Tuesday, July 29, 2014

365 Items in 365 Days Challenge: July Update




How are you doing in the 365 Items in 365 Days Declutter Challenge?  It's the 210th day of the year today so if you started in January, your target is to have purged 210 items by now.  But don't worry if you've just started.  Just jump in!  And now is a great time to declutter before summer ends and the fall schedules kick in.

Today I'll be sharing what I've been decluttering since my last update.  By doing these monthly updates I hope to give you ideas of things you can purge from your home.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Organizing Ideas for the Weekend: Moving Tips




Happy Friday!  Time for another organizing idea for your weekend!

I haven't been keeping up with my twice a week blog schedule the last two weeks.  Last week's only post was Why I Gave Away My Wedding Gown and it was very popular.   And today's post is the only one this week.  I'm hoping you've been so busy enjoying your summer that you haven't noticed :)

I'd like to say that I've been doing the same, but I've been working... a LOT.  Much more than I'd planned.  I'm working with several clients, but one of them in particular, because she's preparing to list her home in a couple of weeks.  I'm helping her declutter her whole home and we're doing some preliminary packing so there's less stuff around when potential buyers are picturing themselves living there.

Over the last few months I've done the same with another client and with my parents.  So I've kind of got moving on the brain :)

Summer is a popular time for moving so I wanted to share some tips I've found online to help you if you've got a move in your future.  Even if you don't, you probably know someone who is moving soon so you can pass on these tips to help make it a much smoother process!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Why I Gave Away My Wedding Gown




So... a couple of weeks ago I gave away my wedding dress.  Over 16 years after my wedding.  Why, you ask?  Good question!

I've seen discussions on other blogs or in other forums about what to do with wedding dresses and I know there are a LOT of different opinions on the subject!

Here are some of the most popular things to do with a wedding gown:


  • Sell it right after the wedding.  Makes sense.  Then you don't have to store it.  And you can get back some of the money you paid for it.  And most newlyweds can use the extra cash :)
  • Hold onto it for sentimental reasons.  It's such a special day and you felt so beautiful in your wedding dress that you can't imagine giving it away or selling it.  Many people feel they could never part with their wedding gown.
  • Make Baptismal, Christening, or Dedication gowns out of it.  Or a pillow or little purse for the rings for a future son or daughter's wedding.  All beautiful ways to make those occasions that much more sentimental by incorporating part of your wedding day.
  • Keep it hoping a future daughter will wear it on her wedding day.  Another way to make a wonderful day even more special.
  • Donate it to a charity who gives gowns (or sells them for a lower cost) to people who can't afford to buy a dress.  You can do this with bridesmaid dresses or prom dresses too.

I didn't choose any of those options though.

Friday, July 11, 2014

3 Ways to Stop Your Kids From Saying "I'm Bored!"





Do you have kids at home during the summer?  If so, you've probably heard THOSE words more times than you can count.  The dreaded "I'm bored!".  Or if your kids are more dramatic it may sound like, "I'm booooooooo-oooooord!".  Sound familiar?

Whether those words are uttered in the middle of summer holidays or on the first day, it's always frustrating for parents.

Here are a few ways I've found helpful for limiting how often I hear "I'm bored!".  Feel free to share your ideas in the comments too.  They may come in handy :)


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Creating A Summer Cleaning Routine for Kids




Do your kids help you clean the house in the summer?  Or during the school year?  Or both?  There are lots of different philosophies on kids and chores, especially for summertime.

Some people want their kids to be able to have fun on their summer holidays and not worry about chores.  Others feel that with the kids home there's more mess, and the kids should help clean it up.

I fall mostly in the second camp.  I know many parents get overwhelmed keeping up with cleaning, while also taking care of their kids all day, and trying to spend time making memories together.

So it can be helpful to have your kids chip in and help clean the house.  It's also a great life learning experience and it teaches them to be more responsible.  Summertime can be a great opportunity to help your kids learn some new tasks too because they have time to practice them and gain mastery and independence.

But, involving your kids in cleaning often means extra work as a parent during that learning process.  Not to mention the grumbles that may happen :)  It's definitely a trade-off.  And how you decide to handle cleaning tasks in your home will be different than how someone else may do it.

Last week I mentioned in my Organizing Our Summer post that I'd talk about our summer cleaning plans.  So today I want to let you in on how things are going to work this summer.  And share some tips to help you put together a summer cleaning routine for your kids.