Starting Project 333

Project 333

Well, I've gotten my items together and I really am so excited to start my Project 333.  This time, I have decided to not include shoes or accessories in my 33 items.  I just don't want to feel too constrained this first go round.   However, I am going to make sure I note how many pairs of shoes and how many accessories I do wear so I can get a better feel for whether I can include them next time.  It may end up being a non-issue. So...here they are.  I don't have 33 items just yet.  I've got Continue Reading

You May Have Too Many Clothes

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I always enjoy going to Parade of Home tours and visiting model homes when ever I have the chance.  I love getting new ideas for decorating and home improvement projects. I saw a new model home in an existing subdivision where a new phase is being developed, but it's been busy, and convincing my sons of all the fun they will have touring a model home is a little difficult. Last Saturday though, my daughter and I were running errands and I finally had a willing partner. The house was Continue Reading

Project 333

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One of the blogs I love to read for ideas about simplicity and minimalism is Be More With Less.  Courtney Carver has a really interesting story and some intriguing reasons for embracing simplicity and minimalism.  I'm inspired by her ideas and her approach. One of the topics she discusses is simplifying your wardrobe, and she created Project 333 in 2010.  Basically, the goal is to pare down your wardrobe to 33 pieces for each quarter of the year.   After the first three months is over, switch Continue Reading

Everyone’s Got Clutter

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"Please don't judge my clutter." This phrase, or some form of it, is usually one of the first things I hear when I'm setting up a meeting with a potential client to evaluate their space. I always turn it around and tell them I won't judge them if they won't judge me. Yes, I love organizing.  I often take time on a beautiful weekend day to rearrange my closet.  Living in an organized space is a huge goal in my life and I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out the best Continue Reading

40 Bags in 40 Days

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Have y'all heard about this declutter challenge from the folks over at White House Black Shutters? I had not heard about it until my friend, Julia, mentioned it at our Saturday morning run.  I am so happy she told me about it and so happy to share it with those of you who have been living under a rock, like me. The 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge corresponds with the 40 days of Lent, so it actually started last Wednesday, March 5 and lasts until April 19.  It's a challenge to help you Continue Reading

What Can You Do in 15 Minutes?

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I've always been extremely interested in time management and how to make the best use of your time.  I know that some people get really turned off by scheduling every minute of their day and I can respect that. There are definitely days that I don't want to do anything...and I don't.  It's just that I've usually planned for it. I've become a fan of Laura Vanderkam and her blog.  She writes about various subjects and time management is one of them.  Her book, 168 Hours:  You Have More Time Continue Reading

Wisdom for Wednesday

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I guess this kind of goes along with my post from last Wednesday. If things are too complex, like our schedules, or our finances, or our wardrobes, there can be added stress. If you are constantly running around trying to make it to your next appointment, you are probably not as happy as you can be. If you are wondering how you're going to pay the bills this month, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. If you hate most of your clothes and it takes you forever to decide what to wear every Continue Reading

Awesome Organizing Product – Lunch Blox

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I found the coolest product at the grocery store today! It's called Lunch Blox by Rubbermaid. My daughter has been taking her lunch for the last couple of months, which really makes me happy.  It makes me happy because I know she'll actually eat what she packs and not throw half her lunch away.  I have heard some rumors of "lunch swapping", but I think she still ends up eating more and eating better than she would if she ate the school lunch. I'm also happy because she's old enough to make Continue Reading

Simple = Happy

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I try whenever I can to keep things more simple as opposed to more complex.  I really don't understand why anyone would want to do it any other way. I try to keep every day things simple through routines and processes.  Streamline as much as I can so things can almost run on auto pilot.  Take away as many variables as possible to make things more simple. When my boys were small, I was working on updating our house and doing some painting during nap times.  We lived in a very small town that Continue Reading

Gasp!

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This article from Gizmodo came up in my Facebook news feed and I gasped...out loud. Discontinuing Expedit?  What?  It's super popular and super versatile.  It's almost iconic IKEA. Well, it turns out, IKEA is simply redesigning it a bit and renaming the piece.  The new piece, Kalling, looks almost the same.  It's just that the wood on the trim pieces is thinner in order to save a little money in production.  Apparently, IKEA's material costs are going up, and this small reduction in trim Continue Reading