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The {Top Secret} Stinky Shoe Solution

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shhhh... here's the secret to getting rid of bad odors with this all natural stinky shoe solution!

Come in closer and make sure no one else is listening, because I'm about to let you in on a little secret that I like to call the stinky shoe solution. Not that YOU have stinky shoes. But let's be honest-- there are certain brands of shoes that tend to smell terrible after awhile (hello, UGGS and Keens), and certain occupants of shoes that don't help that cause either (teenage boys, anyone?) Don't worry though, no matter the source if you want to get rid of stinky shoe odors naturally I've got … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of Hard Things (or, why I tossed my wedding bouquet)

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How to Declutter Memories and Heirlooms (or, why I tossed my wedding bouquet)

Decluttering is easy when it's outgrown clothing and expired food. Pretty mindless, actually. Doesn't fit? DONATE!  It's expired? TOSS! Getting rid of stuff gets harder when it's in a gray area between not loving it and feeling like you need to keep it. Examples like heirlooms, items attached to a memory, kids art, a cat that scratches the furniture (KIDDING on that last one! We heart our cat!) are much easier to keep shoving back in the box or on the shelf where it will sit hoarding valuable … [Read more...]

So Much More

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Tips on why bathtime for kids is about so much more than getting clean-- must read facts about brain boosting through play and scent!

I'm not sure there's a daily ritual I love more than bathtime.  Since the beginning of  my kids' lives, it's been part of our nightly routine-- a way to signal that the day is done, a soft landing from the chaos of day to the calm of night. A way to play and interact and learn, and oh yes, also a way to keep my 'babies' clean after a day of hard work and play. Even now at ages 4 and 6, my kids adore bathtime and would spend hours splashing in the warm water and weaving tales of adventure if I … [Read more...]

If You Give a Girl Fifteen Minutes…

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Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

If you give a girl 15 minutes, she might try to clean the built-in bookcases. When she cleans the built-ins, she'll think about how nice they'll look with a new color on the inside of the shelves. So she'll head out to the garage, grab some paint and a paintbrush, and paint piece of posterboard to test drive a color. And if she likes that color, she'll probably ditch the posterboard and just start painting even though she has to pick the kids up from school in an hour. As she paints the … [Read more...]

The Problem with Blogging About Organizing

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Organizing and Decluttering Challenge

Here's an equation for you: organizing your entire home plus blogging about organizing your entire home equals complete exhaustion. I wanted to make the 31 Days Organizing Challenge as authentic as possible, and work right alongside you for the duration-- plus document it the entire step of the way. I photographed, edited, wrote, created images, published, and social media-ed in the process.  I'm crawling towards the finish line, with some miles left uncovered but feeling like I ran the … [Read more...]

Organizing for Homework Success {or, the “I Hate Homework” Solution!}

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This simple organizing tip turns "I HATE HOMEWORK!" into a peaceful, hassle free routine. Here's how to set up an organized mobile homework station that fits everyone's needs and makes homework time a breeze.

Kids’ organizing week continues (I just made that up, it wasn’t intentional but all this week’s posts happen to be about organizing kid’s stuff so let’s go with it). When I was a teacher, I encouraged my students to have a ‘homework spot’ to make their homework routine easier. When I became a parent myself, I knew I needed to walk the walk—both because it helps to corral all the needed supplies and because having a designated routine helps my kids focus and get more done in less … [Read more...]

Timesaving Tricks for Organizing Kids’ Clothes

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Great tips for organizing kids' clothes that I wish I knew sooner! Huge timesavers and they make staying organized a cinch!

For years these two EASY tips for organizing kids' clothing have saved us tons of time and kept my sanity intact. If you only read two tips this month in our organizing and decluttering challenge, and you have young kids, I hope it's these! We are a busy, lively household so anything we can do to simplify our lives, such as these two tricks, is a win in my book. Tip #1: Roll Your Clothes I've used this tip since my kids were babies, and my daughter is a youth size 6 now and it STILL … [Read more...]

Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Giveaway! {Organize Everything}

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Get organized AND be entered to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab4 in the Organize Everything giveaway!

I'll be honest. I'm exhausted. I've been decluttering and organizing right along with you during every spare moment since the day after Christmas, tackling projects and bins that haven't been touched in years. I'm so close; SO CLOSE to being finished but will be crawling over the finish line. If you're in the same boat, I have your second wind RIGHT HERE for you: an incredible giveaway with a prize valued at over $200-- a Samsung Galaxy Tab4!!! You can use it for all your organizing … [Read more...]

DIY All-Natural Hair Detangling Spray {Chemical Free!}

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This easy natural homemade detangling spray works WAY better than the chemical version and smells wonderful! Plus, it repels lice thanks to an infusion of essential oils.

Thank you for all the comments and emails about my Day in the Life of an Oily Family post. This isn't the lifestyle I ever imagined embracing, which makes it scary to put out there, but I'm so thankful I did! Hearing YOUR stories about getting started with essential oils and changing lives makes my heart full. One question I've been getting is about the homemade hair detangling spray I use for my daughter. YOU GUYS. It works ten times better than the store-bought spray without the nasty … [Read more...]

Free Printable Chalkboard Labels for Toy Organization

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Free printable chalkboard labels that will have your toys organized in no time flat! Check out the 31 Day Organization Challenge for more great ideas!

Hey hey! Whew, I was knee-deep in LEGOs and trains this week BUT we've made such progress in our playroom! I'll share our toy organization tips very soon, but first I wanted to give you these FREE printable chalkboard labels for your toy organizing endeavors. Simply print, cut, and laminate. I took them to the copy center at Staples for laminating.  They actually used these cool lamination 'pockets' which make the end product laminated on one side and when you peel back the yellow backing it's … [Read more...]

25 Brilliant Ways to Organize Toys

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25 Brilliant Ways to Organize Toys

Still plugging away in our 31 Day Organizing Challenge? Our organizing focus this week has been the playroom, and we're starting to see the other side of it, hooray! Since there's different strokes for different folks-- and different solutions for different types of toys-- I've rounded up 25 clever ways to organize toys, games, stuffed animals, bath toys, and all the wonderful detritus life with kids may bring. NOTE: for more information on each idea, be sure to visit the link above each … [Read more...]

5-Second Cord Organizing Solution {Organize Everything}

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This neat trick will organize your wires and cords in seconds flat!

Cords and wires. Wires and cords. My husband loooooves himself a cord and we have approximately 17 of every type. They drive me bananas, but until the entire world goes wireless we're stuck with cord overload-- so I might as well figure out a way to wrangle them. And I did. And you're gonna LOVE it because it takes 5 seconds and costs less than a large box of Ziploc bags. A few years ago I gave my husband a roll of Velcro cable ties in his stocking as a HINT. Let's just say didn't take the … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of an Essential Oiler

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Take a peek into the life of an oily family to see HOW to use essential oils on a daily basis to support health and wellness!

I'm taking a quick break from our Decluttering & Organizing Challenge today to answer one of the biggest questions I get asked about essential oils: HOW do you use essential oils, and WHAT do you use them for on a day-to-day basis? Looking back, it's hard to believe that I started using essential oils just 9 months ago. It feels like a lifetime, the way we've incorporated them into our daily routine. It's not an understatement to declare they've given me my life back. A year ago I was … [Read more...]

The BEST Organizing Tip (With the Weirdest Name)

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The one tip (with a funny name) that will help you organize MORE in LESS time!

We're mid-way through the month, how are you doing with the decluttering and organizing challenge? I'm feeling great about how things are shaping up over here, the house is alternatively a mess as I take things apart and looking great as I put it back together, lather, rinse repeat for each room.  We're SO CLOSE to the finish line, and that's when the frustration can set in.  Because decorating and organizing is a blast and all, but I'm chomping at the bit to be creative again. Paint some … [Read more...]

23 Free Printables to Organize Everything

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23 Free Printables to Organize Everything

Do you know what screams organization? Organizing printables!  Do you hear it screaming "ORGANIZE MEEEEEEEE" at the top of it's lungs? 'Cause either it totally is, or my Whole30 diet is messing with my head.  I'm a sucker for free printables, so if you're anything like me you're going to geek out over what I have for you today: 23 FREE organizing printables to help you Declutter and Organize Everything this month. They cover everything from bills & budgets to daily planners to menu … [Read more...]

How to Stop Clutter in it’s Tracks

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Tired of organizing your clutter? Here's the ONE TIP that will stop clutter in it's tracks, allow you to breathe, and simplify your life-- clutter free!

Hello lovelies! No, I didn't forget about our organizing challenge-- life got busy BUT I'm still doing at least one of the 15 minute decluttering tasks each day and it feels so darn good to organize and see the donation pile grow bigger and bigger.  However, there's a scary truth however that's been nagging at me as I dig through our outgrown clothes and unused kitchen items. Why is there so much stuff to begin with? I try not to spend frivolously, and yet our house is bursting at the seams. … [Read more...]

10 Must-Read Tips BEFORE Decluttering

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10 Must-Read Tips BEFORE Decluttering

I know the DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING challenge has everyone chomping at the bit to declutter, but WAIT! Put down the trash bag, just for one minute. I know you're ready to organize and simplify, but before you begin I have a few important tips to read to set the stage for success. These tips will really give you a framework for decluttering so you don't waste time and energy. And since no one wants a bunch of clutter in a post about decluttering, I narrowed it down to 10 of the BEST … [Read more...]

10 Life-Changing Ways to Find Extra Time in your Day

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I always complain I don't have enough time in the day, but these easy lifechanging timesavers showed me how to quickly work smarter, not harder!

If you saw yesterday's free decluttering printable (31 Things to Declutter in Under 15 Minutes), you may be saying to yourself, "that's great Carrie, but how on earth do I find 15 free minutes every day?" Or you might be saying "clearly you haven't seen my sock drawer."  But if it's the former, I wanted to share ten life-changing ways I've found extra time in my day. Some were really easy. Some were harder (sniff! My Facebook app!) but ALL bought me tons more time in the day. Do you agree with … [Read more...]

Free Printable: 31 Things to Decluttter in 15 Minutes or Less

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31 Areas to Declutter in 15 Mintues or less! This post is FULL of ideas for decluttering in just a few minutes a day as part of the Organize Everything 31 Day Challenge.

You've made it to day 5 of the DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING CHALLENGE, and we're just getting started! The glorious break between Christmas and New Years meant full-on decluttering and organizing mode for us. I can not WAIT to show you the Hoarder-worthy 'befores' and much better 'afters'. However, the new year also means back to the grind for most of us so time will be limited. Don't let that deter you or halt your progress, even on busy days you can still find 15 minutes in your day, … [Read more...]