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Simple Living Tip No. 1: Empty Your Purse

I love blogs with simple, beautiful living tips. So I thought that I would occasionally share some of my favorites. Tip Number One: Empty Your Purse  I stole this tip from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  (which I wrote about here), and I will be honest: it sounded pointless at first. After all, I use the…

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How to Stop Organizing Yet Have an Organized House

 When it comes to organizing a home, most of us seem to be either chronic organizers–always tidying and never finished–or those who accept things as they are and move on. The sheer number of books and articles on organizing is overwhelming. However, there is one book that has totally changed my life in this area,…

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Some Thoughts on Minimalism

I am obsessed with minimalism.  I love getting rid of stuff and spending freezes and really thinking about how we live. I’ve found freedom in not buying stuff and giving away stuff we don’t need. I love the idea of living in 600 square feet and spending most of our lives outside. But I also love our home.…

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8 “Duh” Housework Lessons I’m Finally Learning

Sometimes you wonder if you skipped school the day they taught a particular lesson. One of those lessons for me is right and left. The fact that I’m directionally challenged is a clear sign to me that I had a cold the day they taught it. To figure out right from left, I have to…

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Making Today a Better Day

Jon had the morning off, and it was on track to be a wonderful day. Then Liam went down for his nap two hours later than usual. This was fine, but I decided to spend naptime resting (due to a poor night of sleep) rather than conquering my to-do list. It was a mistake. I spent…

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Is My Clutter Coming from Entitlement?

  I used to be obsessed with organizing solutions. However, I think I mostly just rearranged my clutter. I finally found relief from the perpetual problem by getting rid of stuff, thinking carefully about what we bring into our home, and finding the best place for items. However, we still have piles that develop, and…

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What Makes a Place Home

When we first got married, we moved a state away. I had lived in one place my whole life. I had traveled a lot, including spending time every other week at our family’s farm. But still, I am a homebody by nature, and I love my hometown. Everyone who heard where we were moving had…