Simplifying

3 Ways to Keep Clutter from Accumulating in Your Home

by Julie April 27, 2015
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Achieving a clutter-free house, room, closet, or drawer is one thing; keeping it that way is quite another. It’s an ongoing process. It’s true that the process gets easier with time, but it’s a process nonetheless. Here are three strategies I’ve discovered to make it easier. Skip the free stuff. Earlier this month Tom and I went to […]

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3 Kitchen Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier

by Julie March 23, 2015
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We’ve been doing a lot more eating at home this year, especially in the last month, so I’ve been falling back on the shortcuts that have stood the test of time in our kitchen. Here are three of my favorites, and I’ve been using them so long that I don’t remember where I first heard about them. […]

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4 Ways to Simplify Your Finances

by Julie March 5, 2015
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Note: On posts like these I like to restate my disclosure that The Family CEO is for general information or entertainment purposes only and does not constitute professional financial advice. For information regarding your specific situation, contact your financial advisor. Many of us are looking to simplify: emptier calendars and cleaner closets is our battle […]

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6 Decluttering Strategies that Work for Me

by Julie May 16, 2014
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We’re in a state of transition at our house and I’ve been decluttering like a madwoman. Here’s why: My daughter Lindsey is graduating from college this weekend. She has taken a job in Kansas City (yay!) and will be moving home for a bit. She’s moving to a bedroom in the basement in order to […]

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Simplifying College Savings

by Julie April 9, 2014

I wanted to pop in quickly to tell you that last month I took advantage of a feature of 529 accounts that I’ve been reading about for years: the ability to transfer your college savings for one child to another. My daughter is graduating from college next month (so happy and proud of her!) and […]

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Selling Online to Get Ready for the Holidays

by Julie October 29, 2013

We’re entering what amounts to the busiest time of the year for most people. The holidays bring lots of time commitments in the form of shopping, decorating, cooking, baking, attending social events, and maybe even hosting parties and get togethers as well. So why would anyone want to add to all those stressors by adding […]

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

by Julie 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

by Julie 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

by Julie 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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Simple Entertaining: A Grocery Store Tablescape

by Julie 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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