An organized baking center—with essentials close at hand—makes holiday baking a piece of cake! Locate a hub for your mixer, bakeware, shelf-stable ingredients and other items close to where you prep. Even small kitchens become orderly when you cluster baking essentials together in a cupboard, drawers, pantry or movable cart.
Toys can throw an orderly room into disarray in minutes. Set kids up for success by implementing a few rules:
Do you ever get so excited about payday that a few days later you find yourself wondering: Wait, didn’t I just get paid? Where did my entire paycheck go? If so, you’re not alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way! You can master your income. And it’s a lot simpler than you might think.
Behind the scenes of every well-organized home are hardworking spaces with a place for everything. Unfortunately, the spot where coats and shoes are stored tends to look like a mess, whether it's a coat closet, mudroom or hallway with a bench and a few hooks. Learn how one of our staff, Alison, solves her family's mudroom dilemma.
With summer temperatures rising, you have a choice: How will you dress? The impact of your decision escalates around swimming pools and at the beach, where skin is in. Our culture is telling you to bare it all. It hangs a bad reputation on modesty, associating it with frumpy clothes and dated styles. But there’s a different way of understanding modesty and engaging with it in a biblical manner. Beauty is better than a spectacle. There is freedom in restraint. In fact, true modesty is stylish and classy—not to mention God honoring.
It should be no surprise to us that a home overrun by clutter and disorder is unsettling. There is an intrinsic connection between what we see around us in our home and how we feel to be in that space. Melissa Michaels, author of Make Room for What You Love, gives us her best tips on how to love your space.
Don't search for hours when you need your car insurance policy, papers related to taxes or other documents. Put some calm in your life by organizing important information in one household document binder. It will make your life easier and bring frenzied hunts to an end. While putting it together, also create a family emergency escape plan to follow if a disaster strikes.
Presoak to press, doing laundry is hard work. Clean up this dirty job with a pretty, well-organized space that puts everything you need right where you need it—at your fingertips.
Excerpt from La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday by Trina McNeilly
Kid clutter can ruin a house! Yes, we love and adore these little people. However, they can be messy. Manage their mayhem and calm their chaos with these ideas and maybe the living room will be ready when your mother-in-law unexpectedly visits.
Allow your home to be the restorative peaceful space God intended. Clear out all the virtual, physical and mental clutter and replace it with intentional messaging that draws you closer to him. Your house will best serve your family by being a protective, spiritual haven.
With kids spending more playtime indoors during fall and winter, create a dedicated play area in a room or portion of a room.
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