One Thing I Did for Simple and Easy Laundry Organization

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #TryMembersMark #CollectiveBias   As many of you know, we built a house last fall.  And with building, you have the opportunity to rethink the ways in which you...

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How to Make a LEGO Mini-Figure Display

Legos here.  Legos there.  Legos, Legos everywhere. If your kid is into Legos, you probably know exactly what I mean.  It is one thing to organize the lot of legos, but have you counted how many mini-figures your child has?  I was dumbfounded when I saw all the little...

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6 Sure-Fire Ways We Keep Organized with Kids in the New House

Can you breathe easier when things are clutter-free?  Organization does wonders for the body, mind and spirit.  But what nobody tells you when you have kids is that clutter becomes a battle for the next 18 years.  All the baby gear, toys, school supplies, clothes,...

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle – Buy it Now!

Hi friends! Are you feeling stressed about your homemaking? If so, I completely know how you feel. There are times when I look around and wonder how I got so far behind.  Even living at my mom's while we are building, you'd think I'd be better about keeping up with...

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30 Tips for Selling Your House without Losing Your Mind

Selling your house is a crazy, exhausting process ... especially when you have young children who are constantly making messes. The last minute showings, the stress of maintaining a nearly perfect house, the ups and downs of thinking an offer is coming and the...

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How to Shop the Kraftmaid Outlet

If you are a local to Ohio or even the surrounding States, you may have heard about the Kraftmaid Outlet in Warren, Ohio.  It is the spot to go if you are looking for quality cabinets at amazing prices.  My cousin recently bought her children's bathroom cabinet and...

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A CoSchedule Review & How I Found Blogging FREEDOM

This post contains my affiliate link. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information. Hey Blogger Friends!  I have something awesome to share with you today. Have you been there?  And by there, I mean the feeling of being chained to your blog.  (I'm not talking...

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The YardSailr App & an Amazon $75 Giveaway

  Do you secretly get a little giddy when you're walking up a driveway to a yard sale? Are you excited to discover yard sale treasures? Do you like to save money by shopping garage sales for your kids' toys and clothing? If so, you may be a YARDSAILR. I shop yard...

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How to Organize a Neighborhood Garage Sale

There is one very big advantage the neighborhood garage sale has over the individual sale:  TRAFFIC.  This was the tipping point for me when I was deciding whether to host my own sale or organize a neighborhood garage sale. My neighborhood has hosted annual garage...

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Say Goodbye To Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

When I first heard that Crystal Paine had written a new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, I knew it was a book I wanted to read.  It is far too easy to load up on commitments, stretch yourself thin and end up utterly overwhelmed and exhausted.  Have you been there...

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My 2014 Lovely Generalities

Happy New Year, friends!  Did you make any goals this year? I love goals and am a big proponent of setting great goals.  But this year, I have decided not to write anything specific as I have in the past . . . at least for now.  Life is just a bit to crazy to add more...

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Tasks for Simplicity

This month, we are wrapping up our journey to a Simply Organized Life.  It has felt great getting things in order, hasn't it?  For December, we are finishing with easy tasks to simplify our lives. I wrote about this in a previous post and since there is no need to...

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Organizing Your Paper Life & My Dream Command Central

  With last month's task of organizing our digital life, it is timely and appropriate that this month, we organizing our paper life.  I don't know about you, but paper in my house is Clutter Enemy #1.  It is not toys.  It is not books.  It is paper. I cannot...

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Organizing Your Digital Life

Remember our plan for a simply organized life?  Well, we are on the down-swing as we draw close to the end of 2013.  How have you been doing?  I have loved getting things in order . . . except for the cleaning routine.  It simply isn't happening.  But since most of us...

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Tips for Taming the Family Schedule

THE BUSY FAMILY.  Books have been written on it, news segments have reported about it.  The American life looks quite different than it did when our parents were growing up.  More opportunity, more variety, more technology. I will admit while I love all that our...

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Simply Organized Life: A Cleaning Routine That Works!

Can I be honest with you?  I've been dreading this month's task more than any other.  When I sat down to write this post last week, I actually thought about scrambling to find someone to guest post for me. Why I've Been Dreading This: Finding 15-20 minutes in my day...

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A Simply Organized Life: Retirement & College Planning

I know this isn't the most exciting of topics to talk about.  Even now as I write this, I am tempted to hit snooze.  But that is not going to help us on our way to a Simply Organized Life.  No, if there is anything we've learned, a well-ordered life doesn't happen...

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A Little Office Renovation Project

The home office.  Do you have one?  What do you use it for?  Over the years, my office has been used for my wedding planning business, for writing and blogging, for Dan's MBA studying and as the center of home operations.  But it truly became the dumping ground for...

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28 Clutter Busting Tips

(This post is part of the Simply Organized Life Series.  To start our 12 month journey at the beginning, please go here.)    There is something that makes me feel as if I can't breathe, that makes my temperature rise to insanity and changes this happy mama to one...

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A Simply Organized Life: Estate Planning is a Gift

  Get your coffee, a notebook and a pen . . . ok, and a lot of chocolate because what we're talking about today is by no means fun.  But it is crucial to a simply organized life.   Losing a loved one is hard.  Whether it is a surprise or somewhat expected, there is...

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A Simply Organized Life: Setting Great Goals

We are now in our fourth month to the Simply Organized Life.  I can't believe it is April!  (If you'd like to catch up with us on this journey, go here.)  I love the sense of order . . . and a plan.  And that is where this month comes in.  Goal-setting. Do you have...

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A Simply Organized Life: Creating a Budget that Works

  Have you been keeping up with us on our journey to a simply organized life?  So far, we have put together a Master Account List so we have everything in one place and we have tackled our wills.  I hope you're keeping up with us because we are not about to slack off....

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Simple Tax Prep Tip

Tax Season...not an enjoyable time for many people.  I used to dread getting everything ready, wondering if I was missing any important piece of paperwork.  That is until I started doing this little trick. Each year when I am done doing our taxes, I grab a new manilla...

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A Simply Organized Life: Where’s the Will?

I remember when we finished our will.  It was a wonderful feeling of freedom.  No longer was there something so ominous hanging over my head.  No longer did I worry about the state taking over and making my decisions for me.  And in simplest form, it was great to...

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A Simply Organized Life: Creating a Master Account List

As I get older (let the jokes fly) and as life changes happen, I am noticing that we no longer have the simplicity of just a couple accounts.  Before I was married, I had one bank account, one 401k and one easy to manage health insurance plan.  Suddenly I blinked and...

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10 Tasks To Tackle When You Have 10 Minutes

  The feelings of accomplishment and productivity simply make me giddy.  I have great satisfaction when I can scratch something off my list (ok, one of my lists).  But often, when I only have 10 minutes before I have to leave the house or start something, I am my most...

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My name is Kristen. I'm a former Wedding & Event Planner blogging about fun ways to celebrate each and every day and the special occasions of life. Here you'll find inspiration for family fun, children's activities, party planning and a faith-filled life.