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  • What Motivates Us: Inspiration to Declutter - Small Notebook
    to be busy taking care of things I think we tend to get slower at what we do with age so having less just means having more time to just be things must have a use of some kind in my home now things are better but I still would be happy with less I am rethinking and decluttering every time I now do a chore so the next time the chore will require less time Sandra Becker says March 23 2011 at 2 49 pm I m with you Deb says September 26 2008 at 10 20 pm I have always been impressed with your blog But now knowing writing is not your background I am blown away You have such a clean clear style with plenty of serious content And you definitely know your target audience I see a future for you Have you read Writer Mama smallnotebook says September 26 2008 at 10 37 pm Deb thank you That truly means a lot to me I haven t heard of Writer Mama but I d love to get the link from you Monica says September 26 2008 at 11 02 pm I love all of your reasons for decluttering For me my biggest motivation and inspiration is your house ends up bigger when you get rid of what you don t need I love having spaces in my house with nothing there We don t live in a large house so I like the open feeling that you just can t get if you have clutter I don t have a need anymore to fill every nook and cranny with something decorative Its too much work to dust all of that stuff anyway Monica s last blog post Do You Have a Cub Scout apple b says September 27 2008 at 5 41 am Wow Thanks for bringing up this interesting topic Just looking at all the clutter and the thoughts of what could be disposed off increases anxiety and tends to be a source of little stress Best step to beat it that I found useful is to fight it at the root Purchasing lesser things questioning every time you look at something whether you need it trash ing useless stuff early In addition to the ones mentioned I have a different reason the other way round De cluttering gives me a sense of small accomplishment and in turn motivates me to complete something bigger like working on a task that I have been postponing for long etc apple b s last blog post Indian IT Act 2000 and encrypted information Elizabeth says September 27 2008 at 1 12 pm For me when I started facing and resolving my emotional stresses I found myself gradually purging my apartment of physical junk as well It seems there s a very real relationship between our inner and outer lives I went from being emotionally attached to all my stuff a decade ago to now having a futon as couch bed and no pictures on the walls I did learn the hard way that keeping some just in case stuff out of sight is less stressful than over purging and having to replace I ve also found that keeping my living space clear can make it feel like a retreat Ultimately I d love to have a space like my favorite yoga studio beautiful yellow walls and cork flooring I feel so calm and cozy there Victorian Librarian says September 27 2008 at 1 18 pm Your 4 The freedom in flexibility is definitely one of mine as well Two years ago we had a vague possibility of going overseas to study and one of my first responses was I can t pack up all of our stuff and be ready 6 months from now That was really a wake up call to me and I ve been trying since then to pare down our Stuff so that we will be ready for any future opportunity We did a lot of cleaning recently for a family visit and it was very calm and soothing to sit in my nice clean living room I m trying to keep that feeling in mind and not let it get TOO cluttered again Gracia Fraile says September 27 2008 at 2 47 pm Thanks for this email the second one the will to live with less is one of the main reasons I m starting a challenge partly inspired by your no spend month in july for what s left of 2008 It d be great if you or some of your readers who did the challenge could check on us during this 94 days and give us some advice I think we ll need it Gràcia Shelley says September 27 2008 at 10 17 pm I really enjoyed this post I have been in the process of decluttering for about 3 years now At first it was hard but the more I let go of the lighter I feel emotionally and timewise I am learning that stuff is just that and if I get rid of stuff I do not use don t like or do not want to maintain the worst that happens is that I am left with things I use love and give me pleasure I have also been able to donate a lot of things to friends or others who needed them so instead of sitting in a closet they are being used Regarding papers do you count books In about 2 weeks I am going to do a bookswap at my house everyone brings books they are not going to reread and a book bag and leaves with new to them books to read Anything left over will be loaded into my van and taken to the charity truck We all get to socialize for an afternoon and share resources it is a win for everyone and I am looking forward to having some good rainy weather

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  • Dropbox: My Online File Cabinet - Small Notebook
    her know abou drop box My concern also is hackers I would love to go paperless and also have pics stored somewhere offsite in case of fire flood tornado etc Just the identity theft is real scary and expensive to fight How did you research Dropbox Rachel says January 20 2011 at 11 40 pm You can see more about their security features here at this link https www dropbox com features Stacy says January 20 2011 at 4 36 pm There are few things more annoying to me than the accordion file that we use to file all of our important papers I think it mocks me from the corner that it sits in It is truly heinous Dropbox seems like a great option for storing those important papers that you still need to access now and then as well as those that are ready for long term storage Thanks for sharing Catherine says January 21 2011 at 10 47 am it mocks me from the corner that it sits in It is truly heinous LOL You are funny Catherine s last post Spiraling Lauren says January 20 2011 at 6 11 pm I love this idea I have been trying to minimize paper and use as much digital as possible I have used Google Docs some but I like the idea that Dropbox is a folder right on your computer Have websites like Dropbox and Carbonite been around for some time That is my one concern I don t want to store information on a site that may not last Rachel says January 20 2011 at 11 28 pm I think Dropbox has been around for a couple of years and they re pretty popular so I m not too worried With Dropbox your files are saved on your computer too so even if the site were to go down you always get to keep your files on your computer so there s no risk of losing them Tonya says January 20 2011 at 8 08 pm LOVE IT I m obsessed with dropbox Tonya s last post Cleaner Safer and Cheaper Slackerjo says January 20 2011 at 8 56 pm Rachel thank you very much for this excellent article on online storage As a internet tech support agent I get calls all the time from people who have crashed their computers and have lost valuable information especially email contacts Sadly a crashed computer is unsupported by most internet providers Data may be recovered but this would require the computer to be serviced by a computer technician and this is a costly repair and there are no guarantee that any or all of the lost data can be recovered Unfortunately most people don t prepare for disaster I would recommend that every person create some sort of backup system either with hardware USB stick or external drive or in an online cloud And update it regularly This may require you to set up a weekly or monthly email reminder Be sure to back up your email contacts It is very easy Simply refer to the help menu in your email program I always say it s so easy an adult can do it The online back up industry is very competitive so I would not worry about security The major players in the online backup business understand that even a single breech of security would destroy the company s reputation and customers would cancel their services immediately They take every precaution to ensure that your data is encrypted and secure Slackerjo s last post Why I Love Historical Fiction Rachel says January 20 2011 at 11 21 pm Good point about the security The only way I ever remember to backup my external drive is to have a reminder task for it every Saturday Frances says January 20 2011 at 9 04 pm This post is so timely My laptop is hanging on by a thread If I move it it freezes on me I ve backed up everything on a hard drive but I was sitting here thinking about how it would be nice to have extra reassurance I m also doing a major paper makeover soon but I worry about going completely digital I found out a year ago that you don t have to have money for someone to steal your credit I ve been very skeptical about secure online banking ever since Frances s last post Homemade Toothpaste Kat YeOldCollegeTry says January 20 2011 at 9 11 pm This is great timing I am on day 20 of getting rid of 5 things per day for the month of January I want to tackle our desk filing area next so it is nice to know about options other than paper storage Kat YeOldCollegeTry s last post Everything But the Kitchen Sink Living the Balanced Life says January 20 2011 at 10 01 pm I have never really given this a thought but I do hate papers I have in the past saved way more than I need to I am preparing to do the big paper purge soon and may give this a look Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post Assess your life for stress Jennifer says January 21 2011 at 1 26 am For scanning I love shoeboxed com they take documents receipts business cards Everything Scan it and put it on a secure online account for you to export in almost any format Cards to address book or gmail contacts receipt info to quicken or quickbooks etc Can t live without them because I can t stand to scan Rachel says January 21 2011 at 9 35 am I m so glad you had a good experience with them I ve thought about using them to scan photos alexa says January 21 2011 at 1 51 am Dropbox also lets you share folders with people you trust my family abroad upload photos to theirs and we can get to see

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  • Travel | Small Notebook
    child s backpack My top picks for small toys 51 Comments How to Quit Your Job and Go to Italy Today I m answering your questions about making a move overseas and how we positioned ourselves for it 64 Comments Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How

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  • A Half-Dozen Kitchen Tips - Small Notebook
    There are always delays Rochelle says February 16 2011 at 11 23 am Hehe I especially love number six Glad to hear it s your favorite my small contribution to the blog world One of my favorite tips is one I learned from watching my grandmother She always filled the sink with hot soapy water when she cooked Her kitchen was never a disaster because she cleaned as she cooked It only takes a minute to wash bowls and utensils in between food prep Plus having a hot soapy dishrag makes cleaning up splatters super easy Rochelle s last post Plastic vs Glass Karen says February 16 2011 at 4 57 pm My mother did this as well and she told me my grandmother did too I have to admit that I only do this when we have large family gatherings I should start doing it for every meal because I know from experience it helps a bunch Rochelle says February 16 2011 at 6 50 pm I ve been trying to get my husband to do this when he cooks with no luck So I end up following behind him grabbing bowls and wiping down spills Hopefully I can teach my kids differently haha BrownThumbMama says February 16 2011 at 11 44 am Great tips I can t tell you how many times I ve recommended to my MIL not to use soap on her cast iron My favorite kitchen tip is to use a bit of baking soda on a damp cloth to scrub off the waxy gunk on apples store bought cucumbers etc You have to rinse well of course but it sure beats eating the mystery wax Laura says February 16 2011 at 11 46 am the celery tip is revolutionary Can t wait to buy some and not throw any out Emily Joyce says February 16 2011 at 11 52 am I definitely need to use 6 My husband will eat until there s none left more often than not just because it s there I never knew you weren t supposed to use soap on iron skillets Thanks for the cleaning suggestions Emily Joyce s last post My Thrifty Valentines Day treen says February 16 2011 at 11 54 am Another tip for celery if you have some that has wilted and is bendy cut the ends off and put the stalks in a tall glass of water Give it a couple of hours to absorb the water and it gets hard and crunchy again Sharon says February 16 2011 at 12 05 pm Same goes for wilty iceberg lettuce give them a dunk for several minutes in ice cold water Works wonders Karen says February 16 2011 at 5 00 pm Thanks for the celery and lettuce tips I don t know how much produce I ve thrown away because i try to buy when on sale and then I end up with too much at once Also I do not live in town and work on the very edge of town so I do not pass any grocery stores on my way to work and that is one chore i consider drugery so i try to buy enough to last at least a week or more when I go rache says February 23 2011 at 5 19 pm a water bath can also perk up carrots that have gone floppy and refuse to peel Kait Palmer says February 16 2011 at 12 30 pm Actually I didn t know half of those I wrap my celery in foil it can last for months that way And during our last CSA season where we got more greens than we could eat in a week I found that cutting the stems on kale chard etc and sticking them in water kept the fresh and perky for a lot longer than if they were just laying in my fridge Or you can keep them in the fridge and pop them in water a few hours before cooking to get their shape back Kait Palmer s last post The Best Love Stories Are True Ones Karen says February 16 2011 at 5 00 pm thanks for the foil tip I never know what is good to keep in foil and what is not Eszter says February 16 2011 at 1 36 pm Cooking is about confidence If you believe that you can and you are blessed with young children everything is possible I am 35 and have successfully avoided the kitchen until now Currently I am cooking at least one full dish each day My 5 year olds love it my husband approves of my mistakes what s not to love about cooking Eszter Selin says February 16 2011 at 1 58 pm lol i love tip 6 but honestly how many mums can set aside lunch before dinner without feeling a little quilty love it Karen says February 16 2011 at 5 02 pm I can That way we don t over eat So it s actually healthier I wouldn t do it if there weren t enough there to begin with MessyMom says February 16 2011 at 11 01 pm Exactly When we first got married I would take my portion and then my husband would take his There was never anything left and he started gaining weight I quickly figured out that he is a don t want to waste food type so whenever I cooked I started to not only dish up my leftovers first thing but also to prepare his plate for him with a reasonable amount of food If there was still food left I put it away before calling him to dinner so he wouldn t see it He never complained about not getting as much to eat One day I asked him about this and he hadn t even realized he was eating so much less I don t buy many ready to eat foods like chips or

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  • We Made it to Florence! - Small Notebook
    happy traveling with your kids went smooth I cannot even go for local car rides without something happening Love the window Mary A Simple Twist of Faith says February 8 2011 at 11 08 am Florence is my favorite Italian city I am looking forward to reading about your experiences Mary A Simple Twist of Faith s last post Back on Track Mrs J says February 8 2011 at 11 10 am Gorgeous so excited for you and eager to experience Italy vicariously through you Mrs J s last post Classic Monday Fishy take two zoanna says February 8 2011 at 11 15 am Hooray Can t wait to hear more Elizabeth says February 8 2011 at 11 17 am Yeay So happy to hear that you made it safe and sound and isn t jet lag a pain Yuck Can t wait to hear more after you are settled Elizabeth Lois says February 8 2011 at 11 22 am Yea you have made it Love the window Understand the jet lag And understand it with kids we were missionaries I think I ve blotted out most of the memories nightmares But it will pass and you ll just bask in the privilege you have and share pictures Lois says February 8 2011 at 11 30 am P S Thank you for posting about Dropbox I did it and I love it It serves me in 2 ways the security of my files backed up and using my daughter s computer for my second so I can work on everything while at her house and not email documents back and forth what a help it has been Patricia says February 8 2011 at 11 30 am I m so glad to hear you made the trip safely I ll have to live vicariously through you for the next 3 months I m looking forward to your pictures Thanks for sharing your adventure with all of us Rana says February 8 2011 at 11 37 am I am so excited for you all What an adventure I can t wait for you to show us around your new city Rana s last post Crock Pot Swap and Tinkys Room Tracey says February 8 2011 at 11 38 am What a beautiful window can t wait to hear more Tracey s last post Share Care Love Disciple Mentor Tammy aka Tammy Skipper says February 8 2011 at 11 39 am Enjoy Bella Italia We lived north of Venice for three years and Florence and Sienna were two of my favorite places Make sure you take a trip to Vinci and Cinque Terre I will never forget our first adjustment with our children who were 6 and 5 Just make sure the exterior metal blinds are not completely closed at night otherwise you might accidentally sleep until noon Lily from Italy says February 8 2011 at 11 42 am I can never sleep if darkness is not complete I don t understand Americans who have one flimsy curtain at most Ha ha alexa says February 8 2011 at 11 50 am Was wondering how it was going for you all and delighted all well so far Looking forward to more tales of your adventuring That window is enough to lift anyone s spirits in the morning alexa s last post RTFM Rayna The Suburban Minimalist says February 8 2011 at 12 05 pm WONDERFUL I can t wait to see photos and hear stories of your many adventures Lily from Italy says February 8 2011 at 12 19 pm If you really wanna experience the Italian life join the protest for women s dignity and against the way we are treated by our pm Rubygate etc It will be held countrywide on Sunday the 13th and in Florence it s at 2 pm in piazza dei Giudici Something is really happening these days hopefully Lily from Italy says February 8 2011 at 12 20 pm http senonoraquando13febbraio2011 wordpress com 2011 02 02 gli appuntamenti citta per citta Gina says February 8 2011 at 12 22 pm I m so excited for you guys Can t wait to hear more of your adventures Thanks for sharing Paige says February 8 2011 at 12 34 pm So excited to see your photos Can t wait to keep on visiting your blog and following your story It is so exciting Paige s last post Happy Wednesday WIWW Week 6 Susan says February 8 2011 at 12 55 pm Gruetzi from your neighbor to the North We live in Zurich Switzerland as my husband is working here for a few years I was at a cafe today that had the same window as yours They say that it takes one day for every hour your travel so likely in a week s time or less your children will be fine hang in there til then Here s hoping the sun is shining down there like it is here in Zurich I think that really helps the jet lag to diminish Please blog a lot about your experience steadymom says February 8 2011 at 1 31 pm Yay yay yay Can t wait to hear more Jamie steadymom s last post The Imperfection of Ethical Spending Amy Homestead Revival says February 8 2011 at 2 06 pm Wonderful news So excited for you too I ll be waiting to read and see all that you are experiencing Amy Homestead Revival s last post Mark Your Calendars And Tune In vermontmommy says February 8 2011 at 2 22 pm Yah I am delighted to hear that you are there I cannot wait for all the updates nancy says February 8 2011 at 2 27 pm grateful you had safe travels what fun to begin your family s new adventure nancy s last post snow day Susan says February 8 2011 at 2 30 pm Wonderful so looking forward to your posts You are inspiring me to dream up an

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  • The First Day of School & a Few Links - Small Notebook
    new lunch box everything is perfect She ll do great Thanks for the links not sure that I ve been to Alpha Mom yet I will go check it out now Amy Sullivan s last post Six Steps to an Amazing Mom and Daughter Date Sandra Gonzales says August 22 2011 at 12 53 pm Oh my goodness She s grown up so quick Tell her to have gobs and gobs of fun in school don mae says August 22 2011 at 3 27 pm How adorable I hope Lane loves school don mae s last post The Doll Days of August se7en says August 22 2011 at 3 50 pm Wow is time flying past What a sweet young lady that darling little toddler of yours has become Hope she has a fine time at school hope you all readjust well to another change in your lives se7en s last post Sunday Snippet The Bible Institute of South Africa Living the Balanced Life says August 22 2011 at 4 44 pm How sweet She will do fine world traveler that she is Imagine when they ask what she did for her summer vacation Oh I traveled around Italy Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post 7 things you should have done last night Megan declutterdaily says August 22 2011 at 6 03 pm We re gearing up for that here too Best of luck to all of us Megan declutterdaily s last post Day 191 Organizing Tips from the Disorganized Diet Tips from the Horizontally Challenged MightyMighty says August 22 2011 at 6 35 pm We re starting pre school in September and I m excited to see how we do with the schedule MightyMighty s last post Parenting Style ehhhh Glynis Jolly says August 22 2011 at 7 38 pm I m a creature of routine myself When my son was young summer was the most difficult for me as a single parent I had my routine The same one I had in the spring However my son didn t have a routine It drive him loco so of course it did the same to me Fall is a wonderful time of year Glynis Jolly s last post What Are Your Three Greatest Strengths Mary A Simple Twist of Faith says August 22 2011 at 8 32 pm After home schooling last year we have decided to send our six year old to school for first grade I am feeling a variety of emotions right now guilt relief excitement and anxiety She starts in two weeks Mary A Simple Twist of Faith s last post The Big Decision Tammy says August 22 2011 at 9 09 pm I look forward to you writing more as well Kelsey says August 22 2011 at 10 02 pm What a sweet photo Today my mom posted a picture of my sister and me on facebook of our first day of 5th and 2nd grade Let s just say denim backpack

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  • How to Achieve Uncluttered Without Going Bare, Cold, or Minimal - Small Notebook
    Teresa says August 3 2011 at 11 44 am This room does strike a nice balance I tend toward more minimalism but my husband some of my friends homes and posts like this one remind me that warmth in a room is very important I had not realized that the key here uncluttered horizontal surfaces was what I should be focusing on It felt right to me to have surfaces clutter free and I attempt to do this often but had not thought of it as a good rule to go by for all horizontal surfaces Decluttering was just that a concept to be applied any and everywhere I thought it needed it Thanks for the tip Rachel Stacy says August 3 2011 at 12 22 pm I love the pictures in this post So warm I am still a little on the cluttered side but am definitely moving more toward the middle which where I d like to be We ve rid our home of a lot of useless things but still have a lot of papers Oh and books so many books Stacy s last post Becoming a Better Mother More than a Lifeguard Tracey says August 3 2011 at 12 40 pm Hmm I am in love with books but that was just a little too much for me Not chaotic but a tad cluttered Definitely organized though I tend toward impersonal and it bothers my husband I am learning to relax a little and I can t wait for your post on how to swing the pendulum back I feel suffocated when there is too much around so I need some ideas for making a space feel homey without clutter Tracey s last post Going Barefoot Week Suze says August 3 2011 at 12 47 pm Great question where am I on the pendulum between I m on the more cluttered side of where I d like to be I m thinking architects need to be re thinking how homes are built in general more storage closets with shelving to the walls to be much more prevalent Then our actual living spaces can stay much clearer I m often in locatons where older folks are moving into retirement homes with decades of memory stuff there s often just no room for Helps me prioritze what is important right now meg w says August 3 2011 at 1 00 pm it s not a place to hold your stuff it s a place where you can live what a wonderful sentiment and one we seem to all too often forget i feel i m doing pretty well at finding my ideal balance of warm inviting but i definitely go through stages where i want to unclutter completely and then i let it build a little bit back up from there it seems pretty organic to me meg w s last post mindful living mondays the anniversary post Sarah says August 3 2011 at 1 12 pm I think I do a good job at the balance We definitley have stuff but all the major spaces are clear except my hubby s office and garage but that s his space not mine We have kids too and a lot of people comment that our house always looks clean but I know it s not Kay LRZ says August 3 2011 at 1 13 pm Very nice intriguing post I agree the horizontal free space gives the eye a resting place One caveat my husband would need to be convinced the floor is also a horizontal place which needs to stay clear Kay Joanna says August 3 2011 at 1 56 pm Let me know if you figure out how to convince your husband Joanna s last post A Summer of Dust Dog Hair Grime and Clutter Laurie says August 3 2011 at 1 40 pm I have to point out one thing that this room has which when my home has had I have been most at peace You can see the baseboards along the egdes of the walls I don t know why this is a big deal to me but even when out home decor was starving college student as long as I could see the baseboards I felt like I had room to breathe Once we were more financially stable and things began to collect in our home the less visual space the more stress Katherine says August 3 2011 at 9 24 pm I never thought about that but how interesting We are getting ready to move and I have been moving furniture to clean baseboards and touch up trim paint It is very freeing to see those baseboards and makes me wish we didn t have so much along the perimeter of the room I will keep that in mind in our next home Thanks for the thought Katherine s last post In the New House Joanna says August 3 2011 at 1 56 pm Oh how I needed this today I linked to your site in my blog post today Joanna s last post A Summer of Dust Dog Hair Grime and Clutter Anna says August 3 2011 at 2 28 pm It s not a place to hold your stuff it s a place where you can live Love that Would you believe there was a time when I really truly thought that counters are for holding stuff Like LOTS of stuff Well if you were to look at my house you d think that s still true but I m changing my mental picture slowly I like the example of baseboards someone else mentioned I have found that I do need some visual interest though and the more visual interest given in the legit items in a room the less tolerance I have for adding clutter to it Does that make sense IOW learning how to keep things uncluttered actually meant learning how to draw interest to what was good about the room Linda says August 3 2011 at 2 55 pm I needed this info on uncluttering I think you ve been to my house recently My dining room table top of my dryer desk and kitchen counters are going to soon be uncluttered Sara says August 3 2011 at 3 56 pm Its so nice to see you posting again I looked in my inbox and to my delight was your post Yaye I love the solidness of the Europeans its not mindless plastic junk but good solid pieces I try to keep all surfaces clear of stuff and it certainly makes a difference when I walk in Its like I can exhale and breathe Sara Glynis Jolly says August 3 2011 at 6 44 pm I already do this but I didn t realize there was a method to my madness I have one place that looks a little cluttered that is in the living room We have shelves for our DVDs and I have things on top that should probably be put away Glynis Jolly s last post Involving the Emotions Bekah says August 3 2011 at 8 31 pm I love this I think I just found my new motto from this post It s not a place to hold your stuff it s a place where you can live Jo H says August 3 2011 at 8 39 pm Cleaning is so much easier when horizontal surfaces are clear also Sometimes I wonder if there is a correlation between who does the cleaning and who wants to declutter in any given family Suze says August 4 2011 at 6 15 am Oh my I so agree Picking up to keep things decluttered and cleaning are such different things and cleaning is so much easier quicker better when there s not a lot of picking up to do first Thanks Stephanie says August 3 2011 at 9 13 pm I REALLY needed to hear this Lately my house has exploded and I m stressing out over it You ve really boiled down the cause and effect and cure of the situation Thank you Stephanie s last post All Dressed In Romano Natalie Maple Leaf Circle says August 3 2011 at 10 12 pm Controlling the clutter of a home that is also our school is a challenge for us I really appreciate your approach and advice It gave me some great ideas Natalie Maple Leaf Circle s last post A Place Dan Lawson says August 4 2011 at 4 36 am I like the lived in look myself and I think the pictures show the perfect compromise between decluttered and cluttered I think the books are obviously read This is different to some book shelves I see which are so tidy and the books are never touched Dan Lawson s last post Portable Air Conditioners Anne P says August 4 2011 at 12 18 pm Brilliant Clear the flat surfaces I can do that Rache says August 4 2011 at 12 27 pm Growing up in a bookish household with friends whose parents were ministers or teachers I grew up thinking all homes need books I m uncomfortable in an environment which doesn t have bookcases and hate the designer bookcase look where a full height bookcase has about 30 colourmatched books and an assortment of decorative objects with a ton of space I do find it difficult to keep surfaces clear with small children and limited space it s often a case of putting things quickly out of reach so my bookcase tops and dining table collect papers pens electronic gadgets crafting supplies broken items and small parts of toys astonishingly fast We don t have any spare drawers for junk drawer duty so I often have a box somewhere containing all these random hinges I ve picked up during a decluttering blitz I m hoping as the kids grow and we try a bit harder to put things away that we will be able to live with clearer surfaces but I will never live without books and pictures they make wherever we find ourselves living feel like home Angela says August 4 2011 at 12 28 pm I loved this post and can t wait to see what you write about this topic next How fun to be able to find your balance all over again I hope you enjoy the process and don t doubt you will I am certainly happier with a slightly minimal theme but for some reason I end up with too much clutter perhaps making up for a life of travel and trying to make up for it When I take every knick knack away it seems too cold and having too many feel too cluttered I m realizing more and more how I just need a few handmade things around to make it feel warm for my family Let s see if I can keep the flat surfaces clear I prefer the large vertical spaces to be neat or covered but I bet if I keep the flat surfaces clearer with just a lamp and one treasure I ll be on a roll Mel MySunshine says August 4 2011 at 12 43 pm Yes I m on the wrong side of the spectrum here I have clutter and I m being buried by it I can never catch up on it This artcle is very inspiring I can still have some stuff but I can also fell better feel like I can breathe with a few cleared areas Thanks Jake says August 4 2011 at 1 48 pm I live by designer William Morris s wise advice to have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful I tend to find more things useful than I do beautiful so the clutter never accumulates Amanda says August 4 2011 at 4 02 pm I am so happy I found your blog today I have been looking through the archives and find so much to relate to and so much that will be of help to me It is so practical and true So I just wanted to say hello and thanks michelle v says August 4 2011 at 4 43 pm my house is comfortable and lived in i like the idea of clearing the horizontal spaces Catherine says August 4 2011 at 4 56 pm I think this room may be cozy to visit but I wouldn t want to maintain and clean all the micro surface areas books tchotchkes floor under and between furniture With 2 small children we are in a season of minimalism where I can do a quick toy pick up vacuum and wipe down of 3 object free surface areas done and done MK thismomreads says August 4 2011 at 7 33 pm My husband and I were just talking about this we went to our first auction well his first my first auction that wasn t for cows last weekend and though we were tempted by many cool things we only bought a set of Norman Rockwell plates We watched our fellow auction goers pile up boxes and boxes of thread half used craft materials moose decor galore and realized that when it goes for a dollar or two it d be really easy to load up We realized where we fall on the spectrum we like big bold things to put on our walls we ll buy anything that we already use like plates if we really love it and have the money for it and that books will forever be the one thing we continue to pile up ad infinitum Love the tip on cleared horizontal surfaces I might have to rethink my few well placed tchotchkes although now that I think about it they re mostly books MK thismomreads s last post Pookie discovers a birch tree finley mommy chic says August 4 2011 at 9 14 pm Urgh I can t declutter my house often enough I don t know where it comes from but it just multiplies You re so right though if main surfaces are clear i e kitchen counters dining table office table nightstands the stuff doesn t seem to overwhelm I like a house with stuff that adds character and makes it look warm and inviting rather than generic stuff for the sake of decor I read something once and try to live by it now Buy only things you love so you will only be surrounded by things that bring good feelings This helps when impulse buying on a new accessory for the home or my closet mommy chic latest post 6 ways to wear a scarf one way to win it jL says August 4 2011 at 9 46 pm I started doing this yesterday and it has already made a huge difference in my life Thanks Rachel Kelly says August 5 2011 at 1 27 am The piece about flat surfaces is so so true I like to keep my kitchen counter clear and every time my parents visit they pile Drives Me Crazy Usually I end up moving things to the dining room table just so I can prepare dinner I have a small house so it s great to have a place for everything and only keep the projects I m working on out so I m not distracted by everything else don mae says August 5 2011 at 10 08 am I like a cleared surface No knick knack everywhere But don t look inside my closets Great post don mae s last post And More Barbie Stuff Roll up Totes Jenn the Pen says August 5 2011 at 10 48 am This is probably the 4th time I ve looked at this post and just now realized for the most part my grandmother kept all horizontal spaces clear I sure as heck don t but she did Jenn the Pen s last post The Mangy Cat Story The Last Part of Two Pearl says August 5 2011 at 11 23 am Brilliant observation This makes so much sense to me that I feel like rushing around my own home and making it so NOW I am a piler which is the main source of clutter in my home OK something to work on that is specific and es won t make me feel as if my home is boring cold or lifeless Because I have so many books photos etc Thanks for the wonderful solution Pearl s last post Utah savvysuzy says August 5 2011 at 12 13 pm I just had to throw in my nickel regarding the photos above which is regardless of stuff on the horizontal or vertical it s still stuff And these walls are overstuffed I m with the dissenters on this post First off I have allergies so I limit the books in this case there are way too many and they could be arranged better they look haphazard need to be aligned more consistently I wouldn t want to be the one having to dust all those books Second the shelves near the desk in the center aren t all the same height that s rubbing me the wrong way just by looking at the picture Third wallpaper is a mold and dust collector I can t stand wallpaper on walls possibly stencils but I prefer just painted walls Fourth Big paintings of people are a distraction to me Prefer some scenery posters or some other object Fifth Those big cabinets on the left side are too excessive Plus the sofas need to be similar colors to balance things out Or maybe just one Sixth there needs to be some kind of object on the coffee table to pull the eyes away from the wall to balance things off Nothing on the tables make the walls look more cluttered Seventh

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  • It's Enough - Small Notebook
    December 24 2012 at 4 27 pm I had that horrible feeling as I went to bed last night But the kids were happy And thank you for your tip on how to stuff Christmas stockings Rachel My kids received packets of cheese and crackers in their stockings The result no sugar high at 7 AM Linda says December 24 2012 at 4 27 pm I set up an animated Christmas card for the family only to find I needed to pay a joining fee of 12 to send it I hesitated did I need to spend more on Christmas Day to make it enough I decided not to buy in Happily I found a free card which was fine Reading your post encourages me that I made a good decision Merry Christmas Katherine YeOldCollegeTry says December 24 2012 at 6 29 pm THERE S NEVER ENOUGH MUST GO SHOPPING ONE LAST TIME AHHHHHH j k good words i appreciate hearing this Katherine YeOldCollegeTry s last post When There s Not Much to Say Stephanie O says December 24 2012 at 7 42 pm Thanks I really needed to read that Right now rachel says December 24 2012 at 9 12 pm Thanks really needed to read this It is so stressful this time of the year hsmominmo says December 25 2012 at 1 04 pm Merry Christmas Mary says December 25 2012 at 9 24 pm Merry Christmas Rachel and thank you for your lovely blog Suzanne says December 26 2012 at 8 02 am Amen Merry Christmas to you Jennifer says December 27 2012 at 6 51 am Rachel I ve waited a couple of days to comment on your post because of some very raw emotions I ve had over the holidays My father passed away quite suddenly on Christmas Eve While my husband and children were at home opening Christmas Eve pajamas and setting out cookies for Santa I was at the hospital holding my dad s hand one last time and watching him take his last breath The car ride home was tormenting I d never taken the formal photo he wanted of him and my mom I hadn t visited often enough I hadn t listened carefully to some of his stories I hadn t hugged him enough I never told him how much he meant to me and my children And I could only recall one recent time that I d told him I loved him I was awake all that night thinking of those regrets while also reflecting on his life and grieving for my mom s sake when suddenly your blog post came to mind I was suddenly aware that it was enough It was enough because it had to be There was no going back I HAD told him I loved him a few weeks ago and he had told me the same I did have a lot of nice photos of him I did have a nice visit with

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