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KonMari Your Pantry on Any Budget

A few years ago, the KonMari method of decluttering became a Big Deal. This method, as explained in the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (affiliate link) by Marie Kondo, involves decluttering by category instead of location, and ending up with items and spaces that bring you joy. I stood back and listened to the buzz about this method, not sure…

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Why Kids Love Stuff So Much

I don’t think you’ll argue with me when I say that kids can bring an unbelievable amount of stuff into our homes. The first child brings clothes and toys and lots of baby contraptions that are creative, but really, couldn’t babies do without heated wipes on their bums? (I’m looking at you, baby wipes warmer!) If you have more than…

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Addicted to Shopping

Are You Addicted to Shopping?

We can talk about decluttering all we want, but sending a thousand loads to Goodwill won’t make a dent if we are addicted to shopping. If we don’t also focus on what comes into our homes, we’ll soon be knee deep in Target bags and cheeky coffee mugs. There’s a lot of buzz about decluttering, but not so much buzz…

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What Clutter Steals from Us

Clutter builds up in our homes because we want more. We bring more in, but we still hold onto what we already have. While clutter means more stuff, it also means we are losing in other areas. I’ve been on a mission to have a clutter-free home for about two years now. We have noticeably less stuff, but I do…

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These #toys grow with your child and offer lots of opportunities for open-ended #play.

Toys With the Most Bang for your Buck

What is the most annoying, most useless toy your child owns?  Was it worth the money, or the precious space that it takes up, or the time that you spend cleaning it up off of the floor? I’m done wasting my time and resources on toys that don’t add value to our home. We’ve gotten rid of most of these…

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7 Ways to Win the Battle Against Toy Clutter

Last week on, I wrote about our play/learning spaces in our home. I did a similar post last year, and as I was going through photos, one thing stood out to me: we used to have a ton of toy clutter! Sometimes it doesn’t feel like all the decluttering we’ve done in the last eighteen months has made a…

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Feeling stuck with #decluttering? Here are 101 easy things to get rid of that you might have missed. #organize

101 Things to Get Rid Of In Just A Few Hours

When I moved to Colorado, ( a long time ago now!) my sister came to help me move. We had to fit all of my possessions into a little Toyota Corolla, so she helped me sort and toss. She encouraged me to get rid of stuff that I just assumed I’d keep. I didn’t miss them at all! My sister’s…

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Messy Home

The Anatomy Of A Messy Home

Is our house cluttered, or just disorganized? This is something I think about when our house seems to get out of control. If the kids only had five toys, would they still end up on the floor? Sometimes I think that getting rid of clutter will solve all of our problems, but I know the stuff doesn’t carry all the…

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Baby Clothes Keep or Toss

Baby Clothes: What to Toss and What to Keep

We decided to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. (It’s a boy!) This is our third child, and I thought it would be wonderful to hold out and be surprised on the day our baby is born. But, we also had a tub of boy clothes and a tub of baby girl clothes. Going through the…

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Kids and Clutter

Clutter and Kids: Finding the Balance

People say that how we spend our time and our money reflects what we value. Looking around my house, I’m confused.  In my head, I value my faith and my family. But from the looks of my living room floor this very minute, it seems like I value gym bags and tennis shoes, blankets and toys. Pretty soon, I will spent…

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