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I titled this post “The Sixteen Day Master Closet” because, truly, it felt like it might really take that long to finish.I relate to the Nester’s post today about her boys’ bathroom: “I’ll do a final post once it’s 100% done (in four years.  kidding.  kind of. )”As I was working on finishing this shared space between Fireman and me over the weekend  (okay, and all the way into Tuesday as well…), I couldn’t help but reminisce on the way things used to be.Back when we had our first apartment together and we used a cardboard box for a tv stand.Oh, don’t worry.  It was a reinforced cardboard box, and a very small tv.  To make it look pretty, we covered the box with a pretty towel.But still.One summer night, Fireman invited some friends over to watch a movie on our very small tv.  One of the guys was so…

As you know if you read my last post, Friday was the first day of my Sixteen Days of Getting My House in Order.  I assigned myself the area of Closets first so I could evaluate school clothes needs and begin to turn over seasonal clothing as fall is nearing.  As is often the case when we commit to action in any area, obstacles and distractions come hard and fast in the wake of inspiration and enthusiasm.  The class Fireman was scheduled to teach Friday and Saturday was cancelled, so he was home those two days.  Although I love having my guy around, I think most women would agree that the plans change when the Mister is home, bless his little heart.There was also the matter of no cheese or cereal in the house Thursday evening, a dilemma worthy of rapid address if I was to avoid a mutiny in…

A few weeks back I shared some updates I was making to the command center wall in our kitchen:  I painted stripes on the wall, repainted the plaque from my sister, and changed the border of the dry-erase calendar from black to an antiqued cream.I mentioned that I needed a box or container for holding the markers and eraser that we use regularly for the calendar, so I’ve been keeping my eyes open for something to fit that space above the file folders ever since.  A couple days ago I found my solution at JoAnn’s.When I saw this unfinished box, I knew it would be just the right size to fit above the file folders and to the right of the light switch.  I was worried it might stick out too far from the wall, but the charming mesh sides swooned me enough to go with it.I sanded the box…

A room exists in our home which we all refer to as the downstairs pantry.In all fairness, about 20% of the space actually stores food and household sundries.  But truth be told, in actuality, this room is for STASHING.In the Stash Room, I save and stash anything without a specific place, items I have yet to make a decision on.  It’s a place for extra décor, frames I’ve yet to paint, candle holders and half-burnt candles, baskets I’m not currently using, fabric remnants, dried flowers ~ you get the picture.    And in case you don’t, here’s a little help……courtesy of the day I went through everything right before Christmas.The good news is that I was able to bless a lot of people last week.  A huge bag of hand-me-downs went to my sister, my mom received plates and extra fabric, my other sister received framed art, I donated a book series to a little…

I’m excited to share with you our latest home makeover.  Even though we’ve been in our house for three years now, crazy work schedules, kids’ activities, homeschool, and daily living take up a lot of our time.  Our office was one of those spaces in our home that was sadly pushed to the back corner for a long time.  However, now that our office space is officially ‘finished,’ I simply cannot believe we waited so long.  What a joy now to check our email in the morning in a pretty space!  What a delight to address notecards and reach for envelopes just behind my chair instead of running around the desk to another cabinet!  How convenient to reach for printer refill-paper stored directly beside the printer instead of (you guessed it), running around the desk to another cabinet!  And to have a pen/pencil scissor holder that actually holds enough pens &…

I’ve decided that fall is actually my New Year’s.  Every fall, inspiration hits to recommit to exercise, schedule engaging family nights, be more intentional about fostering relationships, and wow my familywith  several new, revolutionary, enticing recipes.Ha. We’ll see how I do :)I started a new weight-training program today and it felt SO good.  Although I’ve lifted off and on since I was 18, I’ve had a hard time committing to it again~ well, if I’m honest, a hard time committing to exercise in general ~ since we moved three years ago.  I’ve always been a firm believer in lifting weights, especially for women.  Not only does it strengthen your muscles and bones, it boasts an added benefit of building mental & emotional strength and confidence as well.Couldn’t we all use more of that?Now that I’m 41, physical strengthening is especially crucial.  I’m certain I’m losing bone mass and muscle mass and balance and elasticity each and every second. I…

Today I thought I’d share with you my method of organizing my to-do list.  I’ll warn you in advance: this is not fancy stuff.  But it hit me last night that my planning method has become a system I fall back on over and over again.  And if it consistently works for me, perhaps it is worth sharing with you :)For busy families, planning is important any time of year.  However, fall seems to be a great time to start fresh with the beginning of school, new Bible studies & programs at church, first days of extra-curricular activities, yard & house maintenance…..whew!  My mind can whirl for days with all the to-do’s I need to accomplish.My pattern goes something like this:1. My mind is whirling with everything I need to do, and every time I walk in a room of my house, or have a conversation with someone, or read a magazine, or…