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Archive for August 2014

How to Declutter the Pantry

  Is the process of decluttering the kitchen long overdue at your house? Getting real food into my family is a priority, we’ve simplified our schedule in many ways, but always left room in the schedule to enjoy real food. Even though, at times, it can (or rather, it seems like it can)  take more effort to get on…

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Simple Children's Birthday Parties

    As the years have gone by, it seems like kid’s birthday parties have gotten more and more elaborate. With having 6 kids, I had to set some boundaries fairly early for attending and having birthday parties: How many birthday parties should my child attend? When my older kids were young, money was pretty tight and…

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18 Clutter-Free Gifts for Women

Women enjoy clutter-free gifts- they are like gifts that keep on giving! It means a woman can enjoy herself and then not feel guilty about getting rid of a gift, because, let’s face it: women do feel guilty about getting rid of something that was a gift. Let’s bless the women in our lives this…

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18 Clutter-Free Gifts for Men

It didn’t take long, as a young wife, to realize that all the suggested gift ideas for men are clutter: hats, ties, gimmicky junk. As with any gift-giving, it’s important to think about who you are giving to. What type of things to they enjoy, what are their hobbies and what is their love language?…

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101 Real Food Snacks to Add to a Sack Lunch

  Having a stockpile of goodies to stick in the kid’s lunch boxes makes putting the lunches together simple and fun. Having a variety means more eating and less trading as well. Ok, so the main part of lunches are taken care of (see 101 Simple Sack Lunches for the Busy Family here), but what else do…

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101 Simple Sack Lunches for the Busy Family

  Having a list of lunch ideas for the coming school year makes the days a little more exciting and it’s healthy for the kids to get more variety in their lunches. Homemade lunches can give kids a lot of bragging rights and it definitely makes them feel special and cared for. And gluten free lunches…

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Strawberry Semifreddo

Semifreddo is a wonderfully simple, and yet very elegant dessert. An impressive frozen yogurt dessert, it’s easy to throw together days ahead, so you don’t have to put in any extra time for dessert they day of a dinner party. It’s really one of my favorite ice cream treats, since I don’t have to have an ice cream maker…

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Curbing the Children's Craft Clutter

  Children’s crafts and paper projects have a way of filling every area of the house. It’s cute stuff, so we tend to allow it: Once, our younger kids wrote every family member’s name on a 3×5 card and taped it above their bed. It was cute! I had a “I [heart] MOM” on my headboard…

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18 Clutter Free Gifts for Teachers

  I have many teacher friends and have seen over the years a pretty serious collection of clutter built up from all their students. Teachers love their students and they love the thought put into a gift given to them, it’s hard to let go of items that remind them of people they love. So,…

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How to Keep the Car Decluttered and Clean

  Keeping a vehicle clean and free of clutter can be a challenge (especially with multiple kids!)  if it’s not in your normal routine. In order to make the shift and get cleaning out the car into your daily or weekly routine, pick a trigger to help you remember the task. Before you choose your…

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18 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for Teens

Another installment in my gift-giving series! Teenagers can often be difficult to gift to and when I see all the “teen gift suggestions” I just want to slap the list makers! Seriously- my teens do not need more video games or cheap nail polish. I spend enough time trying to get my boys off of their electronics, I don’t…

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How to Declutter the Clothes Closet

  Most people actually wear half, or even less than half of what is hanging in their closet. You probably have a good idea of what you wear regularly and also what you never wear. As you go through your closet, I want you to evaluate the colors you wear/feel good in and which items…

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