If you feel like you are starting to drown in your stuff, it is time to organize and declutter your space. Your life will feel so much more manageable with this guide. Three Piles that Leave the House Every house should have three piles: 1. Throw away: This is for the things that no longer are useful to you and will not be useful to anyone else. 2. Donate: This is for the things that you … [Read more...] about House of Order Part 2: De-cluttering
72 Hour Kits I have been feeling like I should have 72 hour kits ready for my family for many, many months now. I do not think that anything is going to happen anytime soon, but I know it is the right thing to do. It is so hard to spend time, money and energy on something that doesn't feel like it will be important right away, but when you need something, you need it, right? Many of you probably … [Read more...] about 72 Hour Kit: While There is Still Plenty
Organize Your Home Today This morning it took me a full hour to do my dishes. Just to give you idea, I had to do the dishes in stages: fill dishwasher, wash Tupperware from the fridge, pots and pans and then everything else. I am really done doing dishes until...lunch. =) As I finished up the dishes, I know the best way to tackle dishes is after each meal, but it is so hard sometimes to keep up. … [Read more...] about Ideas for a House of Order: Tidy and Functional
Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush With richness; … [Read more...] about Planning for Spring
My beautiful mother, Maureen. My Home I think I was eleven years old. I was out in my family's garage one day, and I saw a beautiful framed photo of a white baby seal. It may sound weird, but it really was a gorgeous white photo and it had a nice thick, black matte and frame. It was a large print (20X24) and I started to imagine how it would look in our home. I came into the house … [Read more...] about What is Your Definition of Home?
Mood Board for the Basement When we bought our home two years ago, I knew I wasn't going to be able to re-do everything right away. Of course, the kitchen and bathrooms will eventually get a complete makeover, but for now they work for our family and are aesthetically pleasing. Meanwhile, I can't stand my basement anymore, and I LOVE the challenge of completely transforming a space on a … [Read more...] about The Basement Makeover Plan