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Simply Organizing All About Spelling

This entry is part 6 of 27 in the series Homeschool

Who knew teaching spelling to my girls would become one of my favorite parts of our day? And who knew that given the opportunity to have an uninterrupted conversation with my husband on a recent “date night,” the conversation would turn to a detailed discussion of various spelling rules? My life, it seems, has recently been organized around spelling and spelling rules. I have Marie Rippel’s All About Spelling curriculum to thank for that!

As I said, it has become a touchstone in our homeschool day. So much so that my 3 year old begs to be part of it. I oblige him at the end of our spelling time, and he is really becoming proficient in spelling simple words by sounding them out.

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Home Office Planning

Decluttering Step by step Progress report
This entry is part 1 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

Oh, the project for decluttering and setting up my husband’s office seems like it will never end.  It seems like when I make progress, we suddenly have something else pop up in the way of more progress.  This past week my husband (rightly) decided that it was way too hot in his office and he wants to install a mini A/C in the wall.  He’s a builder and so he knows people who can do this in their sleep, but I kind of wonder how many days (and nights) it will take to actually get it done.

In the mean time, I have been in planning mode.  Because when progress on a project is just not happening, I like to keep in mind the end goal and make sure it is something we really LOVE.  Planning is my happy place!

I thought I would share with you a portion of my vision for this room. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Organizing Kids Tooth Brushing Supplies

Note: I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Firefly®, REACH®, and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

I can still remember a time I lied to my Dad.  It was a flat-out bold-faced lie.  And it was (as all lies are) pointless.  I was spending the night at his new apartment and he asked me if I had brushed my teeth.  I told him I had.

I had not.

And he found out.

It wasn’t hard.  He walked into the bathroom and checked to see if my toothbrush was wet.

It wasn’t.

I can’t really remember the consequence for lying to him other than having to actually brush my teeth.  Not so bad.

But the lasting impact of that lie is obvious to me.  And it was an indication to me that tooth brushing was a habit I didn’t really care for.

I am trying to make sure our kids don’t dislike tooth-brushing as much as I did.  So we are starting early with the habit.  And so far, they are the ones who remind us to do this daily habit!

I have found that if I want to start a habit in our home (for myself or my kids), I need to get organized to make it happen.  I think of it as organizing with purpose.

And since we are trying to create the healthy habit of tooth-brushing with our kids, I came up with a super simple way to organize their oral hygiene supplies to encourage them to keep up the habit. Continue Reading

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Living Room Organization – “Wait No More” Challenge

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series The 7 Year Itch

We “finished” our living room remodel toward the end of last year.  But as with most projects, there is always something more to be done.  We are quite possibly the slowest decision-makers I know – especially when it comes to spending money and choosing things for our home.  But our patience usually pays off by getting exactly what we want, when we need it, and at a great price.  That happened this week for us with the baskets in our living room.  We designed our living room shelving unit to hold some larger baskets at the bottom without knowing what baskets we would purchase to go there.  And the search was long and arduous until my husband came home with two baskets he found on clearance at Target – and now we finally have our living room organization complete! Continue Reading

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Stop Chasing Balance, Start Being Present

stop chasing balance start being present - time managment progress starts with simple small changes of everyday routines
This entry is part 37 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

One of my favorite organizing blogs I Heart Organizing is challenging her readers to finally get organized in their lives, instead of putting it off…again!  Each week for four weeks, she is focusing on ONE area of organization in our lives that will make a big impact, but that we have likely been putting off.  And she wisely is starting with a more internal organizing challenge: time management.  This is the one that almost everyone struggles with.  And I am no exception!  And though I am not really planning on working through her printable Time Management worksheets – not because they are not useful, but because I have already done them in the past and know what I should be doing with my time; I am planning on getting back on track with what I have already been feeling convicted lately of concerning my time.

A few weeks ago, I went to a conference (blog/business related) and the most major takeaway for me was this statement:


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Media Storage Makeover

Media Storage Makeover - simple solution

I guess I am pretty old school by now.  We still have a TON of CDs.  Yes, like my dad’s collection of old records (I’ve got dibs on those by the way!), our outmoded music option is still my favorite way to listen to music.  Most of the music on them is also in our computer and my husband is more MP3-friendly than I am, but we still own a LOT of great music on CDs.  The problem is we had a really horrible way of storing our CDs.  I mean really bad!  All the CDs (or most of them) have been shoved into two cardboard boxes in our loft and stored next to the couch.  Almost like a broke-down side table for the couch.  Yeah, it was bad.  And even worse, I wasn’t using these CDs…they were literally just sitting there collecting dust.  As I have been working through our Clutter Free Journey, I knew I just had to deal with this glaring problem.  And so I set out to give our media storage a makeover.

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