Kids’ Clothes, Toys, Artwork and Schoolwork: What to Get Rid of and What to Keep

August 20, 2013
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My in-laws celebrated their 61st anniversary this year. They also moved out of the house they’ve lived in for 50 of those years. Various combinations of their nine kids spent weekend after weekend going through the 3-story house and sorting through the things they found there. The attic has proven to be an especially interesting […]

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Blog Rewind: Simplifying and Decluttering in the New Year

January 7, 2013

First of all, congrats to Rebecca Mc for leaving comment number 44 and winning the Happier at Home book and tote bag giveaway. I really wish I had a book to give each and every one of you who left a comment. They were most appreciated and I was excited to see how many of […]

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4 Tips For an Easy Christmas

November 29, 2012
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I love the holidays, but I’m always looking for ways to keep it simple without sacrificing the tradition and fun. Here are four tips I’ve discovered over the years, that make for an easy Christmas. Tree Skirt Alternatives Tree skirts are expensive. And they usually end up covered up with gifts anyway. Several years ago […]

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New Kitchen Light Fixtures and UPS My Choice Review

November 19, 2012
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The kitchen remodel is continuing and this morning I made what felt like my 10,429th decision. I’m over decisions. And dust. And having workmen arrive at my house at 8am every day. But the remodel has given me the opportunity to test drive a service I recently learned about:  UPS My Choice. UPS My Choice […]

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Getting Ready for and Saving on Cold and Flu Season

November 8, 2012

My state – Kansas – recorded it’s first case of the flu this week. That bit of news reminded me that I need to take my son to get his flu shot and encourage my daughter, who’s at college, to get hers as well. I got my shot at a recent checkup and my husband […]

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Easy Entertaining: A Grocery Store Tablescape

September 19, 2012
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We’re in a dinner club with four other couples, who happen to be some of our best friends. Every other month we get together at someone’s house and the host couple provides the main dish and drinks. Everyone else brings an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Dinner club is always a blast and it’s wonderful to […]

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Packing Simplified: Carry-On Luggage

September 10, 2012
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This past Thursday through Sunday I attended the Financial Blogger Conference in Denver and it allowed me to accomplish something I’ve never done before. I didn’t do any public speaking or win any awards and I didn’t climb to the top of Pike’s Peak. No, my big win was that I packed light enough to […]

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Weekend Reading: Simplifying Edition

July 27, 2012
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Summer has not been kind to our home. Travel, busy schedules and kids home from college, then away again, then back home again, have translated into a lot of dumping of stuff and ignored housework. That’s one reason that this article from Time Magazine’s Moneyland caught my eye: Got Stuff? Typical American Home Is Cluttered with […]

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Found Money Update: Garage Sale Edition

July 5, 2012
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I’ve written a lot about getting rid of things by selling them online: on Craigslist: My Weekend Selling on Craigslist, on Amazon: The Money Hiding in Your House: Textbooks on eBay: Top 5 Reasons I Love Selling on eBay at Cash 4 Books: Cash4Book Review I’ve also written about donating your stuff and taking the tax writeoff. But […]

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Towels As Souvenirs

May 29, 2012
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25+ years ago, one of my husband’s older siblings brought his parents a pair of coffee cups back from a vacation. The rest of the family thought that seemed like a great idea and started doing the same. The mugs my husband and I brought back from our Hawaii honeymoon were shaped like dolphins. The […]

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