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How To Turn ANY House Into a Home You Love

How To Turn ANY House Into a Home You Love

When we purchased this home, it was with the intent in my mind to live in it for a while, fix it up, and then sell it to move on to “bigger and better” things. So, with that in my plan, I wasn’t ever really happy – I was always trying to think ahead to the future instead of being happy where God had currently planted me.

I wasn’t happy with my decorations in the house – I felt like nothing actually came together and most of it was crowded. I felt like a wannabe decorator…trying really hard but not succeeding.

What was at the root of my discontent? I’ll tell you – clutter. I felt like I needed something bigger because this space just felt too cramped…this space wasn’t just right for the things I wanted to do. This space wasn’t JUST RIGHT for me.

Dude – that’s stupid. I was being stupid. Like a 5 year old who won’t eat his/her sandwich because it isn’t cut in the right shape. (more…)



Lessons Learned Selling in Online Classifieds

Lessons Learned Selling in Online Classifieds

Post by Barry, the husband, and resident expert on turning just about anything into money

Here’s the deal – unless you have some superhuman powers I’m not aware of, you probably have a bunch of junk laying around your house. You may not classify it as junk, but if you don’t absolutely love it and it isn’t useful to you today or in the near and known future – it might as well be classified to you as junk. The “I might need it one day” syndrome is rampant in American culture…and I could be the poster child for that syndrome! I get it – I grew up in a home where we had plenty of “I might need it one day” items or “that was too good of a deal to pass up” stuff.

With our latest motivation to declutter and embrace the KonMari approach to get rid of a bunch of stuff we didn’t need, Stacy took on her natural role of organizer and went at the decluttering with a vengeance. Each day we’d chat off and on about what to do with the things we decided we didn’t love and were ready to part with. Everything basically fell into three categories: donate, sell, and trash. (more…)



The Frugal Bacon Lover: Five Meals from One Pack of Bacon

The Frugal Bacon Lover: Five Meals from One Pack of Bacon

Post by Contributing Author, Vanessa of Bible Beer and Babies

I love bacon.

The smell. The deliciousness. Even the sound of sizzling and splattering in the pan. I firmly believe there are two pains in this life worth enduring — childbirth and bacon grease splatter. So, totally worth it.

Bacon? It’s on that will-kill-you list. Not because bacon is bad… shhhh, don’t say that, it will hear you! But, because all those nitrates are such a huge no-no. (Whether they’re actually as bad as the experts claim, I don’t know — and with three kids, a blog, a full-time job, and never-ending sleep deprivation, I don’t have time to do that research.) (more…)



I Had Enough – Clear the Clutter with #ClutterClearout

I Had Enough – Clear the Clutter with #ClutterClearout

We had just come home from a trip. When we entered the home and I realized how much I had to put away and how things were already full here, I just hit my breaking point. I was done.

Done with the clutter.

Done with repeatedly asking toys to be put away.

Done with always trying to find a place to put something when all the spaces were full.

Tired of being unhappy with my home and yearning for another place to live.

My home wasn’t the problem. Clutter was the problem. It was eating away at our happiness. And I wanted it OUT.  (more…)



Why You Should Read {The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up}

Why You Should Read {The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up}

Whenever I find something in my life that excites me, I’m always soooooooo eager to share it with you guys! And don’t worry – Stacy hasn’t fallen down another rabbit hole, lost her mind, or gone cray-cray. I can actually hear that audible sigh of relief from you. Try to control yourself. :-p

In this video, I talk about why I think you should read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Seriously guys, this book has changed our lives. Not just MY life…but Barry’s life (he had to read the book after he saw how much I loved it!) and the kids’ lives too!

Before reading this book, I would have told you that we were minimalists. Dude. I was totally lying to myself. Reading this book has completely changed how I feel about cleaning and clutter. It’s like scales taken off my eyes so I could actually SEE what was in my life.  (more…)