Home Improvement

Spring & Summer Reflections

I am an avid gardener! I love it. It makes me feel good and accomplished. It helps me get outside, enjoy fresh air; get a little color in my cheeks, and you can work out lots of issues when you garden. I love the Fourth of July

Read more

The Monster Called Laundry

laundry, organization, control, schedule cleaning, pattern cleaning,, make cleaning and laundry a habit

Laundry in a house with six people is quite a job! Just one outfit per day, per person makes a large pile. Add sheets and towels, workout clothes, sports practice clothes and uniforms, swimsuits and those giant beach towels – WOW! There are, I’m sure, many laundry

Read more

Sowing Good Seeds

sowing good seeds, planting, organization, chaos, control, decluttering, straighten your paths

How does that saying go, better late than never? When I finally had time to begin planting my garden this year, it was a little late … like 30 days late. Peas, potatoes and onions should be in the ground on Good Friday! Oh well … as

Read more

Order in the Fort

order, delegate duties to children, organization, decluttering, straighten your paths

Have you ever said “never” or “never again” and had it come back to haunt you? Maybe more than a few times? It’s often said with the best of intentions, however, the “never” will without a doubt present itself again when old habits die hard. In the organizing

Read more

A New Season

a new season for straighten your paths, Shine, decluttering, housekeeping, refugees

If you’re like me, you are finding a certain kind of joy as we enter a new season. The word “season” has many definitions and I like them all. I can’t imagine living anywhere outside the Midwest where the beginning of a new season holds more vividness

Read more

Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Don’t adjust your screen. This is what my kitchen looks like after a home-cooked meal with the help of my two sweet toddlers. (Or something incredibly close to this). Dishes piled high. Dried food on the burners. Spilled milk on the floor. A far cry from a

Read more

15 Minutes to a Tidy Home by jessie springer

“A place for everything and everything in its place” holds great meaning in the organizing world. Having a home for everything you own really can change the way you live your life. And it makes this week’s challenge even easier: 15 minutes to a tidy home. I ran

Read more

GO Get Organized! by jessie springer

January is National Get Organized Month. In other words, GO! GO plan! GO declutter! GO create calm! GO conquer the world! … Overwhelmed? Here are a few key organizing tips to get started on your month of organization: Make a plan for your day, week, month. Working

Read more

Cleaning Day by cindy torvik

Children can, and should, clean the house. Mine started this important habit several years ago…slowly but surely at the age of 5, beginning with dusting. The more important element is that essential habits for successful living are being instilled in my children. Five hours later (yes, only 5 hours), my house shone like a new penny. There was a place for everything and everything was in its place. What an accomplishment…love that feeling of a job well done.

Read more

Start Small but Start Now

My how things can change in 12 months. Approximately one year ago, I presented to an audience of widows on topics of grief, hope, organization, time-management, and how to find the will to want to move forward with anything. I wrapped up the talk by issuing a challenge to these women … women who had suffered loss that left them lacking motivation to move forward with a variety of tasks. The challenge was to step ahead with theses tasks under their present circumstances in order to show God they trusted him and the plans he had for them. He will show us unbelievable things in our lives when we show him we are staying on the narrow path even in the most difficult times. His plans may include a move, a new job, going back to school, becoming a grandparent, a new love … dare to dream.

Read more