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Taking Care of Your Personal Space (Zone Defense)

bathroom drawer ransacked

If you allow clutter to take a foot hold, you will lose out. It may cost you money, time, emotional well being, or something that was just special to you. Time to get in the game. I blame the cold weather of winter. Lately I have not wanted to get up early or tackle many […]

Time to Get on Zone Defense! (Again)

clothes closet before

Time to get back on Zone Defense, battling clutter and reorganizing your home for the way you live. Last year we worked through the zones of our homes working to combat clutter and get better organized. But, if you are anything like me, if your house is anything like mine, well, it’s time to start […]

Zone Defense: Deep Storage

toy garage

I hope you haven’t forgotten Zone Defense! This year, we’re going through our homes, zone-by-zone, tackling different areas of home life. This final play is to tackle the deep storage. Now that the holidays are moving past us, it’s time to think about organizing, cleaning, and dejunking. Because that’s what we do in January, is it […]

Outdoor Winterizing (Zone Defense)

painting fences

This month’s topic for Zone Defense is the Outdoors. In many parts of the country, the days and weeks of outdoor activity are starting to wane. In the advent of Hurricane Sandy, I’m sure many folks were getting their yards and homes winterized and storm proofed. If you haven’t done any seasonal home maintenance yet, […]

Zone Defense: Emergency Preparedness

There’s no better time than the present to prepare for an emergency. We don’t get to schedule those. This month on Zone Defense, we’ve been preparing for emergencies. I know, no one thinks it’s going to happen to them. And chances are, it won’t. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s […]

The One in Which I Ramble a Lot and Show How We Created a Fun Play Space for Our Kids

play kitchen baby in sink

My kids have no shortage of toys, books, and games. In fact, we have an entire single car garage, aptly dubbed The Toy Garage in which we store the aforementioned toys, books, and games. Each child has a stash of his own personal items in his bedroom, either in bins under the bed or in […]

How to Organize & Contain Children’s Toys, Books & Other Stuff

Toys, books, and other kid stuff make a home fun and playful. Yet sometimes, it can become too much stuff. It’s hard to manage it all and still give your children a fun atmosphere to live and play in.  Today, as part of Zone Defense, contributor Prerna shares some tips for Toy Management. Ever wonder how […]

Clean and Simple Kids’ Rooms (Zone Defense: Kid Stuff)

girl bedroom

On Zone Defense, we’re tackling clutter and working to put in place a game plan for home organization. This month we’re turning our attention to the stuff that our kids collect. Six months ago we started a game plan to organize our homes. Rather than tackle clutter and chaos in one fell swoop, we are approaching it […]