Category Archives: organization

Household Shortcuts

These are just a few little things that- to be honest- when we actually do them, things go more smoothly than we don’t.  I’m not saying we always follow through on these, just that IMO, things work better when we do.  In no particular order:   If you have a dishwasher, train yourself and your [...]

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Organization Tricks and Tips for large families

The best organizational tip is William Morris’ classic advice that you have nothing in your house you do not believe to be beautiful or know to be useful. Reduce, reduce, reduce. Simplify, simplify. I am not very good at following this, btw. Although these suggestions are for elementary school teachers, there are also some good [...]

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Keystone Habits, Routines, And a Giveaway!

Ironically enough, despite this post’s ties to the new year, goals, resolutions, and all that jazz, it’s something I’ve been meaning to write about since early December. Perhaps it’s better that things didn’t work out for posting until now; early December is rather a rush toward the end of the year for many of us, [...]

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Furnishing A New Home On The Cheap, Part 1

This post aka: Bragging On My Husband. The Strider and I purchased our first home in early June, as readers of TCR know. Previously we lived in a 750 square foot efficiency apartment (with two babies. yes, it was tight by American standards, but it CAN be done). Now we’re in a 1700 square foot [...]

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How To Organize, Shop For, and Maintain All That Clothing

The Four Moms are:  Kim at Life in a Shoe Kimberly at Raising Olives Connie, at Smockity Frocks Kim at Life in a Shoe And, of course, me.=) How to Organize:Get one of these- Over the Door Wardrobe Rack and hang it over the door. This is what we are using now for the Cherub. [...]

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Four Moms on Keeping Up With Housework in the Midst of Homeschooling

This week the Four Moms are talking about something with which I have no experience, keeping up with housework in the midst of homeschooling. Really, forget about homeschooling, keeping up with housework, period. So you’ll want to read what the other moms have to say: Don’t miss what the other four moms have to say:Smockity [...]

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Menu Plan For 9/4- 9/11

Breakfast: Granola (home-made, 3 minute skillet recipe)Omelettes or fried eggs Lunches: Roast vegetables (the link is just for kohlrabit, but we’ll be roasting eggplant, kohlrabi, okra, and summer squash with sausage (we’ll also adapt this recipe) Because we’re making home-made biscuit mix for another recipe (see below), and we scored nitrate free sausage for .99 [...]

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Step One on Getting Organized

Step two was yesterday. If I were an orderly person, I would not be here trying to figure out how to get organized, again, after nearly 30 years of marriage, seven kids and three grandbabies going on four, now would I? Step two was all about putting together lists, really.  Most of us who are [...]

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More On Getting Organized

Step Two is- wait, you ask, where is step one?  Scroll down for step one.  Step two is finding a method that works for you- mine is putting everything in a space I want to clear in a big box or laundry basket and then focusing on those things one at a time. Happily, there [...]

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Towel Racks

Happy Housewife discovered a solution to hanging up towels that we’ve used before.  It’s a good one.  We also have an additional tip that makes this work even better. Elastic. Fold your towel in half the long way.  Mark the center of the towel on the outside edge.Sew a strip of elastic, or a loop, [...]

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