perfect place to neatly store office supplies. In 10 minutes, you can make extra space in your closet by removing things that you no longer wear. And if you still don’t feel like organizing after that 10 minutes is over, you have my permission to walk away–guilt free. But who knows? You may feel so great about what you’ve accomplished that you keep going.

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2. Take Baby Steps
I’ve seen it so many times: We decide to organize a room and pull out EVERYTHING from every nook and cranny. “I’m going to be ruthless,” we say. Instead, we end up too exhausted to continue and things look worse than when we started. Make it easy on yourself! Start with only one drawer, one closet, or one corner of the room. If you finish early and are still motivated then by all means, continue. But if  your sessions typically end with a giant pile of stuff in the middle of the room, then I recommend that you try taking on smaller projects. This tactic is particularly helpful if you have trouble focusing on the task at hand.

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3. Reward Yourself
Sometimes the best way to find motivation is to give yourself an incentive. If you’re struggling, promise yourself a reward that is meaningful to you. For instance, maybe you’ll treat yourself to an afternoon latte if you complete a small project that you’ve been avoiding. Or buy yourself a new sweater once you’ve successfully cleared your closet of old clothes that no longer fit. Your reward can be something free like a hot bath with a book from the library. Enjoy the reward while you work on your task if you prefer. For instance, you could make a “rule” that you only watch a favorite tv show or movie while you work on one of your projects. The most important thing is to take pride in your accomplishments and celebrate.

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So there you have it. 3 tips to help you get started on your projects. Keep in mind that these tips also translate well to any non-organizational goals. Try them out and see which ones work best for you.

Chia Seed Pudding

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Hello! I have been stressed all week on what to make my first post. It seemed it so momentous and mentally I made it a much bigger than most. To be honest I’m sure my wife is relieved to no longer hear “I think I’ll make x for the my first post” every ten minutes. I felt like I needed to put out my very best recipes.  In the middle of all this I have been struggling to come up with breakfast ideas for my 1 year old (M) to eat. Finally I decided eff that I’m going to present to you our life as we eat it. That means I will definitely be putting up some tried and true deliciousness but as Lauren said earlier we are no strangers to pinterest fails. Sometimes we will just be experimenting and I will give you my honest feedback on how horribly it crashed and burned – with pictures for the full effect.  You’re Welcome.

Back to breakfast. We try to limit grains (and generally fail) and M has a sensitivity to dairy. Also, since he has not yet had his 1 year checkup, I’m not 100 percent sure when he can start nut butters (google that shit and you will fall down the rabbit hole of differing opinions). Up until now we had been feeding him fruit and eggs. The only issue, M hates eggs. So I have spent the week looking for nutritious breakfast ideas and stressing about ideas for this post. Enter chia seed pudding.

Guys, its weird …and delicious. I tried the pre-made one from the store and it was weird and gross. So I didn’t have really high expectations. It did check off a number of my hopes for a nutritious breakfast though.

  • High in Fiber
  • Good source of protein
  • Contains Omega-3’s (there is some debate about the quality)
  • Antioxidents

This version takes about five minutes to make, is completely customizable and reminds me of tapioca pudding. Guys let’s be real though, it’s pudding…for breakfast and who doesn’t want to eat pudding for breakfast.

Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Raw Chia Seeds
  • 2 cup Coconut Milk (almond and soy milk also work for this recipe)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • pinch of Salt

Optional – Fruits of your choice, granola, figs, chocolate, etc. – go crazy, I don’t know your life  (for ours we used thawed mixed berries)

1. Place 1/2 c of raw chia seeds into medium size bowl

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2. .  Add 2 cups of coconut milk   NOTE: I find it easier to shake the can(s) of coconut milk before opening. This will combine the milk and the fat. If you forget, it will be fine once you whisk it all together

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3. Add 1 1/4 t of Vanilla

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4. Add 2 T of maple syrup (We like to keep ours in a penguin jar)

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5. Add a pinch of salt

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6. Whisk all your ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours but overnight is better.

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7. Add fruit and other toppings and enjoy! You’re eating pudding for breakfast and no one can give you shit about it because it’s healthy.

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Welcome

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Hello there, friend. Thanks for stopping by. Come on in….stay awhile.
Welcome to Running On Laughter. My hope for this blog is to inspire gratitude for the simple pleasures that life brings and to nurture creativity in any form. I signed on to this project primarily because despite living a fulfilling life, I find myself craving a way to get out of my comfort zone. It seems that everyone has a blog these days, so why not us? Whether it is through organizational tips or new recipes, this blog is intended to provide a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life. We’re not here to tell you that you’re not good enough. Instead, we invite you to pour a glass of wine and celebrate all of life’s imperfections with us. We have enough Pinterest fails to fill a book, but we’ve also managed to learn some things throughout this journey called life.

My partner in crime, Lori, is a magician in the kitchen. People are constantly requesting her dishes at parties. In fact, being a de facto taste tester for her recipes was a huge motivator for my choice to start this blog with her. Mix in my obsessive need to eliminate all clutter, and I think we make a pretty good team. But perhaps most important, we don’t believe that cooking and cleaning is all there is to life. Between partners, full-time jobs, a new baby and a combined total of 6 pets we just don’t have time to waste. I hope you’ll check back for future posts; we have some great things planned.