Organization

Sewing

Personalized Bath Towels

Several years ago, it became rather obvious that the standard two-towel towel racks were not going to be enough for our family’s needs. We switched the towel racks out to some hooks that my husband found on eBay. We added a piece of molding to the wall first, painted it, and then added the hooks….

Organization

Our Chore Assignments

There is no way I can do it all.  With a big family comes big messes, and lots of laundry and dishes.  The secret is . . . everyone helps! And because everyone helps, they all learn how to do the things they will need to do to keep their own homes running when they…

Organization

My Schedule

My schedule has not changed much since I posted it 2 1/2 years ago, but I have made some small changes. I also have a nursing baby now. I can count on him waking every morning at close to the same time (Can I just say “hooray!” that it’s usually around 5:30 a.m.? My poor…

Organization

Super Spiffy Day

Super Spiffy Day is a day where the tasks that don’t get done on a regular basis (like cleaning baseboards and walls) get tackled. I call a Super Spiffy Day whenever the house needs a good deep clean, but it’s also great for seasonal cleaning, or to do before guests are expected. I have a list…

Organization

New Chore Assignments

Five weeks ago, I made new chore assignments at our house. After a month, it was apparent that the new chore assignments were not working, so I made some changes, and the new assignments are a much better fit. We added a few new chores into the mix, and Ivory, who turned 3 in April,…

Organization

New Chore Assignments

It has been over a year since I last posted our chore assignments. For the most part, they have remained the same, with a few small changes. After a while, everyone is ready for new chores. Changing the chore assignments helps alleviate boredom and more importantly, it helps children progress in their knowledge of how…

Frugal Living

Writing a Garage Sale List

Twice a year, a master-planned community near my house has a neighborhood garage sale. I like being able to go to several sales in a short period of time. I make it a plan to take a list with me. I go to this semi-annual sale with my mom, so I take 3 copies of…

Organization

My Schedule

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get is what my daily schedule looks like. I will answer that today, but I don’t think it will answer the real question, which is, “How do you get so much stuff done?” The answer to that is a lot deeper than just telling you my…

Organization

New Chore Assignments

Every so often, we redo the chore assignments in our house. Changing things out is good for everyone: children learn new skills, and the boredom that sets in from doing the same chore can be relieved by doing  a different chore. We usually change chores every 6 months, but it has been quite a while…