Shared Kid’s Room Walkthrough

First video blog. Woot. Enjoy my amateur video-with-my-phone skills. Things I want to add: Never underestimate the value of a can of white paint. In a small space, less is more. If you need inspiration on decluttering, do a search on capsule wardrobes for kids or check out this post. Scale is king. Big furniture…

Eating Elephants

  The husband and I are great project starters, awesome, even; project finishers, however, we are not. We are currently working on… The back yard (if the rain would ever stop) The kitchen cabinets The kitchen island Finishing the basement Painting the bedroom Finishing the wall between the bedroom and bathroom Fixing the plumbing Fixing…

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

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…