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Working in the Bigger Projects

It’s almost always tempting to move on to the more glamorous task. Glamorous may simply look like doing anything other than what you are at the moment. It seems more glamorous to start organizing the office than to stack the dishwasher. Again. To ignore picking up toys in order to paint the bedroom. But when we ignore the daily to work on a big project, the daily stuff becomes...
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As a Kiddo

Rotating Toys: Benefits and Tips

I’m a huge fan of unstructured play for kiddos: play that involves lots of imagination and little adult direction. And since too many choices paralyze kids (and adults), we rotate our daughter’s toys so her imagination isn’t stunted by too much stuff. It’s not that our kiddo has so many toys we can’t fit them in our house. We are very judicious about what and how much we buy her....
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Rearranging the Laundry Room

Unlike doing dishes, I greatly enjoy the chore of rearranging a room to make my life easier. This is just what we did a few weekends ago in our laundry room. Now let me say that I’ve dreamed of having a laundry room/mud room since we first got married. Our first year of marriage we washed our laundry at the laundry mat and the next seven years we did...
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The Worst Chore Ever

Do you have a chore you absolutely despise doing? I’m not one to love chores in the first place, but my most dreaded chore is doing dishes. I loathe it. Some people talk about how doing dishes by hand is relaxing. I’m happy for them and they can come relax at my house anytime. Our first 8 years of marriage we did not have a dishwasher. So there were...
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A Basic Cleaning Strategy

This is another post in a series on the more practical side of life: cooking, cleaning and organizing in order to make room for the good stuff. My biggest tip for easy cleaning? Cut out clutter. It’s so much easier to dust, vacuum and clean the bathrooms when you have less stuff to move around. But after getting rid of ancillary items, I suggest coming up with a basic cleaning...
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Clutter Reducing Habits

Since we’ve been married, Dan and I have lived five different places. The longest we were in once place was a little over three years. This is a great way to keep clutter under control. Each time we moved we sorted through our stuff and got rid of things we didn’t need. But now we’re more settled and we’re in a house. And everyone threatens that with a bigger...
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Zone Cleaning

This is one post in a series on the more practical side of life: cooking, cleaning and organizing in order to make room for the good stuff. Sometimes I go weeks and weeks with a decent looking house. Note that I’ve never gone weeks and weeks with a spotless house (and probably never will). Other times something comes up, an illness, a trip or a difficult week with my...
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