How to Pack a Suitcase Using Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Strategies

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is transforming the lives and homes of countless people around the world. But, did you realize that you can apply the things Marie Kondo teaches to so many other areas? This is certainly the case when it comes to packing a suitcase. You might be wondering if it’s better … [Read more...]

Cherry Chocolate Chip Valentine’s Day Cookies

Cherry chocolate chip cookies are the favorite around here. Made with real chunks of maraschino cherries and cherry chip cake mix, your family will LOVE these! They are a Valentine's Day tradition, which is why I'm sharing them with you now. Actually, these cookies are a favorite of mine since … [Read more...]

The Best Game Storage System Ever!

Is finding enough storage space for your games a challenge? With kids who cover a large age range, we have an enormous amount of games, which is why I needed to get a bit creative in how I store them. First, I looked for game storage ideas, but I didn't really find any. So, I knew I was on my own to … [Read more...]

The Cheat Sheet to Tidying Up With Marie Kondo For Busy Families

I wasn't going to do it. I was not going to get caught up in all the hype about Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. But, as someone who loves taking care of all the clutter, and having a neat and clean home, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I was totally curious to see what I could learn, … [Read more...]

Is Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Right For You?

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is all the rage these days. I wasn’t going to jump on the bandwagon, but I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. So, I jumped in, with both feet, and binge watched the popular Netflix show. Having watched nearly all the episodes, I have come to the conclusion … [Read more...]

Never Struggle With Cluttered Kitchen Counters – 8 Simple Tips

According to so many of us, kitchen counter clutter is one of the most annoying kinds of clutter. I’ll share some reasons why in a bit, but if kitchen counter clutter makes you just a bit crazy, know you’re in good company. It comes down to what you keep on your kitchen counter, how you deal with … [Read more...]

Secrets to a Clean & Organized House (even in a small house)

Being clean and organized is a challenge for most people. This is especially true if you have a small house. With less room to put things, your house can look cluttered and messy even if it’s actually not. With 11 people living in my home, this is something I know all too well. We don’t have a lot … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Using Only 4 Ingredients

This crock pot hot chocolate combines two of the things I love most...anything chocolate and my crock pot! Anything with the crock pot makes life so much easier. Then, there is just something I love about throwing a bunch of random things into a pot, letting it simmer for several hours, and … [Read more...]

Simple Day After Christmas Ideas to Help You Catch Your Breath

It's the day after Christmas. Generally, this day is a flood of emotions that can vary from one person to the next, however, I think there is one word that most likely describes all of us: exhausted! Maybe your home is like mine - with all the extra food, all the packaging from the gifts, the used … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Get Your Kid to Clean Their Room Without Arguing

Are you struggling to get your kids to clean their rooms? Are you tired of their room being a disaster area? If so, you are not alone! With nine kids, I know all about this struggle every day. But, your kids having a clean room is so much more than just telling them to clean their room. The truth is … [Read more...]

Are the Black Friday Deals Really Worth It?

Black Friday. As someone who lives frugally, these are two words that I have paid attention to for years. Black Friday is almost always thought of as the day to do your Christmas shopping, but is it? Is Black Friday really worth all the hype? My 20 years of frugal shopping experience would … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Kids to Clean Their Rooms WITHOUT Yelling!

Wondering how to get your kids to clean their rooms? Is it really possible? Wouldn't it be nice to get your kids to clean their rooms without yelling? What about how to get your teenager to clean up after themselves?  With four teens myself, I sometimes think getting my teens to clean their rooms is … [Read more...]

10 Easy Things For More Calm & More Joy This Christmas

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays every year? If you are like me, you might tell yourself that this is the last time you will greet the holidays as a disorganized mess. You probably find yourself vowing that next year will be different every.single.year. The thing is, if … [Read more...]

Pantry Staples List: Save Time, Stress & Money (free checklist!)

Everyone knows how easy it is to end up in the drive-thru lane when you’re looking for something to make for dinner and you don’t have anything to do for meals at home. Having a well-stocked pantry can help you stay out of the drive-thru lane. It can also make more home-cooked meals for your family. … [Read more...]

The Incredibly Simple Secret to Controlling Toy Clutter in a Small Home

Toy clutter can be the most annoying type of clutter there is. If your kids are like mine, they can make a toy war zone in two minutes flat. Ask any parent who has ever stepped on a Lego about how annoying toy clutter can be and then will be able to quickly tell you. Toy clutter becomes a huge … [Read more...]