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The ABCs of Doable Decluttering (with free workshop replay)
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The ABCs of Doable Decluttering (with free workshop replay)

When our homes are a mess, when we don’t know what to do with all the stuff, when decluttering feels like its own never-ending job, then we get stuck and frustrated. We think decluttering will solve our problems, but the pictures painted by tv shows, magazines, and Pinterest just don’t fit our own real life….

5 Things I Learned in 2020
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5 Things I Learned in 2020

I suppose a reflection post on 2020 ought to begin with all the cliches about strangenesss, unexpectedness, and unpredictability discovered in odd times. I’ll assume you know all that already and are, like myself, tired of such comments – though it’s hard to say anything else at times. It is all just so odd and…

Helping Our Kids Become Readers: The 5×5 Reading Challenge for Kids
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Helping Our Kids Become Readers: The 5×5 Reading Challenge for Kids

One of our goals as homeschool parents is not only to teach our kids to read, but also help them love to read. Some are on board with this goal and therefore conclude we shouldn’t make our kids read, because that will kill the joy. They tend to suggest fun and easy books because how…

How to brain dump so you can declutter your head.
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How to brain dump so you can declutter your head.

You won’t remember – don’t try. When does the brilliant idea strike? When do you remember you’re desperately low on milk? It’s rarely when you’re actually sitting down, pen in hand, to make a relevant list. But if you don’t write it down right away, it’s gone. Hence, the need for ubiquitous capture. Ubiquitous capture…

Why I Quit Instagram
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Why I Quit Instagram

Is social media actually social? We think of social media as a connector, but is it delivering on that promise? Or is it simply redefining what we mean when we say and think social and connection? When we pause to think and examine the realities rather than simply go along with the flow and keep…