Nesting: Preparing for a New Baby, Part 2

Lately, I've been nesting in my head (if there is such a thing!), trying to think through what life with four little girls under five years old is going to be like, remembering how having a newborn changes things and trying to come up with a plan to simplify and streamline our routines so that…

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Reader Question: Helping Others Get Control of Their Clutter

Erica recently asked if I have any tips for how to help other people get control of their clutter. She's concerned about a family member whose health is starting to be affected by all of the stuff in her house. Although this person agrees that the clutter is a problem, she has excuses for everything…

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Using Cozi’s Free Online Tools to Simplify and Organize
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Using Cozi’s Free Online Tools to Simplify and Organize

In the interest of full disclosure, I have been asked to be a featured contributor on Cozi's Live Simply site, and that is how I learned about this amazing productivity suite. However, they never asked or even implied that they'd like me to blog about the program, so all of the enthusiasm in this post…

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Homeschooling 101: Finding a System that Works for You

I am just beginning this whole adventure known as homeschooling as our oldest starts kindergarten this year. While I am hardly an expert when it comes to organizing homeschooling schedules, supplies or records, I did want to share the system I'm currently using because it's working really well for us so far. (Yes, we started…

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Nesting: Preparing for A New Baby, Part 1

Sometimes I think I live in a permanent state of nesting, always looking for ways to make our run more simply, be more organized and have less clutter. But then the real nesting kicks in, and I start noticing things in a kind of 4D vision that makes me want to clean and organize frantically…

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Simplifying Your Next Yard Sale

This weekend, I spent most of Saturday at a yard sale with some more stuff that I've decluttered from my kitchen, girls' clothes and toys. Unfortunately, the yard sale itself didn't go nearly as well as we had expected. We got less than half the traffic we did last year, and the people who did…

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Reader Question: Organizing Bath Toys

Last week I received an email from Nikki wondering if I had any suggestions for organizing bath toys. I promised her an answer this week, and I wanted to share it here in case anyone else is wondering the same thing. I hope you all will have some suggestions to add as well! Before my…

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Question of the Day: Do You Clean Before You Leave for Vacation?

The weekend before last we spent the weekend at the beach, and as I was running around before we left, cleaning and preparing for our return, I thought this would make a perfect question of the day. So here it is: What do you do to prepare for your return from vacation before you leave?…

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Quick Tip: Reuse Small Containers for Convenience

The other day, Tanna at Complete Organizing Solutions mentioned that Play-Doh is a summer sanity saver. I couldn't agree more, and it's an activity we pull out almost every week. I know that many people make their own Play-Doh, but I'll admit we prefer the convenience and even the texture and classic smell of regular…

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Question of the Day: How Often Do Your Reorganize?

Last week, I was straining to reach some books on a higher shelf in one of our kitchen garage cabinets when I realized that stretching to reach those books several times a week frustrates me. It's not a huge frustration or anything, just a nagging feeling whenever I know I need to get to one…

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