• RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

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

Three Girl Scout Troops, Two Girls (Plus Mom)

Some Mondays, my weekly calendar, posted on the large white dry erase board, is covered with activity. Five different colors, one for each family member makes quite a rainbow. I've even got the dog's schedule written in light yellow. (I don't want to make his activities look too imposing.) It still seems like too much.

From Our Archives

Where Do I Start?

Is your house cluttered? If you answered "are you kidding?" you're not alone. I have what I call a horizontal filing system--stacks of papers, magazines, photos, lists, and catalogs that cover almost every table and countertop in my house. It's a constant battle, and it's one I wage in minutes stolen between naps, meals, and play. If you're not sure where to start in your home, try one of these quick ways to battle the clutter.

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