Laundry isn’t a chore that most of us look forward to doing. And if you have kids, there’s that much more of it, and it can often overtake their rooms. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to teach your children how to do their own laundry long before they get to college? It makes life around the house easier to manage, and helps kids become more responsible. Here are some steps to get them to learn and engage in the process.
Let’s face it, moving is stressful, even when it is an exciting or positive change. So much goes into a move, and keeping track of all the details can be challenging. Whether you’re moving across the street or across the country, you end up learning things you wish you had known beforehand. We’re here to help make the process easier for you. Here are ten tips to keep in mind before you move.
Ding, ding, ding! Are those wedding bells I hear? Probably, because wedding season is in full swing! Perhaps you’re the one getting married, or you are the maid of honor or best man of a friend planning to walk the aisle this year. As someone who constantly helps people purge their belongings, I have some advice: Be conscious of what’s going on your registry. I can’t tell you how many clients I have with basements full of stuff from their wedding that they can’t fit into their homes, don’t actually need, or no longer like.
Now that you’ve read “Why You Should Become A Minimalist,” here are some ways to do it. Being minimal can mean different things to different people—for example, downsizing, owning very few possessions, or tossing outdated or unused items. Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, define it this way: “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” Keep this in mind as you figure out the best minimalist approach that works for you.
Minimalism. For some people it’s a scary word, and for others it speaks calm. For me, it’s life-changing. My mind was blown after watching the documentary “Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things,” featuring minimalists Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn. I asked myself, “Can I genuinely look at every item in my home and say it has a purpose and makes me happy?” The answer was: absolutely not. While doing deeper soul searching after seeing this documentary, I was moved to buy less and, as a result, live more.
When cleaning out your home, office, or garage, you can free your closets and storage spaces of excess stuff in several ways. The most common options include passing it along to friends, donating it to local organizations, tossing it, and consigning it.
So, the date is set and your renovation is starting soon! There are two key things to keep in mind to prepare your house for the disruption: Where will you put kitchen items during the renovation? What will you eat and cook on during the renovation?
Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? I just went through that process and learned a lot. When my husband and I bought our first house in July 2016, we discovered that the kitchen was outdated, and the cabinets were grungy and smelled weird. We painted them white, hoping to freshen up the look. This is a great budget-friendly option if your cabinets are in decent shape and just need a facelift. While that did brighten up the space, the interiors still needed updating. Also, the blue counters and fruit tiles were not our style. So, after saving and planning for a year and a half, we took the renovation plunge. Here are some helpful tips that I gleaned from that experience.
Are any of you out there thinking of downsizing? Spring is here and you may be ready for some change. Whether you’re consolidating your own things, moving to a smaller place, or planning to help your parents downsize, here are some tips to help make the purging process a bit more manageable.
When I bought my first house, I moved out of the city to a nearby suburb. I had a huge back yard, garage, nearby park, and 700 square feet to call my own. That’s right, 700 square feet. I am the only person I know who downsized from an apartment to a house. I love my little house, and have figured out some great ways to pack more storage into it. Read on for some tips to make your small space work overtime!