The Power of Gratitude

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend and complaining about all that I had to do – clean the house, take kids to practices, pay bills, make dinner, work on blogging and learn HTML (among other things).  We shared our mutual woes over our overfilled lives and the breakneck pace in which … Continue reading The Power of Gratitude

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Your ToDo List is Making You LESS Productive

Let me know if this sounds familiar:  You get up in the morning all rested and refreshed from a completely uninterrupted night of sleep.  You sit quietly in your kitchen, sipping your coffee while the kiddos get themselves ready for school, and write out list of the day's ToDo's.  It's just a short list.  Maybe … Continue reading Your ToDo List is Making You LESS Productive

Get Back on Track After Your World has been Rocked

It's been a long slog back to "normal" around here.  It's been a little over two months since Hurricane Matthew rolled through our area.  Less than half of the homes damaged by flooding have been repaired, students are still trying to play catch up from an impromptu 3 week break from school and hundreds of families … Continue reading Get Back on Track After Your World has been Rocked

What Happens when you’re FORCED into Simplicity??

My small, rural town in North Carolina was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in October of this year.  The hurricane blew through the coasts and caused significantly more damage inland.  In the weeks immediately following the storm, our town faced downed trees, flooded homes, breached levees, a week-long power outage, two weeks … Continue reading What Happens when you’re FORCED into Simplicity??

Declutter your Life – STOP Doing things you don’t love

This summer, for the first time in my adult life, I don’t have a garden.  There is not one vegetable growing, not one pot of begonias withering in the heat, not one bonus patch of garden with flowers in bloom.  Why?  Because I frickin HATE gardening.  Sure, I love to PLANT flowers.  And I love … Continue reading Declutter your Life – STOP Doing things you don’t love

Choosing YOUR Family Values – The Family Five

After years of slowly defining what a simpler life means for me, I can finally say that it means opening up space within your home for people to grow. The hubs and I came to the idea of living a simpler life slowly.  We firmly believed in the “American dream” of our parents.  Work tons … Continue reading Choosing YOUR Family Values – The Family Five

Decluttering with the Family – Why you need their help

Have you ever tried to declutter your house all by yourself?  How well did THAT work? In my experience, trying to go it alone in decluttering is like trying to win a tug of war competition against a football team.  Every gain you make is taken back almost immediately.  And, if you’re like me, you … Continue reading Decluttering with the Family – Why you need their help

3 Questions to Ask Yourself when Decluttering your Wardrobe and the Biggest Barrier to Letting Go

It has been said that most people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time.    The other 80% of our wardrobes go completely or at least mostly unused.  They clutter our closets, dresser drawers, attics and storage boxes.  Unused and unwanted clothes lead to frustration because we can't find what we want because … Continue reading 3 Questions to Ask Yourself when Decluttering your Wardrobe and the Biggest Barrier to Letting Go

Life Lessons from a Broken Dishwasher

My dishwasher officially kicked the bucket a few weeks ago.  It has been steadily declining over the past few months, and honestly, I was just too cheap to replace it until it became absolutely necessary.  And now, I found that my dishwasher is part of a recall and I have to WAIT to have anything … Continue reading Life Lessons from a Broken Dishwasher