I am constantly amazed at how often I have to sort through my kids’ things. My sisters and friends and I share clothes and toys for our kids, so a lot of goods need to be sorted and shifted between our houses. Over time I came up with a little system that works for me. […]
Do you need a command center? A home command center is where the business of running a home is executed and should be located in the central hub of the home. This is almost always the kitchen. What do you need in your command center? In Box: this can be a flat basket, an upright […]
My friend, Rachel, is always on the go and rarely carries a purse. But she always has her phone and you gotta have a drivers license and some money. So her brother found her this cool phone case that holds your license and credit card, too. Check it out. The company that sells this […]
Set Up Good Systems & Embrace Imperfection I was a student of organization during the last two decades of the twentieth century. I struggled as many of you do with clutter and chaos. I read books, tried new techniques, enjoyed a few successes and learned how NOT to do things. I declared myself to be […]
There are days when my kids get up in the morning and I know they grew while they were sleeping. A while back I stumbled onto this frog growth chart at a store I love (Bobby Todd in Sweetwater, TN). I got it for decorative purposes, but eventually decided to measure the kids and actually […]
So, it’s time to organize a gift for your child’s teacher and we all know gift cards are greatly appreciated. I recently learned about a fantastic website called FrumUs.com. The site provides a way to collect money online from a group of people for a gift. To use the site, you establish an account and […]
Do your kids play sports or participate in group activities where the parents are responsible for bringing things like snacks? If so, you should check out this site that my friend Victoria told me about. It’s called Sign Up Genius, and it’s a free web site that helps parents organize duties by signing up electronically to […]
Did you know sturdy produce and other boxes make excellent storage options and are available for FREE upon request at some stores? Milk Crate Boxes Some companies transport milk to grocery stores in thick cardboard boxes with handles called milk crate boxes. Organizing expert Karen Sprinkle has re-used these square containers that she got for […]
This is the year! (I totally hear Oprah when I say that to myself). I am finally going to get it together, Friends. I am not building anything or doing any after-the-kids-are-in-bed projects this year. EVERYTHING will be done in advance so I can relax and enjoy it. I don’t know if any of this […]
I totally open my mail over the garbage can. And I should probably shred more than I do, but here’s what the fine folks at Digitwirl suggest as far as going paperless… How do you control paper clutter at your house?
- “Mama, I yawned and sauce came out!” (vomit)
– Sydney (3) Maryville, TN
- My husband has my babies all by himself this week. When I was leaving town today, I asked Walker if he thought they would be ok . He said, "Of course, Mama. You left us food and I have a light saber."
-- Walker (5) Tupelo, MS
- "You are really annoying, and it is NOT opposite day."
-- Bryce (6) to Reed (8) Eagain, MN
- "Mom: Do you think you can be good at school the rest of the week – it’s only two more days…
Son: I’m not sure… “I can’t tell the future and I don’t have a working time machine.”
– Ethan (6) Milwaukee, MI
- "No you cannot sit on brother's face. No sitting on faces!" -- Ravyn, Ramallah, Palastine
- “Sweetheart, please don't throw yogurt at kitty.” Like saying this would actually STOP her... - Anissa, Chicago, IL
- "Get your fingers out of your nose and START EATING!" -Me, Knoxville, TN
- “We don’t tie up our friends – even if they’re part of the game.” - Jackie, St. Louis, MO