How I Taught Myself to Be Tidy (in 3 Steps!)

Ask any person who has ever lived with me (especially my college roommates and/or my mother), and you will quickly learn that I was not exactly the cleanest person growing up (or throughout my college days). While I’ve always known HOW to tidy up and the importance of BEING tidy, I’ve just always had a …

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Because It Really Is Possible to Get Burned Out From Summer Living

For many of us, summer is the time of year we most look forward to due to its never-ending supply of sunny days and outdoor fun and feelings of freedom and play and relaxation. As a (former) teacher, summers took on an even more special tone, as they were literally what helped me regain my …

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What I’ve Loved Reading So Far in 2016 (& What I Haven’t)

Ever since deciding to go “off-book” (or rather, “off-list”) for my reading, I’ve been reading some really GREAT stuff. (Who knew there was such gold to be found OFF of recommended reading lists?!) So, instead of a whole list of books that I’ve just felt so-so about (as in years past), the majority of the …

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To Read or Not to Read (Off of Recommended Reading Lists)…

I am currently in the middle of a reading revival, and one that I hadn’t even known I’d needed because I hadn’t realized (at least not for a very long time) that anything was lacking or lackluster or generally uninspiring in my reading life before. As I’ve mentioned before (like here and here and here), …

My Weirdly Effective Technique for Keeping our Table Clear of Clutter

  ***CONFESSION*** Our kitchen table (and all of our kitchen counters, for that matter) are almost always filled with clutter of some kind. After my 50 Weeks to Organized Project back in 2013, I got really good at keeping certain surfaces clean, like the bathroom counter–a major win–and the tops of “decorative surfaces,” like the …