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Organizing School Backpacks, Lunch Bags, and Papers – With a Plan

By | January 22nd, 2017|Character Training For Children, How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Do you ever find that when it's time to go out the door to school that your child doesn't know where their backpack is exactly, which means they didn't put that paper you signed into the backpack either. The lunch bag is up on the kitchen counter ready to go, but only because you had [...]

Christmas Uncluttered

By | December 30th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, OUR HOME, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

Decorating- uncluttered Simple delights Simplifying celebration plans Making a list, checking it twice Keeping the calendar uncluttered The Christmas story   We have been slipping out of summer here in Washington and in to the clean, crisp air of the fall season.  *smile*  I love our four seasons here in the United States, and I [...]

De-Cluttering: The First Steps to Organization

By | December 29th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Surrender and Blessings|

~ Strategies & methods for de-cluttering ~ De-cluttering principles to keep in mind ~ Where to begin ~ How to be careful with others family member's spaces Bob and I had an experience that transformed our ability to de-clutter our home effectively.  We have always been strong advocates of trying to clean-out things we no [...]

Siblings Sharing Bedrooms – “You have *how* many per room?!”

By | April 24th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Large Family Matters, Organization, OUR HOME, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings|

Why is sharing bedrooms valuable? Setting up the bedrooms What about all their stuff? Going to sleep Nap times Ages of children and how that plays in  Do we have boys and girls together in rooms? Who should clean the room? Handling sickness Different personalities?   The topic of siblings sharing bedrooms in our house [...]

Clothing Storage & Access, Thinking Outside the Box

By | November 8th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Time Efficiency|

We purchased our current home when we had only 3 children…now we have 9! *smile*  So we had to start thinking “outside the box”, or in our case, inside our box. This has resulted in the Lord showing us over time many different do-it-yourself and inexpensive ways to adapt our house to fit the needs [...]

Enjoying Being at Home

By | October 11th, 2015|Large Family - Small House, Large Family Matters, Organization, OUR HOME, Parenting|

Addressing the heart issues - 3 recommended books Offering some practical "how-to's" So many moms do not enjoy being at home, so they have their eyes outside their home focused on what they’d rather be doing or think they “should be able” to be doing or what it looks like other women are able to [...]

PODCAST: “Large Families Living in Small Houses”, with Tom & Keri Lamar of A Happy Home Media

By | May 19th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Surrender and Blessings, Videos & Podcasts w/ Erika|

Bob and I were honored recently to be invited by Tom & Keri Lamar (homeschooling parents of 8), of A Happy Home Media, to do an interview together with them via podcast about how our family of 11 lives in an 1,100 square foot house. *smile* We had such a fun time as we laughed together, [...]

Organizing a Home: More Tips for Organization, part 2 of 2

By | March 4th, 2014|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Time Efficiency|

In part 1 of “Organizing a Home” I shared with you some general principles of organization that I keep in mind for our home, and I shared with you why organization in a home is valuable.  I shared three rooms of our home and gave you tips on how we choose to organize each one, [...]

Organizing a Home: Principles & Tips for Organization, part 1 of 2

By | February 26th, 2014|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME|

In this post, part 1 of “Organizing a Home”, I will share with you both some general organizational principles I keep in mind for organizing our home, and some specific organizational tips for how I organize three of the rooms, including photos.  Part 2 will be a continuation, how the rest of the rooms are [...]

Our Home – A virtual tour of our favorite place to be

By | February 18th, 2014|Large Family - Small House, OUR HOME|

We would like to help you get to know us better by inviting you into our home via photo tour.  We will show you the floor plan and then each of the rooms inside.  Welcome.  *smile* We purchased our house in 2004 when it was still under construction.  It is a smaller than average “split [...]

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