Hey there. It's been a while. And yet this is still going to be short and simple so you can get back to being the glue that holds your family together. Today I want to introduce you to a rule of thumb a wise mom of eight (yes, eight) shared with me that helps her keep order in a house full of ten peoples' things. Ready for Laura's family's rule (or reminder, or way of life, or whatever)? Here it is: TOUCH IT ONCE. Three magical words that essentially mean "don't...

January has brought an influx of storage container displays in stores, and organizational posts on Pinterest. It must be time to get organized for the new year! Decluttering, organizing, simplifying--these words and what they entail excite me to no end. Even if you're not a nerd like me and don't enjoy the act of decluttering (not just re-arranging your stuff, but actually purging it from your life), surely you can appreciate the results. Unfortunately, we as parents may be on board with dejunking our stuff,...

I'll make this brief. I'm a total school nerd. I dive into my boys' backpacks the moment they walk in from school in search of graded schoolwork, calendars, and notes that need my attention. Because of this, my kids have never missed a reading calendar signing, t-shirt order form, field trip permission slip, etc. (That sounded as if I think I deserve some kind of Most Paper-Attentive Mom award, as opposed to the awkward social silence this weirdness probably warrants. Haha.) It dawned on...

Let's talk about chores, shall we? The whole family chore thing can be a headache. No, a migraine. The kind that leaves you crumpled on the couch with a puke bucket. Organizing a functional family chore groove is a lot of work--for you. And unfortunately kids aren't willing to inflict chores upon themselves, so the energy to keep a system going depends on you too. Feel the weight yet? I know I do. So as the chore weight-bearer in my family, I'm an advocate of doing whatever it takes...

We just moved across several states. We hired four professional movers to play Tetris with our belongings so they'd fit in one ABF trailer, then strapped the sad remainder of our crap on a 14-foot trailer and drug it 1,200 miles to our new home. Sigh. These last few weeks have been big. And emotional. All the while we were showing, selling, packing, and moving, I've also been writing my little head off. Two days before we rolled out of town, I finished up the last chapters...

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