How To Spring Clean Your Blog

Do you spring clean at your house? Do you enjoy the feeling of having a neat, decluttered living space? It is time to do the same for your writing. Let’s talk about how to spring clean your blog.

I have organized this post into four main tasks: review posts, promote yourself, update your look, and read your own writing. You may want to approach these categories in a different order, but all are critical if you want to spring clean your blog.

{Note: While you are at it, you may also want to go ahead and organize your digital life in general.}

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Review Every Single Post

I can understand how this might not sound like a realistic goal if you have hundreds of posts. When I started this process, I had been blogging for about 10 months and had written about 70 posts. This took me nearly a month of working a little bit each day. If you have been blogging for years you may want to start with a smaller chunk, say the last six months. 

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You can review oldest to newest, newest to oldest, by category, by tag, or some other method. If it helps, print out a list of all your posts so you have something to physically check off. I love a nice list so this was my preferred system.

{To do this in WordPress, simply go to your dashboard and click on posts, then all posts. You can even choose screen options {top right corner} and include specific columns so you can easily see, for instance, the tags, meta descriptions, and keyphrases already in place.} 

Honestly, a few posts from the very beginning I did not do much with. I consider them to be my “getting in my blogging groove” posts, and while I intend to keep them I know they aren’t going to bring in traffic. 

I also did not add in keywords for some of my secular homeschooling updates. They are time-sensitive and unlikely to rank, and were mostly for connection with my regular readers. Plus I didn’t want a dozen or more posts with “secular homeschooling update” or something similar as the keyphrase.

Here’s how I did it. I opened up every single post in edit view. I used the following checklist to review key points:

  • clear title with keywords {minimal changes here and kept URLs same}
  • concise, informative excerpt {often the first paragraph, but not always}
  • focus keyphrase set
  • meta description {appropriate length and containing keywords}
  • Pinterest-friendly photo {with alt description}
  • second Pinterest-friendly photo {unless a very short post}
  • internal link{s} to related posts
  • external link{s} if appropriate 
  • confirm affiliate disclosure added {if needed}
  • all affiliate links set to nofollow
  • click to tweet added {twice for longer posts}
  • easy way to follow social media shared {re-usable block with links}
  • e-mail subscription box added
  • post share buttons at the top and bottom {not floating; *shudder*}
  • review Yoast readability score {aim for green}
  • review Yoast SEO score {aim for green}

Promote Yourself Every Day 

I admit, self-promotion is the most difficult part of writing/blogging for me personally. I hate talking about myself, and I hate asking people for favors even more. However, I know that no one will ever read what I am writing if they can’t find it. 

Connections within your niche and relationships with fellow bloggers most definitely impact your own blog. Engaging with your own blog’s “fans” is super important as well. People naturally like to feel they “know” the bloggers they follow online.

When you spring clean your blog, consider how the changes made will positively influence your marketing strategy and engagement.

I realize some of this is addressed in step one, but it is so important it needs to be broken down further.

You need to regularly put yourself out there on social media. Create new pins for old posts. Tweet your own blog posts. Share your posts on Facebook. Add an Instagram photo of your latest post and include a link in your bio. 

When updating older posts, take a look at your photos. Does every post have at least one image in the recommended 2:3 ratio for pinning? If you have a rather long post, have you broken it up with an additional photo or two?

Can readers share your posts easily? As a regular reader {and sharer} of blogs, there is nothing more frustrating than reading a post and having to hunt down a way to share it on social media. Or clicking on what I think is a share button but being taken to the blogger’s main Pinterest or Twitter page or whatever.

For the love of all things, make it super simple for readers to share your work. You can even ask, nicely. “Like what you’re reading? Please share.”

Another option to encourage social shares is to include an easy way to directly tweet a brief snippet of your post. {I use the Click To Tweet plugin.}

Equally important is letting your readers get to know the person behind the words. When someone comments, reply. If someone shares, thank them. Ask questions of your readers on all platforms that get a conversation started.

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Update Your Website’s Look

You might decide to really go wild here and completely change your theme; I did not. There is still much you can do to freshen up the look of your page. Consider fonts, colors, spacing, and more. 

Add a few new photos. Update your tagline. Go through all your homepage links {contact form, social media icons, etc.} and verify everything works.

Do you have a simple introduction that shares what your blog is about? Include a separate about this blog page to let readers know right away why your website is worth their time. {As I am typing this I am mentally noting I am due to update my own.} 

How do you utilize your sidebar? There is so much potential for information here. In addition to a photo and brief introduction, I love to see a list of recent posts and/or blog topics, a way to follow on social media, and an e-mail signup form.

Consider whether including ads is a good investment. Is the revenue you generate worth the additional clutter? Or is it interfering with the reader experience? 

{For me personally, lots of random ads turns me off. I know why people use them. I get the desire to make passive income. Yet, when I click on what sounds like an interesting read and am bombarded with banners and Amazon pictures throughout for literally everything even remotely related to the post, I feel . . . manipulated? I don’t think that’s the right word, but I definitely have feels about it.}

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Don’t forget to check all your plugins—make sure you absolutely need all of them and double-check the settings to ensure they are doing exactly what you want them to do. Right now I have 15 active plugins. I am truthfully not sure if that is a lot or a few, but I like the functionality of each and haven’t had any major issues.

Read Your Own Blog

This last tip is really simple but one many folks may not have thought of. You need to read {and re-read} your own writing if you want to improve it.


Be a dork and subscribe to your own blog. This is an easy way to keep an eye on any potential issues with your subscription service. You want to see exactly what your readers see.

Pull your blog up on your phone and scroll through your recent posts. You will find mistakes. You will find typos—sometimes on very old posts! This will horrify you at first, then you will be relieved that you can easily fix them.

Have you ever decided to spring clean your blog? How did it go? Any additional tips you wish to share?

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How To Prepare For a Successful Move

How many times have you attempted to prepare for a successful move to a new home? Not counting local moves or college, I have made nine major moves {to a different state or, in one case, country} in my adult life. While we don’t yet know exactly when or where, a tenth is imminent. 

Being prepared in advance is critical for a successful move. Even if you utilize a moving company, there are so many ways you can make the overall experience more organized and less stressful. You can start some weeks, even months in advance; others you will be need to take care of closer to your move date. 

This post will address all the behind the scenes work you need to complete to prepare for a successful move and smooth sailing on moving day.

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Declutter

Even if you have not been in your current house/apartment for very long {as a military family, we have been averaging about two-and-a-half years} you have undoubtedly accumulated a lot of stuff since you moved in. Now is the time to evaluate everything critically and let go of what you can.

Start small if you must: Kids outgrow clothes and toys, random things collect in your closet, and books hang around collecting dust. Just walking around the house for a few minutes could probably nudge you to consider ditching at least ten things. 

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One advantage for us is that we move so frequently it is easy to remember if we used a particular thing while we lived in our current house. This gives us a better sense of whether or not we should hang on to a specific item. Looking at something still boxed up with moving company stickers on it, and realizing you have not opened it and did not miss it makes it easier to let go. 

Don’t forget big stuff, too, like furniture. Just because it has always been there does not mean it is useful or necessary. Consider the layout of your new home, and if you would prefer to use that space for other things.

Donate

Once you have made a good sweep of the entire house, remove anything you do not intend to keep as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Try not to postpone or overthink this part. In all likelihood you will not change your mind and you will not have regrets. We have decluttered our home dozens of times over the years. I can count on one hand the number of specific items that invoked even a twinge of maybe I should have kept that

Personally we have made several donations to the Vietnam Veterans of America. In many cities they will come directly to your home to pick up your donations, as long as individual items can be handled by one person {i.e., no large furniture or appliances}. 

Organize

Now that you have pared down a bit, organize what remains in a way that makes sense. I like to start by cleaning out closets, cabinets, and drawers. 

While your bedroom closet is probably the easiest place to start, you really have to go room by room and work your way through the entire house. Don’t forget the kitchen cabinets, pantry, coat closet, desk, linen closet, and anywhere else you have stuff behind a door or drawer.

You may have already started this as part of the finding-things-to-donate process. I have found the best way to accomplish this is to take everything out {and I mean everything}, clean as necessary, and put only the things that truly belong there back in.

Likely as you do this you will find more to donate, but even if not just seeing how neat and tidy everything looks will put a smile on your face. 

We have decluttered our home dozens of times over the years. I can count on one hand the number of specific items that invoked even a twinge of maybe I should have kept that.  Click To Tweet

In addition to donation items you missed the first go-around, you will also probably find several things that belong in another part of the house. Move them to their correct home {or find them a new one}.

Once you have dealt with all these “hidden” areas—or simultaneously while going room-to-room if that works better for you—you will also need to deal with things “out in the open”—like bookshelves and lamps and knick-knacks and countertops. Again, the important thing here is that every item has an appropriate home. As a general rule, if you pick something up and realize it is in the wrong spot, move it right then without setting it back down.

Another tip: Put anything small that you want to keep together {e.g., nail polishes, hair accessories, fridge magnets,} into Ziploc bags so they don’t get tossed around or lost. You can even take it a step further and box up small, like items in advance, such as extra toiletries or your junk drawer. {You know you have one.}

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Clean

Once you have decluttered, donated, and organized, now it is time to clean. 

You want to move a clean, organized house. You may think who cares it’s all going in boxes and I’m just going to have to re-organize it on the other side anyway. But trust me when I say it will make your life 100 times easier when you start unpacking.

As you declutter and organize, you should also be wiping down cabinets and shelves and bookshelves. Vacuum the couch cushions. Dust everything before it gets wrapped up. Send kitchen chairs free of crumbs, wipe down furniture, take big toys outside and hose them off. {Don’t forget patio furniture while you’re at it.} 

You will probably still want to do a thorough clean of the closets, windows, floors, etc. after all of your belongings are out of the way, but this will save you valuable time later.

Consumables

I like to try to finish as many open consumables {e.g., personal care products and household cleaners} as possible beforehand. Some things simply should not be packed {e.g., any cleaning supplies that could be potentially flammable} while others would just be a pain if they oozed over whatever they are packed with {e.g., an open shampoo or conditioner bottle}. To play it safe, we like to use up as much as we can so there is simply less to deal with.

You will also of course want to use up as many non-perishable food items as possible. While technically not a big deal to move cereal boxes or cans of soup, do you really want to waste time packing and unpacking that kind of stuff? {I do usually pack less-frequently purchased items like spices even if they are open, as long as the dates are still good.} 

While completing this step, you will want to take a closer look at the medicine cabinet {if you haven’t already}. Do not move expired or unwanted meds. {If you need guidance on how to dispose of them properly, check out these guidelines from the FDA.}

This would also be a good time to verify what medications and first aid supplies you intend to travel with and put those aside. If you need a refill or any over-the-counter meds, do it now while you’re thinking about it.

Transition

This will look different depending on how many days you will be spend in a partially packed house and/or living out of a suitcase and/or traveling to your new home. 

We usually pack our suitcases similarly to how we pack for most vacations, but instead of one outfit per person per day, we typically go with four per person max. Yes, we may need to do laundry multiple times, and yes, we might be tired of the clothes in the suitcase by the time our household goods arrive at our destination. But, four changes of clothes times five people is more than enough to worry about.

Make sure to consider weather {moving from warm to cool? cool to warm?}, activities you might do while in transit {e.g., swimsuits for a hotel pool}, and entertainment for yourself and the kids {books, Kindles, small toys, art supplies).

Movers

All of our recent moves have involved a moving company coming to our home and packing everything and loading it on the truck, so if you are executing a completely DIY move some of this section might not apply. 

First and foremost, if you don’t want it packed, get it out of sight.

In our experience, movers will pack every nonliving thing that is not nailed down. I cannot even count the number of people I know who have found trash or dirty dishes neatly packed with their household goods upon arriving at their destination. 

Prepare for a successful move for your pet as well. If you have a dog or other animal that needs more space and will have to be let out you may want to find a sitter for the day or board him or her. Other pets {like our kitty} can simply be put in a small room with food, water, and litter {bathroom if you have more than one, or the laundry room} for the day. You will need to make sure anything in that room that needs to be packed is outside of the door and you clearly mark the door as not to be opened.

You can also put your suitcases and anything else you don’t want packed right away in the “pet” room if you have one—or alternatively, in the trunk of your car. If there is something you want/need to leave out all day {e.g., cell phone} it’s best to have it on your person so it’s doesn’t accidentally end up in a box. Make sure the trash and recycling are taken out and all receptacles in the house are clean and empty.

Here’s a trick for “hiding” items you don’t want packed: Put them in the refrigerator, the stove, or the microwave. Seriously, they may try to pack last night’s lasagna dish from the sink, but they will not open any of these. Whatever you might still need in the short-term until you walk out the door {food from the pantry you still plan to use up, the coffee pot, dishes and utensils for a night or two, laundry detergent} can be easily hidden in one of these spots.

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You may want to also park your car on the street or at a neighbors. Make sure it’s far enough away that it’s not blocking access in/out of the driveway, garage, front door—wherever folks are going to be moving about.


Perspective

Most important with any major event like this is to maintain perspective. In all likelihood, the actual “move” itself will be one day, or perhaps a few days tops. Everything will probably be fine, and like most of life, thinking about it will be worse than actually doing it.

If you follow these steps for how to prepare for a successful move, you will be as ready as you can be. Know that when you arrive at your destination, you will have done everything you can to make this next life transition as painless as possible.

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How To Clean Out a Closet

How often do you face the task of cleaning out your clothes closet? In the past few years I have made this a frequent occurrence—about every six months or so {usually spring and fall}.

You would think doing this with such regularity means it gets easier each time and I only have things I adore and wear all the time and absolutely must keep. 

You would be wrong.

I am continually amazed at what I find I truly do not need {or want, or use} each time I clean out. Of course this is also true when the Agents and I go through their clothes, although with them it is usually because they simply refuse to stop growing. 

Even if the thought cleaning out your clothes closet seems overwhelming, the following advice will make the experience efficient and painless.

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The Basic Process

  • Take everything out. This is a critical step. It all has to leave the closet, even stuff you “know” you are keeping. Trust me on this one. {Marie Kondo agrees.}
  • Figure out the best home for everything. Are you going to fold sweaters or hang them? Will pajamas live in a drawer or on a shelf? How much space do you need for small items like socks?
  • When in doubt, try it on. Yes, it takes longer and it’s a pain. Do it anyway.
  • Group like clothes together and only put back what you really want to keep. Be brutal if you must.

What Has To Go

  • Anything with an obvious stain or tear that is beyond simple repair, because nobody’s got time for that.
  • Clothes that had been demoted to this must go under something because it can no longer be worn by itself {usually because of—you guessed it—a stain or tear}.
  • Anything you haven’t worn even once since the last clean out for that season. A few exceptions slip in here {e.g., formal dresses and outerwear}.
  • Clothes you simply do not like for whatever reason. {Confession: I love a good sale, but sometimes I buy something I “couldn’t pass up” and then realize it wasn’t a smart fashion move.}
  • What doesn’t fit. Yes, seriously. Don’t keep too tight clothes in the hopes that someday they won’t be. {This one was hard at first, but honestly, if I lost ten pounds I would totally splurge and buy a new pair of pants—and you probably would, too. Dress the current, real you—not the future, potentially smaller you.}

Some Helpful Tips

  • Pretend you are packing for a two-week trip. What goes, what stays, and what wouldn’t you even consider? Being forced to pick favorites is eye-opening. {I have packed for many extended trips, and can attest that this definitely works.}
  • Look at each piece and imagine what you would wear it with. You should have at least a few options for everything that stays.
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  • Start a wish list of specific pieces you might want to add to the rotation or replace. This might be an “extra” of something you wear almost daily, or a new version of a staple that is starting to look worn.


Warning: Whatever you do, do not go shopping based on what you think you need. Always go through the entire process of cleaning out your clothes closet first or I promise you will have regret.

When you admire your beautifully pared down closet, it will be hard to believe you will be repeating the process in a few short months. Yet you will, and it will be worth it to know in the end you will only have pieces you love and actually wear.

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Digital Decluttering: 3 Questions To Get You Started

I enjoy living in a decluttered and organized space, and this includes my digital life as well. Rest assured, digital decluttering is not an insurmountable task; you can tackle it, I promise. This post will guide you through three simple questions to ask yourself as you begin the digital decluttering process.

For me personally, I started by re-setting my laptop to factory settings: essentially clearing all of my personal information and then adding back in only what I deemed absolutely necessary. 

At first I thought I needed a newer, faster, spiffier computer. It turned out I simply had to let go of what bogged me down {all that digital clutter} and free up space {literally and figuratively} so I could move forward.

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Do I Really Need All These Files and Photos?

I realized I held on to plenty of electronic “stuff” for years that is simply not that important, and so I did not even bother backing up a lot of it. I thought of it like this: If I only had one paper copy of this, and I somehow accidentally shredded it, how devastated would I be? The answer in almost every case turned out to be “not at all.”

Of course I did want to save a few items {iCloud came in handy here}, but I purposely did not move others—knowing they would be gone forever—and I felt confident I would not miss them. With the clutter out of the way, I could more easily see what I needed to do to keep my digital life from becoming overwhelmed again.

I realized I held on to plenty of electronic “stuff” for years that is simply not that important, and so I did not even bother backing up a lot of it. Click To Tweet

I hesitated the most with photos. I think those of us who grew up in the age before digital cameras and ubiquitous phone cameras still have a hard time thinking of pictures as disposable commodities. But honestly, I share all of my favorites on social media, and have several photo albums of prints from our travels that grace our shelves. I also upload copies to Amazon photos for storage. I have no reason for the excess to be saved on my laptop for all eternity. 

One loss did disappoint me a little. After I re-installed the operating system, I attempted to download Evernote again and discovered the newest version is not compatible. I had been using Evernote to organize my blog notes and drafts, and I really liked the set-up. But, I made the switch over to a different application—Notes—and it is working out just fine after a brief learning curve.


How Social Do I Have Time To Be?

Next I moved on to dealing with my social media accounts. I currently maintain two Facebook pages {one personal and one business page for the blog }, plus Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

Here is the main problem I am having: In an effort to be a supportive blogger—as well as to open marketing avenues for my own writing—I seem to have bitten off more than I can chew. That is, I sort of haphazardly “liked” and “followed” a bunch of resource pages, tech support pages, and fellow bloggers, and I cannot realistically keep up with them. 

So now I am taking on the task of sorting through what I follow and paring it down to a reasonable amount that will actually be beneficial to my writing and that I can engage with actively. All the motivational  pages in the world are not going to benefit me if I have no time to digest them. I also want to have the time and energy to give honest support to fellow writers I love following, not just clicks for clicks’ sake. It is proving to be an intense process.

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Why Do I Have So Many E-Mails?

Truth: I absolutely cannot stand having unread e-mails. Even if I know it is something I am likely to immediately delete, I will still click on it because I need to get rid of that red notification dot. 

Generally I only leave messages sitting in my inbox if I still have an uncompleted task associated with them—notice of a blog comment I have not responded to yet, confirmation of an Amazon order that has not arrived, a reminder that our library books are due soon and I should renew them.

Every time an e-mail comes through that I am not 100% sure about, I open it and then scroll to the bottom and unsubscribe. I do not need to be on 99% of the e-mail lists I signed up for, and neither do you. Keep a few newsletters and blogs and affirmations if you really enjoy reading them, but most could go and you would never miss them.

This will, of course, be a work in progress. Just as you cannot clean out your closet or declutter your kitchen once and be done with it, keeping your digital decluttering under control will involve active decisions each time new things find their way in. 

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How Do You Clean a House?

When I first lived alone {not until my late twenties} my tiny apartment usually looked rather frightful. I hated to clean and had way too much stuff. I seriously had no idea how to maintain a living space.

Over the years my dedication to keeping a tidy space {and my standards for what that means} have evolved. I certainly didn’t put forth much effort when the Agents were tiny. {The phrase survival mode got tossed around a lot.}

Now they have become more self-sufficient, however, and I can make housework more of a priority. I find that I truly enjoy a neat, decluttered home. It sparks joy.

It will also make things a lot easier when we inevitably prepare to move again.

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In the past I’ve had many schedules: 

  • everything all at once
  • one day each for upstairs and downstairs
  • by room type {kitchen Monday, bathrooms Tuesday}
  • by task type {dusting Wednesday, moping Saturday} 
  • literally nothing until I’m disgusted, then everything all at once
Over the years my dedication to keeping a tidy space {and my standards for what that means} have evolved. I certainly didn’t put forth much effort when the Agents were tiny. {The phrase survival mode got tossed around a lot.} Click To Tweet

Lately though I have settled into a pattern where I do the “invisible” one day, and the more conspicuous the next. 

For example, one day I just concentrate on things like putting clutter back in its rightful home, finishing laundry, and doing dishes. I also address areas you don’t really notice—like the fridge shelves or the inside of the microwave. And wash sheets/towels that will just get put right back where they came from. Basics that need to be done but are not super obvious at first glance.

Then the next day I make the house shiny and smell lemony or whatnot. This second day would include bathrooms, dusting, wiping down the kitchen, and mopping. All made easier because of the previous day’s success. 

Do you have a plan for how to maintain a living space? How has it changed over time?

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Morning Routine

Having a basic morning routine will make your days less stressful. Knowing what to expect when you roll out of bed each morning puts you on a kind of relaxed autopilot. It allows you to physically and mentally ease into the day instead of worrying what to do next.

Keep in mind this does not mean you need a detailed itinerary of how you are going to save the world before 6:00 a.m. It simply means you need a morning routine that works for you, however mundane.

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I’m an early riser by most standards. On a typical day I’m downstairs making coffee {and feeding/entertaining my feline buddy} before 5:00. Of course, when one gets ready to go to bed at 9:00 p.m., that is do-able. I’ve never been much for night life, although I do make exceptions for Disney visits. Because, Disney. 

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Generally I have at least an hour before Hubby comes down to eat breakfast, and two hours before the first Agent is stirring. My introvert self appreciates this timeline. Over the years my morning routine has shifted somewhat, but it tends to return to the same basic elements: coffee, books, podcasts, social media, writing, stretching.

Currently I’m in the middle of two books. The first is Happiness the Mindful Way by Ken A. Verni. This is very much a page-a-day self-help style book designed to encourage being in the moment and a calmer disposition through daily reflections and tips. My only complaint is that in the publisher’s efforts to contain each individual topic to one page, the font size suffered; even with reading glasses I find myself longing for a large-print version. The second is Hope and Other Superpowers  by John Pavlovitz. This is more of a call-to-action, we’re all in this together, be a good human type of motivational read. I’ve followed John’s blog and social media presence for a while now, and his writing in this book remains true to what I’ve come to expect and appreciate. 


While I subscribe to several podcasts, the only two I’ve been listening to with regularity lately are Up First from NPR and Hemant Mehta’s Friendly Atheist Podcast. Up First is a 10-12 minute news update every Monday through Friday. Friendly Atheist is a weekly hour-ish discussion of current events as they relate to religion and politics. 

Social media puttering takes up more of my morning routine than it probably should, as I’m guessing is true for most. Then I write. And stretch. Because, old person hips. 

How do your days start? Do you have a specific morning routine? Are you a morning person in general? 

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