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Konmari Your Way to Peace–10 Week Konmari Challenge

Up there at the top of the blog, my little tag line goes something like this: Seeking Simplicity in the Midst of Chaos.I have spent years in search of that simplicity. With three people with ADHD and two with OCD in our home, simplicity is the essence of survival! I have found a good deal of it through simplifying what we eat, what we use, and how we consume products. In 2015 we moved even … [Read more...]

Simply Overwhelmed–Breaking Through Clutter in Fifteen Minutes!

Over the holidays, we were so busy with events, family and resting, that many of my good habits in the clutter and cleaning department went by the wayside. A few weeks back I posted about 15 minute cleaning sessions, and how much you can accomplish in a short time. Many people were skeptical and challenged me, because they didn't believe you can really get that much done in 15 minutes. Well, … [Read more...]

Leaning in to Change

So...remember the thirty days photo project? Yep. So do I. Only, I kinda suck at remembering to share the photos I'm taking.  Oops. Sorry!I promise I have a good excuse! June has been a whirlwind of change for us. We decided at the very end of May to put our house on the market. We have spent the last three weeks feverishly decluttering, repairing, mulching, landscaping and more. We've been in … [Read more...]

Don’t Survive the Holidays–Enjoy the Holidays!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and I know that for most of you, the countdown to chaos has already begun. You are running around trying to thaw turkeys, figure out what the heck a brine is, how to clean the house for company when your kids keep making it a disaster area, orchestrating the great side dish cook-off of 2012 (one oven, eight side dishes and one turkey: enough said), not to … [Read more...]

The Five Minute Principle

I am overwhelmed. It doesn't matter where I go or what I do, when I look around me I see a million plus one projects that I should be working on. The front yard needs weeding. The back yard needs watering. I need to go through the bag of clothes to be donated. I need to re-organize my kitchen cabinets, which resemble a war zone. I need to make laundry detergent, but I'm out of borax. I need to … [Read more...]

Stop Glorifying Busy: The Busyness Detox

Here in America we have a serious addiction issue: we are addicted to being busy. We run to and fro, working extreme hours every single week, piling on the list of things we "should" do every single day. It starts when we wake up, with our checking our smartphones for urgent emails and Facebook updates before we even leave the bed. We might exercise, then grab a shower and take breakfast on the … [Read more...]

Why Start With the Closet?

I am almost a week into my Simplify your Closet challenge and I am getting a ton of feedback. I honestly have been stunned by how much interest there is in this! I've gotten several questions--and a few objections--about how and why I am doing this. I wanted to stop and answer the most common question I've received: Why did I start with my closet? Why not the kitchen? When am I going to do … [Read more...]

Simplify Your Closet Five Minute Challenge

Are you ready? This challenge should only take you five minutes!This month I am focusing on Simplifying my Closet. This week's Five Minute Challenge is to tackle your underwear drawer! When was the last time you cleaned it out? How many ill-fitting pairs of underwear, ratty old bras and single socks are floating around in there? Get rid of them! Just like what we are doing in our closets, this … [Read more...]

Simplify Your Closet Challenge

Holy Moly. That's a whole lotta crap.I just started my closet simplicity challenge. I'll give you the how-to details in a minute. But first I have to sit here and get over my shock. My disgust. Seriously, I don't really own that many clothes, do I? I'm not that spoiled am I?Its about to get very REAL in here.This is my pile of clothing. Correction: piles. This is all of my clothing, my … [Read more...]

Seeking Simplicity

Seeking simplicity. It sounds nice, doesn't it? But boy, it isn't easy! Come up with a plan, step out to follow it and wham! Chaos arrives. Every. Single. Time.I want simplicity. I crave it. I want an organized, decluttered home. But more than that I crave the freedom that simplicity brings. The freedom of not having to clean as often or having to worry what friends will think when they come … [Read more...]