Embracing the Mess? Not a Chance!

I must confess, I don’t have the tidiest house on the block. I wish. There just aren’t enough hours in my day. But, over the years, I’ve learned that enlisting the aid of my children is my only hope for survival. I’ve come up with a few tricks to helping my kids keep their rooms […]

How Do You Store Your Legos, You Maniacs?


My youngest brother, Jace, is about fourteen years my junior. I’m the oldest; he’s the youngest. Interestingly, FishBoy12 is closer in age to him than I am. Jace was the original Lego Maniac, if there ever was one. His childhood infatuation with Legos is the main reason that I held off ever letting my children […]

Coming Clean: Week Three


As I mentioned yesterday, my summer plans have taken a detour. One of the things that has been redirected is my effort to clean our house top to bottom. It sure is taking me longer than I anticipated. So much for going through the whole house in two weeks’ time. But, better now then right […]

Coming Clean: Week Two


Continuing my top-to-bottom house cleaning venture, this week I tackled the playroom, living room and kitchen. PLAYROOMOver the years we’ve been blessed to have bedrooms big enough to bunk the boys together. In the last two homes, this has freed up an extra room as a designated play space. Since I’m not the most diligent […]

Frugal Friday: Dejunk, Organize, and Clean


With the beginning of summer vacation, I made the decision to clean our house from top to bottom. What I anticipated taking two weeks is going to take a little longer. Life continues to go on while I’ve sequestered myself in a room cleaning. This means that laundry, meals, and Lego explosions still happen. I […]

Coming Clean, Day Four: The Schoolroom – Mission Accomplished


Oh my! That was an ordeal. Three days to get this room shipshape. I literally spent all day in this room. FishBoy12 made lunch. I think I went to the bathroom once. I sat and nursed the baby a few times. FishPapa whisked the kids away for an hour or so to relieve me of […]

Coming Clean: It’s Gotta Get Worse Before It Gets Better


Day Three hasn’t progressed as well as I had hoped. I got a late start — that darn twitter. And I’m exhausted now at 11:05. I had about 5 hours sleep last night because I stayed up too late yesterday. Plus, allergies have got me wiped. So, enough is enough. I’m almost done with dejunking […]

Coming Clean, Day Two: The School Room


In Simple Mom‘s ebook, Spring Cleaning for Normal People, she recommends a basic plan of action for decluttering and cleaning your entire home. It takes about two weeks, depending on the size of your house and the quantity of your junk possessions. Day One, as I explained yesterday, is a quick clean sweep: putting things […]