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Diary of a New Homemaker

May 8

A Stroke

It occurred in early December.

Nov 24

In Which I Am Burned Out of My House

On November 13th, at 2:30 in the morning, we ran for our lives from my home of 27 years.

Newest Article

10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

Autumn and Back to School

Autumn Crafts for Children

Fall is a wonderful time of crisp air and beautiful colors. It is my favorite time of year and when I feel my most productive. I have some great craft ideas for your kids that I think they will enjoy.

When you get your apples this year, take an afternoon and make apple prints. Slice an apple in half and using poster paints, have your child dip the apple and stamp it onto paper. These makes great note cards and if you use the wonderful paint that is heat-set, you can make some placemats for everyone. The frugal side of me would buy the woven cloth place mats at the dollar store. You can use leaf prints this way too.

From Our Archives

Stop Being a Pack Rat

Pack Rats desperately need more room, but can't bear to part with their stuff. There are boxes of old records, books since grade school, reams of old, outdated paperwork, various decades of clothing, piles of magazines, calendars and planners more than 10 years old, old board games gathering dust, toys from children that have moved out on their own years ago, plus that horrible artwork from dear Aunt Martha, taking up every last nook and cranny of space. I've known Pack Rats that are literally possessed by their possessions!

Six C's to start you off right
Three quick ways to contol the clutter
First steps in encouraging kids to help clean up