Zone Defense: Organizing Your Traveling Equipment


This year we’re back on Zone Defense, tackling clutter and getting our homes more in order. This month, we set our sights on organizing our traveling and vacation equipment. (At my boys’ hockey games they play inspirational music during warm-ups and right before a face-off, so here’s a little music to get you going before the […]

Zone Defense: The School Room

school room cubbies

Are you on Zone Defense with us this year? We’re moving through the house, zone by zone, tackling clutter and putting things in order. This year, we’re on Zone Defense. Each month’s challenge is to tackle a different area of the home, setting it to rights, dejunking and decluttering, and otherwise organizing that space. This […]

Kitchen Chores for Kids

kitchen chores for kids

Participating in kitchen clean-up is good for kids and for parents. Here’s how it works at our house. I remember when my eldest child was just five years old. We gave him the job of busboy. I bought a small plastic dishpan. After each meal, he would load it up with the dishes and take […]

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Organized on a Budget


I’ve struggled over the years with wanting to “organize” all our stuff and get it in nice Pinterest-worthy order. I don’t usually have the inclination or the budget to pull it off. Today Life as MOM contributor Prerna shows us how to organize on a budget. As someone who tries to get the maximum bang […]

Tackling the Living Areas (Zone Defense)


This year we’re back on Zone Defense, tackling clutter and getting our homes more in order. This month, we set our sights on the living areas. I have lived in six different homes in my almost nineteen years of marriage. A couple were short-term rentals, but each of the others was a place we wanted […]

Keep the Laundry Room Clean! (Zone Defense)

Keeping laundry room clean

THIS makes me happy. It gives me the feeling that at least somewhere in my house is peace and order. Forget the fact that my office is buried in piles. I can just go to the laundry room and gaze on clean surfaces. Since I came up with my new laundry system, the laundry area […]

Kids Can Do Laundry

kids can do laundry

Kids can do laundry. Here’s how it’s working at our house. Early one morning as we lay in bed, still waking up, I heard the girls giggling and running to the laundry room which is next to our room. FishChick6 came into our room to grab a chair. “What are you doing?” hubby called. “I’m […]

Time to Organize the Linen & Laundry Areas

laundry room before

This month we’ll be organizing the linen and laundry areas on Zone Defense. Last year we went through our homes, room by room, one month at a time, tackling clutter and getting on zone defense. This year, we’re doing it all again. I dunno about you, but my house certainly drifts toward chaos, so it […]