• FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

Diary of a New Homemaker

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.

Sep 22

Me on Family Finance at Mint.com!

I was interviewed on Mint.com!

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, Back to School and Halloween

Homeschooling for the Whole Family

It's happening more and more around my house these days. The kindly lady at the furniture store asks my daughter how old she is. "I'll be four in two days," she answers. "Oh, well, then you'll be going to kindergarten soon. Won't that be fun?" Random adults engage in advertising for the public school system. Everyone assumes that she can't wait to get out there in the "real world." Usually, my daughter doesn't answer. Sometimes she'll shake her head. It doesn't sound fun to her, and quite frankly, it doesn't sound fun to me.

From Our Archives

Conquering the Homeschool Invasion

It begins to creep in slowly and then seems to overtake you--stacks of books, math manipulatives in the bathtub, colored pencils in the silverware drawer. And the papers...ALL of the papers. Your kitchen begins to look like a mad scientist invaded it and you can't find the door to the fridge because of the layers of Art Projects and A+++ reports on "Birds of Prey." (Thank heavens they outgrew that topic!)

If you are realizing it's time for all out warfare on the Homeschool House Invasion, you may be looking for some ideas on where to begin and how to reclaim your house.

Organizing the clutter before it takes over the house
You don't need pricey gadgets to get organized
What to do when you're out of options