Clutterfree with Kids

February 3, 2014

A few weeks ago, I received an advance copy of Joshua Becker’s new book, Clutterfree with Kids.  The book went on sale last week (and quickly became the #1 self-help book on Amazon – congratulations Joshua!), so you may have already heard of it or read it.  But if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend […]

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Thrifted Craft Supply Storage

March 29, 2013

Several years ago, when I was very into scrapbooking (ie, before I had kids!), I found this little organizer at a garage sale for a few dollars I brought it home and filled almost all the drawers with all my little crafty doo-dads, and all was well. But as time went by, I started paring […]

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Cull Lumber Transformed Into Shelves

February 25, 2013

Our basement is thiiiiiis close to being finished.  Just a few more nooks and crannies to touch up with paint.  But for all practical purposes, it’s done and we’ve moved in down there.  We’re loving having a gym and a playroom, and we had our first overnight guests in the downstairs guest room last week, […]

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A Quick And Free Pantry Overhaul

September 10, 2012

I’ve been getting lots of inspiration from organizing blogs lately.  Two of my favorites are I heart organizing and organizing made fun.  And there are eleventy-billion others out there if you’re in search of organization inspiration. Reading organizing blogs inspired me to finally do something about our kitchen and bathroom drawers, and I’m loving the […]

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Simplifying For Fall – Taming Drawers

August 22, 2012

Are any of you following along with the Simplifying For Fall Challenge?  I’ve been doing some of it, but mostly tackling areas that were particularly bad and in need of attention.  I’m constantly de-cluttering kids’ toys and clothes, so those areas didn’t need much.  This is our younger son’s closet for example, which I haven’t […]

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My Simple Cleaning Schedule

July 2, 2012

I love getting rid of clutter.  I love the look of flat surfaces with nothing on them.  I even sort of enjoy cleaning.  I’ve never enjoyed cleaning bathrooms, but the rest of it isn’t bad at all.  I love the productive feeling I get when things are nice and clean – even though it lasts […]

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Buying And Storing Things For The Future

June 14, 2012

I’ve spent a lot of time getting rid of clutter over the past couple years.  We no longer have storage corners filled with who-knows-what.  We’ve got a solid routine established of getting rid of stuff any time new things come into the house, which is working well.  And as soon as our younger son outgrows […]

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Give New Life To Empty Glass Jars

January 16, 2012

Several years ago, I got rid of nearly all of my plastic food storage containers.  I have several pyrex dishes with lids and lidded casserole dishes that I use to store large quantities of leftovers.  But most of the time, I use empty glass jars.  My freezer is full of repurposed glass jars holding things […]

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Kitchen Decluttering

January 5, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve done a lot of decluttering over the past couple years.  I’ve taken numerous carloads of stuff to Goodwill, and have (except for last month when I was on a mission to find stuff for our son’s play kitchen) mostly stopped going in […]

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Raising Happy Children In A Hyper-Competitive World (and some good links!)

May 12, 2011

Happy Thursday!  I feel like sharing some great links with you all today.  First of all, my current favorite workout site.  I love the fact that everything on Bodyrock TV can be done at home with very little equipment, and pretty much all of the workouts are 30 minutes or less.  But they’re intense, and […]

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Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2011

Happy 2011!  I hope you all had a nice, relaxing holiday season.  Right now, we’re really enjoying the fact that our holiday decorations were limited to a little Christmas bear hanging on our wall clock, an evergreen bough on top of our kitchen cabinets, and a homemade reindeer ornament that our son’s cousin made for […]

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Turning Clutter Into Cash

September 27, 2010

For quite a while now, I’ve been a fan of Adam Baker’s blog, Man Vs Debt.  Adam and his wife Courtney got themselves off the work-spend-work treadmill, paid off $18,000 in consumer debt, and dramatically improved their lives.  They’re able to travel the world with their toddler, living out of backpacks with just a few […]

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Cutting Back On Trips To Town

August 13, 2010

Last night, I went grocery shopping for the first time in two weeks.  I love my new shopping schedule, and I also love the fact that my total bill for two weeks now is less than what it used to be for one week before our garden began producing so much of our food.   It […]

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Just Because It’s Free Doesn’t Mean I Need It

July 13, 2010

Last week, a good friend came to visit, and she brought a huge bag full of clothes that her son had outgrown.  Many of them were hand-me-downs for her, and she’s passing on the love.  She knows that I only buy clothes used anyway, and hand-me-downs fit right in for our family. But these days, […]

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