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Easter Sunday

As much as I love the season of Lent, Holy week brings with it much melancholy for this girl. I can’t begin to explain it … it just happens, every year right after Palm Sunday. I know why they call today “Good Friday,” but I often ponder

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Home Staging Challenge

Spring is close at hand and with it comes new energy on many levels. For some it’s getting a home ready to put on the market, which often entails more elbow grease than homeowners realize or are willing to admit. Interestingly enough, once the elbow grease has

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Don’t wait for spring – winter clean!

winter cleaning, spring cleaning, winter clean, organization, house decluttering

Most of us grew up hearing about, or participating in, “spring cleaning.” Everything outside is fresh and new, so why not your house too? The problem I have with deep cleaning, organizing, and household projects in the spring is that it’s not what I want to be doing

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Are your scales tipped?

My heart aches for folks who don’t recognize the sorrow and stress their possessions can bring them. If only I had a magic wand I could wave to help them experience the feeling of managing less personal property, I’d wave one in each hand. This becomes most

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