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We Paid Cash for our Home!

As we are moving into another stage of life (and moving, quite literally, to another home), it’s got me thinking about how we got here and the choices we made that led to this place. One of the biggest things that surprise people when they hear our story is to find out we paid cash for our home. It seems like an impossibility in today’s world: people feel that they are paid too little, they owe too much, and they can never get ahead with their savings. That may be true in some cases, but I really believe that in many cases it comes down to Read More

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How To Build a Cubby Wall

We recently did an overhaul of our back room. This room is a hub of multi-purpose in our home: it serves as the pantry, laundry room, garage, recycling center, and it has entrances to outside, the kitchen, and the basement. When we moved in, the storage in that room was just NOT meeting our needs for a room with so many purposes. In fact, sometimes it got to the point where we couldn’t even walk through it. {Don’t believe me? Click here for photographic evidence.} The remodel started with a collapsed ceiling. Since we had to clear the entire room in order to get the ceiling replaced, Read More

FREE printable clothing needs list for yard sale & clearance shopping ~ from Our Cozy Den

FREE Printable Clothing Needs List for Yard Sale or Clearance Shopping!

How many times do you see an awesome deal at a yard sale or on a clearance rack and you want to buy it… but then you think, “Wait. Do I already have jeans/sandals/pjs in this size???”  I had this issue ALL the time, until I started carrying around with me this handy list! It’s easy to keep in my purse and I can pull it out whenever I see a good deal to make sure the item(s) in question are something I really need! Here’s how to use it: • First, circle Girl or Boy at the top of the page, so you know what Read More

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DIY Office Organizer

I have 4 children, so that means there’s not an excess of storage in my house. {Let’s be honest, I’d kill for another bedroom… or two.} That means that, like many people, my “home office” is in my living room. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have surmised that I’m a pretty organized person. I love my checklists & charts! But I don’t love having them hanging all over my living room. They just don’t look very pretty! So I brainstormed for a while to come up with a way to have all of my info accessible, but out of sight! Read More

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How to do a Family Closet

Hey guys! I’m super excited to share with you my first ever guest blog post! My dear friend Jessica was telling me about this super awesome thing that her family does: a family closet! I’m just swooning at the idea: all the family’s clothes in one centralized location? No laundry strewn all over the place? Seasonal things organized and easy to find? Sign me up!! I can’t wait to take some of her tips and implement them myself. Read what Jessica has to say about her Family Closet!    Hi Everyone! I’m Jessica. We are homeschoolers who rarely stay home. We spend most of our time out Read More

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30 Day Whole-Life Organization Challenge {FREE printable!}

If you’ve been hanging around the blog this year, then you probably already know that I’ve been doing twelve small 30-day challenges instead of a New Year’s Resolution. One of my local BFFs wanted me to get in on her annual yard sale in June, so I decided that May would be the perfect time to declutter, purge, and clean every area of my home. And since I just love fun printables, I decided to make my plan all pretty and share it with you guys, so you can join me on the challenge! So here’s what you do: Click here to download the challenge, and print Read More

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FREE Spring Desktop Organizer

I love a neat & organized computer desktop — who doesn’t, right? A few years ago I discovered the idea of using your wallpaper to organize your icons. It’s so simple: make an organizing photo your background, and then drag your icons to the appropriate sections. I started making fun organizers here on the blog, and my Autumn and Winter organizers were a huge hit. So today, it being the 1st of April and all, I decided to share a Spring organizer with you all! Here is what my desktop looks like, all neat and organized: Click here to download the Spring Desktop Organizer for Read More

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5 Ways to Stamp Out Clutter! 👞

Sometimes it feels like fighting an uphill battle to keep clutter at bay in my house. Let’s face it, we have 6 people in our house almost 24 hours a day. My husband is a full-time student in seminary, which meets 1 day a week, 9 months of the year. My kids are homeschooled. And when people are home all day, home gets messy. Here are some of the ways I keep my house somewhat cleaner. I’m not perfect, by any means. I look at homes like this and drool over the simplicity. Maybe someday I will get to that point, but everyone is a work Read More