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Want to make a big impact for the Fourth of July, but have a tiny budget? Try this fun lawn decor idea from Cut out a star-shaped stencil from cardboard. Sift white flour over the stencil, then carefully remove the extra flour and stencil. Voila! Super cool Fourth of July lawn decor! If you […]


15 things to do NOW to prepare for summer

by respaced on May 21, 2013

School is out in less than a month, which means vacations, summer camps and kids underfoot 24/7. Yikes! Here are some things you can do NOW to get ready for summer: 1. Sign up for summer camp, swim lessons and other summer activities. This is at the top of the list, because it has to […]

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5 tips for keeping clutter out of your house

by respaced on May 17, 2013

  It’s hard to find the energy/time/interest to organize. So when that inspiration to organize finally hits and you are able to clean out that black hole in your home, you probably feel ecstatic! Yay! Time to post a brag picture to Pinterest! But how often have you kicked clutter to the curb only to […]


It’s March, which in my mind means it is springtime! I don’t know about you, but my house starts to feel a little blah inside after winter. So here are some tips to perk up your space. I hope you find them helpful. And please post any additional tips you have for refreshing you home […]


You can choose to be a better you in 2013

by respaced on January 1, 2013

It’s a brand-spankin’, fresh new year. It’s unmarred by mistakes, bad choices, regrets or unintended consequences. YOU have the power to choose for this year to be different from last year. YOU can choose to take baby steps toward your goals. Want to be more organized? Come up with one small step you could take […]


12 gifts to give that won’t end up clutter

by respaced on December 15, 2012

If you are as anti-clutter as I am, the idea of giving a holiday gift that will just sit and take up space in the recipent’s home is abhorrent (I’m talking about YOU, figurines and so-called “collectables”!) So I have compiled a list of gifts you can give that won’t clutter up your loved one’s […]


Many parents approach the holiday season with a mixture of joy and dread. Joy because, hey, it’s Christmas and we like to eat cookies and listen to Bing Crosby. Dread because, among other reasons, many parents who are losing the war on clutter in their home have to contend with a bombardment of new toys […]


Today I took down all of the Halloween decorations and packed them away. Or at least I tried to pack them away. Amazingly, our little stash of Halloween decorations doubled this year, which meant I was going to have to round up more boxes plus clear some extra space in the attic. (Nathan and I […]

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Most of us have a kitchen cupboard stuffed with miscellaneous plastic cups, bent paper plates and an assortment of holiday-themed paper napkins. And when a special occasion rolls around, most of us take one look at the items in that cupboard — and then run out and buy all new paper plates and cups. It’s […]

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1. Sign up for summer camp, swim lessons and other summer activities. This is at the top of the list, because it has to be done immediately as spots for these popular events fill up quickly. Here is a link to most of the summer camps offered in the Metro area and swim lessons through […]