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Sharing meals together is one of the most important things you can do for your family. Believe it or not, family dinners are more important than play, reading stories, or any other family events in young children’s vocabulary development. Furthermore, kids who eat more often with their parents are far more likely to earn all [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 81}

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Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a fabulous first week of October!  If you follow me on Instagram you already know that my family and I are on vacation this week with my dad and stepmom onboard the Carnival Breeze.  We don't get to see my family very often so it has been [...]

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While maintaining a “junk” drawer might seem counterintuitive to a challenge that is intended to rid our lives of excess clutter, the reality is that this type of catchall space holds an important purpose in a well organized, clutter-free home. The fact is, not every single item we own can be easily categorized into a [...]

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31 Days to a Clutter Free Life: Toys (Day 7)

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Anyone who has read my now-infamous post about why I took my kids’ toys away (and why they won’t get them back) probably already knows that I am not a big fan of toys, especially not in excessive quantities. The truth is that no child needs a whole room full of toys, regardless of whether [...]

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Video games, DVDs and other media are largely a modern phenomenon, but one that can easily get out of control. While watching whatever we want, whenever we want, can be deeply satisfying and entertaining, it can also be a major source of clutter and mess. Video game consoles become a tangle of cords, controllers and [...]

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Even in the age of eBooks and the Internet we still have not outgrown books. There’s something almost magical about turning pages and many writers and poets have waxed lovingly about the feel, texture and even scent of reading materials. All of this book love can make it difficult to part with books. Our homes [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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 Happy Sunday!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!  My family and I are currently on our way to Miami to board the Carnival Breeze for a six day cruise, where we were invited to experience the cruise line's Carnival Live concert series, which brings big name bands right to the ship.  My [...]

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Your living room, by definition, is the central hub of your home. It should be a room where everyone can come together, relax, play games, read, convene, hang out, and even watch television. The living room should offer a space for each person in the household to relax. There should be plenty of seating, arranged [...]

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31 Days to a Clutter Free Life: Mail (Day 3)

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 Day 3: Mail Paper clutter is a huge struggle for most families! Throughout this month we are going to work to create practical, easy-to-maintain systems for all of the different paperwork that finds its way into our lives. The first thing on the list? Mail! There is unfortunately no good way to stop the onslaught [...]

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What better place to start our challenge than at the first place we see when we walk in? I don’t know how it works in your home, but that area right inside our front door tends to be the dumping ground for everything—shoes, purses, backpacks, umbrellas, lunchboxes, school papers, random toys and pretty much anything [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 80}

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Happy Thursday! My head is still spinning a little from the whirlwind of the past few weeks but I am SO excited that October is finally here!  My husband and I are super pumped to tackle the clutter this month in every area of our home--I'm pretty sure that he is even more excited than [...]

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The older I get, the more STUFF I seem to accumulate, and the more desperately I long to live a life free of clutter. While I don’t think I will ever be considered a minimalist, I dream of a home that is pared down to just the essentials—only those things I love and use on [...]

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7 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have

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I am not a decorator.   Not even close.  While it is lovely, it will never be featured in House Beautiful or Better Homes & Gardens.  I am totally okay with that.   My goal is not to win any decorating awards, but to have a functional, cozy space that I love.  For me, that [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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Happy Sunday!  I hope you are all having a FABULOUS weekend!  Our family had a blast checking out the local Oktoberfest festival yesterday & getting our fill of Bratwurst, sauerkraut, & beer.  Yum! In other news, we've already had over 12,000 readers sign up to participate in our Clutter Free Challenge, which is happening here at [...]

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How to Create a Rock Bottom Price List

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While most of us would love to cut our grocery bill in half, over the years I have found that for most people, the biggest obstacle to saving money on groceries is simply just knowing where to start. Figuring out the very best deals and rock bottom prices might truly seem impossible at first, especially if you’re brand new [...]

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