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Now that you’ve tackled your cupboards, the next logical step is to declutter your food pantry. A well-stocked pantry is saves time by allowing you to keep essentials on hand, thus cutting back on trips to the store. An organized pantry also helps you save money by eliminating the need to eat out because there [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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 Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a wonderful & relaxing weekend!  After six days onboard the Carnival Breeze, we are now home and ready to jump back into our October projects (in between loads of vacation laundry, of course!)  This morning Chuck and I are planning to plant our fall garden, which we [...]

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With your newly-cleared counter surfaces to inspire you, it is time to dig a little deeper, into those sometimes-scary-but-usually-hidden areas behind closed doors Yes, it is time to tackle the kitchen cupboards (and drawers.) How ironic that the exact feature that makes them so useful—closed doors—is the feature that also makes them so prone to [...]

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Like the dining table, the ample flat surface area provided by kitchen counters is often a catch-all for, well, everything—mail, an endless stream of school papers, groceries, appliances, dishes that need to be put away, fruit bowls, the butter dish, salt and pepper shakers, loaves of bread, recycling……you name it. If it comes in the [...]

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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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