Baby steps

We had a long couple of weeks getting everyone back to school. Friday completed our first week of classes. Now that I have some time without bickering over Minecraft for 8 hours daily and making food 24 hours a day, I can return my focus to other things, like tackling the back yard. I know it’s…

The big, bad backyard project

This is my backyard. What was once green and lush is now dry and dead. Last winter we had some plumbing problems and as a result, the sprinklers we worked so hard to install no longer work without flooding my basement. Also, all the exterior components have to be replaced. Happy, happy, joy, joy. We…

How to have a successful yard sale

“Have a yard sale.” They said. “It’ll be fun!” They said. Earlier this summer (and every summer, really) my kids asked if they could have a garage sale. Normally, my answer is no. My husband hates yard sales with a passion. Saturday is our relax day. Strangers pilfering through our junk and haggling over a quarter is…

What I Learned From Staying in Someone Else’s House 2016

Last year I learned how to tame the laundry monster….This trip I often wondered, If this were my house, would guests feel at ease, or would they feel frustrated and unwelcome? This year I learned that the art of hospitality starts with organization. I’m specifically taking about kitchen organization. The two principles

What I Learned From Staying in Someone Else’s House

We’re Back from our trip to Oregon and glad to be back in my own bed with my own shower. We had a wonderful time. We stayed at this beach condo. It was an amazing location with great views. It was a little too opulent for this country girl and I felt like I had to…

Konmari tips

Some things to note about the Konmari method (continued from here): The phrase, “bring me joy” as well as thanking your items for having done their job has received some criticism online. Let me explain a few things about this. First, Japanese culture is not western culture. Their primary religion is Shintoism which values aesthetics and our…

Konmari It

The last three (?) posts, we’ve talked about staging your house, not for selling (though the principals still apply) but for staying in it and being happy in your surroundings. We’ve talked about the why  and where to start and today we’re going to talk about the most important step – decluttering; more specifically, the method…

We’re Back!

Hi new and returning visitors! Welcome to Lilacs and Linens. I’m your host, Kristin.I’m just moving back to WordPress after a stint at Blogger – you can check out my “about” page for more information on what this blog is and why you should subscribe and why, on my “first” post, we’re just going to…