Making Summer Plans: Thinking Through Your Needs

I was pretty sure that 2009 had just started, but it turns out we're almost halfway through it already! As we prepare for the start of summer, we're going to spend the next two weeks talking about making summer plans – adjusting to new schedules, daily activities and routines – as well as planning vacations…

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The Importance of Focus

Whether you work at home, home school your children, run a blog or Etsy shop, or volunteer on a committee of some sort, chances are you have some kind of "work" that needs your attention each week. I've been sharing my time management tips as part of this series, and today I want to talk…

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Join Me for The Trash Challenge

I've spent a lot of time over the past few weeks wondering what exactly fills our trash bags each week. We've switched back to cloth diapers. We recycle cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum. We repurpose and reuse as much as we can without adding to the clutter in our home. And we've cut down on…

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Spring Cleaning Party: Final Wrap-Up

During the last two weeks, we've talked a lot about the benefits of decluttering as part of your spring cleaning. Having an uncluttered and simple home makes cleaning easier, gives you less to think about and sort through on a daily basis and can even change the atmosphere of your home. It's okay if you…

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Spring Cleaning Party: Cleaning up the Front Entry

Today is the last day of the Spring Cleaning Party, and our focus is on making our entry ways and foyers welcoming for our family as well as for guests. If you're feeling tired or worn out and are tempted to just skip today, I encourage you to visit Tsh's post before you even think…

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Spring Cleaning Party: Making Your Bedroom a Haven

We have lived in five different homes since we got married, and this is the first time that we've had a beautiful master bedroom. In the past, it's been the room that guests don't see – the one that has a door that can be closed when people visit – and we've neglected to make…

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Spring Cleaning Party: Toys, Toys and More Toys

Keeping kids toys organized is definitely an ongoing process and one that will probably be repeated over and over until your kids are grown and gone. However, having a simple organizational system and reducing the number of toys in your home will help keep the clutter to a minimum and make it easier for children…

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Spring Cleaning Party: Getting Control of the Kids’ Rooms

Depending on how many children you have and how long it's been since you've really cleaned their rooms, our task for today and tomorrow could keep you very busy! We're tackling our kids' rooms to declutter, organize and clean them. As with every other area we've done so far, kids' rooms come with their own…

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Spring Cleaning Party: Bathrooms That Sparkle

Are you ready to finish your spring cleaning this week? Today, we're focusing on the bathrooms in our homes. Tsh has some great tips for keeping clutter to a minimum. I especially love her description of "meta-stuff " and letting your space determine how much stuff you have rather than letting the stuff determine your…

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Spring Cleaning Party: Tackling the Kitchen

Today we're finishing off the first week of the Spring Cleaning Party with Day 2 in the kitchen. Be sure to link to your before and after pictures in the comments of Tsh's post so we can see what you've accomplished! Organizing and Cleaning the Kitchen Tsh has some great before and after shots today…

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