Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Simple Holiday Season

Many years ago, when I was a full-time teacher and mother to school-age children, a couple of books made their way to my bedtime reading just before it was time to… deck the halls, bake the cookies, make the budget, buy presents, pick out the card, gather recipes, host the party, buy matching pajamas, trim […]

Maintaining Simplicity

I believe a simple life takes three basic steps ~ Carefully Choosing – both the tangible and intangible things you want in your life Logically Organizing – what you have chosen to keep Constantly Maintaining – the most difficult step in my mind and the subject of this post. Maintaining simplicity requires paying attention. Many […]

A Simple Home

  Here are some ideas to begin creating your calm, organized, simple home ~ Quick Start – Set a timer for 30 minutes to an hour. You’re going to make three quick trips through your home. First, walk through with a big trash bag. Take the trash out. Second, walk through with a box for […]

A Simple Kitchen

When we first looked at the house we bought five years ago, the realtor joked that a woman must have designed it, because the bedroom closet is almost as big as the kitchen. In fact, our little kitchen serves this couple of empty-nesters quite well, but it did require getting rid of some things and […]

Simplifying with a ‘Life Notebook’

This is a how-to post, so I’m going to skip the prose and start explaining how I tamed the paper tiger, cleared my mind, and became more efficient by creating what I call our Life Notebook. It isย simply a three-ring binder that holds all of our family’s important personal, household, and financial information in one […]

Lovely Thing ~ Getting Organized

In my next few posts, we’ll offer motivation, and specific ways, to reduce and tame chaos and clutter.