I had a miscarriage.

I’ve been quiet for a while.  My silence was certainly unplanned; my goal on January 1st was to blog every day.  But life happens.

In March, I discovered I was pregnant.  My husband and I hadn’t planned this pregnancy, but we were overjoyed.  The day after the two positive home pregnancy tests, I opted to take my daughter to her last dance lesson of the spring.  She and I both picked up bronchitis there.  (I do wish people would stay home when they are sick.  No dance lesson or Sunday school lesson is worth making other people sick.)  I went to the doctor, but my recovery took a while.  Unbeknownst to me, sometime during my sickness, my baby died.  I didn’t find out about the possible miscarriage–called a “missed miscarriage”–last week, and actually, it won’t be confirmed by my doctor until Thursday.  But I feel certain the missing heartbeat isn’t the result of a dating error on my part (uh, I’m pretty organized, folks, and I keep a pretty accurate calendar), and I believe the symptoms I’m having now are the miscarriage finally taking place rather than a subchorionic hemorrhage, which I was previously diagnosed with.

I’m devastated.  I’m depressed.  I’m self-blaming.  I’m also exhausted from sickness and this pregnancy.  I can’t tell you when I’ll start blogging again.  I’m sorting through old e-mails on my phone while watching old episodes of “Big Bang Theory” and “The Middle” and rewatching “Desperate Housewives.”  I want badly to feel well enough to work on scanning and shredding some paperwork.  Who am I kidding?  I want to feel well enough to make dinner again, although I’m so thankful for the friends who have brought meals.

I wanted to let you know why I’m not posting, but thank you for allowing me to grieve a bit here.  It may be a while before I post regularly.  I thank you for your understanding in the meantime.  I’ll be back.  I just need some time.



I’m making some changes in my blogging efforts.  I’m still all about simplifying, decluttering, and organizing, but I’ve decided to focus primarily on those topics and to change up the name of the blog and to market and sell a few of my printables and my fillable, printable, savable PDF’s as well as some organizational labels and a few other products.  You’ll still be able to follow my daily tasks here, but ultimately I will be moving them to my new blog, which seems to be to be much easier to remember:


When I have fine-tuned the organization of the tasks (I work on doing so almost every day with a calendar of the revised order of tasks for next year, so please do leave feedback in the comments!), I will transfer them to Simplify. Declutter. Organize.  I will also be creating decluttering and organization plans there by rooms and categories rather than by daily tasks.  And I also intend to create a monthly task list there as well.

I love simplifying my life and helping other people simplify their lives, and I’m so thrilled with what my stats have been here despite that I spend no time advertising or marketing this blog.   Please continue to follow me here for my daily tasks (I won’t move them until next year), but also please join me at Simplify. Declutter. Organize.  I’d also love it if you’d join the new Facebook page, new Instagram account (where I post motivational quotations, organization products, and other tips), and new Pinterest account.  And let me know your thoughts in the comments below, too!

I want to know: What do you enjoy doing but never have time to do?

There are so many things I enjoy doing, but I feel as though I never have time to do them because I’m looking for something or stressing about something that didn’t get handled or shuffling items in storage or making lists of things that need to be get done but never seem to quite get accomplished.  If all of the tasks somehow got marked off the list I could do so many things!  I’d have more time to take my child to the zoo or the aquarium or the water park!  I could travel down to the Outer Banks and gather seashells on the beach!  I could sit on the beach and breathe, taking everything in and exhaling the stress.

So I want to know:  What do you enjoy doing but never have time to do?  Hiking?  Walking on the beach? Antiquing? Gardening? Bike riding? Napping?  RVing?  Think about what you could do if you could truly declutter your life!

Post what you would love to have more time to do either here in the comments or on my (NEW!) Facebook page.