Getting Rid of Junk Will Make You a Better Homemaker (I Promise!)

Do you want to be a better homemaker? Help your living space to breathe by getting rid of junk and eliminating stuff you don't need or enjoy.

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Do you want to be a better homemaker? Help your living space to breathe by clearing the clutter and eliminating stuff you don’t need or enjoy. I had no idea what a difference decluttering would make to my homemaking, but it’s been profound. A few years ago, I turned “simplifying” from a minor hobby into a serious pursuit. My husband and I examined every item we owned, and decided that there was an awful lot we could live without! Decluttering was […]

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home {Keeper of the Home}

Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Several years ago, my husband and I discovered that the clutter in our homes was eating away at our peace and enjoyment. It distracted us, made us grumpy, created extra work and messes, and just generally detracted from our lives. During that season, we began to really tackle all the stuff in our home and view it with new eyes. We asked questions like: Do I truly find this beautiful or useful? How long […]

One Hour + Two Stores = 30 Dinners {Planning a Month of Meals}

If you're like me, if you hear the words "plan a month of meals," you want to run away screaming. Yet it has definitely saved me money. time and money. AND I don't feel that feeling every week, "Ugh...I have to plan our meals again..."

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer If you’re like me, if you hear the words “plan all your meals for the month,” you want to run away screaming. Recently I started wondering, though…would monthly meal planning save me time from running back and forth every week to five different stores? I have a young baby, so time is definitely limited around here. Could planning all the dinners AT ONE TIME save me some time? Could planning a month’s worth of dinners AT ONE TIME save time? Click […]

Our Journey to Simple Living (and How to Begin Your Own)

Our Journey to Simple Living (and How to Begin Your Own) {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Guest post by Elsie Callender  “What can I take to Heaven when I die?” I asked my mom, back when I wore dresses and pigtails every day, and my collection of American Girl Doll accessories was small, but precious. “Nothing. You don’t take anything with you when you die,” Mom gave me the truth, straight up. Surely… “What if I have things in my pockets?” “Nope.” “What if I’m holding my blankie?” “No, your blankie will stay here.” I reluctantly accepted this, yet my first […]

Your Camping Menu Primer (With 50+ Food Ideas!)

Your Camping Menu Primer {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Guest Post by Elsie Callender For the adventurous, camping is one of the best summer excursions. It carves out time to do the things we want – but often fail – to do in everyday life: live more simply, closer to nature, with less technology, more movement, more relaxation. Oh, and camping also gives us plenty of time to savor delicious food! We need hearty fare to bookend days of hiking, canoeing, or seeing sites along the road. Whether you’re grilling, cooking over an open fire, or using […]

What to Do With Your Belongings Once You Purge Your Home

What to Do With Your Belongings Once You Purge Your Home

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer While many people today are caught in an excessive, materialistic lifestyle, others are embracing minimalism. Aspiring minimalists often have lived with too many belongings and appreciate the freedom that comes with un-stuffing their homes. When purging a home, Lorilee Lippincott suggests asking yourself: Do I really want to keep this? Would I miss it if it was gone? How often do I really use this? Some life events – like moving – can really help jumpstart minimalism. But without an […]

How do you raise kids without all the clutter?

clutterfree with kids

It’s a perpetual struggle as parents. Having kids bring a whole lot of joy, noise, and it seems, clutter. Is it inevitable? Are we destined to step on legos, find dirty t-shirts under the sofa, rainbow bands all over the floor of the minivan, doll paraphernalia strewn about the family room, and army men in with the pots and pans? I’ve been mulling around ideas and possible solutions a lot over the past couple of years, and the answer I come to most frequently is […]

Organize Your Life With a ListPlanIt Subscription (Review + Giveaway!)

Organize Your Life With ListPlanIt

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I love organization, but my life is seldom organized. I’m an orderly person who’s not very orderly. Can anyone else relate? Needless to say, it can be frustrating sometimes. I have plenty of excuses: “I keep up with it in my head.” (Hmmm.) “I’m too busy to be organized.” (Tyranny of the urgent, anyone?) “Every time I get really organized, someone else/life/reality messes it all up. Why bother?” What it really boils down to is that I haven’t found a […]