Welcome! My name is Katie and I’m super glad you’re here. Maybe it’s because you’re finding it tough managing your home. Clutter is taking over and chaos is the order of the day. Maybe you lack the time and energy to nurture your marriage and your family in the way you dream of. You nag and snap, when you’d rather show love. Or maybe you want to better yourself and your life but nothing ever gets off the ground. You look around and think there has to be more to life than this.
Well, there is. The trick is knowing where to start.
What My Sweet Home Life is all about.
My blog has three main categories: Homemaking, Living, and Loving, designed to help you organize, nurture and grow.
Homemaking is like the bottom tier of Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs. You need to get that sorted before you can get to anything else. So it covers those practical things, like household routines, decluttering, and other organizing hacks. What we see on the outside has a huge impact on how we feel on the inside. Less clutter and chaos helps us feel competent and calm. Popular posts in this category include Simple weekly tasks that keep your home under control and The simple way to organize your family paperwork.
Loving focuses on our relationships – with our friends, family and husbands. If you want to become more intentional in your marriage, 10 must-have habits for a happy marriage is a must read. And now that the kids are getting older, if you’re looking to reconnect with your man, why not check out 25 quality time date ideas?
Living covers the difficulty of living in these busy times when we think we should be superwomen but feel like failures when we don’t measure up to our own or others’ expectations. It offers practical ideas on things like How to get a better night’s sleep. It also looks at how we can improve our lives. Check out the Happiness series in particular, the first three being Know Yourself, Do one thing every day that moves you forward, and Set your intentions.
Why I do what I do.
My love for this kind of thing began a long time ago. I grew up with a less than sweet life. My parents divorced when I was young. I was left with my mum, which was tough as she suffered from mental illness. She had OCD and depression, was frequently suicidal, and constantly unpredictable. I went to live with my dad when I was 15, but got kicked out when I was 16 and lived on my own for the next few years until I got pregnant and then married. Life didn’t get sorted then, however, as I had to deal with various challenges including cancer and a divorce or two.
However right from when I was a little girl, my passion for organisation helped me not only survive but thrive. From my love of lists, to keeping my bedroom clean and tidy, the structure I imposed on myself gave me focus and control, even when other aspects of my life were uncontrollable. I learnt from this that regardless of your external circumstances there is always something you can do, some way you can act, and through that you can become unstoppable.
Then when I had my own children I also realized that although I couldn’t change the past, I could change the future, and make sure my own family got what they needed. And if I didn’t know how to do it, that was okay too, because I could learn, through books, blogs and people who appeared in my path. It’s taken time, and the journey has not always been smooth, but I now have a sweet home life, and it gives me much peace and happiness.
Let’s do this together.
Change starts with small steps – but once you’re on that path all you need to do is keep walking. Eventually you’ll get there. Whether you’re a total beginner, have a plan but want some gentle guidance, or are looking for new and inspiring ideas, my goal is to help give your path some direction, for this to be one of those blogs, or me to be one of those people, that I mentioned before.
Every week, I post in one of the above categories. If you want to join my newsletter, you’ll get a regular update on what’s happening, as well as whatever other things I’m thinking about and experimenting with. You can also follow me on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook.
And now that you know about me, I’d love to know more about you. What brought you here? What do you need help with? Please contact me, and let me know how I can support you to organize, nurture and grow.
Plan a day filled with simple satisfaction!
This checklist will help you focus on simple pleasures so you get more satisfaction from everyday living!