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My Household Goods Weigh As Much As A UK Bus

  This makes me laugh, albeit slightly frenzied and franticly, but laugh nonetheless. When we moved we added up that our total household goods weighed just under 20,000 pounds.  Now granted that does include tables, couches, grills, lawn equipment, beds, clothes, toys, etc… and we are a family of four, but still.  The UK bus puts it into perspective.  AND it all had to be UNPACKED. UNPACKED. We won’t talk about packing.  I can’t.  Not yet.  It’s too fresh. But unpacking.  It all has to go somewhere, and the floor is not an option.  Staying in the boxes doesn’t work.  Sure the packers labelled the box “Garage”…and surely what was packed from the garage can’t be that crucial, until you open the box and realize there is only ONE thing in it from the actual garage and the remainder of it consists of your couch cushions from the living room.  It’s all such a mess.  Don’t even get me started on the toilet brush, plunger, and my children’s toothbrushes that were all packed together, as …

How to Style a Bookshelf for Normal People. Part 1

You actually did get more birthday presents than this Elaine, but they didn’t match the shelving unit so I had them destroyed.     (CatalogLiving.net September 25, 2012) (Source: potterybarn.com) This is a tough one.  I struggle with this too.  How do you make built ins, shelves, bookcases look artfully arranged without looking “arranged”.  It’s like that scenario where you spend 4 hours trying to look really good and when you arrive at said destination– “Oh this old thing?  I just threw it on.” It’s the unwritten rule that unless it is for a grade, interview, etc…no one wants to look like they tried too hard. So when I look at magazine pictures of bookshelves they all look so amazing and haphazard all at once. Like this: But really?  Who has bins of…are those parchments?…lying around and books that all happen to match? Hence the title of this post—How to Style a Bookshelf for Normal People. You need to remember a few rules.  Let’s keep it basic.  Simple.  When we have it mastered we will move …

Travel Souvenirs. Joy in a Jar in 5 Minutes.

I just went on a 27 hour “staycation” to Virginia Beach with a dear friend.  We stayed 45 minutes from home in a condo on the beach…for 27 hours.  It was actually less but we won’t nitpick.  And it rained, but that was fine.  We read books, had coffee, took a nap, looked at magazines, went out to eat, walked on the boardwalk, watched a movie and slept in.  I get up 7 days a week at the same time for kids, jobs, church, baseball games and other random events so sleeping til 8:30 almost made me giddy.  Another thing we did was went to a beach souvenir shop.  We spent quite a bit of time in there because it was 1) very amusing 2) it was raining.  I have a great picture I took in the store for tomorrow.  (Wordless Wednesday click here.) Anyway…this got me thinking about all the bits and pieces one picks up on a vacation.  Most people come home and unpack and have this pile of “stuff” they picked up …

Public Service Announcement: Visual Clutter

    I’m going to be brief (or I’m going to try.) Kids bring a lot of clutter to a house.  We’ll define clutter  as a confusing or disorderly state.  Kids make houses disorderly.  It is their job.  This is directed at you, the parent of the “culprits”.  It is a no win exhausting battle between “picked up for 5 minutes” and “complete and utter chaos”.  I am Type A.  I can take 2 days of things being disorderly and then I start to freak out a little.  I have systems.  I have mantras…like things must go together is my favorite.  I have help.  (I also have anti-help).  I have training, if you will, to deal with these scenarios.  AND I still fight the forces of good and evil. I help a lot of people with their houses.  If you are battling the clutter fight and want a calm uncluttered home…if you do not want your home to continue to look like the two pictures above then you must listen to me. You will have …