Got a Move On?

Moving? Yeah, me, too. I think it’s the fifth move we’ve made in twelve years. It’s always exciting in some respects: new start, new place, new people. But, somewhere in between old and new, I find myself overwhelmed and saying, “We are NEVER doing this again.” Yeah, uh-huh. One thing that has always been helpful […]

The Battery Box – It Works for Me!

Years ago a friend showed me a practice that her parents had handed down to her. It was a small rubbermaid box filled to the brim with batteries. I was shocked. It had never occured to me to stock up on batteries and to keep them in one centralized location. (This was obviously before my […]

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 […]

FishMama’s Summer Plans

Summer vacation is a welcome relief to me. I know for some families it’s a challenging time to keep the kids occupied for three months, prompting parents to greet September (and Back to School) with open arms. For me, it’s the reverse. My work load lightens during the summer months as I put my teacher […]