• Organization,  self-improvement,  Simplicity

    How I Spent My Vacation

    Last week I took the first paid vacation at a public job in almost two decades. “What do you plan to do?” Curious friends wanted to know. “Absolutely nothing,” I grinned. I lied to everyone prior to taking those days off. I had something special planned to mark the start of my 49th year of life. While one day had…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    The Habit Chain

    It takes time to form a habit. Positive habits are definitely worth the effort to build. They can slowly transform our life from the mediocre into an absolutely astounding existence. When remaking your life it is best to start small. Analyze the things you want to change about yourself and select just one to focus on. This is how Benjamin…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    Preparing for the New Year

    Twenty-eighteen has been an incredibly eventful year. I’ve come to terms with the fact that the previous stage of my life is ending and determined a new direction for my life. I may not know yet how I’ll get to there from here. That’s okay. All I have to do is continue to move forward with my end goal in…

  • Organization

    Making Changes

    Life has been a whirlwind since I made the conscious decision to stay in this little house. The past seven years had been a holding pattern so I hadn’t invested much of anything into making this house look more like a home. There wasn’t any point in spending the money if I was planning to move, after all. Along with…

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    Finances,  Frugality,  Organization

    Moratorium

    Everyone’s needs change over time. You may slow down or stop using an item, or you may start to use something else instead. It’s just a part of life. For instance, I was a big fan of pencil and paper. I not only write copious lists, I also composed my book/blog drafts and kept a journal in paper format. To…

  • Organization

    Small Steps of Progress

    The knives weren’t as bad as I thought. There were only 2 that needed to be stored. The rest was composed of rubber spatulas I don’t ever use, some wooden spoons and miscellaneous items. All but one of the spatulas went into storage. If I don’t use the one in six months, they may all get tossed. With the two…

  • Organization,  Simplicity

    Paring Down the Kitchen

    Breakfast was homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, all from scratch. An inexpensive yet filling meal, one of the few that my daughter actually likes in this picky stage she is in…. My tub of flour is going down steadily. Part of me wants to use it all up then buy another large bag of flour, but I have been working…

  • Decluttering,  Organization,  Simplicity

    The Goal

    Okay, just wanted to clarify the goal here. The goal is not to buy more stuff to care for the stuff I have. Some things, like a magnet to hold my knives would be wonderful, but I have been unable to locate one locally. I would purchase one of those if I knew where to purchase it for it would…

  • Decluttering,  Frugality,  Organization,  Simplicity

    My Journey to Simplicity

    As a single mother, things have not always been plentiful. Add to that some unpleasant experiences from the past, and you create a packrat. I am that packrat. Several years ago during a rough spot in my life, engrossed in pain and self-loathing I began to throw stuff away. Enough stuff to almost fill the dumpster near my apartment. Then…

  • Organization

    Still Moving In

    Katie and I are still in the process of moving in. The heat has slowed the process down to a crawl but we are still making progress, however. The washer, dryer and refrigerator are here, as well as several loads of other things. I want to get the last two computers, the kitchen table, and some groceries today. Some friends…

  • Organization

    Katie’s new futon

    Here are some pictures of Katie’s new futon when she has it arranged in a chair. It gives her SO much more space than a traditional bed! I understand more and more why the Japanese are so fond of this method of sleeping! It just makes economical sense to allow one space to have multiple uses, rather than housing a…