• CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

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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

Take depression seriously--it can kill you
Results good enough for gifts, even!

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Spot's Spots

Our pets give so much to us. Unconditional love, endless excitement when we come home, a warm purring presence in our lap...hair on the floor, on our clothes, and in our food, occasional liquid outpourings, scratched furniture.

But we love them too and wouldn't live without them. When the inevitable happens, how do you deal with the mess? I'm going to confine my remarks to the messes created by the average dog or cat. If you've got an iguana roaming your house, you know more about cleaning up after it than I do. But I've had one furry mammal (or more) since I was five years old, and that adds up to lots of paper towel rescues.

Learning to let go of perfection as a goal
Voluntary simplicity by the numbers
Three quick ways to contol the clutter