Category: Managing Life’s Stuff

Managing Life's Stuff, Routines and Schedules

School Lets Out, the Stuff Comes Home

As the weather gets warmer and warmer and the end of school draws nearer and nearer, my kids’ backpacks start getting heavier and heavier. All the shiny school supplies that went in that first week with hope and good intentions, come back used and abused along with countless papers, art projects, and classroom decorations. By …

Managing Life's Stuff, Tips and Time Savers

Four Things That Make Life Easier

Most of the time, the focus here will be on buying less and clearing out more, but there are a handful of things that I have found make life in my home easier, cleaner, and calmer. Turkish Towels: These thin little wonders have lightened my laundry load considerably and save space in linen closets and beach …

Managing Life's Stuff

Clearing Out: Kids Toys

For several years, I ran what was essentially a huge yard sale as a fundraiser for my children’s preschool. We sold clothes, toys, books, furniture, and equipment donated by the eighty or so families who attended the small school. Each year, parents would come by with two and three carloads of stuff from their homes, and …

Managing Life's Stuff, The Idea

The Real Life Guide to Organization

This is madness: But so is this: And so is this crazy beautiful closet. What keeps so many people living in something that looks like the first picture is the idea that organized only exists as something that looks like the second or third picture. Organized is color-coded bins or an enormous, luxurious closet with an …