Over the years, I have shared many of tips and tricks for simple living, decluttering, time management, and organization. I’ve also made it very clear that simple living is not always EASY. It requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance — trusting that those busy periods of life will eventually lead to simpler times.
Are you in a very busy period of life? If so, don’t feel guilty or like you’re doing everything wrong. Read today’s post and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief!
We’ve had beautiful weather here in West Michigan and we’re making the most of it by spending lots of time outside doing yard work, planning our vegetable garden, and tiring our kids out!
Today I’m sharing another peek into our week…
When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than wait until later.
I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset; however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.
Last week was full of the unexpected — from James getting sick and forcing us to cancel our travel plans to a weird snowstorm in April!
Here’s a peek at everything we had going on.
Many of you know that I don’t necessarily love shopping, and I don’t like cluttering up my closet up with lots of “extra” stuff.
Thanks to LeTote.com, I have been “renting” a variety of cute clothing items to wear for a short time, and then swapping them out for new cute clothes… all without adding any clutter to my closet! I know… it almost sounds too good to be true!
When it comes to difficult and overwhelming situations, I have found that it is exponentially easier for me to push on when I take a moment to step back, think about the big picture, and look for even the smallest fleck of light shining through the end of the long dark tunnel.
Today, I’m sharing more in hopes of encouraging those of you in the middle of a difficult situation…
It’s been over a month since my last peek into our week post… and boy do I have a lot to share!
Also, I’m just a tiny bit excited that Spring Break is only a little more than 2 weeks away!
The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!
Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!
The other day, after a ridiculously long conversation with Nora, filled with lots of “whys?”, I started thinking about all the things I’ve NEVER done.
Today, I’m sharing 10 very normal things that, for whatever reason, I’ve never done!
Have you lost steam and gotten off track with any of your current goals, projects, or tasks?
If so, today’s posts offers a VERY simple solution (and hopefully a little motivation) to push forward and move on!
It’s very easy to quickly develop unrealistic expectations for our own homes, lives, bodies, spouses, children, and abilities… and in my experience, having unrealistic expectations is just another step towards an unhappy life.
If nothing else, I hope today’s post encourages you to be more mindful of your expectations and not let them be the cause of your unhappiness.
Last week was a pretty low-key week for us… and although the kids were a little under the weather for parts of the week, we enjoyed building snowmen, making Valentine’s Day treats, lots of fun playing at home, and a little Culver’s custard!
Oh, and I ‘caved’ and finally got a Costco membership 🙂
The purpose of my blog is to share what I DO do. Because of this, I get many emails from people saying “I don’t know how you do everything you do.” However, what they often fail to consider are ALLLLLLLL the things I DON’T do.
Today, I’m sharing 10 of those “DON’Ts”
We enjoyed a slightly different week last week as Dave was home a bit more than normal due to exam week at school.
We celebrated the end of his semester with yummy Culver’s food, and… we bought a minivan!
I’ve been asked about my new routine several times over the past few months… so now that James is 6 months old, and I’ve been home with all 3 kids for half the school year, I thought it was time to share a little bit more about my “new” daily routine.
Over the past 5 years, I have shared several posts about the planners I have used… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared exactly HOW I use my planner, or why this method works so well for me.
Obviously, I don’t expect my method to be the perfect system for everyone else. However, maybe what works for me will spark a few new ideas that will work better for you!
Nora is spelling words, Simon is starting to talk, and James just got his first tooth!
Add in all the Christmas excitement and we have a lot to share from these past 2 weeks!
Today, I’m back from the long holiday weekend with another peek into our week!
This past weekend, we celebrated Nora’s 4th birthday with a fun Cinderella-themed birthday party — complete with a Cinderella cake, lots of fun gifts, and our whole family in costume!
Although I didn’t have as much time to work on “extra” projects as I would have liked, there are still quite a few updates from the Dekkers.
For starters, by the end of the week, we’ll have a 4 month old and a 4 year old in our house (yes, Simon is here too!). We also made lots of progress on our new shed — and I put squash in almost every meal I made 🙂