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Making Progress

Making Progress

Bags to donate: 10 Bags thrown away: 12+ An overflowing recycling bin: 1 For two weeks in a row, we have refilled our garbage bin by the very next day after the trash has been picked up. The same thing happened last week with our recycling bin. (And our recycling is only picked up biweekly! Ugh!) We need two or three bins during this moving process … or a dumpster—LOL. It feels good to purge our house, though. To sort…

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Wrapping Up Thanksgiving

Wrapping Up Thanksgiving

As I mentioned before, this was the first year I hosted Thanksgiving. It seems kind of odd to still be talking about Thanksgiving on this first Sunday of Advent, but it’s also the last day of that long, wonderful Thanksgiving-Day weekend! So … Overall, it was a really fun day! The biggest glitch was that the turkey wasn’t done when everyone arrived, like I had planned. But I think it was worth the wait … It turned out delicious (thank…

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A Simpler Filing System (I Hope!)

A Simpler Filing System (I Hope!)

Household filing systems can be a nightmare. At least they can be for me. I have tried several approaches, and every time, I realize I have made it too complicated. And I can’t keep up. Last summer, I started a new monthly filing system. Something simpler, I had hoped. This time, however, the problem was not that it was too complicated, but that I never fully implemented it! (Ha!) The first part of the system, I did set up. It…

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Research

Research

As my family grows, my children are eating more and using more household goods more quickly. Therefore, this summer, I have decided to conduct a bit of research on shopping at grocery stores, big-box stores (like Target) and warehouse stores to determine where I should be purchasing our family’s food and supplies for the best prices. I have a membership to Sam’s Club that I rarely use, because a) it’s another errand to run, which requires time that I don’t…

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Stuff!

Stuff!

I am persevering in my Lenten/spring cleaning. I might be behind already, but I am not giving up! (That would be too easy!) The work isn’t going anywhere, and neither am I. It might not all get down in the amount of time I have allotted, but no matter what I get done, my home will be more clean and organized by Easter—God willing. On that note, I have some questions for you, dear friends. Perhaps you have been in…

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Lenten Check-In, Part 3

Lenten Check-In, Part 3

(Part 3 of 3) Lenten/Spring Cleaning List At the beginning of Lent, I noticed a few bloggers posted Lenten/Spring Cleaning Lists (like this one and this one). I was indeed inspired but a little intimidated to do something similar. (What if I can’t get it all done? Must be the perfectionist in me =) Well, I also think there is power in holding yourself (or having others hold you) accountable, so I am going to post my cleaning list ……

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Baskets and Books

Baskets and Books

I love using baskets to corral books and toys and other collections. It seems like an easy—yet pretty—way to organize. But I never thought of using a basket to contain my twins! They thought of it for me … Girl twin loves to climb into anything, but today Boy beat her to it, and so she had to do what she could to get in on the fun. One day, they will be so big not even one of them…

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Beautiful Order

Beautiful Order

Last week, the real temperature was well below zero here in Minnesota. My Kindergartener even had school cancelled; it was that cold! So, I hunkered down with my five children to make the most of a shut-in day. After the twins went down for their morning nap, the trio and I decided it was finally the right time to reorganize their bedroom and the play area in order to find homes for their new favorite treasures of Christmas. We started with the…

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