Category Archives: Cleaning and Chores

You Asked For It: Our Chore List

Rebecca asked to see our current chore list, so here it is for your viewing pleasure. Not interested in the specifics? You can read a more general post about training children to do chores, look at  cute pictures completely unrelated to chores or learn 25 Random Things About Me. Whatever, just move along there is…

Decluttering and Being Real

My bedroom was one of the areas that I wanted to tackle. I began the process, took everything out, took this picture and then for the rest of the week I didn’t make much progress. I found other things to do. I needed to work on my art, go running, teach school and read books…

Simplifying: Final Thoughts and Your Results

Here are a few final thoughts on simplifying: To declutter in the kitchen take all of your utensils, gadgets, and appliances and put them in a closed box. Go about your normal routine of cooking and meal preparation. If you need something from the box take it out and put it away near to the…

Decluttering: Art Closet

Before: This is a picture of my art closet. I really wanted to tidy it up before I took the picture, but Mark said that was cheating. So here it is in all of its cluttered glory. Yes, those are permanent markers on the floor. Yikes! I knew that this area was going to be…

Simplify: Master Bath

This is my first project for the week. Our master bathroom is small and has accumulated a lot of items that we don’t use regularly, as well as things that shouldn’t be stored in such prime real estate. My goal is to make progress, not to get my whole house decluttered in a week. All…

Join Our Decluttering Spring Fling

To join in our spring cleaning, decluttering fun read these posts and look at every one’s before pictures. (If you didn’t take before pictures, shame on you 🙂 We are showing our messes, come on you can do it, it’s not too late.) Be sure to come back tomorrow to link up your progress posts and see…

The Why and What of Simplifying

We all know what is important, and it isn’t our STUFF. However, what do our actions say? How much time do we spend cleaning, organizing, sorting, storing and managing our STUFF? How much time do we spend just relaxing and enjoying our family? These thoughts have motivated me to get serious about decluttering. I realized that I was spending…

Banishing Clutter

I am not a clutter person. I like for things to look a bit empty and simple lines make me happy. Nearly 4 years ago when we moved and our home nearly doubled in size, I loved to go into our empty rooms and just sit, enjoying the emptiness. That said, I have children, a…

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

A few years ago I Googled directions for making laundry detergent, made up a batch and HATED it. We didn’t like how it cleaned ( or rather didn’t clean) our clothes and so I scrapped the idea. Several months ago, the economic climate being what it is and the fact that I had run out…

Daily Chores

Twelve people living, eating, and sleeping in one house necessitates time spent maintaining order and cleanliness. Homeschooling means that we are home making messes all day rather than heading off to school and work. Homeschooling also entails a higher level of mess and clutter in the form of books and educational materials. So how does…