26 Steps to Simplicity: Routines

You knew it was coming didn’t you?  The dreaded R-word.  At least, that’s how I view it. However, as much as I struggle with them, routines are the secret weapon to a life of simplicity. As a free spirit who is always on the lookout for the next new experience, setting and especially keeping routines often feels like drudgery to me. Even as I write them down on paper, some part of my mind is already planning to sabotage them.[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Cull

Today, in our Blogging from A to Z Challenge, we are going to begin the hard work of simplifying.  Beginning in your room from day one, we are going to cull the clutter. Clutter is a Verb What is clutter anyway?  Interestingly, we often refer to clutter as a noun or an entity, which it is, but essence of clutter is best found in its definition as a verb.  According to Merriam Webster, clutter means: “1. To run in disorder,[Read more]

Our Summer Schedule and a Summer Kit Giveaway!

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Yesterday, I shared our family’s summer theme verse, Colossians 3:17.  It fits well with our summer schedule, now getting underway . . . at the end of June! This summer, we are following a hybrid of two summer schedule ideas.  I am using the model we implemented two summers ago from FlyLady; our camp is simply called Wiley Family Camp.  We use camp terms like kapers (for chores), mess hall (for the kitchen/dining area), and bunks (for beds). FlyLady uses[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Closer Look at My Life

This week has been a whirlwind!  We celebrated my second son Phinehas’ 10th birthday, barely.  I spent the day before driving the kids to and from his baseball tournament, forty-five minutes from home. On the way back early that afternoon, I could hardly keep my eyes open.  More than once, the lines blurred on the road before me, alerting me to the fact that I was indeed drifting off to sleep.  Making it home safely was a feat of sheer[Read more]