Decluttering (The Guest Room Closets)

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here yet, but about two weeks from now my brother is making the 1,200 mile drive from his current home in Minneapolis to our home in Colorado, and he is moving in with us for a few months! Tommy is 9 years younger than me so he was only […]

Decluttering (The Master Bedroom Closets): Stage 1

Why did getting rid of different sections of my closet feel like little deaths to me? Dreams of having more children, aspirations of actually using my degree & traveling more, the nostalgia of being young and carefree… it honestly felt like I was shutting the door on those parts of me by letting go of […]

Decluttering (The Kitchen Drawers & Pantry)

This post is a part of my “Who Needs It?” decluttering series, courtesy of SRB. Area 1: The Master Bedroom Area 2: The Bathrooms So far I’m still trying to catch up to the present! These next two areas were tackled just over a month ago, right before Harvey was born. Also, I apologize in advance for […]

Decluttering (the Bathrooms)

This is part of my “Who Needs It?” series of posts. Area 1: The Master Bedroom Area 2: The Bathrooms Last September I mentioned that we had decided to paint the walls in our two bathrooms. They are the only rooms in the house that we hadn’t painted when we first moved in four years […]

Decluttering (The Master Bedroom)

Last month I joined up with a project SRB started called “who needs it?” It will be a year long effort at decluttering the stuff in our lives – be it physical or emotional clutter. It’s never too late to join in! At any rate, last year while I was pregnant I had already started […]

Sparking Joy

A few years ago my Mom read a book by Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing) and mentioned to me the concept of items in your life “sparking joy” or else getting rid of them. Over the years I’ve done my fair share of decluttering, and […]

Year 2014 in Review

I know that every year has its ups and downs for all of us, but I feel like 2014 was particularly jarring for my family on the scale of highs and lows. In some ways that was a great thing, and in many other ways it just plain sucked. Following is a quick year in review […]

Who Needs It? Challenge #4: Return to Sender

Okay, my friend Sarah is no longer blogging so the “Who Needs It” decluttering challenge series isn’t happening anymore (though you can see all of my posts here), but I had started this challenge back in March and I figured I could at least finish my blog post about what I’ve done since it’s been sitting […]

Who Needs It? Challenge #3: Start Small

I’m currently on maternity leave with a 6 week old and a 2 year old, so it can be extremely difficult to find time to just “Be with myself.” Because of this, I was sort of stumped about what to do for this month’s challenge, and then I realized that I already have been doing something […]

Who Needs It? Challenge #2: Get Real

Challenge #2: Get Real The 2nd part of SRB’s de-cluttering challenge is to “Get Real” and think about the emotional aspect of the clutter in our lives. While thinking about what I wanted to write in this post, I realized that I definitely have different emotions regarding different areas of my life. I just posted […]