Enough is Enough: Recognizing the Limits

I don't know about you, but I get kind of a sick pleasure from packing a suitcase or box. It's fun to me to see how much I can fit into a defined space, and I'm pretty good at stretching the limits to fit more than you would expect. I do the same with time…

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Question of the Day: Have You Started Back-to-School Planning?

The last few weeks have been full of planning next year's school year. We homeschool, and we're starting a new curriculum and coop, so I've been purchasing the things we need and planning out our daily schedule and goals. But the real fun started this week as drugstores and superstores have started marking down school…

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A Virtual Home Tour: Questions & Answers

Last week, I shared pictures of the inside of our home. I am horrible at responding in the comments (even though I love and appreciate them so much!), but I wanted to be sure to answer all of your questions! Feel free to add more questions to the comments of this post, and I promise…

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Question of the Day: What Summer Projects Are You Working On?

As I've mentioned before, getting organized isn't something you just do one time and then sit back and forget it. As you acquire new things, as your children grow and as your circumstances change, your systems will need to be revamped as well. If you're anything like me, you may have an area you're currently…

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Quick Tip: Use Baskets to Contain Your Stair Piles

I don't know about you, but I seem to have perpetual piles at both the top and bottom of our staircase that need to be taken either upstairs or downstairs. I use the pile method rather than making 127 trips up and down the steps each day, but the piles themselves are ugly and distracting.…

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DIY Affordable Design Inspired

The following is a guest post from Shaina at Food for My Family: When we bought our house two and a half years ago, my husband had just finished his graduate degree. We'd been living, then as a family of five, in a small two-bedroom with free furniture that we'd been collecting from anywhere we…

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Question of the Day: Introvert or Extrovert?

A while back, we talked about understanding your personality and discovering whether you were a task-oriented or people-oriented person. Today, I want to talk about introvert versus extrovert. Contrary to popular belief, these personalities aren't defined by how comfortable you are in social situations. An introvert can actually be very friendly and outgoing, and an…

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Quick Tip: Color-Coded Rags

Last week I shared my favorite tips for sanitizing kitchen sponges, and several of you commented that you avoid sponges altogether and just use rags. While I happen to love my kitchen sponges and feel okay about using them since we change them out at least once a day -- more often if we're dealing…

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Being Content With Our Homes, Part 2

I'm still thinking about contentment a lot these days in regards to how I feel about my home. My husband continues to knock out projects both inside and out, and it's always exciting when he finishes another project. What I've realized recently is that when discontentment does creep in, it is almost always in regards…

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Decorating to Declutter: Balancing Form and Function

This post was originally posted in February of last year, but while I'm working on my house tour post as promised, I thought it would be a good prologue: From the informal polls I've done on Twitter and while talking to friends, it seems like most mothers of young children – when forced to choose…

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